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The staff of Counseling & Human Development offer therapy and support groups to undergraduate and graduate students each term. Groups generally start within 2 weeks of the start of each term. Enrollment is on a first-come-first served basis and is usually limited to no less than 4 students but no more than 10. Students interested in participating in these groups should contact the Counseling Office at 603-646-9442, or e-mail CHD@Dartmouth.edu.

The Counseling & Human Development Department offers several groups each term. However, these groups may or may not run unless there is sufficient interest.  We encourage students to contact us if they are interested in a group not listed below - we will explore organizing it.

For more information or questions regarding groups, please contact Todd Lindsley at 603-646-9442 or e-mail to Todd.Lindsley@Dartmouth.edu.

Groups we have run in the past include:

General Counseling Group

May be formed for undergraduate or graduate men and/or women. This group deals with a broad range of issues facing students, including academics, peer or romantic relationships, family issues, personal growth, and self-esteem. Group goals are expressing feelings, giving and receiving feedback, learning trust and improving interpersonal relationships.

Students Returning from Medical Leave

A supportive time to help understand the reasons for a medical leave and the transitional issues commonly faced when returning to campus.

Undecided Seniors Group

Weekly support group for graduating seniors who are undecided about their life after Dartmouth. Issues may include uncertainties with career plans, conflicts in family relationships and the future of romantic relationships. Where will I go, what will I do, who will I do it with?

Survivors of Sexual Violence

Survivors of sexual abuse face many challenges as a result of their violation. The groups (we offer separate groups for men and women) for those who have been sexually abused as children or adults offer a safe place in which to explore these challenges. Group members will have the opportunity to receive and give support, thus facilitating the healing process. Some of the focuses will be trust, safety, relationships, and balancing these issues with other facets of life.

Depression Management

This group is open to any Dartmouth Student struggling with ongoing or intermittent symptoms of depression. This group will focus on helping each other to identify the triggers of depression and active behavioral and cognitive strategies to deal with the disruptive symptoms.

Grief Support Group

Have you experienced a recent loss through the death of a family member or close friend? Are you experiencing disbelief, numbness, sadness, depression, or anger around the person's death? Are you needing help dealing with your feelings of loss? This group will provide students with a safe place to share their experiences of loss through death and discuss ways to cope with their feelings of grief.

Students of Color Support Group

Being a student of color on a predominantly white campus can take its toll emotionally and academically. This group will allow participants to share feelings, explore racial identity and white privilege, develop positive self-esteem and understand how differences influence their everyday relationships to themselves or others.

Choices

Choices is a group that allows members to explore their relationship with alcohol and other drugs. The group also provides students an opportunity to talk about their chemical use. Some group topics include coping, stress reduction, peer and intimate relationships, family dynamics, college life, cognitive restructuring, communication, leisure time, wellness, and self-care skills. The group is not an AA group and is open to all persons who are interested in addressing their alcohol or other drug use. You do not have to be an "addict" or "alcoholic" to participate.

Binge Eating Disorder Group

The Eating Disorder group is for Dartmouth undergraduates and graduate students who have struggled with their body image, binging, and/or purging.

The group is designed to provide a safe environment for students to begin to view themselves more kindly and realistically, and to learn healthy eating habits and coping skills.  We will discuss cultural aspects related to eating disorders, teach mindfulness techniques, and introduce ways to improve one's relationship with both food and people.  We hope that by the end of the term, students will have a greater understanding of how the experience and management of emotions affects body image, eating patterns, and expectations of self.  The group will leave some time each week for open discussions.

Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Support Group

This support group will explore topics/issues such as: coping with coming out again and again; navigating friendships, romantic relationships and family issues; integrating the past, present and future; how the Dartmouth community affects you; and exploring other issues group members feel are important.

Dissertation Writing

This group will focus on personal and academic issues in the dissertation process and include such topics as determining priorities, commitment, managing dissertation anxieties and blues, academic and personal relationships, dissertation doubts, triumphs, and survival skills. All levels of graduate students are welcome.

Managing Stress

Do you take on too many responsibilities and then get stressed out by the schedule you have created for yourself? Do you get overwhelmed in looking at projects that you need to do? Do the days and weeks get away from you and you find yourself up against deadlines you still thought you had loads of time to get to? This group will explore the traps people set up for themselves in creating stress as well as strategies for dealing with the inevitable stresses that we all need to deal with. The group is open to enrolled Dartmouth students.

Asian/Asian-American Group

Facilitated by CHD counselors who are Asian, this group for Asian/Asian-American students, undergraduate and graduate, focuses on issues students encounter related to being Asian or Asian-American within the Dartmouth Community.  Members discuss their experiences and learn about others' experiences in a safe setting that facilitates students' sharing, connecting them with one another, and understanding more about what being Asian/Asian-American means to them.

Other theme groups may be arranged depending upon expressed interest of potential group members. Some themes include but are not limited to:

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Last Updated: 9/29/14