Psychiatric Residence Group Training
University Counseling Services (UCS) provides Psychiatric Residences from the Department of Psychiatry with group training. Psychiatric Residences who are interested in group training must take the Group Therapy course taught during the summer. The two Psychiatric Residences who are selected spend the first semester as a process observer and the next semester as a speaking co-leader.
The UCS group training model is developmental. Psychiatric Residences are assisted in learning and developing their group psychotherapy skills through supervision, process observation, and co leading a general process psychotherapy group for the academic year. During supervision, process observation, and participation in leading a psychotherapy group Psychiatric Residences learn psychotherapy group intervention/techniques, enhance their group leadership skills, continue to develop an awareness of diversity, and learn to use strategies and techniques based on theory and/or research.
Psychiatric Residences make a one year (fall and spring semesters) commitment to participate, and they are encouraged to participate during the summer as well. Psychiatric Residences are expected to assume full responsibility for the therapy groups they are assigned to, along with and as supervised by, an UCS senior staff member. These responsibilities include mandatory attendance at all group therapy sessions and all group therapy supervision sessions (Tues a.m). Responsibilities also include administrative duties such as pre-group interviews, session notes, process notes, terminations, transfers, and other case management tasks.
Average Activity per Week
- Group therapy - 2 hours
- Supervision of group therapy - 1.5 hours
The hours indicated do not include paperwork, pre-screens and post processing.
Scheduling an Initial Appointment
Must come in person to either location:
Monroe Park Campus
University Student Commons, Room 238
907 Floyd Ave.
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Grant House, B011
1008 East Clay St.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
After Hours Emergency
Please call VCU Police dispatcher:
(804) 828-1234 and ask to speak to a therapist.