Group Counseling

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  1. What is group counseling and can it help me?
  2. Am I eligible for group counseling?
  3. Can I trust that group counseling will be confidential?
  4. Who are the group therapists?
  5. How do I join a group and when does it start?
  6. How much does it cost?
  7. What can I expect group counseling to be like?
  8. What groups are being offered this semester

What is group counseling and can it help me?
Each semester, the UCC offers a variety of group therapy experiences. In group therapy, can count on the expertise of the counselors who facilitate the group, and you can also get to know other students who are experiencing similar issues as you.

Groups at the UCC are designed for students who want to understand themselves and others in greater depth. These may be students who have concerns about relationships with others; students who feel different from their peers because of the type of problem currently being experienced; and/or students who make choices based on what others want or expect instead of evaluating decisions for themselves. A common theme for group participants is wanting to learn how to change thinking, feelings, and/or behavior to feel better about themselves and cope more effectively with life.

Am I eligible for group counseling services?
Degree-seeking students currently enrolled at the University of Notre Dame are eligible for counseling services.

Can I trust that group counseling will be confidential?
The UCC staff is ethically committed to confidentiality and federal and state laws require it. That means that even your attendance in a group at UCC is kept private and confidential by our staff. The issue of confidentiality is an important one which is always addressed in the group immediately. Group members are asked to make a commitment to protect each other by agreeing not to divulge details which would identify you outside of group. While it is okay to share your own group experience with friends or family, it is not okay to discuss other members in any way. While we at the UCC cannot provide you an absolute guarantee of confidentiality since we cannot control every group member, our experience indicates that students respect each other’s privacy, because they want their privacy respected as much as you do.

Several issues do not remain confidential and are based on the issue of protection. If someone appears to be planning harm to self (suicide), harm to others (homicide), or is aware of children or elderly individuals who are being abused, the counselor is legally bound to break confidentiality in order to provide individuals the assistance they need. Click here for more information about confidentiality.

Who are the group therapists?
Groups are lead by counselors who have training in group therapy and expertise in the specific areas that a group has been designed for.

How do I join a group and when does it start?
Every semester, a variety of different groups are offered, and you can check out our current semester’s groups. If you are interested in joining a group, call 574-631-7336 to schedule an individual meeting with the group therapist(s), who will recommend whether the group could be of benefit to you. Most groups start near the beginning of the semester, so be sure you call within the first few weeks of classes. Some groups start mid-semester or have a kind of “rolling admissions” as the group has openings.

How much does it cost?
There is no cost for services at the UCC.

What can I expect group counseling to be like?
Groups can offer an intense, thought-provoking experience. The secret strength of group therapy is in the unique blend of professionals and clients united in the challenge of growth.

What groups are being offered this semester
Groups are organized and offered every fall and spring semester. Most organize and fill up to capacity (usually 6-9 members) within the first month of the semester. However, some groups remain “open” to accept new members even up until the last month of the semester. Check out our list of the personal growth groups and the theme-centered groups that are currently being offered by the Counseling Center this semester here.