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Body Image/Disordered Eating

University Counseling offers a weekly support group for undergraduate and law students who have problems related to body image and disordered eating.  This group is co-facilitated by Dr. Christy Barongan and Dr. Janet Boller and meets on Fridays from 3:30 to 4:30 at the University Counseling Center.  All participants will be asked to take an honor pledge of confidentiality.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Barongan at X8593 or cbarongan@wlu.edu for additional information.

Alcohol

University Counseling offers a weekly peer support group for undergraduate and law students who have had problems related to alcohol or substance use and are trying to remain abstinent. This is not a formal treatment program, but is intended to promote mutual support and friendship among students who have had similar struggles. To participate in the group, students must only identify their alcohol or substance use as problematic in some way, and have the goal of maintaining abstinence. All participants will be asked to take an honor pledge of confidentiality, and the group will be held in a private location close to campus. There is no charge for the group for students. If you are interested in participating, contact Dr. Kirk Luder at X 8592 or kluder@wlu.edu for more information.

GLBTQ

W&L has a weekly peer support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and questioning undergraduate and law students. The group, called General Trust, meets weekly and is facilitated by a University Counselor in a campus setting offering privacy for participants. Participants take an honor pledge to keep all information about the group strictly confidential. The purpose of the group is to help gay, bi, or questioning students develop a supportive community of friends who know what it's like to be a sexual minority student here. W&L has been making great strides in helping to make the community more welcoming for GLBT and questioning students, but there is no pressure for anyone in the group to come out on campus. There is also a second smaller group held in a private off-campus location for students who are in the early stages of questioning sexual orientation and are not yet ready to attend General Trust. If you would like more information about either group, contact Dr. Kirk Luder at x8592, kluder@wlu.edu, or Beth Curry LPC at x4888, ecurry@wlu.edu. All contacts will be kept strictly confidential.