We're now online!
Counseling Services is pleased to provide all current undergraduate, graduate, and post-bac students and members of the Bryn Mawr community with the following Spring 2020 *virtual* support groups and webinars. All groups/webinars are free of charge. Have ideas or topic suggestions for a group/webinar? Want your student group/club to have an online support group session with our counselors? Contact email@example.com.
Bryn Mawr College welcomes the full participation of all individuals in all aspects of campus life. Should you wish to request a disability-related accommodation for these events, please contact the event coordinator. Requests should be made as early as possible.
Loss, Grief, Mourning and Restoration Group
- Fridays, May 1 and May 8 at 3:30 p.m.
Loss is an ever-present part of life. Every choice we make leaves other options un-chosen. This, however, assumes the locus of control resides in the chooser. Sometimes, we acquire losses in which we have no say: the end of in-person classes, the end of a relationship, the end of a loved one’s life. The only choice we have in those situations is how we choose to respond.
In these groups you will learn about the process of grief and mourning, the latter of which may differ from culture to culture. You will learn different coping strategies and even the possibility of self-discovery and growth as you move through this difficult period. Most importantly, you will learn that there is no “right” way to grieve and that self-compassion is an essential part of restoration.
Adjusting to Life Back Home?
- Wednesday, May 13 at 1 p.m.
Many of you returned to your family homes because of the current pandemic. It goes without saying, the change was sudden, and it likely brought up all sorts of emotions. We’d like to create a space for students to come together virtually to talk about their experiences with this change. What have some of the greatest challenges been so far? How have you coped with them? Please, join us for this hour-long confidential conversation, which will be co-facilitated by members of BMC Counseling Staff on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. from 1 to 2 p.m.
Our conversation is slated to last 60 minutes, but counselors will be available for an additional half-hour at the end, in case participants have more questions or comments.
Support Group for People Separated from Romantic Partners
Long-distance romantic relationships are often challenging to navigate. Under ideal circumstances, people are able to mentally prepare for being physically distanced from a partner, but the stay-at-home orders associated with COVID-19 caught many people in relationships by surprise.
Were you unexpectedly separated from your romantic partner as a result of COVID-19? This one-time support group is an opportunity to connect with other people navigating the challenges of being suddenly physically distanced from a romantic partner.
Note: The group is slated to go for up to 90 minutes, but we'll prioritize going with the flow of the conversation and will end early if that feels right.
Supportive Meetups for Each Class Year (including Grad/Postbacs)
Counseling Services welcomes all BMC students to come together for support and connection online, facilitated by two counselors.
How to sign-up: There is no limit to how many of these group sessions you can enroll in.
- Grad/Post-Bacs | Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m.
- Seniors | Class of 2020 | Fridays, 11-Noon
- Juniors | Class of 2021 | Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m.
- Sophomores | Class of 2022 | Mondays, 3-4 p.m.
- First Years | Class of 2023 | Tuesdays, Noon-1 p.m.
"New Normal" BMC Group Meet-up
- Thursdays at 3 p.m.
- Facilitated by Aury and Reggie
We are each trying to adjust to a radically different context. Whether living on or off campus, so many students returning home unexpectedly due to the global pandemic is a huge transition for all of us. This is a time that's filled with much uncertainty, and can be overwhelming and scary. It also presents us with an opportunity to use technology to create a connective bridge. In this group, we’ll check in around how students are adjusting to this "new normal," ways to cultivate empathy to manage your living situation, and strategies to navigate social distancing. You each have a lot to share and that matters even more in these difficult circumstances. Looking forward to seeing you virtually on Thursdays at 3 p.m.
Sign-up: Click here to register.
TGNCNB Support Group
- Fridays 3-4:30 p.m.
- Facilitated by Aury
This confidential group welcomes all BMC students who identify as trans, gender-non-conforming, non-binary, (TGNCNB) and/or any other gender identity that differs from their assigned gender at birth. Past group members have described the confidential sessions as a place to feel "grounded and seen." Together we'll hold [cyber] space for each other in navigating gender and mental health. Group is open to new members joining at any point throughout the semester.