The “New Beginnings” group was designed to provide support for first year SC State students as they matriculate and adjust to college life. Those who accept the challenge to embark upon this journey engage in regularly scheduled sessions to discuss issues such as time management, self-esteem, academic milestones, relationship concerns, and various other dilemmas which they mutually face during the course of their first year as SC State bulldogs. In the fall session, students engage in guided discussions as they get to know one another over the course of six to ten weeks. As trust is established, they share their hearts and hurts to form a union that helps to ease their educational process at SC State and model success for those to whom they will pass the torch the following year.
During the spring session, the group begins to transfer those skills and relationships to help others through planned activities, community service, and campus program involvement. At the close of each academic year, a graduation ceremony is held at the Counseling & Self-Development Center to celebrate young ladies who complete the program to wish them all the best as they continue on their journey at SC State! Students who are interested in the “New Beginnings” group may contact Dr. Cherilyn Taylor, Director of Counseling & Self-Development, at 536-7245 to schedule an initial appointment.
Anger Management Group
The Anger Management Group provides psycho-educational programming for students who have expressed interpersonal relationship conflicts due to difficulty handling anger or emotional expression. Candidates qualifying for this group experience typically consist primarily of individuals who received judicial referrals from Student Affairs, but are also often self-referred. The group meets weekly for 6-10 sessions until mandated referrals or designated sessions are completed. The group provides a safe environment for students to process, work through, and attempt to resolve their anger management issues among peers who have similar concerns. The aim is to help students to identify their problematic thinking and/or behaviors regarding expression of these valid emotions and to begin making healthier decisions in the practices they employ within their relationships and in general. The group also fosters responsibility through group exercises, discussion and homework assignments. Students who are interested in the Anger Management group may contact the Counseling & Self-Development Center at 536-7245 to schedule an initial appointment.
Substance Education Group
Education groups are designed to educate students about substance abuse, and related behaviors and consequences. This type of group presents structured group-specific content, often using videotapes, DVD’s and lectures. The major purpose of educational groups is expansion of awareness about the behavioral, medical and psychological consequences of substance abuse. These groups are provided to help students incorporate information that will help them establish and maintain abstinence and guide them to more productive choices in their lives.