College Group Details

Introduction : Process-Oriented Therapy Group for College Students
Facilitator – Herschel Ebner, PsyD


Meeting Weekly from 9am to 10am between the weeks of September 4- November 12. Day TBD.




This 12-week process-oriented therapy group is specifically designed for college students who struggle with social anxiety, mood problems, and the challenges associated with independent living. It offers an integrative approach, incorporating psychoeducational components along with evidence-based techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Relevant Demographics:
  • College students aged 18-25.
  • Students who express difficulty in social situations, mood regulation, or adjusting to independent living.
Psychiatric Criteria for Admission:
  • Diagnosed or self-identified social anxiety or related anxiety disorder.
  • Mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder.
  • MChallenges or distress related to navigating independent living.
Screening Process:

Clinicians should contact Hank to provide a list of candidates in order to determine the appropriateness for the group. This will include understanding the severity of symptoms, willingness to participate, and ensuring group cohesion.

Theory and Necessity:

The transition to college is a significant developmental milestone often marked by increased independence and autonomy. However, it can also usher in a myriad of challenges, particularly for those already predisposed to anxiety and mood disturbances. By targeting this demographic, we can offer a proactive approach to building resilience, improving coping skills, and fostering a sense of community.


12-Week Session Breakdown

Week 1: Introductions and Ground Setting
Theme: Building a Safe and Supportive Environment
Theory: A foundation of trust and mutual respect is necessary for effective group therapy.
Solutions: Icebreakers, establishing group norms, confidentiality discussions, and sharing personal goals.

Week 2: Understanding Social Anxiety and Mood Problems
Theme: Psychoeducation on Anxiety and Mood Disorders
Theory: Knowledge empowers individuals to recognize and challenge their issues.
Solutions: Presentations, discussions, and handouts detailing symptoms, causes, and effects.

Week 3: Introduction to CBT and Thought Patterns
Theme: Identifying Negative Thought Cycles
Theory: Maladaptive thought patterns contribute to anxiety and mood disturbances.
Solutions: Thought records, cognitive distortions identification, and challenging negative thoughts.

Week 4: Emotions and ACT
Theme: Accepting and Processing Emotions
Theory: Avoidance of emotions exacerbates distress.
Solutions: Emotion regulation exercises, mindfulness practices, and discussions on emotion acceptance.

Week 5: Social Skills Training I
Theme: Effective Communication
Theory: Difficulty in communication can heighten social anxiety.
Solutions: Role-playing, feedback sessions, and communication exercises.

Week 6: Social Skills Training II
Theme: Building Healthy Relationships Theory: Quality social connections alleviate mood problems and anxiety.
Solutions: Trust-building activities, discussions on boundaries, and assertiveness training.

Week 7: Introduction to Independent Living Skills
Theme: Practical Skills for Living Alone
Theory: Inadequate life skills can lead to increased stress and anxiety.
Solutions: Workshops on budgeting, meal planning, and time management.

Week 8: Dealing with Setbacks and Challenges
Theme: Resilience Building
Theory: Life is full of challenges; resilience aids in navigating them without derailment.
Solutions: Problem-solving exercises, stories of resilience, and coping skills training.

Week 9: Mindfulness and Present-Moment Awareness
Theme: Grounding Techniques
Theory: Being present reduces rumination and anxious forecasting.
Solutions: Guided meditations, mindfulness exercises, and grounding techniques.

Week 10: Values and Commitments in ACT
Theme: Living in Line with One's Values
Theory: Value-driven actions increase purpose and reduce feelings of aimlessness.
Solutions: Value clarification exercises, commitment setting, and action planning.

Week 11: Relapse Prevention and Long-term Skills
Theme: Maintenance of Skills and Recognizing Warning Signs
Theory: Awareness of potential setbacks helps in proactive management.
Solutions: Discussions on past challenges, creating individualized prevention plans.

Week 12: Closure and Looking Forward
Theme: Celebrating Progress and Future Planning
Theory: Recognizing growth fosters motivation for continued progress.
Solutions: Sharing personal journeys, discussing future goals, and creating a support plan post-group.

This therapy group offers a holistic approach, combining knowledge with skill-building to aid college students during a challenging phase in their life. The group setting not only offers peer support but also an opportunity for shared learning and growth.


Additional Information
        1. Group Facilitator/Leader: Hank Ebner, Psy.D.

        2. Session Logistics:

   - Duration: 50 minutes

- Location: Virtual

- Time: Weekly at 9am, time to be determined.


        3. Fee:

- Session Fees: $100 per session


        4. Referral Process:

- Referrals: Write Hank and email with clients you believe would be a good fit for this group.

- Referral Deadline: Deadline for Referral is Wednesday, August 30, 2023


        5. Group Size: This is a process-oriented group with a maximum amount of 8 participants

        6. Attendance Policy: Weekly attendance is mandatory. There is a three absence rule in which the client will be dropped from the group after three absences.

        7. Material Requirements: Materials will be sent to participants before the first session.


8. Follow-up or Continuation: If after the 12-week program there are opportunities for continued group sessions or individual sessions, provide that information.