Group Counseling Schedule - Summer 2019
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 – 11:30 am
Michelle Bond, LPC & Ellen Marks, PhD
Tuesdays | 3 – 4:30 pm
Sam Lustgarten, PhD & Jenny Schaafsma, PhD
Wednesdays | 3 – 4:30 pm
Jenna Wieden, PhD & Robyn Rauman, MS
Fridays | 10:30 am – noon
Sarah Kohlstedt, PhD & Wei-Chiao Hsu, PhD
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
Eating Concerns Recovery Support Group
This group is intended for students recovering from an eating disorder or distorted body image and would like to talk about themes essential to recovery in a supportive, safe environment. This is a semi-structured, confidential group utilizing metaphor and story along with guided discussion to create community, provide support, and build insight and understanding.
Mondays | 10:30 am – noon
Group Leaders: Chanda Bolander, LMSW & Beth Adamski, LPC
LGBTQ Support & Empowerment Group
A support and psychoeducational 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.
Fridays | 1 – 2:30 pm
Group Leaders: Sidra Dillard, MS and Katt Cochran, MS
Graduate Students’ Group
This group will examine the sources of stress, ways of coping, and the value of peer support in adjusting to a role that often feels like it’s 24/7 as a graduate student at UW-Madison. Topics will be developed by group members, but may include: time management, financial stress, relationship concerns, burnout, isolation, and maintaining balance.
Tuesdays | 10 – 11:30 am
Group Leaders: Felix Savino, PhD & Liz Westcott-Barten, PhD
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.
Thursdays | 10:30 am - noon
Group Leader: Sidra Dillard, MS
Combined Format Groups
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.
Mondays (Men's Group) | 3 – 4:30 pm
Group Leaders: Corey Steele, PhD & Shlok Kharod, MA
Thursdays | 3– 4:30 pm
Group Leaders: Simone Collins, PhD & Arlyn Gonzalez-Castillo, APSW
Psychoeducational Groups & Workshops
Managing Challenges: Skill Building Groups – Undergrad & Grad / Concurrent individual therapy required
This group is based on four components, which are mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. The sessions are designed to teach students skills based on the four components mentioned and to do so in a structured and supportive environment. Participants will learn and refine skills that modify behavioral, emotional, and thinking patterns associated with problems in relationships.
Wednesdays | 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Group Leaders: Jeff Peterson, LCSW & Geoff Brown, LPC
Wellness Groups & Workshops
Meditation is an ancient practice that can bring deep levels of calm and relaxation. The focus will be on breathing/concentration practices and different types of meditation. The meditation groups are ongoing and students can join at any time.
Tuesdays | noon – 1 pm (21 N. Park St.)
Wednesdays | noon – 1 pm (Union South)
Group Leader: Bob McGrath, PsyD
Practice the skills of mindfulness in this four week workshop series. Come to any or all of the four sessions that will repeat through 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 & Jenna Wieden, PhD
Session 1: Mindfulness of Thoughts
Learn to notice thoughts without getting hooked by distressing worry or self-defeating patterns.
Tuesday | June 4 | 1:30 - 3 pm
Session 2: Mindfulness of Behavior
Increase ability to act intentionally, which can improve motivation, concentration, and reaching goals in activities of daily living.
Tuesday | June 11 | 1:30 - 3 pm
Session 3: Mindfulness of Emotions
Apply mindfulness to cultivate more positive and balanced feelings regarding yourself and the world around you.
Tuesday | July 9 | 1:30 - 3 pm
Session 4: 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 | July 16 | 1:30 - 3 pm
Laughing is shown to strengthen the immune system, foster positive feelings, and improve interpersonal skills. Laughter Yoga is a mindful practice combining interactive laughter exercises with calming movements to teach the body how to laugh without relying on jokes or humor. Previous yoga experience or a special sense of humor are not required. Come to one or all three groups.
Fridays | 2 – 3 pm | May 31, June 14, and July 12
Group Leaders: Stefanie Denu, PsyD & Tamar Kelson, PhD
Survivor Services Groups
Drop-in Survivor Support Group
This group is open to all UW-Madison student survivors of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, sexual harassment, and/or stalking. This confidential group allows student survivors to connect with one another and give and receive support in a safe environment. Students can attend sessions consecutively or come as their schedule allows.
Wednesdays | June 6, 19; July 17, 31; August 14 | 3-4:30 pm (8th floor)
Group Leaders: Zoe Whaley, MSW & Mary Eldridge, MSW