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Groups and Workshops

Group counseling provides a supportive environment for students to talk confidentially with other students who share similar concerns or experiences. A group can be a great source of feedback, support, and a place to share creative ideas for how to cope with personal or interpersonal challenges. The clinicians at the Counseling Center make every effort to offer therapy groups to all students, both undergraduate and graduate. The ideal size for a therapy group is approximately seven or eight members. We make every effort to run a group if we have at least four interested students.

If you would like more information regarding any of the groups identified below, or you are interested in forming another type of group, please call our office at 603-646-9442.

Winter 2018 Group and Workshops

Anxiety Toolbox Workshop (ATW)

What is Anxiety Toolbox? Anxiety Toolbox is a fast-paced three session seminar specifically designed to help people who struggle with a variety of anxiety related concerns (e.g., panic attacks, Generalized Anxiety, test anxiety). The goal of this seminar is to provide education on anxiety and to teach coping skills for managing anxiety symptoms.

Why does Anxiety Toolbox use a 3-session model? Teaching Anxiety Toolbox over the course of three sessions allows you sufficient time to learn the concepts with time to practice between sessions. Keeping it to three 50-minute sessions allows you to find time in your busy schedule to learn the skills.

Interested in ATW? ATW is a referral based workshop. Call the Counseling Center at 603-646-9442 to request a triage appointment with one of our counselors to talk about a referral to the workshop.


Anxiety Therapy Group (ATG)

The Anxiety Therapy Group (ATG) will build on the skills students learned from the Anxiety Toolbox Workshop. Similar to the workshop, students will receive some instruction on ways to manage their anxiety; however, instead of didactic instruction, clients will actively engage each other in processing various ways they are managing anxiety. Students will continue to learn mindfulness exercises and a CBT framework will be used to guide the work.

Pre-requisite: Anxiety Toolbox Workshop or referral by a Counseling Center clinician


Understanding Self and Others (US0)

Understanding Self and Others (USO) group meets once a week for 1.5 hours, and it is open to all ages and genders. In this type of group therapy, 6-10 people meet face-to-face with two trained therapists and talk about a broad range of issues facing students, including academics, peer or romantic relationships, family issues, personal growth, and self-esteem. The group will offer honest, gentle feedback about ways that you might be behaving that are counterproductive and/or hurtful to yourself or others. These interactions give members an opportunity to explore new ways of behaving and learn more about how they interact with others in a safe environment. The content of the group session is confidential, so what happens in the group stays in the group.

Interested in USO Group? USO Group is a referral based group. Call the Counseling Center at 603-646-9442 to request a triage appointment with one of our counselors to talk about a referral to the group.


Return from Medical Withdrawal Group (RFMW)

The Return from Medical Withdrawal (RFMW) Group is a weekly support group for students who have recently returned to campus from medical withdrawal. It is a therapist facilitated group where students can come together and talk about the challenges of returning to campus after spending time away and support one another during the transition back.

Interested in RFMW Group? If you are returning from Medical Withdrawal and would like to join the group, please Call the Counseling Center at 603-646-9442.


DBT informed (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) Group

DBT is a 6-8 session group focused on developing skills to effectively manage intense and distressing emotions, improve relationships, and increase a sense of self-efficacy and success in all life and social domains. This group is based on a behavioral therapy technique developed by Marsha Linehan. DBT focuses on four sets of skills: 1) mindfulness; 2) emotion regulation; 3) distress tolerance; 4) interpersonal effectiveness. By the end of the group, students will have an expanded capacity to manage and deal with emotions and experience greater sense of efficacy and satisfaction in relationships.

Interested in DBT? DBT Group is a referral based group. Call the Counseling Center at 603-646-9442 to request a triage appointment with one of our counselors to talk about a referral to the group.


International Student Discussion Group (ISD)

International Student Discussion Group: If you are an international undergraduate or graduate student at Dartmouth, and are looking to connect with other international students to share experiences, discuss the transition to living in the U.S., gather information and resources, and explore ways to take care of yourself - join us for dinner and discussion on Thursday nights at FOCO.

When: Thursdays, January 18th - March 1st
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: FOCO

No referral needed.


Setback to Comeback...A Group for Injured Athletes

What if your SETBACK was really a SET-UP for an epic COMEBACK? The Injured Athletes Group is for Varsity athletes who are dealing with physical injuries and concussions working on their comeback this term! This group offers: support from other athletes; strategies to manage injury and rehabilitation; stress management; goal setting.

When: Tuesdays, January 23rd - February 20th
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where: Collis 212

Phone (603-646-9378) or email Katelyn McPherson in Athletics to sign up.


For more information or questions regarding current groups or workshops, or to express your interest in other group types, please contact the Counseling Center at 603-646-9442 or e-mail




Last Updated: 1/29/18