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 the CPS Workshops and Trainings page.
Fall 2017 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 schedule group meetings at a time that best accommodates the majority of students who express interest.
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
Improving your Social Confidence
For students whose social anxiety interferes with their lives in some way, and who would like to learn ways to manage this anxiety and cope with it when it arises. It is a skills based group (utilizing mindfulness as well as acceptance and commitment therapy) that is open to people with social anxiety. Each session builds on the content of previous sessions, so it is important to attend all sessions (12 sessions in total). Please contact Rachel Rush, LCSW to schedule a screening.
Making Peace with Food
A psychoeducational support group for men and women who struggle with their relationship to food and are preoccupied with their body/weight. The group aims to help members develop a more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies. Members will learn various coping strategies in order to reduce their reliance on food when facing difficult challenges.
For students whose stress interferes with their lives in some way, and who would like to learn ways to manage this stress and cope with it when it arises. It is a skills based group (mindfulness skills, CBT, ACT) that is open to people with many different types of anxiety and/or stress. Each session builds on the content of previous sessions, so it is important to attend all sessions (9 sessions in total). Please contact Rachel Rush, LCSW to schedule a screening.
Men of Color Support Group
Queer Academics at Columbia
Discussion group to meet other LGBTQ graduate students to discuss concerns about our community. No screening necessary. Group meets in the Lerner 8 conference room.
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.
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.
Wellness and Resilience Building Group: Supporting International Fieldwork
The group is open to all students returning from or departing for international fieldwork, including SIPA internships abroad, humanitarian and development aid, human rights work, journalism, etc. The group will focus on building coping skills & resilience skills prior to departure, returning from the field & reintegration, fostering hope & meaning, combating burnout, compassion fatigue, traumatic stress, and vicarious trauma.
A brief phone screening is required prior to joining the group. For more information and to join, please contact Eugenia Cherkasskaya, Ph.D. *This group will be held at IAB, OSA conference room (6th floor).
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.