Group Therapy

Counseling & Psychiatry
Spring 2018

Process Groups
Requires pre-group orientation

Understanding Self & Others
US&O groups are focused on students who present with unhealthy or ineffective relationship patterns at the root of (or related to) their distress.  These groups are focused on helping the members learn to communicate honestly and assertively about their feelings, needs, and thoughts and to learn to tolerate the distress/discomfort related to vulnerability and interpersonal intimacy.  Members work on a variety of issues - like depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, low self-esteem, issues of family conflict or abuse, etc.

Undergraduate Students
Mondays 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Mondays 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Thursdays 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Graduate & Non-Traditional Students
Tuesdays 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Mixed Graduate & Undergraduate Students
Thursdays 3:00-4:30 p.m. (Male Identified Only)
Thursdays 4:30-6:00 p.m. (Female Identified Only)


Skill-Building Groups
Requires pre-group orientation with leaders

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Group
Members learn how to manage their mental health challenges by becoming aware of how thoughts influence their responses to situations that cause stress, sadness, or other general concerns. Members learn the cognitive model to help overcome their difficulties by changing their thinking, behavior, and emotional responses.
Mondays 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Mood & Food
This group is a safe space for those who struggle with issues related to food. Students who have body image issues, over-exercise, obsess about food and weight loss, overeat, binge, purge or restrict food are welcome in this group. The focus is not only on the exploration of eating behaviors, but also on the underlying causes that sustain these eating struggles. The goal of this group is to help its members gain a deeper understanding of their struggles with food, and to help them develop new coping options and challenge old ideas.
Thursdays 2:30-4:00 p.m.

Mindful Eating
This group is for students who may struggle with over eating, feeling out of control when they eat, or use food to cope with emotional stress.  This group will provide an introduction to mindful eating and help participants better understand their relationship with food. Members will better recognize the differences between physical and emotional hunger and feel greater control over their choices related to food. This group will be facilitated by a psychologist and registered dietitian.   
Wednesdays 2:30-4:00 p.m.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Informed Group
Do you feel like you struggle with managing your emotions? Do you feel like you are ineffective in your relationships? Do you ever think about harming yourself or have suicidal thoughts? Do you engage in any behaviors that reduce the quality of your life?
This group teaches specific skills to deal with life’s challenges. Student’s participating in this group will learn how to: be fully present in the moment, effectively manage emotions, handle distress without losing control or acting destructively, and improve relationships. Groups are held every week for 1.5 hours.
Mondays 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 2:30-4:00 p.m.

Overcoming Social Anxiety
Social Anxiety is the fear of social interactions or situations such that feelings of judgment, worry, or self-consciousness prompt you to avoid social situations or to remain in them with extreme dread. Overcoming Social Anxiety is an interactive group, which uses modules to provide psychoeducation and skills to help you move through unpleasant emotions while also gaining distance from anxious thoughts through mindfulness and acceptance. Begin to change your relationship with social anxiety and find out what you’ve been missing!
Wednesdays 1:30-3:00 p.m.


Support Groups
Requires pre-group orientation with leaders

Stronger Together
This group aims to create a safe and secure environment for women survivors of sexual abuse and/or assault. It hopes to provide support and increased coping skills for group members who may be struggling with current relationships, sexuality, self-esteem or other issues.
Wednesdays 3:00-4:30 p.m.

T-Time
This group is for students who identify as trans, gender fluid, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, or have a unique gender experience that may not be readily understood or supported by others. We aim to create a space where students can feel comfortable being their true selves, and talk about the issues faced on a daily basis in school, sex, relationships, family, health settings, and other facets of life and transition. The group will have a supportive intent, with the knowledge that additional coping skills related to living in a biased society may be learned.
Fridays 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Losing Doubt
This group is for individuals who may find it challenging to communicate their needs, doubt their self-worth, struggle with shame, and want to develop a clear sense of personal power. Group members will not only learn about the importance of being vulnerable, rejecting shame, and leading a value driven life ,but they will also be given the space to practice these concepts in creative ways and work together to meet goals and thrive.
Mondays 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Skill Building Workshops
Does not require pre-group orientation, but registration is required for the dates you wish to attend and space is limited.

Taming Your Worry
This 4-week workshop series uses principles of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to allow students to start living life more fully.  This workshop will help you get a closer look at your worried mind and teach you skills to address your worry in a growth fostering way.  This group will also help you identify what is important to you and how to go about achieving your dreams while changing your perspective on anxiety.   Given the sequencing of skills, commitment to attend all four sessions is required. 
Tuesdays 2/6/18 - 2/27/18 at 1:10-2:40 p.m.
Thursdays 3/1/18 – 3/29/18 at 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 4/4/18 – 4/25/18 at 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Conquering Test Anxiety
Test anxiety prevents you from performing optimally and demonstrating what you know when it is time to take the test. Test anxiety is NOT the same as being anxious during a test because you are unprepared or do not understand the material. Students who experience test anxiety may experience physical symptoms, such as an upset stomach, sweaty palms, a racing heart, etc. Students may also have trouble recalling information they know well.  Often, students spend time during the test thinking about what the professor will think if they do poorly on the exam or wondering how other people are performing. If test anxiety is interfering with your performance or your quality of life this workshop will help you Recognize anxious thoughts, Relax your body, and Remember what you know!
Monday Feb. 26th & Monday March 5th / 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday April 10th & Tuesday April 17th / 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Cat Got Your Tongue? Assertive Communication in Today’s World
Are you sick of your voice not being heard? Are you tired of people telling you you’re aggressive? “You’re too quiet” “Speak your mind” “You let people run all over you” You talk too much” ‘You don’t listen” “I can’t talk to you” “You’re too aggressive” All of these are reasons for students to join our new 2-week workshop, Cat Got Your Tongue? During this workshop students will learn and practice assertive communication skills. This will be an interactive skill-based workshop. Topics may include: The difference between passive, aggressive & assertive communication styles, asking for what you want, saying no, and negotiating conflict without damaging relationships. 
Thursday Feb. 15th & Thursday Feb. 22nd / 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday March 27th & Tuesday April 3rd /2:30-4:00 p.m.
Monday April 16th & Monday April 23rd / 1:30-2:50 p.m.

Community Groups sponsored by CAP

BlackSpace (formerly known as Jamaa) is a community group for Black students (undergraduate, graduate, or professional) attending USC that is sponsored and facilitated by the Counseling Center. One of the reasons BlackSpace was created was to ensure a safe space for Black students to talk about how issues of culture, race, and ethnicity influence their experience of being a student at a predominately White campus.

Every second and fourth Thursday of each month from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Intersection Lounge in the West Wing of Russell House
January 25, February 8, February 22, March 8, March 22, April 12, April 26