Students on the Pace Pleasantville Campus

Group Counseling

What is Group Counseling?

Group counseling is a very effective and efficient way to deal with many of the concerns that face undergraduate, graduate and professional school students. The Counseling Centers at the New York City and Westchester campuses offer a variety of groups. Some are traditional therapy groups, some are support groups around a particular theme, and some are psycho-educational groups.

Groups provide an opportunity for you to try out new behaviors, express feelings you have been hesitant to express, connect with others who share your concerns, assert yourself in different ways, learn new skills and experiment with novel ideas. Please select your campus below to learn more about the groups being offered this semester.

Virtual Workshops for All Campuses

  • Ask Anything is a three part series to help students get questions answered about important topics that are sometimes hard to talk about. These brief drop-in sessions require no preregistration or commitment. Ask Anything is a safe space to bring questions about yourself, a friend or loved one, or just to learn more about the topic. Participants can ask questions anonymously and get candid answers in real time. Any Anything runs virtually on Zoom at 9:00 p.m., NO pre-registration required and features the following topics for this semester:

    Dates and Topics:

    • February 2 - Drinking: How much is too much?
    • March 2 - Gambling- New laws and all bets are on!
    • April 6 - Marijuana- How high is too high?

    Contact Jennie Sucilsky, PhD, LCSW at (914) 773-3710 for more information.

    Ask Anything! Workshop Zoom Link
    Meeting ID: 960 5981 1159
    Passcode: 820666

New York City Groups and Workshops

To join any group: A Counseling Center screening is required. Call our front desk at (212) 346-1526 or contact Dr. Wendy Gonzalez-Canal at wgonzalezcanal@pace.edu (monitored weekdays 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.).

  • This workshop consists of two 45-minute Wednesday sessions during which you will learn assertiveness skills that will help you ask for what you want, set boundaries, and say no in relationships and other social interactions. The workshop is led by two therapists and provides a safe and confidential environment. Attendance of both sessions is highly encouraged.

    Meeting Time:

    • TBD: workshop will return Fall 2022

    Assertiveness Training Workshop Registration

  • This workshop consists of two 45-minute Wednesday sessions during which you will learn skills to identify and understand your emotions, as well as skills to change your emotional responses by learning to check the facts of the situation and problem solving accordingly. The workshop is led by two therapists and provides a safe and confidential environment. Attendance of both sessions is highly encouraged.

    Meeting Time:

    • TBD: workshop will return Fall 2022

    Owning Your Emotions Workshop Registration

  • This group rotates through 6 weeks of topics that teach skills for managing stress, depression, and anxiety. This group is based in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and structured more like a class than a psychotherapy group. Through this group, you will learn concrete ways of relating differently to challenging thoughts or feelings that often get in the way of living a fulfilling productive life.

    Meeting Time:

    • Friday: 12:15 p.m.–1:00 p.m. via Zoom
    • This group will return Fall 2022
  • This group is a supportive, confidential, and safe environment where you can work with 4-7 other group members toward achieving your goals by providing encouragement to one another, giving and receiving feedback, and experimenting with new ideas and behaviors. Through these experiences you can deepen your level of self-awareness, learn how you relate to others, and identify and explore feelings.

    Meeting Times:

    • Tuesday: 9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m. via Zoom
    • More times will be available starting Fall 2022

Westchester Campuses Groups and Workshops

Our groups and workshops are aimed at helping you develop yourself and maximize your success! To join any group or workshop please call the Counseling Center at (914) 773-3710 or contact Caitlin Gardner, LMSW at cpdcoutreach@pace.edu (monitored weekdays 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.). Some groups or workshops may require pre-registration. Click below to learn more about our SPRING 2022 groups and workshop offerings.

  • The Effective Communication Skills Workshop is a 5-week workshop designed for students to improve their ability to communicate their feelings and needs to others. Communicating through more effectual approaches can help to improve both personal and professional relationships. We will review specific skills including communication styles and strategies, setting boundaries and limits, as well as conflict resolution. This workshop meets weekly via Zoom during Common Hour on Wednesdays 12:20 p.m.–1:15 p.m. beginning February 16, 2022. NO pre-registration required.

    • Week 1 (February 16)- Communication Styles
    • Week 2 (February 23)- Useful Communication Strategies
    • Week 3 (March 9)- Boundaries
    • Week 4 (March 23)-Conflict Resolution
    • Week 5 (March 30)- Relationship with Yourself

    Contact Caitlin Gardner, LMSW for more information at (914) 773-3710.

    Effective Communication Skills Workshop Zoom link
    Meeting ID: 945 8237 5534
    Passcode: 498039

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a treatment modality that teaches how to cope with, and manage stressors in order to live your best life. In this five-week DBT workshop, students will learn Distress Tolerance and Emotion Regulation skills. These skills help de-escalate the intensity of emotions, while maintaining level of functioning, safety, and refraining from engaging from impulsive or dangerous behaviors. NO pre-registration required.

    Spring 2022 Sessions via Zoom: Fridays from 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.; March 25 – April 22, 2022.

    • Week 1 (March 25, 2022) - TIPP
    • Week 2 (April 1, 2022) - CHECK THE FACTS
    • Week 3 (April 8, 2022) - PROS AND CONS
    • Week 4 (April 15, 2022) - SELF-SOOTHE
    • Week 5 (April 22, 2022) - WISE MIND ACCEPTS

    Contact Debbie Stromes, LCSW for more information at (914) 773 3710.

    Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Workshop Zoom Link
    Meeting ID: 939 7267 8338
    Passcode: 013089

  • Ask Anything is a three part series to help students get questions answered about important topics that are sometimes hard to talk about. These brief drop-in sessions require no preregistration or commitment. Ask Anything is a safe space to bring questions about yourself, a friend or loved one, or just to learn more about the topic. Participants can ask questions anonymously and get candid answers in real time. Any Anything runs virtually on Zoom at 9:00 p.m., NO pre-registration required and features the following topics for this semester:

    Dates and Topics:

    • February 2 - Drinking: How much is too much?
    • March 2 - Gambling- New laws and all bets are on!
    • April 6 - Marijuana- How high is too high?

    Contact Jennie Sucilsky, PhD, LCSW for more information at (914) 773-3710.

    Ask Anything! Workshop Zoom Link
    Meeting ID: 960 5981 1159
    Passcode: 820666

  • Have you thought about making changes regarding your use of alcohol or other substances? Join us for Harm-less, a weekly support group for students who are interested in exploring decision making around alcohol and/or drug use. This group offers a safe space for students to share their experiences and provide and receive support. All goals are welcome, no abstinence required! Harm-less runs virtually on Zoom on Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Pre-registration IS required.

    Dates:

    • February 9, 16, 23
    • March 2, 9, 16**, 23, 30

    **March 16 is during Spring break. Harm-less is tentatively scheduled to run during break based on group need**

    Contact Jennie Sucilsky, PhD, LCSW for more information at (914) 773-3710.

    Harm-less Workshop Zoom Link
    Meeting ID: 933 3241 3914
    Passcode: 079268