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Group Counselling, Semester 1 - 2022/23

The Student Counselling Service supports the value of therapeutic and supportive groups in helping students manage distress and improve wellbeing. Groups can be very valuable for sharing one's experience with others who struggle in a similar way and exploring coping mechanisms in a supportive therapeutic environment.

Some groups focus on a particular issue that members of the group share in common. Other groups are open to any and all struggles that members might bring from week to week. Some groups require a commitment to attend, while others operate on a drop-in basis. It is very common for students to feel afraid or reluctant to join a group, but most who join report getting a huge amount from the shared experience with other students. To learn more about group therapy, please watch our video above.

All groups are free of charge.

*** Details regarding this semester's groups are still being finalised. Please check this page regularly for updates ***

Weekly Process Group (Drop In)

Date: Wednesdays (starting 5th October)

Time: 1 - 2 pm

Venue: SCS, 7-9 Sth Leinster St

The group offers students a supportive place where they can discuss any challenges they are experiencing in relation to their emotional wellbeing. It will focus on providing a place where students can connect with others in similar situations, gain psychoeducational knowledge and skills which might be useful for the distress they are experiencing and help them to reflect and gain validation and acceptance around their own individual experiences.
https://forms.gle/qZRAibsXqZDgAYN46

Addictive Behaviours Support and Recovery Group (Drop In)

Date: Tuesdays

Time: 6 - 7.30 pm

Venue: Zoom

This Addictive Behaviour Support & Recovery is a safe and confidential space for members to support each other in relation to substance and alcohol misuse and other harmful behaviours. Group participants will respect the confidentiality of others in order to maintain a safe place for members.

https://forms.gle/qZRAibsXqZDgAYN46

Rainbow Group (Drop In)

Date: Thursdays

Time: 2 - 3 pm

Venue: Seminar Room (318), SCS, 7-9 Sth Leinster St

This group aims to provide an affirming space for all members of the LGBTQ+ Community to improve their mental health and resilience through providing support to one another as well as receiving support from professional group facilitators and SCS staff. At SCS, we recognize that Trinity students who are members of the LGBTQ+ community might experience inequality, prejudice, or bias during their lives based on their gender identity or sexual orientation, which can cause increased stress during their college careers. Members of this group will have space to process concerns and stressors through a strengths-based, non-pathologizing format. All Trinity students who identify as members of the broader LGBTQ+ community are welcomed and encouraged to join.

https://forms.gle/qZRAibsXqZDgAYN46

Grad Chats (Postgraduate Support Drop-in)

Date: Thursdays during term (starting 29th September)

Time: 2 - 3 pm

Venue: Group Room, SCS, 7-9 Sth Leinster St

A support group tailored specifically to postgraduate students (PHDs, Professional Doctorates, Masters, H.Dips.) aiming at equipping students with the skills to manage stress, work-life balance, increase self-care practices, communication and assertiveness skills, and look at how best to negotiate the supervisory relationship. The support group will aim to be both educational and interactive in its delivery.

https://forms.gle/qZRAibsXqZDgAYN46

International Chats (Drop-in)

Date: Thursdays during term (starting 29th September)

Time: 3.30 - 4.30 pm

Venue: Seminar Room (318), SCS, 7-9 Sth Leinster St

This group is designed for facilitating International Students’ adjustment, academic success and personal growth. Members have opportunities to explore and share experiences, discuss different topics, engage in various group activities, and learn useful strategies. Additional topics may also include exploring identity, family relationships, dating, faiths, academic/work/financial stress, immigration, stigma, discrimination, invalidation, exclusion and the impact of these issues on their TCD experience by increasing connection, self-empowerment, and advocacy as students academically advance in a multicultural world.

https://forms.gle/qZRAibsXqZDgAYN46

Eating Concerns & Body Well-being Support Group

Date: Fridays, starting 16th September 2022 and running for 8 weeks.

Time: 2.30-4 pm

Venue: Group Room, Student Counselling Service, 7 - 9 Sth Leinster St

This group, led by Dr. Michelle Byrne, is an explorative space to uncover how student's see themselves, how they think and feel about how they look and how they think others see them. There will be an emphasis on making links between how our body image often affects the way we treat our body.

Ongoing Therapy Group

Date: Every Wednesday

Time: 6 - 7.30 pm (during term). 2.30 - 4 pm (out of term)

Venue: Group Room, SCS, 7-9 Sth Leinster Street

Facilitator: Mark Robinson

The Ongoing Therapy group at Trinity College SCS involves a group of up to ten students working with a group facilitator (therapist) in weekly therapy sessions. Group Therapy is a respected method of working through a wide range of distressing emotions such as depression, self esteem difficulties or discomfort in relationships. The characteristics of group therapy enable a type of interaction that is not possible in one to one counselling and offer a chance to learn through others, how to manage distress.

Learning Outcomes

  • to explore emotional issues and receive support and reassurance from others
  • to learn from others about how to manage distress and the chance to be creative about resolving these issues
  • to achieve insight into repeated patterns of behaviour
  • to increase confidence in group situations
  • to improve ability to seek help when encountering problems

Referral is through your counsellor

Bereavement Support Group (BSG)

Date: Group forming in the first semester of 2022-23. Please email SCS at the address below for enquiries.

Time: tbc

Venue: SCS, 7-9 Sth Leinster St

Grief is a normal part of experiencing loss. Everyone grieves differently, and most people experiencing grief won’t require more than general support and information. For those who require additional support we provide an annual Bereavement Support Group (BSG). The BSG is a small group of no more than 12 students, which meets in a safe, confidential space. The BSG gives us space to talk with others who understand grief – we take time to talk about our lost loved ones and the impact of this loss on our lives. The goal of the group is to help you process your own grief and to find a sense of healing through this.

  • The BSG meets annually for six 90-minute sessions.
  • To inquire about the BSG email us at student-counselling@tcd.ie.

  • Group Analytic Therapy

    Date: Tuesdays

    Time: 6 - 7.30 pm (during term) / afternoon (out of term)

    Venue: SCS, 7-9 South Leinster Street

    Facilitator: Mary Quill Eglinton & Bronagh O'Neill

    Experiential Weekly Group Analytic Therapy

    Learning Outcomes

    • to explore emotional issues and receive support and reassurance from others
    • to learn from others about how to manage distress and the chance to be creative about resolving these issues
    • to achieve insight into repeated patterns of behaviour
    • to increase confidence in group situations
    • to improve ability to seek help when encountering problems

    Referral is through your counsellor