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Durham University

Counselling Service

Workshops, webinars and support groups

The Counselling Service runs thematic support groups every term during the academic year. The purpose of a support group is twofold. Firstly, to bring together students in similar situations or facing the same challenges, to exchange and share their stories in a confidential space, and secondly to receive guidance and support from an experienced Practitioner from the Service. Support groups are therefore peer support groups with a therapeutic dimension built into their design.

Once a student has been offered a place and committed to being part of the group, the group registration closes. For six consecutive weeks the group meets for an hour and a half. Ground rules of responsibility and safety and confidentiality of the space are agreed, with the guidance of the qualified group facilitators. The relationship between the members of the group develops as experiences are shared.

It is not possible for newcomers who have not been present from the start of the group to join. The evolving group dynamic helps to provide the therapeutic dimension to the group. For this reason, it is not appropriate to be in personal therapy as well as in one of our groups.

Students can email the Service at any time to let us know that they are interested in joining a group. If a group has already started or is about to start, then their name will be added to a list for the following group.

Workshops and webinars are one-off events and open to all.

PGR support group: please register your interest before 28 April to join the Easter Term group

Estrangement support group: please register your interest before 5 May to join the Easter Term group

Long-term physical health conditions support group: please register your interest before 5 May to join the Easter Term group

Bereavement support group: names are now being taken for the next group

International support group: names are now being taken for the next group

Student carer support group: be in touch if you are interested in this group

Parent student support group: be in touch if you are interested in this group

  • Days and times of the groups will be advertised once sufficient numbers have been established

  • All groups, workshops and webinars will be offered via Zoom, Teams or in person - if the situation allows - and facilitated by members of the University Counselling Team

  • To register, or for more information or questions about any of the events, please contact the Counselling Service by email: counsel.service@durham.ac.uk


Contact us

Durham University Counselling Service

Palatine Centre
Stockton Road
Durham, DH1 3LE

Tel.: 0191 334 2200

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