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Support Groups and Group Counseling

Email email Counseling Services for more information about available support groups and classes.

Students may sign up for groups the first few weeks of the semester in person, by email, or by calling 808-932-7465. After the sign up period, students will be contacted by Counseling Services to schedule an initial meeting with a counselor to learn more about the group(s) they signed up for and to discuss scheduling. Groups usually start by the 4th week of school, and final group availability is dependent on group size.

Potential Groups

  • LGBTQ+ Support Group
  • ASD Support Group
  • Nontraditional Student Support Group
  • Women's Support Group
  • Support for Students with Disabilities
  • New to UH Hilo
  • Depression Support Group
  • Anxiety Support Group
  • ADHD Support Group/ Productivity Circle
  • Grief Support Group
  • Support for Former Foster Children
  • International Student Support Group
  • Survivor Support
  • Healthy Masculinity
  • Graduate Student Support
  • Kilaua Eruption Support Group

Classes include

  • Stress Management Mindfulness
  • QPR Gatekeeper Training

Potential Classes

  • Sleep 101
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Anger Management
  • Managing Emotions & Relationships Workshop

If you are interested in signing up for any of these groups, please email Counseling Services.

Group Counseling

Group counseling usually consists of 1 or 2 counselors and 4 - 8 participants who are committed to weekly group sessions that are 1- 1 1/2 hours long. Participants can speak or share as much or as little as they like.

Students may join a group because they are experiencing a personal difficulty or because they seek personal growth and development. Participation in group counseling can be very beneficial for many common student concerns, and there are specific benefits of group counseling that individual counseling cannot offer.

Benefits of Group Counseling

  • Increased support network
  • Decreased feelings of being alone with one's problems
  • Learning from others perspectives
  • Feedback from others
  • Increased confidence from supporting and encouraging others

Confidentiality

All group participants agree to group norms to create a safe, comfortable environment for everyone. One of the most important agreements is that all participants maintain confidentiality and do not share to anyone outside the group about who is in the group, or about what happens in the group.

Understanding Group Therapy from the American Psychological Association