Counseling and Psychological Services offers support groups designed to enhance life skills to students. These groups or special programs are often developed in collaboration with student groups, deans, residence advisers, and others.
For a list of workhops, visit CPS' Workshops and Trainings page.
Fall 2016 Support Groups
How to Get Started
Please contact group leaders for more information and to schedule an initial group interview, unless otherwise indicated.
Several groups listed below do not have a set time yet. The clinicians leading these groups will be scheduling the group meetings at a time that best accommodates the majority of students who express interest in attending.
ADHD Skills Group
The ADHD Group is an 11-session Cognitive-Behavioral program which addresses core symptoms and fosters proven strategies for managing ADHD. Each member of the group works from a manual to develop new skills for better organization and planning, reducing distractibility, and enhancing adaptive thinking. Speak with your psychologist or psychiatrist to be referred to the group.
Mondays, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
For students who have lost a family member, this group will focus on learning and strengthening coping strategies and getting support from others coping with loss.
A group for international graduate students. Discussion and support around topics such as acculturation, immigration and its effects on identity, intercultural friendships, and other significant issues that come up in the lives of international graduate students.
Getting Things Done
Making Peace with Food
Men of Color Support Group
For students interested in a supportive forum for exploring their experiences as self-identified men of color. We will discuss the unique challenges participants face in their academic, professional, and personal lives. The group will focus on fostering community, cultivating healthy coping mechanisms, and offering validation and encouragement.
Queer Academics at Columbia
Discussion group to meet other LGBTQ graduate students and to talk about concerns about our community. No screening, just drop by the conference room on the 8th floor of Lerner Hall.
Daniel Chiarilli, Ph.D., email@example.com
First Thursday of each month, 6:00 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Reawakening Your Healthy Self: Eating Concerns Group for Women
This support group is for women who are motivated to pursue recovery from eating concerns. Members will explore various topics connected to eating and body related issues (such as relationships, family, self concept, academics, and trauma) while working towards developing and maintaining healthy attitudes and behaviors.
Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Substance Use Concerns
Susan Vitti, Ph.D., firstname.lastname@example.org
Veterans' Support Group
A weekly support group for student veterans to come together and discuss issues related to being a veteran, a student, and everything in between. The goal of the group is to promote successful navigation of new roles and promote attainment of education, interpersonal, and professional objectives. For more information, speak with your individual counselor or email James Pollock, Ph.D.
Women Healing from Sexual Abuse in Childhood or Adolescence
Women of Color Support Group
Women's Sexual Assault Support Group
A space to talk openly about life after an assault. The group is an opportunity to connect with other survivors and safely explore the emotional, spiritual, and physical impacts in a supportive environment. We will discuss healthy coping skills and healing strategies, and address other important factors in recovery, including reactions of family, friends, and the community. This group is for women who have experienced sexual assault at age 16 or older.