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Group Counseling Schedule

Read descriptions of Spring 2021 groups and find out who leads each group.

To join a group, schedule an Access Appointment in MyUHS or contact Mental Health Services at 608-265-5600 (option 2).
During your consultation, let the counselor know that you’re interested in joining a group.

* Students who are interested in participating in a therapy group and not wanting additional mental health services do not need to schedule an Access appointment and, instead, are encouraged to call our front desk (608-265-5600, option 2) to schedule a Group Screening appointment.

Interpersonal Process Groups

Interpersonal Process Groups

Past and present interactions with others contribute to shaping personality. Interpersonal Process Groups are often the treatment of choice for people who experience troubled relationships, loneliness, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and low self-esteem. These groups offer a safe environment to identify and explore feelings; to give and receive support and feedback; to practice new, healthier ways of relating to others; and to feel less lonely or isolated.

Mondays
10:30 am – noon | Sarah Kohlstedt, PhD & Ben Schechet, BA
1:00 – 2:30 pm | Jocelyn Keiser, PsyD & Melanie Daovannary, PsyD
3:00 – 4:30 pm | Corinne Werner, PsyD & Rachel VanDaalen, MC
* Full, no longer accepting new members.

Tuesdays
10:30 am – noon | Jen Moulton, PhD & Blake Bettis, MA
3:00 – 4:30 pm | Robyn Groth, LPC & Alexa Keramidas, MA

Wednesdays
10:30 am – noon | Jeff Peterson, LCSW & Jen Yeoward-Dodson, PhD
1:00 – 2:30 pm | Denise Calhoun, PhD & Sergio Dominguez, BA
3:00 – 4:30 pm | Benjamin de Boer, PsyD, CGP & Ruby Parkash, BA

Thursdays
10:30 am – noon | Brian Drozd, PsyD & Zoë Whaley, LCSW
1:00 – 2:30 pm | Jeff Hird, PhD & James Gresh, MS

Fridays
11:00 am – 12:30 pm | Jeff Hird, PhD & Geetanjali Deole, M.Tech
12:00 – 1:30 pm | Robyn Groth, LPC & Ruby Parkash, BA
2:00 – 3:30 pm | Matthew Rozzi, PhD & Dorcas Jansen, MS

Psychoeducational Groups & Workshops

Note: Workshops with a sign-up link are available to students who are located outside of Wisconsin.

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ACT for Social Anxiety

* Full, no longer accepting new members.

This group is intended for students struggling with social anxiety. Sessions are designed to be educational and experiential, helping participants develop awareness and skills to overcome anxiety and self-consciousness in social situations. In a structured and supportive environment, participants will learn concepts, drawn from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), intended to bolster self-confidence, acceptance, and willingness to confront the social challenges of everyday life.

Fridays | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Group Leader: Michelle Bond, LPC & Anthony Flynn, BA

Drugs On Your Mind (sign up online)

Drugs on Your Mind (https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cAykCDIzyEMRyBv)

There is a nearly overwhelming amount of messages and information about substance use.  This workshop provides a place to come and begin to sort it out in a way that works for you.  You can learn about substances and how they impact the brain and your wellness.  This one session workshop will focus on providing answers to questions that you might have about substances like alcohol or cannabis and giving you a space to ask your own questions and talk about drugs on your mind.

Wednesdays | 2/17, 3/17, 4/21 | 11:00 am – noon  

Group Leaders: Geoff Brown, LPC & Tim Cordes, MD, PhD 

Know your ABCDEs: Adapt your Behavior and Cope with Distress Effectively

* Full, no longer accepting new members.

In this group, students will learn and refine skills in four key areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. These skills are intended to help students modify behavioral, emotional, and thinking patterns associated with challenges in mood management and maintaining stable relationships.

Wednesdays | 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Group Leaders: Beth Adamski, LPC & James Gresh, MS

Let’s F.A.C.E. It! (sign up online)

A workshop designed to help students with symptoms of anxiety and depression Foster Acceptance and Cope Effectively. Over the course of this 2-session workshop, participants will learn new ways to manage the cognitive, behavioral, and physiological aspects of anxiety and depression. In a supportive, psychoeducational setting, students will gain greater awareness, skills and strategies, and practices that promote lifelong self-care. 

Mondays | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Group Leaders (vary): P.J. Young, LPC, David Nelson, BS, Geetanjali Deole, M.Tech, Ben Shechet, BA, Abby Luedtke, BA, Anthony Flynn, BA, Kendall Ferguson, BA

Sign up link: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4VjIU2UD8tBbHLf

Resilience through Connection for Grad Students (sign up online)

A series of 3 rotating, interactive workshops for current graduate students. Each section will explore strategies and resources to navigate the grad experience from unique perspectives and include the opportunity to provide and receive social and emotional support. Includes brief structured presentations and facilitated discussions. Questions welcome and application to personal goals encouraged.

Sign up link: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eJsurzpLQtv6vR3

Managing Workloads
This workshop will focus on the essentials of getting the work done (e.g. organization, motivation, prioritizing, & procrastination).
Thursdays | 2/11, 3/11, 4/8 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

 

Grad-ification

This workshop will focus on the importance of personally thriving with topics around impostor phenomena, work/life balance, and supports networks.
Thursdays | 2/18, 3/18, 4/15 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Life in the Grad Lane

This workshop will focus on resilience & the art of managing the uncertainty of the grad school process (COVID, job market, advisor relationships, etc.).
Thursdays | 2/25, 3/25, 4/22 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Group Leaders: Jo Hoese, PhD & Matthew Rozzi, PhD

Student Success Workshops (sign up online)

This series of single-session workshops will focus on providing participants with information and strategies to confront common challenges and enhance academic success. Come to any or all four sessions!

Sign up link: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2rCmvM2p11TglcF

Focus Your Attention

This workshop is centered on increasing self-awareness, focus and attention. Participants will practice an array of strategies designed to strengthen attention, initiate and prioritize tasks, and minimize distractions and procrastination. If your mind was more focused on the here and now just think what you might accomplish.
Fridays | 2/12, 3/5, 3/26, 4/16 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

 

Make the Most of Your Time

This workshop is designed to teach students time management skills. Participants will learn techniques to organize and optimize their use of time in order to enhance efficiency and support overall academic success.
Fridays | 2/5, 2/26, 3/19, 4/23 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

 

Take Down Test Anxiety

This workshop is intended to help students manage test anxiety. Even when adequately prepared, it is common for students to experience anxiety before, during, and after exams. Participants will learn strategies to reduce anxiety that interferes with focus and recall of information.
Fridays | 2/19, 3/12, 4/9, 4/30 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Group Leaders (vary): Blake Bettis, MA, David Nelson, BS, Geetanjali Deole, M.Tech, Ben Shechet, BA, Sergio Dominguez, BA, Dorcas Jansen, MS

Wellness Groups and Workshops

Mindfulness Sampler (sign up online)

Practice the skills of mindfulness in this multi-week workshop series. Come to any or all 8 sessions throughout the semester. Increase self-understanding, present moment awareness, and strengthen your capacity to address stressful daily challenges toward a more vital and valued life.

Session 1: Mindfulness During a Time of Covid
Tuesday | 2/16 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Session 2: Mindfulness of Thoughts
Tuesdays | 2/23 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Session 3: Mindfulness of Behaviors
Tuesday | 3/9 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Session 4: Mindfulness of Emotions
Tuesday | 3/16 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Session 5: Mindfulness of Body
Tuesday | 3/23 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Session 6: Mindfulness for Promoting Joy and Laughter
Tuesday | 3/30 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Session 7: Mindfulness for Coping with Anxiety and Depression
Tuesday | 4/13 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Session 8: Mindfulness for End of Semester Stress
Tuesday | 4/20 | 1:00 – 2:30pm

Group Leaders: Tamar Kelson, PhD & Stefanie Denu, PsyD

Mindful Living Group

This group will help participants incorporate focused awareness into their lives, particularly in the areas of academics and studying, relationships, moods and stressors, eating, and generally helping members to develop a more balanced, purposeful, and aware lifestyle. The group will combine activities that promote mindfulness with reflection and discussion about ways members can be more present in their daily lives. Group meets for six sessions.

Wednesdays | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Group Leaders: Tamar Kelson, PhD & Casey Tice, LPC

Meditation Drop-in (sign up online)

This group will include basic meditation instructions for those new to meditation followed by a group mindfulness meditation. Opportunity will be given for questions and discussion. In addition, each week a specialized meditation will be offered, for example: grounding and centering, body scan, movement meditation, compassion practices, emotional release practices, meditation with a mantra/point of focus, and breathing practices. This group is intended for both new and experienced meditators. You are welcome to drop in once at any point during the semester, though we encourage you to develop a regular weekly practice with us. Friday meditation is a great way to unwind from the week and relax into the weekend!

Fridays | 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/9, 4/16 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Group Leaders: Tamar Kelson, PhD & Claire Barrett, PhD

Survivor Services Groups

Student Survivors of Color
This group is for individuals who self-identify as a person of color/mixed race and have also experienced interpersonal trauma at some point in their life. This group aims to create a supportive space and community for members while also learning skills and tools to cope with past/current experiences of trauma as it relates to race, culture, family, and relationships.

Thursdays | 11 am – 12:30 pm.
Group Leaders: Mary Eldridge, MSW, CAPSW & Kayla Eggen, LCSW