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Longer term open groups

These groups provide students with a stable place to meet, every week - a place where you can get to know yourself better and learn more about how others see you.

Once you join one of these groups, you are able to remain a member, if you choose, for as long as you are a student at City. Many students have found that the groups provide an invaluable opportunity to develop new insights.

Basic format of the groups

Up to eight students meet weekly, together with the group conductor, for the purpose of talking about what is on the minds of the group members. Over time, people leave and others arrive - the group continues from one year to the next. Some groups have been running for many years.

We aim to create a sense of stability and security. All members are asked to attend regularly and to maintain the confidentiality of the group. Everyone has an interest in this, because it helps to make the group a safe place to talk.

People are free to talk - or not to talk - about the things that concern them. Sometimes, of course, it is difficult to speak about important matters. At such times we may try to think about what gets in the way of communicating.

There is no fixed agenda or programme; the life of the group is created by its members.

Benefits of being in a group

  • Everyone can learn together - it's not a matter of getting the 'right' answer.
  • You can be helpful to others through talking about yourself.
  • You can become more sensitive and responsive to others.
  • Through listening to others, you can learn that you are not alone.
  • You can discover that other people are able to understand your experience.
  • The experiences of others and their ways of thinking about things, and coping, can give you support and inspiration.

Meeting times

Groups meet at the same time, each week, throughout term time, and sometimes during vacation. If you decide to join one, you will be expected to attend regularly.

Joining a group

If you think that you might be interested in joining one of these groups, contact us to make an appointment, so that you can come in and discuss it.