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Group Counselling, Semester 1 2021/22

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 below:

All groups are free of charge. Please see the calendar below for information on our upcoming groups and workshops:

Weekly Process Group (Drop In)

Date: Wednesdays during term

Time: 1 to 2pm

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.
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Addictive Behaviours Support and Recovery Group (Drop In)

Date:Tuesdays during term

Time: 6 to 7pm

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.

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Rainbow Group (Drop In)

Date: Thursdays during term

Time: 2 to 3pm

Venue: Zoom

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.

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Grad Chats (Postgraduate Support Drop-in)

Date: Mondays during term

Time: 2 to 3:10pm

Venue: 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.

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Mind Body Boost (with TCD Sports)

Mind. Body. Boost. is a six-week group programme run in conjunction with the Sports Centre, which is suitable for students who may be experiencing difficulties in relation to their mental health and exercise/lifestyle. Mind. Body. Boost. uses a social prescribing model, please contact Student Counselling if you are interested.

Ongoing Therapy Group

Date: Every Wednesday

Time: 6.00pm -7.30pm (during term). 2.30pm to 4.00pm (out of term)

Venue: Zoom

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

Group Analytic Therapy

Date: Tuesdays or Wednesdays

Time: 6.00pm -7.30pm (during term) / afternoon (out of term)

Venue: Zoom

Facilitator: Maeve Houlihan, UCD, 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