Your invitation to group work –
The Counseling Center offers a variety of growth/experiential groups which allow participants
to gain the insight and courage necessary to take action to improve the quality of
their lives. Counselors have chosen fun, informative, and thought provoking activities
designed to help participants safely explore themes related to developing a firm sense
of who they are and what they want out of life. Commitment to a group allows one to
build trust, give and receive genuine feedback, practice interpersonal skills, and
experiment with new ways of relating to the world. Group work is often the most beneficial
counseling choice for healthy college students striving to grow and to make their
lives more fulfilling.
How do I get involved in group counseling?
The Counseling Center continues to offer a wide variety of group treatment experiences.
The availability of group therapy during a given semester varies depending on student
interest and staff schedules.
If you are interested in participating in one of the following groups or if you have
any ideas for additional types of groups you would like to see offered, please call
the Counseling Center at (716)673-3424. Below are a list of sample of our most popular offerings:
- Women’s Group – This group will explore different issues that impact women’s day-to-day lives and
allow group members to work with one another to explore these issues and discover
more about themselves as women. Topics covered will include body image, friendships,
positive sexuality, and strength and empowerment. Participants will explore these
topics as a way to discover different aspects of their identity and to make meaning
of their lived experiences.
- LGBTQ Group -- This group will explore the different aspects of sexual and gender identities.
Members will have the opportunity to discuss and discover what their own sexual and
gender identities mean to them as individuals and as part of their families, communities,
and society. Participants will also uncover how to integrate these meanings into their
sense of self.
- Personal Growth Group – This group will explore what it takes to build a happy and meaningful life. Members
will participate in research supported, experiential exercises that promote improved
self-appraisal, emotional well-being, self-compassion, and healthy dependency. Members
will deeply explore who they are and what they want out of life. They will also gain
insight into the art of resiliency which allows one to:
- Learn to overcome most of what life puts in your way
- Have the confidence and courage to steer through new adversities
- Bounce back from major setbacks
- Reach out to broaden your worlds
- Fredonia C.A.R.E.S.
[Choice |Acceptance| Responsibility| Experience| Success]
Fredonia CARES is a SAVP initiative designed to address alcohol and other drug (AOD)
concerns on our campus. The program responds to the individual needs of students
who have been charged with a violation of the Fredonia Alcohol and Drug Policy. Additionally,
students who believe they might benefit from examining their substance use may take
part in an appropriate workshop. Students will participate in a private and confidential
consultation regarding their substance use and will be referred to one of two unique,
researched based, experiential workshops focusing on self-assessment to help better
understand the risks and impacts substance use plays in one's life; and/or individual
counseling services. The program respects an individuals' values and personal choices
regarding substance use, while recognizing that with new information, time to process
it, and support for change, most people benefit from considering behavior change and
exploring new beliefs.
Other group options, available based on interest.
- Eating Concerns Support Group
This group is designed for individuals struggling with issues related to eating, weight,
or body image. Common symptoms may include frequent thoughts of food, eating and/or
weight; secret eating and/or vomiting; feeling "fat" despite normal or low weight;
and excessive exercise. The group provides support for coping with these and other
- Rape Survivors Support Group
This group is for individuals who have experienced rape/sexual assault either on campus
or elsewhere. It is designed to provide support and to facilitate coping with symptoms
such as self-blame, anxiety, depression, and anger.
- Bereavement Group
This group is for students who have experienced the death of a family member or friend.
Grief is a natural reaction to loss, and typical feelings include depression, loneliness,
anger, guilt, shock, denial, and hope. This group provides support for dealing with
these feelings and helps facilitate movement through the grieving process.
- Men's Inquiry Workshop
Men's work is about working together to inspire each other to be the best we can be
through the development of healthy relationships with other men. When men get together
to explore questions, to share experiences, and to address issues that are deeply
important to men, they are more apt to take action out of the insights gained , and
to improve their lives and the lives of those they care about. The intention of a
Men's Inquiry Group is to create an environment where men can profoundly nurture,
trust and emotionally support one another. It is a place where together we explore
ourselves, embrace our full humanity, and deepen trust with each other. Through the
building of fellowship, an inquiry group enhances our lives, relationships, and supports
us in clarifying and fulfilling our unique missions in life.
- Men's Group
The Men’s Group is a confidential therapy group that helps men learn how to deal with
excessive or ruminative thinking, become more comfortable with difficult emotions,
and engage in behaviors that facilitate goal accomplishment. If you are a man experiencing
low motivation, feelings of sadness, anxiety, anger, isolation, or addictive behavior
please contact us to find out if this group is right for you.
- Military Friends and Family Support Group
Do you have a partner, friend, or family member in the military? Is deployment having
an impact on your relationship? Would you like to meet with others dealing with similar
issues? This group offers those whose lives are impacted by military service an opportunity
to meet and support one another.