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Group Counseling Schedule

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

Group format

All groups will meet virtually via Zoom unless otherwise specified. 

Groups open to all students

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ADHD Skills Training: Improving Attention, Organization, and Cognition

Sign up online: uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0whK0iIgtcH1EBE
This group will be held in-person at UHS

This 5-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 RecWell 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.

Wednesdays | 6/1 – 6/22 and 6/29 – 7/20
 3:30 – 5 pm

Group leaders: Meg Boyer, PhD & Austen Matsui, MS

Meditation Drop-In

Sign up online: uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eVSFH2YZhFxvot8

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.

Thursdays | 2:30-3:30 pm

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

Drop-In Survivor Support Group

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.

Tuesdays | 1 – 2:30 pm
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Group Leaders: Carol Heins-Daniels, MSW, APSW & Kendall Ferguson, MSW, APSW

Fridays | 10 – 11:30 am
*This group will start on June 17.
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Group Leaders: Molly Caradonna, PsyD & Annie Bruns, MSW, APSW

Drop-in 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/x, Indian, Asian, Asian American, Indian-American, Indigenous, 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 | 3 – 4:30 pm
Group Leaders: Melanie Daovannary, PsyD & Tang Yang, APSW
Register: uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0NgZo9AewuDvysu

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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Tuesday

10:30 am – noon
Group leaders: Benjamin de Boer, PsyD, CGP & Heidi Binder, PsyD

Wednesday

3 – 4:30 pm
Group leaders: Brian Drozd, PsyD & James Gresh, PsyD

Thursday

1 – 2:30 pm
Group leaders: Corey Steele, PhD & Tommy Wild, PhD

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.

Thursdays 3 – 4:30 pm
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 | 2:30 – 4 pm
Group leaders: Kendall Ferguson, MSW, APSW & Annie Bruns, MSW, APSW

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).

Tuesday | Noon – 1:30 pm
Group leader: Jo Hoese, PhD

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.

Complete a pre-group orientation to join the group.

Fridays | 1 pm – 2:30 pm
Group Leaders: Andie Schwabe, MS, LPC-IT & Beth Adamski, MA, LPC

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 | 1 – 2:30 pm
Group Leaders: Dezarae Avalos, MA, LPC & Leya Moore, PhD

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.

Wednesdays | 3 – 4:30 pm
Group Leaders: Geetanjali Deole, MS & Melanie Daovannary, PsyD

Drop-in 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/x, Indian, Asian, Asian American, Indian-American, Indigenous, 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 | 3 – 4:30 pm
Group Leaders: Melanie Daovannary, PsyD & Tang Yang, APSW
Register: uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0NgZo9AewuDvysu

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.

Wednesdays | 1 – 2:30 pm
Group Leaders: Quincy Dillard, LPC & Sam Herlitzke, LMFT

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.

Tuesdays | 3 – 4:30 pm
Group Leaders: Geoff Brown, LPC & Matt Sablan, LCSW

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_0whK0iIgtcH1EBE
This group will be held in-person at UHS

This 5-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 RecWell 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.

Wednesdays | 6/1 – 6/22 and 6/29 – 7/20
 3:30 – 5 pm

Group leaders: Meg Boyer, PhD & Austen Matsui, MS

Survivor Services Groups

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Drop-In Survivor Support Group

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.

Tuesdays | 1 – 2:30 pm
Sign up online: uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_afMGVnDOIgmDd3g
Group Leaders: Carol Heins-Daniels, MSW, APSW & Kendall Ferguson, MSW, APSW

Fridays | 10 – 11:30 am
Sign up online: uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9NYlJFfVB5DzeyW
Group Leaders: Molly Caradonna, PsyD & Annie Bruns, MSW, APSW

Survivors of Color Support Group

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.

Mondays | 3 – 4:30 pm
Group Leaders: Kayla Eggen, LCSW & Geetanjali Deole, MS

Wellness Groups and Workshops

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Meditation Drop-in

Sign up online: uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eVSFH2YZhFxvot8

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.

Thursdays 2:30-3:30 pm

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