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  1. Building Effective Group Programs on Small Campuses Jeff VanLone, Ph.D., Meghann Wraight-Steinmetz, Ph.D. Sheila Singh, Ph.D., & Brian Mistler, Ph.D. The Center for Counseling and Student Wellness Hobart and William Smith Colleges

  2. Overview • Research supporting group efficacy • Conceptual/philosophical framework • Creating a culture for group success • Steps to forming, filling, and maintaining • Questions and time for discussion

  3. Group is Good:The Research • Findings from the outcome research… • Group benefits unique to the college student • Developmental tasks • Attachment theory • Most efficacious therapeutic factors!!! • When is group the BEST treatment modality? • When is individual the better modality? • Retention and student engagement

  4. Transtheoretical Process Groups: Co-facilitation with a diverse staff Transtheoretical co-facilitation (e.g., interpersonal, person-centered, gestalt, CBT) Convergence Workable Difference • Culture that values group • Group structure & exclusion criteria • Cohesiveness/connectedness • Interpersonal learning • Here-and-now experience • Learning/insight with generalizability • Feedback versus contact • Content, self-reflection & interpretation • Group/individual interventions

  5. Creating a Culture for Group Success Internal Conditions External Conditions Personnel –training, experience, hiring “You gotta believe” – Tug McGraw Promoting group as a primary modality Valuing and rewarding group work Group space The “Hard Sale” A small liberal arts college –perfect fit! “My name is John, and I’m an alcoholic.” Educating campus constituents Success begets success

  6. Getting Group in Gear: The Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Group Is it really possible on a small campus? • Interpersonal process vs. theme • Internal referrals facilitate “buy-in” • Cultivate group cohesion • Exclusion criteria • Group composition • Setting the stage • Finding the best time • Structure first group • Time-unlimited option

  7. Questions & Discussion Jeff VanLone, Ph.D., Meghann Wraight-Steinmetz, Ph.D. Sheila Singh, Ph.D., & Brian Mistler, Ph.D. The Center for Counseling and Student Wellness Hobart and William Smith Colleges www.hws.edu/counseling