Counseling & Psychological Services (C&PS)

Groups and Workshops

Counseling & Psychological Services (C&PS) offers a number of identity-based groups, support groups, and skill-development workshops throughout the week. The schedule for the current semester is listed below followed by a list of brief descriptions for each of the groups.

Counseling groups meet one time per week for 60 minutes unless otherwise specified.  Meeting days and times are generally established based on student interest and availability.

If you are interested in meeting with a group leader to see if it's a good fit to join a group, please contact us and indicate you are interested in scheduling a brief, 15-minute group screening appointment. Students who have previously participated in groups and are interested in returning should also schedule a group screening appointment. 

If a group is marked 'TBD' it means the date and time of the group are still being determined.  If you are interested, reach out to us so we can consider your availability when determining a day and time.

FALL 2023 Schedule


Meeting Date/TimeLocation

Drop-In/Registration Required*

Addiction Recovery GroupFridays 3:30 pmWellness CenterRegistration
ConnectionsTuesdays 3:30 pmWellness CenterRegistration

Grief Group

Tuesdays 2:00 pmWellness CenterRegistration
Melanin MattersWednesdays biweekly 11:00 amWellness CenterRegistration
Nursing Wellness GroupWednesdays 12:00 pmBCC 204Drop-In
Self Care for AthletesTBDTBDRegistration
Self Care for SurvivorsThursdays 11:30 amWellness CenterRegistration
Spoonies: Chronic Illness SupportTBDTBDRegistration
Understanding Self and OthersTBDTBDRegistration
Wellness Wednesday Workshops (FYE)Wednesdays 2:00 pm McGrath Commons (Egan Chapel)Drop-In
Yoga WorkshopsVarious times and locationsRecPlexDrop-In

*To register for a group or workshop, please contact us and request a brief, 15-minute group screening appointment. Drop-Ins do not require registration.


Group/Workshop Descriptions

Below are descriptions for some of the groups and workshops that Counseling & Psychological Services offers. Not all groups are offered all semesters. Check with C&PS if you see a group you are interested in but it is not currently being offered this semester.

NameGroup/Workshop Description
Addiction Recovery GroupThis group is for all students who are interested in being sober or who have achieved abstinence from drugs and alcohol. 

Relationships can be the source of both positive and negative feelings for all of us.  Join peers who are interested in actively working towards achieving growth by enhancing their capacity to create, sustain and deepen connections with others.

Feel Better Fast for First YearsFeeling stressed? Welcome to the first semester of college when 70% of students report feeling homesick and stressed out. While it takes time to fully adjust, this three (3) session group will teach strategies to help you manage through the transition period and meet other students on the same path.
Grief Group

This group is for anyone looking for support in dealing with loss.  Grief and its accompanying emotions can be complicated.  When we have lost a person who has had meaning in our lives, being with a supportive community of people who actually understand can be just the thing to help us heal.

Living Your Best Queer Life at Fairfield UThis group provides a confidential, and affirming environment for the LGBTQIA+ community to discuss identity, intimate relationships, family and friendships, mental health, intersectionality and other issues of relevance. The group is focused on the needs of the members and is highly flexible and inclusive.
Melanin MattersThis is a co-ed inclusive and affirming group for students of color at Fairfield University.  The group is focused on the needs of its members, discussing overall issues that pertain to them on campus. Ultimately we aim to provide a relaxed, safe, empowering space for students of color to engage in community, solidarity, supportive healing, and joy.
Nursing Wellness GroupA weekly drop-in support group for student nurses focused on managing stress, reducing academic overwhelm, developing resiliency, and creating supportive connections with other student nurses on campus.
Self-Care for AthletesOur student athletes wear two distinct and important hats on this campus and what may come along with a great sense of responsibility is higher levels of stress.  This group will teach skills to balance mind, body, and spirit, using a comprehensive, holistic approach designed specifically for our student athletes.
Self-Care for Survivors

This group is for students who want to build self-care skills and share a sense of safety with fellow survivors of sexual trauma.  If you have been sexually assaulted since attending college or as a child, talking about it can be the first step in the healing process.

Spoonies: Chronic Illness Support

This group is for students who are managing chronic medical illness at college.  Students often feel alone with issues related to medical illness and this group is designed to bring students into community with others who are faced with similar challenges and successes.

Understanding Self and Others

A group for students who want to give and receive support to each other in a nurturing and safe environment. The group is appropriate for students working through a wide range of topics including but not limited to personal growth, relationships, depression, anxiety, stress management, establishing healthy boundaries, and improving self-care.

Wellness Wednesday Workshops (FYE)

Learn skills, meet people gain insight, and earn FYE credits at these weekly Wednesday workshops.  Topics include homesickness, tips on transitioning to college, time management, self-care, and more.

Yoga WorkshopsDrop in for therapeutic yoga sessions which will be offered throughout the academic year.  These workshops are designed to help you experience relaxation in the moment and learn new skills for managing stress and anxiety. - 203-254-4000, x2146