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Group Counseling

Groups provide a safe yet challenging environment for you to improve interpersonal relationship skills and provide an opportunity to practice more effective ways of being. You will find that you will not only learn more about yourself but you will also be able to support and help others through a shared experience. Groups at Boise State are effective and free, and open to all students.

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Fall 2022 Groups

  • Grief & Loss Support 
  • Body Positive Boise State 
  • LGBTQIA+ Support 
  • Ongoing Mental Health Management
  • Stress-Reduction Support 
  • Growth & Connection Process 
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Group Descriptions and Details:

  • Please check the details of the specific groups you are interested in joining. 
  • Free to join and participate.

Grief and Loss Support Group

  • Fridays | 1:30-3 pm
    September 23 – December
  • Norco Building, 2nd Floor

Processing the loss of a loved one can be especially challenging for a student as they simultaneously manage the academic and social demands of college. This group provides a supportive space for students to navigate their grief and related emotions and connect with other students experiencing loss, to facilitate healing. Members will also have the opportunity to learn about the grieving process and develop a greater understanding of how loss affects them.

Body Positive Boise State Group

  • Thursdays | 3:30-5 pm
    September 22-December
  • Norco Building, 2nd Floor

This counseling group aims to improve one’s relationship with food and body-image through structured discussion and activities on principles related to reclaiming health, practicing intuitive self-care, cultivating self-love, declaring your own authentic beauty, and building community. The group is targeted toward individuals who would like to gain insight, skills and be a positive peer leader surrounding the culture of embodiment on campus. As with all of our groups at Boise State, this is a safe space group that welcomes all students regardless of shape, size, ethnicity, gender identity, etc. 

LGBTQIA+ Support Group

  • Tuesdays | 10-11:30 am
    September 20-December
  • Norco Building, 2nd Floor

Students who identify within the LGBTQIA community who want to explore and discuss their experiences involving gender and sexuality are invited to join this counseling group. The group will offer these students a place to exchange support and connect with each other on the topics of identity, transitioning, intolerance, relationships, coming out, stress/mental health, etc.

Ongoing Mental Health Management (OM) Group

  • Wednesdays | 10-11:30 am
    September 21-December
  • Norco Building, 2nd Floor

This counseling support group is designed for students whose mental health struggles are chronic and significantly impact their lives and broad aspects of their functioning. The objective of the group is to help these individuals improve management and maintain stabilization of their mental health, create wellness strategies, and access social support. Potential discussion topics include coping skills/tools, developing healthy routines, self-advocacy, and establishing and maintaining an effective emotional support team in university and beyond.

Stress-Reduction Support Group

  • Mondays | 10-11:30am
    September 19 – December
  • Norco Building, 2nd Floor

College can be an exciting and transformational experience, and for many, it is also a highly stressful time. Maybe you are homesick and wondering if you made the right choice to go away to college, or perhaps you feel anxious about your course-load and making friends. Whatever the exact nature of your stress, it’s likely that others can relate. This counseling support group provides an opportunity for students to connect with and learn from each other, self-reflect, and gain insight into effective coping strategies, and ultimately, develop the internal resilience necessary for navigating this chapter of life in the most fulfilling and productive way possible.

Growth & Connection Process Group

  • Tuesdays | 3:30-5 pm
    September 20-December
  • Norco Building, 2nd Floor

This interpersonal process group is designed for students who want to explore personal growth, better understand themselves and others, and experience greater fulfillment in their relationships. Topics likely to be discussed include assertiveness, authenticity, social anxiety, self-esteem, loneliness, and obstacles to intimacy. This group provides a safe place to explore feelings, receive and give support and feedback, and practice new, healthier ways of being, thinking, and connecting.

What can I expect?

While a group counseling experience is facilitated by a professional, in many types of groups the members usually determine the specific issues to discuss within each particular group theme. During the first session of a group, you might expect the group facilitator to define rules and boundaries within the group, and talk about the importance of confidentiality. You can also expect to develop new knowledge and skills related to your personal and social needs that can lead to more fulfilling life experiences.

Common Myths About Group

Myth: I’ll be forced to tell my deepest, darkest secrets.
Reality: You will only share what you are comfortable sharing. There is no requirement that you tell your deepest feelings and thoughts. You may find that as the group progresses, you become more comfortable expressing yourself which can be a fulfilling and affirming experience.

Myth: I don’t feel comfortable talking with people I don’t know, so I probably won’t benefit.
Reality: Many people have thought of the idea of talking in front of a group to be worrying as well, so you are not alone in this. Just listening to another group member can be a valuable experience. Hearing someone else share their thoughts or feelings may help you find that you are not alone in your experiences. As you listen, you will find that you have many things in common with other group members, and as they work on a concern, you can learn more about yourself.

Myth: I will be humiliated or attacked by group members or the leader.
Reality: Sometimes, hearing feedback about ourselves is hard to hear. The group leaders have a specific task to create a safe and supportive environment, making sure that all feedback is given in the most caring and respectful way. It is sometimes hard to find friends or family that can point things out to us in a helpful and caring manner, which is why groups can be so effective because they allow feedback to be given in a way that will be most beneficial for you.
Contact Information

To see the groups that are currently meeting, please email Brian Davies briandavies@boisestate.edu