Read descriptions of Summer 2020 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.
Interpersonal Process Groups
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.
3 – 4:30 pm | Benjamin de Boer, PsyD & Jeff Peterson, LCSW
2:30 – 4:00 pm | Jamie Welch, PhD & Corinne Werner, PsyD
12:30 – 2 pm | Bob Stindt, LCSW & Maha Baalbaki, MS
Support Theme Groups
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 Leaders: Jo Hoese, PhD & Isaac Hooley, BA
Graduate Students’ Group
This group examines 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. Topics will be developed by group members.
Tuesdays | 10 – 11:30 am
Group Leaders: Felix Savino, PhD & & Kathy Wierzchowski, PhD
Fridays | 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Group Leaders: Dezarae Avalos, LPC & Josie Montanez-Tyler, LMFT
Graduate Women's Group
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. Common topics include relationships, academics, stress, depression, and anxiety.
Fridays | 3 – 4:30 pm
Group Leaders: Liz Wescott-Barten, LPC, SAC & Denise Calhoun, PhD
Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Support & Empowerment Group
A support and psychoeducational group for students navigating gender identity developments and acceptance. Students who identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, and any other personally meaningful term are welcome. The group focuses on establishing positive connections with others and exploring the process of integrating gender identity in an authentic, self-affirming way.
Thursdays | 3 – 4:30 pm
Group Leaders: Sidra Dillard, MS & Jamie Welch, PhD
LGBTQ Support & Empowerment Group
A support and psychoeducational group for students 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 welcome. The group’s focus is on establishing positive connections with others and exploring the process of integrating one’s sexual and gender identities.
Fridays | 10:30 am – noon
Group Leaders: Sam Troemel, MFT & Egg Guo, 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 and how 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.
Wednesdays | 3 – 4:30 pm
Group Leaders: Danyelle Okesanjo, MSW & Egg Guo, MS, LPC-IT
Fridays |10:30 am – noon
Group Leaders: Corey Steele, PhD & Maha Baalbaki, MS
Latinx Support & 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 skill development, and help students navigate academic and social experiences on campus.
Thursdays | 3 – 4:30 pm
Group Leaders: Dezarae Avalos, MA, LPC & Claudia Marte, MA, LPC
If things sometimes turn out differently than you expect when drinking or using other substances, there are ways to facilitate a better outcome. Join other students for discussions about what goes well and what still needs improvement. Learn skills that can be helpful in whatever goals you hope to achieve including: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
Thursdays | 1 – 2:30 pm
Group Leaders: Geoff Brown, LPC & Michelle Pitot, MSW, EdD
Eating Concerns Process and Support Group
For individuals currently recovering from an eating disorder and/or distorted body image. The group provides a supportive environment to help members explore and recognize their own feelings, thoughts, and emotions attached to their relationship with food, their bodies, and themselves as it relates to the recovery process. Individuals will connect around shared experiences, and give and receive feedback that can help build greater self-awareness.
Mondays | 3 - 4:30 pm
Group Leaders: Chanda Bolander, LCSW & Kallie Kobold, PsyD
Psychoeducational Groups & Workshops
Managing Anxiety and Depression Workshop
Over the course of this 2-session workshop, participants will learn new ways to manage anxiety and depression. In a supportive and interactive online setting, students will gain greater awareness of signs and symptoms, strategies to cope with anxiety and depression, and long-term approaches to self-care.
There will be two sections:
July 1 & July 8
July 15 & July 22
Wednesdays | 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Group Leaders: Beth Adamski, LPC & Corinne Werner, PsyD
Practice the skills of mindfulness in this four-week workshop series. Increase self-understanding, present moment awareness, and strengthen your capacity to address stressful daily challenges toward a more vital and valued life. Come to any or all of the sessions that repeat through the semester. Groups led by Tamar Kelson, PhD and Stefanie Denu, PsyD.
Session 1: Mindfulness of Thoughts
Learn to notice thoughts without getting hooked by distressing worry or self-defeating patterns.
Tuesdays, 5/26, 6/30 | 1 – 2:30 pm
Session 2: Mindfulness of Behavior
Increase ability to act intentionally, which can improve motivation, concentration, and reaching goals in activities of daily living.
Tuesdays, 6/9, 7/14 | 1– 2:30 pm
Session 3: Mindfulness of Emotions
Apply mindfulness to cultivate more positive and balanced feelings regarding yourself and the world around you.
Tuesdays, 6/16, 7/21 | 1– 2:30 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.
Tuesdays, 6/23, 7/28 | 1– 2:30 pm