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Group Counseling Schedule

All groups and workshops will be held virtually via Zoom in the fall.

Pre-Group Orientation

Students considering group therapy commonly have many questions and some fears about joining a group. Attending a pre-group orientation appointment is an opportunity to meet the group’s facilitators, learn about the therapeutic potential of group participation, and ask any questions you have about the group and group therapy, in general. The pre-group orientation can help you and the facilitators decide if the group is the best match to meet your needs. What a PGO is used for:

  • A chance for you to learn how participating in group can benefit you and to meet the facilitator(s) before you join
  • The facilitator(s) will learn your reason for considering group and if you have been a member of a therapy group before
  • If you are in individual counseling, the facilitator(s) may ask what you are working on and how you might expand that work in a group setting
  • An opportunity to ask questions and share concerns you may have about joining that could be holding you back from giving group a try
  • The facilitator(s) will review expectations, confidentiality, and help you set personalized goals before you decide if you want to commit to group therapy

Groups open to all students

These groups are open to all students regardless of location. Students do not need to be associated with any other UHS services to participate in these.

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Let’s F.A.C.E. It!

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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 am – 12:30 pm

Group Leaders (vary): P.J. Young, LPC, Kathleen Monmany, BA, Alice Caceres-Turicos, BA, Sin U Lam, MA, Tim Fredrickson, BA, Cindy Abrajan, BA

Grad Resilience

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A series of rotating one-hour virtual lunch discussions for current graduate students. Each section presents strategies to navigate a feature of grad culture with the opportunity for participants to share experiences and ask questions. Open to all UW grad students with an active wisc.edu e-mail address.

Navigating Workloads: Essentials of productivity (organization, motivation, prioritizing, & procrastination)
Thursdays | 9/23, 10/28 | noon – 1 pm

Grad-ification: personal thriving (impostor phenomena, work/life balance, self-care)
Thursdays | 9/30, 11/4 |noon – 1 pm

Life in the Grad Lane: navigating uncertainty (changing demands, the future void, how much is enough)
Thursdays | 10/7, 11/11 | noon – 1 pm

Relationship Fitness: simple tools for positive connection (communication, identities & dual careers)
Thursdays | 10/14, 11/18 | noon – 1 pm

Quick Tools to Relax: compact & abridged wellness strategies
Thursday | 12/2 | noon – 1 pm

Group Leader: Jo Hoese, PhD

Student Success Workshops

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A of single-session workshops focused on providing participants with information and strategies to confront common challenges and enhance academic success. Come to any or all three sessions!

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 | 9/17, 10/8, 10/29, 11/12, 12/10
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 | 9/10, 10/1, 10/22, 11/19
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 | 9/24, 10/15, 11/5, 12/3
 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Group Leaders (vary): Blake Bettis, PsyD, Kathleen Monmany, BA, Carlos Ortega, Sin U Lam, MA, Tim Fredrickson, BA, Cindy Abrajan, BA

Meditation Drop-in

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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 | 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3
1 – 2 pm

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

Mindfulness Sampler

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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 for Coping with Uncertainty (Covid and Beyond)
Strengthen your ability to notice and be responsive to your self-care needs during these uncertain times, cultivating an effective balance between structure and flexibility.

Tuesday | 10/5
1– 2:30 pm

Session 2: Mindfulness of Thoughts
Learn to notice thoughts without getting hooked by distressing worry or self-defeating patterns.

Tuesday | 10/12 
1– 2:30 pm

Session 3: Mindfulness of Behaviors
Increase ability to act intentionally, which can improve motivation, concentration, and reaching goals in activities of daily living.

Tuesday | 10/19
1– 2:30 pm

Session 4: Mindfulness of Emotions
Apply mindfulness to cultivate more positive and balanced feelings regarding yourself and the world around you.

Tuesday | 10/26
1– 2:30 pm

Session 5: Mindfulness of Body
Focus on the mind/body connection, increasing body awareness to help manage stress and pain as well as improve overall self-care.

Tuesday | 11/2
1– 2:30 pm

Session 6: Mindfulness for Coping with Anxiety and Depression
Acquire strategies for observing and unhooking from anxious and depressive spirals, with a focus on being in the present moment rather than living only in the past, future, or on autopilot.

Tuesday | 11/9
1– 2:30 pm

Session 7: Mindfulness for Compassion and Self-Compassion
Apply mindfulness to cultivate more kindness and warmth toward yourself and others.

Tuesday | 11/16
1– 2:30 pm

Session 8: Mindfulness for End of Semester Stress
Learn and practice relevant mindfulness based strategies for coping with end of semester stress and develop a plan with specific next steps for navigating end of semester stress.

Tuesday | 11/30
1 – 2:30pm

Group Leaders: Tamar Kelson, PhD & Robyn Groth, LPC

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.

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Monday

1 – 2:30 pm | Jeff Hird, PhD & Sin U Lam, MA

Tuesday

10:30 am – noon | Melanie Daovannary, PsyD & Rianna Bailey, LCSW
2 – 3:30 pm | Rianna Bailey, LCSW & Meg Boyer, PhD

Wednesday

10:30 am – noon | Jeff Hird, PhD & Austen Matsui, MS
1 – 2:30 pm | Jeff Peterson, LCSW & Carli Gurholt, MS
3 – 4:30 pm | Benjamin de Boer, PsyD & Emily Burish, MS

Thursday

12:30 – 2 pm | Sarah Kohlstedt, PhD & Emily Burish, MS

Friday

1 – 2:30 pm | James Gresh, PsyD & Ashley Faytol, MS
2– 3:30 pm | Brian Drozd, PsyD & Tommy Wild, PhD

Support/Theme Groups

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Graduate Women’s Group

A support group for women graduate students. Common topics include relationships, academics, stress, depression and anxiety. Through offering support to others and receiving support, group members are challenged to learn about themselves, initiate change, and exercise honesty in a safe space.

Tuesdays | 10:30 am – noon
Group Leaders: Jo Hoese, PhD & Alice Caceres-Turcios, BA

(FULL) Grief Support Group

This group helps participants express and explore emotions related to their experiences of bereavement. Open to people who have lost a loved one (e.g., family member, friend). Combines sharing, discussion, support, and activities.

Fridays | 1 – 2:30 pm
Group Leaders: Jen Moulton, PhD & Carli Gurholt, MS

International Students Support Group

A support group for international students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies. International students experience an array of challenges in the process of adjusting to life in the US and the academic environment at UW-Madison. These may include, but are not limited to, culture shock, homesickness, social isolation, language and communication barriers, and prejudice and discrimination. This group strives to provide a space for international students to share their experiences, as well as build connections, resilience, and a sense of belonging.

Fridays | 10:30 am – noon
Group Leaders: Wei-Chiao Hsu, PhD, LPC & Austen Matsui, MS

LGBTQ Support & Empowerment Group

A support group for students who are navigating sexual and/or gender identity development and acceptance. Students who identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, queer, questioning, transgender, or any other personally meaningful term are all welcome to this group. Focus is on establishing positive connections with others and exploring the process of integrating one’s sexual and gender identities in authentic, self-affirming ways.

Wednesdays | 1 – 2:30 pm
Group Leaders: Sam Herlitzke, LMFT & Blake Bettis, PsyD

Thursdays | 3 – 4:30 pm
Group Leaders: Robyn Groth, LPC & Heidi Binder, PsyD

Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Support & Empowerment Group

A support and psychoeducational group for students who are navigating gender identity developments and acceptance. Students who identity as transgender, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, and any other personally meaningful term are all welcome to this group. Focus is on establishing positive connections with others and exploring the process of integrating gender identity in an authentic, self-affirming way.

Mondays | 5 – 6:30 pm
Group Leaders: Sidra Dillard, LPC-IT & Jamie Welch, PhD

Black Women’s Group

This is a group for students who self-identify as women of African descent. The group aims to provide a safe, supportive, and empowering environment for Black women to explore their intersecting identities. Members in this group will have opportunities to share both joys and frustrations that come along with the experience of being a Black female college student.

Tuesdays 3 – 4:30 pm
Group Leaders: Simone Collins, PhD & Danyelle Okesanjo, MSW

Challenging Codependency: Developing and Maintaining Interdependence

Do you use all of your energy to meet other people’s needs? Are you the one that is constantly making sacrifices so that others around you will be happy? Do you feel excessive anxiety about receiving criticism or making a mistake? You may be struggling with codependency. Adopting new methods of demonstrating compassion, while setting healthy boundaries, can free you of the painful burden of feeling you are responsible for others’ happiness. This group provides a space for students to connect with and relate to others who have similar struggles, and join them in learning how to have healthier and more fulfilling relationships. The group will combine information, personal sharing, discussion and support, while also providing solutions for students who want to create more meaningful connections to others.

Mondays 1 – 2:30 pm
Group Leaders: Michelle Pitot, EdD, MSSW & Merrill Reiter, PhD

Creative Writing Group

This group intends to use creative writing to help increase skills related to emotional awareness and the ability to articulate and cope with emotions, as well as how these skills can be used to convey emotional depth in our writing.

Tuesdays 1 – 2:30 pm
Group Leader: Sidra Dillard, LPC-IT

Dissertators Group

A supportive group environment focused on the emotional, behavioral, and organizational challenges associated with the dissertation process. Participants establish individual weekly research and personal goals, and share experiences and perspectives around common themes (e.g., procrastination, careers on or beyond the tenure track, advisor etiquette, and juggling multiple life roles).

Wednesdays | Noon – 1:30 pm
Group Leader: Jo Hoese, PhD

Graduate Students Support Group

This group will examine the sources of stress, ways of coping, and the value of peer support in adjusting to the challenges of being a graduate student. Topics will be developed by group members, but may include: time management, financial stress, relationship concerns, burnout, isolation, and maintaining balance.

Mondays | 2 – 3:30 pm
Group Leaders: Felix Savino, PhD & Heidi Binder, PsyD

Graduate Students of Color Group

A support group for graduate students who identify as people of color. Graduate students of color experience unique challenges, microaggressions, and lack of supports compared to their White peers and undergraduate counterparts.

Mondays | 3 – 4:30 pm
Group Leaders: Melanie Daovannary, PsyD & Ashley Faytol, MS

Thursdays | 2:30 pm – 4 pm
Group Leaders: Dezarae Avalos, MA, LPC & Carlos Ortega

Combined Format Groups

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Creative Arts Process Group

This is a therapy group for anyone who is willing to take risks in creating art to expand ways of communication, self-expression, and connection with others. No artistic experience is required and the group will be focused on the experience of art making rather than on making “good” art. A typical group session will include time for art making based on a prompt or personal inspiration, sharing of artwork, and connecting with group members. Access to art materials is not a requirement of this group; co-facilitators will discuss options for materials during the group screening.

Fridays 10:30 am – noon
Group Leaders: Blake Bettis, PsyD & Merrill Reiter, PhD

Drop-in Eating Concerns Support Group

The Drop-In Eating Concerns Support Group is a space for UW-Madison students to explore their relationship with food, movement, and their bodies, as well as connect with peers around these shared experiences. Group facilitators will foster a space that is open, affirming, and recovery-oriented for all members, with a focus on helping group members provide one another with encouragement and shared accountability. Anti-diet and Health at Every Size principles are foundational to the group. Participants must submit the Qualtrics form by 11:55 pm the Wednesday prior to group to receive login/registration information for virtual group. Participants must be physically located in the state of Wisconsin during each group session.

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Thursdays 10:30 am – noon
Group Leader: Molly Caradonna, PsyD

Latinx Support and Process Group

This group aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for any student who self-identifies as Latinx to explore topics such as microaggressions, bias, discrimination, and tokenism. Activities and discussion will offer support in coping skills development, and to help students navigate academic and social experiences on campus.

Fridays | 1 – 2:30 pm
Group Leaders: Dezarae Avalos, MA, LPC & Claudia Marte, MA, LPC

Musically Minded

This group is for people whose feelings are often best expressed by the music they listen to.  We will explore how meaningful connections with music help us understand ourselves and others.  We will have the opportunity to listen to music chossen by group members and to talk about ways music reflects our experiences.  All genres of music are valued as are all identities.  Designed for the musically minded – no skills needed.

Tuesdays 3 – 4:30 pm
Group Leaders: Geoff Brown, LPC & Tim Fredrickson, BA

Students of Color Process and Support Group

This is a group for any student who self-identifies as a person of color (this can be African American, African, Caribbean-American, Latino/a, Indian, Asian, Asian American Indian-American, Native American, Middle Eastern, etc.). The group will explore ways in which their identity as a student of color affects their academic, personal, and social experience. The group aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for students of color to explore feelings around racially oppressive experiences on campus, strengthen self-concept through activities and discussion, and to help one another navigate academic and social experiences on campus.

Tuesdays 1 – 2:30 pm
Group Leaders: Corey Steele, PhD & Cindy Abrajan, BA

Thursdays 3 – 4:30 pm
Group Leaders: Danyelle Okesanjo, MSW & Kathleen Monmany, BA

Therapeutic Tabletop Gaming Group

This group is built on a tradition of tabletop gaming as therapy. This alternative format group therapy will allow participants to build a tabletop character with their individual presenting concerns in mind. Participants will role play their characters in a fantasy setting to develop strategies to cope with social anxiety, practice using social skills, and address other mental health concerns brought to the table by the group. No previous gaming experience necessary.

Tuesdays 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Group Leaders: Jamie Welch, PhD & Liz Wescott-Barten, LPC, SAC

Using Wisely

If things sometimes turn out differently than you expect when drinking or using other substances, there are ways to facilitate a better outcome. Join fellow students for discussions about your life, what goes well and what still needs some improvement. Learn skills that can be helpful in whatever goals you are hoping to achieve, like mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. Group remains open through the semester, and all are welcome.

Thursdays 1  – 2:30 pm
Group Leaders: Geoff Brown, LPC & Amy Margulies, LPC, SAC

(FULL) Working Towards Wellness Together: A Support Group for Students Living with a Chronic Condition

This group is for students who experience chronic pain and/or live with a chronic illness/condition. Participants will have an opportunity to explore aspects of health and wellness, the connection between mind and body, and share resources and strategies with others experiencing similar challenges. The group will also provide space to process emotions and experiences related to managing a chronic health condition while navigating the demands of being a student. This group is open to students with all illnesses and conditions, visible or invisible, diagnosed or undiagnosed, and levels of ability.

Mondays 3 – 4:30 pm
Group Leader: Benjamin de Boer, PsyD, CGP

 

Psychoeducational Groups & Workshops

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ACT for Social Anxiety

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.

Tuesdays | 1 – 2:30 pm
Group Leaders: Tommy Wild, PhD & James Gresh, PsyD

ADHD Skills Training: Improving Attention, Organization, and Cognition

This four-session workshop will teach you about the various causes of attention problems in college students, including ADHD. Sessions will contain skills for managing traits of ADHD, including optimizing self-care, mental health, study skills, and using technology wisely. These skills will help improve overall health and time management, with the goal of leading to increased academic success and quality of life.

Fridays | 9/17 – 10/8
10/22 – 11/12 
                  11 am – noon
Group Leader: Bjorn Hanson, PhD

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

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.

Thursdays | 1– 3 pm
Group Leaders: Beth Adamski, LPC & Meg Boyer, PhD

Let’s F.A.C.E. It!

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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 am – 12:30 pm
Group Leaders (vary): P.J. Young, LPC, Kathleen Monmany, BA, Alice Caceres-Turcio, BA, Sin U Lam, MA, Tim Fredrickson, BA, Cindy Abrajan, BA

Grad Resilience

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A series of rotating of one-hour virtual lunch discussions for current graduate students. Each section presents strategies to navigate a feature of grad culture with the opportunity for participants to share experiences and ask questions. Open to all UW grad students with an active wisc.edu e-mail address. Sign up for individual sessions through the link above.

Navigating Workloads: essentials of productivity (organization, motivation, prioritizing, & procrastination)
Thursdays | 9/23, 10/28 | noon – 1 pm

Grad-ification: personal thriving (impostor phenomena, work/life balance, self-care).
Thursdays | 9/30, 11/4 | noon – 1 pm

Life in the Grad Lane: navigating uncertainty (changing demands, the future void, how much is enough).
Thursdays | 10/7, 11/11 | noon – 1 pm

Relationship Fitness: simple tools for positive connection (communication, identities & dual careers)
Thursdays | 10/14, 11/18 | noon – 1 pm

Quick Tools to Relax: compact & abridged wellness strategies
Thursday | 12/2 | noon – 1 pm

Group Leader: Jo Hoese, PhD

Survivor Services Groups

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Drop-In Survivor Support Group

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The Drop-In Survivor Support Group is a space for UW-Madison student survivors to connect with peers and offer mutual support in a confidential and safe environment. Group facilitators are mental health professionals that foster a space that is open, affirming, and connecting for all members. Group will focus on the impact of having experienced trauma and skills/supports to support post-traumatic growth, with some boundaries placed around sharing narratives about traumatic experiences. This group is specifically designed for UW-Madison students who have experienced sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, sexual harassment, stalking, and/or childhood sexual abuse. Participants must submit the Qualtrics form by 11:55 pm the night prior to group (Thursday) to receive login information for virtual group. 

Fridays | 12:30 – 2pm
Group Leader: Molly Caradonna, PsyD

Embodiment after Trauma: Somatic Practices for Trauma Survivors

This group combines psychoeducation, mindfulness, and somatic practices to help individuals access the innate wisdom of the body.  Through support and experiential learning, participants will learn skills to increase one’s sense of safety in their body and in the present moment. This group is best suited to students who are currently engaged in individual therapy or have been in the recent past.

Wednesdays | 3 – 4:30 pm
Group Leaders: Kimberly Lux, LCSW & Molly Caradonna, PsyD

Trauma Stabilization and Empowerment Group

Empowering survivors of interpersonal violence by promoting safety, mood regulation, and increased ease in relationships. This group offers education on the nature of interpersonal violence and connections of the mind & body in trauma responses. We will focus on internal strengths, normalization and validation of lived experience, and provide skills to manage trauma responses effectively.  In order to maintain group safety, this will not be a space to process details of traumatic experience or share trauma narratives. Group members will not be asked to disclose the nature or details of traumatic experience. This space is open to students of all levels of university study, all gender identities, sexual identities, racial and ethnic identities, and abilities.

Mondays 10:30 am – noon
Group Leaders: Carol Heins-Daniels, MSW, APSW & Denise Calhoun, PhD

Wednesdays 10:30 am – noon
Group Leaders: Carol Heins-Daniels, MSW, APSW & Kimberly Lux, LCSW

Student Success Workshops

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 3 sessions!
Group Leaders (vary): Blake Bettis, PsyD, Kathleen Monmany, BA, Carlos Ortega, Sin U Lam, MA, Tim Fredrickson, BA, Cindy Abrajan, BA

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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 | 9/17, 10/8, 10/29, 11/12, 12/10
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 | 9/10, 10/1, 10/22, 11/19
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 | 9/24, 10/15, 11/5, 12/3
12:30 – 1:30 pm

Wellness Groups and Workshops

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Meditation Drop-in

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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 | 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3
 1 – 2 pm
Group Leaders: Tamar Kelson, PhD & Claire Barrett, PhD

Mindful Living-Eating and Body Concerns Focus

The central theme of this group will be focused on eating and body image and students with these concerns. The group will help participants incorporate focused awareness into their lives, particularly in the areas where eating and body image concerns impact functioning, such as academics and studying, relationships, moods and stressors. Mindfulness helps members 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 while supporting healthy eating and body image. Group meets for six sessions with an optional meeting post-Thanksgiving regarding coping mindfully with holidays.

Wednesdays | 1– 2:30 pm
Group Leaders: Tamar Kelson, PhD & Casey Tice, LPC

Mindfulness Sampler

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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.

Group Leaders: Tamar Kelson, PhD & Robyn Groth, LPC

Session 1: Mindfulness for Coping with Uncertainty (Covid and Beyond)

Strengthen your ability to notice and be responsive to your self-care needs during these uncertain times, cultivating an effective balance between structure and flexibility.
Tuesday | 10/5 | 1 – 2:30 pm

Session 2: Mindfulness of Thoughts

Learn to notice thoughts without getting hooked by distressing worry or self-defeating patterns.
Tuesday | 10/12 | 1 – 2:30 pm

Session 3: Mindfulness of Behaviors

Increase ability to act intentionally, which can improve motivation, concentration, and reaching goals in activities of daily living.
Tuesday | 10/19 | 1 – 2:30 pm

Session 4: Mindfulness of Emotions

Apply mindfulness to cultivate more positive and balanced feelings regarding yourself and the world around you.
Tuesday | 10/26 | 1 – 2:30 pm

Session 5: Mindfulness of Body

Focus on the mind/body connection, increasing body awareness to help manage stress and pain as well as improve overall self-care.
Tuesday | 11/2 | 1 – 2:30 pm

Session 6: Mindfulness for Coping with Anxiety and Depression

Acquire strategies for observing and unhooking from anxious and depressive spirals, with a focus on being in the present moment rather than living only in the past, future, or on autopilot.
Tuesday | 11/9 | 1 – 2:30 pm

Session 7: Mindfulness for Compassion and Self-Compassion

Apply mindfulness to cultivate more kindness and warmth toward yourself and others.
Tuesday | 11/16 | 1 – 2:30 pm

Session 8: Mindfulness for End of Semester Stress

Learn and practice relevant mindfulness based strategies for coping with end of semester stress and develop a plan with specific next steps for navigating end of semester stress.
Tuesday | 11/30 | 1 – 2:30pm