Group therapy is support for students who would like to increase self-awareness and learn new ways to cope with personal and interpersonal challenges. CESS offers group therapy because it is an effective, evidence-based treatment choice for many. Although some apprehensiveness is natural, most students report that their group experience was ultimately helpful and exceeded their expectations. Groups are confidential and free of charge to KUMC students and residents.
What type of workshops and groups does CESS offer? CESS Workshop and Group Therapy Schedule
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CESS offers wellness skills workshops and process therapy groups for a variety of year-round constituencies. Workshops focus on specific topics and present useful tools to address common interests (e.g., assertive communication, dissertation writing, etc.). Workshops typically consist of eight to ten members and one facilitator who meet for a designated number of sessions. Pre-registration is required. CESS also offers process therapy groups for particular populations (e.g., people of color, LGBTQ+, etc.) and clinical concerns (e.g., interpersonal growth, weight management, etc.). Groups provide a safe and collaborative environment where students can share unique experiences and perspectives, receive feedback from others, and try out new behaviors. Groups typically consist of five to ten members and one or two facilitators who meet weekly for 60 to 90 minutes. Group screening is required.
How do I join a group? To register for workshop, simply email the facilitator before the first session. However, a referral to a process therapy group needs to be made through a CESS therapist. If you have not consulted with us, please log on to Med Consult Portal to schedule a PSY Initial Appointment. During this meeting, a therapist will assess if group therapy is an appropriate modality to address your treatment needs. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about group therapy, as well as establish your goals for group. If you are an existing client at CESS, simply consult your therapist about group therapy.
Establish goals. Think about what you would like to get out of group. Setting viable targets for growth and change can help you to tailor your group experience and assess your progress. Take time before each meeting to consider your expectations for that session.
Express your feelings. The genuine expression of emotion will have far greater value than the expression of ideas or information. Challenge yourself to be emotionally available to and vulnerable with the other members. The group may assist you in learning how to integrate your thoughts and emotions in a balanced way.
Be an active group member. Group interaction enriches self-paced discovery. We support you in taking risks and stretching yourself in ways that optimize your group experience.
Be patient with yourself. All of your coping skills, behavior patterns, and self-perceptions have been learned and reinforced over a long period of time. Therefore change can be challenging. Honor yourself by being patient and trusting the group process.