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The staff of Counseling and Human Development offer therapy and support groups to undergraduate and graduate students each term. Groups generally start within two weeks from the start of each term. Enrollment is on a first come-first serve 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 646-9442, or e-mail

The Counseling and Human Development Department offers several groups each term. However, these groups may or may not run unless there is sufficient interest.

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Past and Future CHD Groups

Groups meet weekly for 90 minutes. Day and times are arranged by each group. Enrollment is free. For more information, please blitz or contact Mark Hiatt at 646-9442 or e-mail to

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?

Adult Children of Alcoholics Group (ACOA)

For those who want to understand the effects of growing up in a family where alcohol is abused. Issues can range from identity, self-esteem, expressing feelings, developing trusting relationships, and understanding one's family role.

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.

Adult Children of Divorcing Parents

The divorce process of parents is drawn out. Tensions, anxiousness, divided loyalties, feelings of betrayal and the possibility of having to take sides, are some of the resulting inner conflicts. We need to talk about these tensions with our friends but soon find "the divorce" and our personal reactions to it take over our lives. For our own personal growth it can be extremely helpful to talk about our experiences openly with others who are experiencing many of the same issues but perhaps in a different way. The support group for Students of Divorcing Parents will provide a larger, more open perspective, in the work of re-establishing our personal balance.

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.

Parent Group

Students who are parents and their partners lead incredibly rich and stressful lives. There are many demands and transitions that need constant care and attention. This group will focus on the special issues of student parents/partners and include such topics as child care, communication, stress relief, prioritizing and discipline. The group is open to students who are parents and/or their partners.

Men's Support Group

This group is open to any Dartmouth man. The group will focus on sharing the special issues and struggles that the group members encounter here at Dartmouth. The group will provide a safe and confidential place to openly express fears, struggles and triumphs. Examples of topics discussed include intimacy and anger management.

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 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 his/her alcohol or other drug use. One does not have to be an "addict" or "alcoholic" to participate.

Academic Support Group

The Counseling Office, Deans Office and Academic Skills Center will be combining their efforts to offer a support group for those students who are returning from academic "probation, warning or risk". This is a very sensitive (almost taboo) topic to discuss with friends or acquaintances. The group will provide a special relationship with your peers where you will feel that very rare opportunity of being able to discuss openly the academic aspects of your life. Tentative plans are to discuss and formulate personal strategies to resolve the problems of: procrastination, lack of attention, concentration and motivation, anxieties, and negative self-assumptions which interfere with one's abilities to personally achieve.

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 effects you; and exploring other issues group members feel are important.

Graduate Student Therapy Group

This is a psychotherapy group that provides an opportunity to explore, with peers, the challenges of being a graduate student. The issues to be addressed are not limited to, but may include self-esteem, time management, relationships and family issues. There will be an emphasis on giving and receiving feedback.

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.

Graduate Student/Partner Support Group

Did you move to the Upper Valley because your partner is a Dartmouth Graduate Student? Are you wondering how to maintain a relationship that no longer feels like a priority? Do you worry about the prospect of supporting a partner who is more often stressed than not? Does it feel like your own life is viewed as less important? You may want to consider this group. The purpose is to support significant others who provide support to graduate students. Issues to be addressed may include: communication, creative problem solving, finding community resources and other common issues that you bring to the group.

Medication Management

This group offers students who are taking psychiatric medication for a psychiatric condition. A confidential setting in which to share their experiences with other students. Students will discuss the impact being on psychiatric medications has had on them as well as have a forum to explore the pros and cons of medication.

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: 4/2/14