Group therapy gives students an opportunity to meet other students like themselves and share their problems and concerns. Typically six to eight students meet face-to-face once a week with one or more group therapists to talk about what's troubling them. Group members are able to learn alternative behaviors to resolve difficulties and develop new social skills and ways of relating to people. Most importantly, people learn they are not alone in their struggles and find it encouraging hearing that other people face similar challenges.
Counseling groups and workshops available in this semester are described below. This is a free and confidential service to all Buffalo State students. Please speak with your counselor or call the Counseling Center for more information at: 716-878-4436. We look forward to seeing you!
Cognitive Behavioral Skills (CBT) Group: An educational / skills therapy approach based on the principles of social learning. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of treatment that focuses on examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. CBT is structured and directive, collaborative, goal-focused and time-limited (ongoing throughout the semester).
Inside Out: LGBT and Questioning Support Group: Inside Out is a support/discussion group that provides a safe space in which students can freely discuss issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. This confidential group is for any student who identifies as LGBT or Questioning whether they are years into the coming out process or have only just begun .Topics of discussion include self-acceptance, societal stigma and stereotypes, the life-long process of coming out, fluidity of sexual orientation and gender identity, LGBT history, and connecting with the LGBT community in Western New York.
Understanding Self and Others: Most conflicts in our lives come from a breakdown in communication due to having difficulty understanding or being understood by another person. This group will provide opportunities to increase awareness of your strengths, limitations, values, and prior experiences that can influence your ability to effectively communicate with others. Group members will participate in interactive activities, discussion, and skill building practice to build awareness of ways to be more effective communicators with people in your lives.
Stress Management Group: An experiential approach to stress management. Participants learn different techniques to reduce and control their stress. Participants will learn guided meditation, mindfulness practices, progressive muscle relaxation, and more. Each session will concentrate on one technique that participants will be able to implement in their own lives immediately following the session.
Seeking Safety: An evidenced-based coping skills group designed for individuals who’ve experienced adverse situation or trauma. Seeking Safety is a structured, educational group focused on learning skills necessary to manage the symptoms of trauma and reduce use of unhealthy coping skills. Topics covered include: taking back your power, setting boundaries in relationships, compassion, coping with triggers, healing from anger, and detaching from emotional pain.
For more information about the workshops and training contact The Counseling Center at 716- 878-4436
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