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is group counseling and can it help me?
the UCC offers variety of group therapy experiences. The great advantage
of group therapy is that you not only can count on the expertise
of the psychologists or counselors who facilitate the group but
you also can get in touch with other students who are going through
similar struggles like you.
Groups at the UCC are
designed for: 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.
I eligible for group counseling services?
students currently enrolled at the University of Notre Dame are
eligible for counseling services.
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 shows that students really 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.
are the group therapists?
lead by psychologists or counselors who have training in group therapy
and an expertise in the specific areas that a group has been designed
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 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 couple of weeks of classes. Some groups
start mid-semester or have a kind of "rolling admissions" as the
group has openings. Call us to find out.
much does it cost?
can I expect group counseling to be like?
There is no
charge for the first intake appointment. There is a small fee of
$2.00 per session for group therapy. Students are offered unlimited
credit and can defer payments. If fees still pose a problem, arrangements
will be made.
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.
groups are being offered this semester
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.