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Groups for Survivors

UHS Survivor Services offers groups for UW–Madison student survivors of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, sexual harassment, stalking, and/or childhood sexual abuse.

Please note that all groups (aside from Drop-In Survivor Group) require a 30-minute orientation with the group co-facilitators. 

Fall 2021 offerings

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Trauma Stabilization 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.

The Trauma Stabilization and Empowerment Group is 8 weeks in duration, with a new section opening every 4 weeks (pending sufficient student interest). Referring clinicians and interested students, please connect with group co-facilitators for anticipated start dates of new sections.

Wednesdays | 10:30 am – noon (estimated start date 09/08/21)
Group Leaders: Carol Heins-Daniels, MSW, APSW & Kimberly Lux, LCSW

Mondays | 10:30 am – noon (estimated start date 10/04/21)
Group Leaders: Carol Heins-Daniels, MSW, APSW & Denise Calhoun, PhD

Interested? Call Mental Health Services at 608-265-5600 ext 2 and indicate interest in this group.

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 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm (start date in fall 2021, based upon when group is filled)
Group Leaders: Kimberly Lux, LCSW & Molly Caradonna, PsyD

Interested? Call Mental Health Services at 608-265-5600 ext 2 and indicate interest in this group.

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.

Fridays | 12:30 – 2:00 pm (self sign-up via Qualtrix)

Group Leader: Molly Caradonna, PsyD

Interested? Sign-up via this Qualtrix link. Must submit the Qualtrix form by 11:55 pm the night prior (Thursday) to receive login information for virtual group. 

Group provides a safe, supportive space to connect with others. Student survivors can also access the many other MHS Group Counseling offerings.