Old Dominion University's Office of Counseling Services (OCS) offers both theme-centered discussion groups and interpersonal process counseling groups. There are no session limits on group participation. Most groups begin and end with each semester and meet once a week for 1 to 1.5 hours. Groups are typically led by 1-2 counselors.
Interpersonal Process Counseling Groups help students to better understand themselves and interpersonal problems that may be underlying their concerns. In these groups, students have the opportunity to discuss their concerns, receive feedback from others, and try out new ways of relating to others. Many times students feel very alone and isolated in their problems. Participating in group counseling allows students to realize that although their situations may be unique, the underlying feelings may be very similar to others. Most students really look forward to attending group each week and find the support they receive and provide to others to be very meaningful.
Group I - Tuesdays 3-4:30 p.m.
Group leaders: Katie Hughes, MSW, LCSW and Miranda Johnson-Parries, M.S.Ed.
Group II - Wednesdays 3-4:30 p.m.
Group leaders: Saharay Cosio, PsyD, LCP and Takeshia Williams
If you are interested in learning more about these groups, please call 757-683-4401 and ask to schedule an intake. Please inform the intake counselor that you are interested in learning more about if group counseling may be helpful for you.
Theme-centered discussion groups focus on a specific topic or population and help students by providing information, discussion, support, and skill development. Many students find it helpful to talk with peers who are handling similar concerns in an open, relaxed, and non-judgmental environment. OCS has offered the following groups during the fall and spring semesters: Women of Color Discussion Group, Men's Discussion Group, Mind and Body Wellness Group, and Adding Curves to the Straight and Narrow: Women's Group. OCS is currently offering the following theme-centered discussion group during the summer 2013 semester:
Dissertation/Thesis Group - Mondays 3-4:30 p.m. at OCS
Provides a confidential, nurturing, supportive environment in which it becomes safe again to work. The other group members, even though they may be in widely varied fields, help reconstitute one's cohort, which has often scattered by the time one is working on the dissertation. If you are interested in participating, please contact Frank Kuo, PhD, at 757-683-4401 to set up group screen.