What is an OPEN group like?

Groups are ninety minute discussions that cover facts and tips to minimize the negative effects of alcohol and ways to stay safe, whether or not you drink. Groups have five to ten students and are led by one or two staff. All meetings are confidential and only your participation and completion of a sanction will be reported to OSCCR or your RD.

To sign up for a group, please click the link below and complete the registration form:
OPEN Group Sign up Form

If you are unable to attend an in-person group and would like to arrange a virtual group alternative meeting, please email [email protected].

If you have immediate questions or concerns, please call 617-373-4459 or email [email protected]. We do our best to accommodate your preferred group date and time, however, we reserve the right to reschedule OPEN groups as conflicts may arise.

Student Feedback:

“I can’t tell you how pleasantly surprised I was with this session. I’m not entirely sure what I expected, but I can say that I was not looking forward to going. Once I got there, not only was I not itching to leave, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire session. The more relaxed climate allowed us to feel at ease and be more open, and showed me that [staff] were being totally honest with us. Oftentimes with things of this nature, whoever is in charge will overtly push an agenda so that even if they were to present any useful information, it would get lost in the nonsense. I appreciated that it was not a lecture about why [students] were there, nor an unrealistic abstinence approach, nor an attack on our morals. This session went without judgment or attempting to tell me what is right or wrong. As a result, I learned a lot of extremely useful information that left me more suited to make good decisions. I cannot thank you enough for making this overall uncomfortable ordeal become a pleasurable learning experience.”

Student who completed a group

“I thought it was a very informative meeting, and although I feel that I do know a lot about drinking and the effects it can have, I still was learning new things. The environment of the group was much better than I expected. I thought we were going to be getting yelled at for an hour and a half but this was a much better situation. I felt comfortable discussing anything and I think that increased what I got out of it.”

Student who completed a group