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Support for students offered through group therapy on wide-ranging topics

Therapy in a group setting can be a productive and supportive way to address common concerns.

Case Western Reserve University undergraduate and graduate students can participate in a variety of groups offered by University Health and Counseling Services and Disability Services.

Through these programs, students meet as a group with one or more clinicians to explore a specific topic and develop coping skills.

Some groups are offered for a limited timeframe, while others are ongoing.

Students interested in participating in any of the groups can stop by University Counseling Service in Sears Library Building, Room 220, to establish care and be referred to the appropriate group. Those already seeing a university therapist can speak with them directly for a referral.

For more information call 216.368.5872 or email

Learn more about group therapy offered for students.

Check-in Group

Fridays from 1 to 2 p.m.

Have you struggled to remain in school because of personal or mental health concerns? Have you had to take time off from school in order to seek treatment?

This group is for students who are trying to stay on track academically while also taking care of their emotional, psychological and mental health care needs. Group members offer support and encouragement to each other, share their successes, and address emerging stressors and concerns before they become overwhelming and unmanageable.

Support Group for Women Earning PhDs

Fridays from 10:45 a.m. to noon

This support group is offered for students who identify as female and want to come together to explore and process the challenges and struggles of being a in a PhD program.

Members of the group discuss ways to:

  • Balance school and personal life;
  • Manage relationships with advisors and peers; and
  • Improve self-confidence and self-efficacy.

Hot Mess Express

Fridays from noon to 1 p.m.

Need to regulate your sleep schedule? Struggling with procrastination? Having difficulty creating a work-life balance? Get back on track with the Hot Mess Express.

Attendees of this 10-week Executive Functioning Group will gain an understanding of how their brain works and receive practical approaches regarding positive self-care, sticking with tasks, improving focus and attention, and more.

For more information, including location updates, email

Campus Connections

This group is for students with social anxiety and other social impairments who would like help navigating and connecting to the university campus and community.

Topics covered include:

  • Identifying campus resources;
  • Initiating and sustaining healthy relationships;
  • Transitioning to residence hall living;
  • Learning about campus clubs and organizations; and
  • Becoming more independent.

For more information, including location updates, email

Grief Group

This eight-week group is designed for students who have recently experienced the death of a loved one. It is a process-oriented group that invites members to share their feelings of grief and to be supported by other students who have experienced similar losses. It is intended to help break the isolation of grief and provide meaningful tools for coping.

Students interested in attending will be invited to an individual one-time session with the group facilitator to discuss the group in further detail and to determine if the group is a good fit.

The date and time for this group is to be determined.

Resilience Enhancement Group

The group is for students who are interested in changing patterns of behavior that are no longer helpful.

Individuals will learn skills to effectively manage stress, anxiety and other distressing emotions through an approach based in mindfulness that balances self-acceptance with change.

Distress, emotional pain, interpersonal difficulties, and behavioral problems such as over- or under-eating, using substances, self-injuring, losing control, or “using-up” relationships can make it incredibly difficult to function.

In this group, participants target the issues that cause distress and promote coping skills that can be used in place of previously established self-defeating behaviors within a framework of acceptance: We are doing the best we can, even though we may need to learn ways that work better.

The date and time for this group is to be determined.

Mood and Food

Mood and Food is designed for students who are struggling to cultivate a healthier relationship with food, their bodies and themselves.

Mood and Food will provide students with a safe space to explore their feelings and get support, whether they are struggling with:

  • Restrictive and over-controlled eating;
  • Binge eating;
  • Purging behaviors;
  • Excessive exercise;
  • Negative body image; and/or
  • An unhealthy connection between their self-worth and their relationship with food or appearance.

Topics will include:

  • Psychoeducation about nutrition and moderation;
  • Diet culture;
  • Body image;
  • Perfectionism;
  • Learning your triggers; and
  • Increasing self-esteem, with an overall focus on developing effective coping skills.

The date and time for this group is to be determined.