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Group Counseling Schedule

Pre-Group Orientation

A pre-group orientation (PGO) appointment is an opportunity to meet the group’s facilitators, learn about the benefits of group therapy, and ask questions. The PGO can help you and the facilitators decide if the group will 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

Complete the MHS Group Informed Participation Agreement here: uhs.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/MHS-Group_Informed-Participation-Agreement-202209_fillable.pdf

Group format

All groups will meet virtually via Zoom unless otherwise specified.
“In person” will be noted by the group time.

Groups open to all students

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ADHD skills training: Improving attention, organization, and cognition

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This five-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. Each session starts with an exercise or activity component guided by Rec Well instructors, as physical activity is an important aspect of mental health and optimal cognitive functioning. These skills will help improve overall health and time management, with the goal of leading to increased academic success and quality of life.

Tuesdays | 9/13 – 10/11
10/25 – 11/22
3:15 – 4:45 pm (in person)
Group leaders: Bjorn Hanson, PhD & Frank He, MS

Drugs on your mind

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This one-session workshop will focus on providing answers to questions that you might have about substances like alcohol or cannabis. Come learn about how they impact the brain and your wellness, and have a space to talk about drugs on your mind.

Thursdays | 9/22, 10/27, 12/1
11 am – Noon
Group leaders: Geoff Brown, LPC & Tim Cordes, MD, PhD

Grad Resilience

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A series 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 graduate students with an active wisc.edu e-mail address.

Navigating workloads: Essentials of productivity (organization, motivation, prioritizing)
Thursday | 9/29
Noon – 1 pm

Grad-ification: Personal thriving (impostor phenomena, work/life balance, self-care)
Thursday | 10/13
Noon – 1 pm

Life in the grad lane: Navigating uncertainty (ambiguity, changing demands, the future void)
Thursday | 10/27
Noon – 1 pm

Relationship Fitness: Simple tools for better partnerships
Thursday | 11/10
Noon – 1 pm

Quick tools to relax: Basic wellness
Thursday | 12/8
Noon – 1 pm

Group leader: Jo Hoese, PhD

Managing Anxiety & Depression Workshop

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Over the course of this two-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 | 9/19 & 9/26 | 10/3 & 10/10 | 10/17 & 10/24 | 10/31 & 11/7 | 11/14 & 11/21 | 12/5 & 12/12
11 am – 12:30 pm
Group leaders: PJ Young, LPC & Sanjli Mehta, MA

Student Success Workshops

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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 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.
Wednesdays | 9/14, 10/5, 10/26, 11/16
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.
Wednesdays | 10/12, 11/2, 11/30
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.
Wednesdays | 9/28, 10/19, 11/9, 12/7, 12/14
12:30 – 1:30 pm

Group leaders: Davida Randolph, MAEd, NCC

 

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 | 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9
                   3 – 4 pm
Group leader: Tamar Kelson, 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
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 | 10/11
2:30 – 4 pm

Session 2: Mindfulness of Thoughts
Learn to notice thoughts without getting hooked by distressing worry or self-defeating patterns.
Tuesday | 10/18
2:30 – 4 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 | 10/25
2:30 – 4:00 pm

Session 4: Mindfulness of Emotions
Apply mindfulness to cultivate more positive and balanced feelings regarding yourself and the world around you.
Tuesday | 11/1
2:30 – 4 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 | 11/8
2:30 – 4 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 | 11/15
2:30 – 4 pm

Session 7: Mindfulness for Compassion and Self-Compassion
Apply mindfulness to cultivate more kindness and warmth toward yourself and others.
Tuesday | 11/29
2:30 – 4 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 | 12/6
2:30 – 4 pm

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

Start Surfing & STOP Stressing

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Feeling pulled in too many directions? Finding yourself putting your energy into one area of your life, only to notice that another area is getting neglected? Spending all your time studying while your relationships suffer? The practice of mindfulness teaches us to “surf” the waves of emotions in our lives – the highs and the lows throughout all the stresses of life. Each week, this group will use the STOP technique (Stop, Take a Breath, Observe, Proceed) to focus on a different topic and aspect of life, including work and academics, managing emotions, navigating relationships with others, our relationship with food and our bodies, and more. This group draws from Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and includes in-session demonstrations and experiential practice of these techniques. Check out this group if you’re interested in utilizing mindfulness practices to learn how to surf the waves of emotions in response to various life stressors and actively cultivate more stability and calm in all aspects of your life.

For more information on exact group dates, please sign up and the group facilitators will reach out via email with details

Group leaders: Casey Tice, LPC & Claire Barrett, PhD

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

10:30 am – noon (in person)
Group leaders: Kathy Wierzchowski, PhD & Shane Sommers, BA

1 – 2:30 pm (Closed)
Group leaders: Blake Bettis, PsyD & Madrone Love, MA

Tuesday

10 – 11:30 am (in person)
Group leaders: Melanie Daovannary, PsyD & Jay Bean, PhD

Wednesday

3 –4:30 pm
Group leaders: Benjamin de Boer, PsyD, CGP & Mariessa Robles, MS

Thursday

12:30 – 2 pm (in person) Closed
Group leaders: Benjamin de Boer, PsyD, CGP & Katrina Welborn, MM

3 – 4:30 pm
Group leaders: Jeff Hird, PhD & Gina Williamson, MS

Friday

10:30 am – noon (in person) Closed
Group leaders: Tommy Wild, PhD & Sanjli Mehta, MA

Support/Theme Groups

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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.

Mondays 3 – 4:30 pm (Closed)
Group leaders: Danyelle Okesanjo, MSW & Kayla Eggen, LCSW

Challenging Codependency: Developing and Maintaining Interdependence

Do you expend all of your energy in meeting other people’s needs? Do you feel trapped in your relationships? 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, which can show up in relationships with friends, romantic partners, or family members. Codependent relationships are a struggle for many. Adopting new methods of demonstrating compassion, while at the same time 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 | 3 – 4:30 pm (in person) Closed
Group leaders: Corinne Werner, PsyD & Gina Williamson, MS

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 | 11 am – 12:30 pm (in person) Closed
Group leaders: Leya Moore, PhD & Mariessa Robles, MS

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).

Mondays | 3 – 4:30 pm
Group leaders: Jo Hoese, PhD & Brian Drozd, PsyD

Eating Concerns Support Group

A space for students to explore their relationship with food, movement, and their bodies, and connect with peers around these shared experiences. Group facilitators are mental health professionals that 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.

Mondays | 10:30 am – Noon
Group leaders: Andie Schwabe, MS, LPC-IT & McCaleb Eifert, BA

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.

Fridays | 3 – 4:30 pm (Closed)
Group leaders: Rianna Bailey, LCSW & Kathleen Monmany, MSW

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 | 1 – 2:30 pm (in-person)
Group leader: Felix Savino, PhD

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 (in person)
Group leader: Jen Moulton, PhD and Christa Zhang, BA

International Students Support Group

International students experience challenges in the process of adjusting to life in the United States and the academic environment of 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 and build connections, resilience, and a sense of belonging.

Fridays | 3 – 4:30 pm (Closed)
Group leader: Wei-Chiao Hsu, PhD, LPC and Melanie Daovannary, PsyD

Latinx Drop-in Support Group

Drop in, no appointment needed. Sign up online: uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eyft5kJk2qP5j2C.

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 | 2 – 3:30 pm
Group leaders: Dezarae Avalos, LPC & Sandra Becerra, LPC

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 | 10:30 am – Noon (in person)
Group leaders: Blake Bettis, PsyD & Kari Treu, MSE

Practicing Self-Compassion

This is a semi-structured group for people who strive to feel worthy, to extend kindness to themselves, and to understand how to be your own best friend. Topics that will be explored include self-esteem, self-compassion, shame and guilt, vulnerability, and authenticity. Group members will engage in various activities such as journaling and mindfulness with periodic work outside of session.

Tuesdays | 3 – 4:30 pm (Closed)
Group leaders: Tommy Wild, PhD and Brooke Gardiner-Smith, BA

Stronger Together: A Support Group for Students with a Chronic Health 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.

Tuesdays | 3 – 4:30 pm (meets every other week)
Group leaders: Jo Hoese, PhD & Kari Treu, MSE

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.

Tuesdays | 1 – 2:30 pm
Group leaders: Quincy Dillard, LPC & Louis Lindley, MA

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 & Davida Randolph, MAEd, NCC

Psychoeducational Groups & Workshops

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ADHD Skills Training: Improving Attention, Organization, and Cognition

Sign up online: uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7QiEITTvojWDEt8

This five-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. Each session starts with an exercise or activity component guided by Rec Well instructors, as physical activity is an important aspect of mental health and optimal cognitive functioning. These skills will help improve overall health and time management, with the goal of leading to increased academic success and quality of life.

Tuesdays | 9/13 – 10/11
                      10/25 – 11/22
3:15 – 4:45 pm (in person)
Group leaders: Bjorn Hanson, PhD & Frank He, MS

DBT Skills Group

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

Mondays | 2:30 – 4 pm (in person) Closed
Group leaders: Beth Adamski, LPC & Stephanie Ward, MS

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.

Thursdays | 1 – 2:30 pm (in person)
Group leaders: Tim Fredrickson, MS & Madrone Love, MA

Drugs on Your Mind

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This one-session workshop will focus on providing answers to questions that you might have about substances like alcohol or cannabis. Come learn about how they impact the brain and your wellness, and have a space to talk about drugs on your mind.

Thursdays | 9/22, 10/27, 12/1
11 am – noon
Group leaders: Geoff Brown, LPC & Tim Cordes, MD, PhD

Grad Resilience

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A series 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 graduate students with an active wisc.edu e-mail address.

Navigating workloads: Essentials of productivity (organization, motivation, prioritizing)
Thursday | 9/29
Noon – 1 pm

Grad-ification: Personal thriving (impostor phenomena, work/life balance, self-care)
Thursday | 10/13
Noon – 1 pm

Life in the grad lane: Navigating uncertainty (ambiguity, changing demands, the future void)
Thursday | 10/27
Noon – 1 pm

Relationship Fitness: Simple tools for better partnerships
Thursday | 11/10
Noon – 1 pm

Quick tools to relax: Basic wellness
Thursday | 12/8
Noon – 1 pm

Group leader: Jo Hoese, PhD

Managing Anxiety & Depression Workshop

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Over the course of this two-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 | 9/19 & 9/26 | 10/3 & 10/10 | 10/17 & 10/24 | 10/31 & 11/7 | 11/14 & 11/21 | 12/5 & 12/12
11 am – 12:30 pm
Group leaders: PJ Young, LPC & Sanjli Mehta, MA

Student Success Workshops

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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 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.
Wednesdays | 9/14, 10/5, 10/26, 11/16
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.
Wednesdays | 10/12, 11/2, 11/30
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.
Wednesdays | 9/28, 10/19, 11/9, 12/7, 12/14
12:30 – 1:30 pm

Group leaders: Davida Randolph, MAEd, NCC

 

Support Groups for Survivors

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Autumn Wellness Group for Survivors

Step away from your screen and meet us outdoors for some connection on the green! Start your day with an ecotherapy-themed experiential skills group for survivors to connect and build community through mindfulness and nature excursion. This group will meet outdoors and invite group members to participate in guided meditation, breathing practices, compassion practices, and somatic grounding exercises. There will be opportunity for discussion, reflection, and camaraderie with other group members. Please note, confidentiality may be limited due to the public setting. Please feel free to bring pillows, blankets, or chairs for comfort when sitting outside; morning coffee welcome and encouraged!

Fridays | 9:30 – 10:30 am (in person) Closed
Group leaders: Kendall Ferguson, APSW & Kayla Eggen, LCSW

Drop In Survivors of Color Support Group

Drop in. Sign up online: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3DJrlGK8ShDFgPk

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 | 3 – 4:30 pm (Closed)
Group leaders: Geetanjali Deole, MS & Christa Zhang, BA

Survivor Support Group

This 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.

Mondays | 3 – 4:30 pm
Group leaders: Kendall Ferguson, APSW & Geetanjali Deole, MS

Drop-In Queer Survivor Support Group

This is a space for UW-Madison student survivors to connect with peers and offer mutual support in a confidential and safe environment. Students who identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, queer, questioning, transgender, or any other personally meaningful term are all welcome to this group. Group facilitators foster a space that is open and affirming for all members. Group will focus on navigating the impact of trauma experiences through connection & skills to support post-traumatic growth, with some boundaries placed around sharing narratives about traumatic experiences. This group is specifically designed for LGBTQ+ UW-Madison students who have experienced sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, sexual harassment, stalking, and/or childhood sexual abuse.

Mondays | 3 – 4:30 pm (in person at the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center)
Group Leaders: Annie Bruns, APSW & Sam Herlitzke, LMFT

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 | 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9
                   3 – 4 pm
Group leader: Tamar Kelson, PhD

Mindfulness Sampler

Sign up online: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_88QZ3oNEtXPhhm6

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
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 | 10/11
2:30 – 4 pm

Session 2: Mindfulness of Thoughts
Learn to notice thoughts without getting hooked by distressing worry or self-defeating patterns.
Tuesday | 10/18
2:30 – 4 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 | 10/25
2:30 – 4:00 pm

Session 4: Mindfulness of Emotions
Apply mindfulness to cultivate more positive and balanced feelings regarding yourself and the world around you.
Tuesday | 11/1
2:30 – 4 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 | 11/8
2:30 – 4 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 | 11/15
2:30 – 4 pm

Session 7: Mindfulness for Compassion and Self-Compassion
Apply mindfulness to cultivate more kindness and warmth toward yourself and others.
Tuesday | 11/29
2:30 – 4 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 | 12/6
2:30 – 4 pm

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

Start Surfing & STOP Stressing

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Feeling pulled in too many directions? Finding yourself putting your energy into one area of your life, only to notice that another area is getting neglected? Spending all your time studying while your relationships suffer? The practice of mindfulness teaches us to “surf” the waves of emotions in our lives – the highs and the lows throughout all the stresses of life. Each week, this group will use the STOP technique (Stop, Take a Breath, Observe, Proceed) to focus on a different topic and aspect of life, including work and academics, managing emotions, navigating relationships with others, our relationship with food and our bodies, and more. This group draws from Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and includes in-session demonstrations and experiential practice of these techniques. Check out this group if you’re interested in utilizing mindfulness practices to learn how to surf the waves of emotions in response to various life stressors and actively cultivate more stability and calm in all aspects of your life.

For more information on exact group dates, please sign up and the group facilitators will reach out via email with details

Group leaders: Casey Tice, LPC & Claire Barrett, PhD