The following groups are available for the Spring (2016) semester

Abstinence Group

Abstinence support group for students offered as requested/needed.

Contact Ms Marritz or call Counseling Services (717 337 6960) if you’d like to attend.


The group adaptation of BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students, G. Alan Marlatt, University of Washington) is a skills-based program that offers students who drink alcohol the opportunity to think more about how to reduce negative consequences. It consists of one group educational session followed by an individual meeting with a counselor. For more information, call Counseling Services 717- 337- 6960 or email Harriet Marritz,

Counterpoint Group

Would you like to get more out of your college experience? Would you like to improve your grades? 

Are old habits getting in the way for you? Would you like to become more present in your own life? 

Our 4-session “Counterpoint” student group will discuss topics relating to student and life success.  Participating students will choose the weekly topics.

Family of Origin Group

Has your family had a specific role they expected you to fill (i.e. the smart one, the perfect student, the troublemaker, the quiet one, etc.)? Did your parents openly talk about emotions? Did your parents address conflict directly or avoided it? Choices our family makes impact us in significant ways. The Family of Origin group will help you understand both the negative and the positive ways in which you are still being impacted by your family. Most importantly, this group will help you gain control over these influences, so that you can retain the best and avoid the worst of what your family had to offer.

Contact Dr. Turayev or Counseling services (717-337-6960) to participate in this group.

LGBTQIA Support Group

LGBTQIA Support Group will be offered again this semester.  Group sessions will be held in Counseling Services (in the Health Center down the hall from Health Services) on Fridays from 3:00pm-4:30 pm.

For those who have not participated in group therapy in the past, please know that you do not need to have a specific problem in order to benefit from this group.  All you need is some free time and a desire to exchange ideas with your peers about issues that are important to you.  The goal is to provide support in a safe, comfortable environment where individual differences are embraced, critical thinking about current events and LGBTQIA issues is encouraged, and confidentiality is prioritized.  Learning assertive communication skills, setting appropriate boundaries, forming healthy relationships, coping with discrimination/marginalization, and maintaining optimal mental health are a few of the topics that have been discussed in past group sessions.  Plus, it’s all free of charge! 

Please contact Dr. Huang or Counseling Services for more information if you are interested.   

Positive Choices

This 4-session educational group helps students successfully manage their drinking choices.  Group 1:  Tuesdays, March 1, 15, 22, 29 noon-1 PM; Group 2: Mondays, April 4, 11, 18, 25, noon-1 PM; Group 3: Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 4-5 PM.  Call Counseling Services (717 337 6960) or email Harriet Marritz to sign up.

Students may earn conduct point forgiveness for attending all four sessions of ONE group.

Re-entry Group

Did you study abroad last year or in the recent past? Do you find yourself:

  • Missing your friends and experiences abroad A LOT?
  • Feeling lost? lonely? sad?
  • Are you having trouble relating to others around you?
  • Are you worried that these concerns will start to affect your functioning at Gettysburg?

 This support group might be helpful for you. We are offering 2 consecutive support groups, each of which meets for 5 sessions.  You can join Group 1 or Group 2 (or both).  We will share our experiences abroad and our experiences rejoining the GC community.  Come and exchange ideas with peers who are re-adjusting back to Gettysburg!

 Group 1:  Wednesday's-February 3rd to March 2nd from 3-4:30 PM

Group 2, Wednesday's-March 23rd to April 20th from 3-4:30 PM

To sign up: Contact Dr. Chebbet ( or call the counseling services office (717-337-6960)

SMART Recovery® Group (Self-Management and Recovery Training)

Are old habits getting in the way of what’s important to you? This group helps empower individuals to make desired positive behavior changes.  All students who are considering behavior change are welcome. It is not a 12-step program. Meetings are free and confidential. Although the group is not intended primarily for this purpose, students may earn conduct point forgiveness for attending at least 5 consecutive meetings in one semester. 

Meeting times: Fridays, 3 PM (time may change depending on student schedules), starting January 22.

Call Counseling Services (717 337 6960) or email Harriet Marritz to sign up.