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Group Therapy & Workshops

What is the difference between groups and workshops?

Both groups and workshops are powerful treatment modalities. Their power lies in the support and feedback given by other participants as well as by the facilitators. They offer a supportive and affirming space for students to discuss challenges and build connections. Appropriate self-disclosure within groups and workshops may take place at the student’s own comfort level and pace. While joining a group or workshop can feel intimidating, these treatment modalities offer advantages that cannot be found in individual counseling.

GROUP THERAPY:

  • Mostly focused on the development of resilience and self-awareness.
  • Generally closed format (i.e., maximum number of participants); no session limits.
  • Includes other participants who wish to receive support around a shared identity or lived experience.
  • Requires continuous attendance in order for participants to obtain full benefits.
  • Group facilitators will often screen group members before their joining the group.
  • Requires a referral from an OSCC care coordinator or UCC provider.

GROUPS – SUMMER 2022

Please select a group for more information.

THURSDAY 2PM – 3:30PM (Virtual Group)
All of June & July

Continuum is a group for students wishing to give and receive support around sexual identity and/or gender identity.  Individuals interested in this group may identify as LGBTQI, or may choose not to subscribe to any particular label or category. Continuum provides a safe, confidential, and affirming environment to discuss identity, community, self-esteem, intimate relationships, family & friendships, and other issues of relevance.

If interested, please contact one of the following UCC staff members:
Kyle Shadrick at aaron.k.shadrick@vanderbilt.edu 
Ashley Weber at ashley.c.weber@vanderbilt.edu

Co-leaders will conduct a brief meeting with interested students prior to joining the group.

WEDNESDAY 2PM – 3:30 PM (Virtual Group)
Start Date: 5/25

The Graduate Process Group is designed to provide a space for graduate students with a broad spectrum of mental health concerns. Group members will offer each other support and feedback in working toward change. Common concerns that may be addressed in this group include: navigating graduate programs and demands, interpersonal relationship difficulties, transiting from graduate school to the work environment, individuation, identity concerns, and work/life balance. This group is a virtual offering.

If interested, please contact one of the following UCC staff members:
Tamaki Silver at tamaki.silver@vanderbilt.edu
Jay Steinberg at jay.steinberg@vanderbilt.edu 

 

GROUPS – SPRING 2022

Please select a group for more information.

TUESDAY 3PM - 4PM (Virtual Group)
Start Date: 2/22

This group is meant to be a safe space for Latinx students to connect and build community by sharing the stories, struggles, and successes they have experienced. Themes may include experiences related to identity, cultural values, academics/career, family, and relationships, among other topics. As a member of this group, students will learn more about themselves and their values, gain support, and work on improving their self-care and life balance.

Zoom registration link: https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlf--qpzsuEtGHW1E5gbElC8Lq1cTCateL

For more information, please contact one of the following UCC staff members:
Anabella Wilson at anabella.p.wilson@vanderbilt.edu
Ruth Howard at ruth.howard@vanderbilt.edu

WEDNESDAY 4PM - 5PM, BI-WEEKLY (Virtual Group)
Start Date: 3/2

This group provides a safe and affirming space for APIDA, (Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi-American) identifying students who are looking for support, connection, and skills as they navigate experiences relating to their intersecting identities. This group is open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

If you have any questions, please contact Cayla Leung, PsyD at cayla.j.leung@vanderbilt.edu

Group Access: Zoom Link
Passcode: 800611

TUESDAY 3PM – 4:30 PM (Virtual Group)
Start Date: 2/1

Do you sometimes find it hard to manage relationships in your life? By engaging in Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills, you can learn how to apply specific problem-solving, assertiveness, and social skills to modify aversive environments and to obtain your goals in interpersonal encounters.

After the 10 weeks, you will have your own toolkit of strategies to pull from whenever you have difficult life circumstances.

Open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

To schedule a brief informational meeting please contact one of the following UCC staff members:
Courtney Williams: courtney.williams@vanderbilt.edu
Brian Pollock: brian.pollock.1@vanderbilt.edu

TUESDAY 4PM - 5PM, BI-WEEKLY (Virtual Group)
Start Date: 2/1

The Recovering Perfectionists group is a 4 session workshop and process-oriented space for those who find themselves constantly striving for the elusive goal of perfectionism. We will be covering the impact of perfectionism on self-esteem and self-concept, relationships, academics, and occupation. This group is open to all students.

For more information, please contact Neva Murray: neva.murray@Vanderbilt.Edu

Group Access: Zoom Link

WEDNESDAY 5PM – 6PM (virtual until further notice)
Start Date: 1/19

Rooted in Resilience is a support group, designed for students who have been impacted by interpersonal violence. This could mean experiences of sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, emotional abuse, stalking, harassment, and/or childhood abuse. This group is intended to provide a supportive environment for survivors. Time is spent listening, sharing experiences, sharing challenges associated with trauma, and gaining tools and knowledge as students work toward healing. Group is open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. This group is a collaboration between the University Counseling Center and the Project Safe Center.

If interested in this group, please email sarah.jordan.welch@vanderbilt.edu. No formal referral is required.

MONDAY 3PM - 4:45PM (In-person Group)
Start Date: 2/7

Untangle and align your thoughts and emotions at our expressive arts group. The Untangle group offers a space to connect, in the “here and now”, and experience the healing power of creativity. Through visual art, movement, music, theater, and Storytelling blocked beliefs and emotions are liberated, facilitating insight and personal growth.  No prior experience in art making is needed and art material will be provided.

For more information, please contact one of the following UCC staff members:
Viviana Grice: viviana.a.grice@vanderbilt.edu
Stephanie Singer: stephanie.m.singer@vanderbilt.edu

Screening Required.

TUESDAY 3PM – 4PM (virtual until further notice)
Start Date: 1/18

The Women’s Group is a process group where participants explore their concerns about relationships, academic and work stress, problems with depression or anxiety, family, life transitions, and communication, among other concerns. This exploration enables participants to work on changing their thinking or behavior patterns in order to make their lives work better, enjoy their lives more fully, and achieve a sense of personal authenticity. In addition, the Women’s Group focuses on the ways in which women’s lives are impacted by societal gender stereotypes and the guilt and shame that can be experienced when we sense that we do not fit certain stereotypes.  An important aspect of this group is the chance to explore here-and-now relationships with the other women in the group, to see how others’ experiences are like your own, and to support and encourage positive change. This is an in-person group for graduate and professional students.

If interested, please contact one of the following staff members:
Sarah Jordan Welch-Moore: sarahjordan.welchmoore@vanderbilt.edu
Cayla Leung: cayla.j.leung@vanderbilt.edu

TUESDAYS 3PM - 4PM, BI-WEEKLY (VIRTUAL GROUP)
Start Date: 3/1

Immigrants and Children of Immigrants Listening Circle offers a safe space for immigrants, children of immigrants, refugees, and international students to share their stories and develop a sense of connection and groundedness in community together by exploring topics that include immigration status; individual, group, and dual-identity; adjustment and acculturation; family relationships; and self-care. This support group will empower students to feel less alone by connecting with others who understand their experiences.

For more information, please contact one of the following UCC staff members:
Amira Mohamad: amira.mohamad@Vanderbilt.Edu
Zainab Suara: zainab.suara@Vanderbilt.Edu

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctcemqqzgjHNGNhhceMbv-EM9pV3-E1VFM

 

WORKSHOPS:

  • Mostly focused on the development of everyday skills.
  • Workshops tend to be intermittent and take place in series, not requiring continuous attendance.
  • There is no necessary screening (drop-in registrations are welcome).

WORKSHOPS – SPRING 2022

Please select a workshop for more information.

THURSDAYS 11AM - 12PM (Virtual Workshop)
DATES: 4/7, 4/14 & 4/21

Anxiety Toolbox is a three-week workshop designed for students experiencing a variety of anxiety-related concerns. This workshop is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Attendance to all three sessions is required, as each week builds upon the previous one.

Sessions Cover:
·  understanding what anxiety is and how it impacts us
·  exploring how thoughts and behaviors affect anxiety
·  developing strategies to better cope with anxiety

Workshop Registration: https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYoceyhpjosHtICxVD00pl7EY2zDZ-TPM4b

For more information, please contact Stacey Appiah-Opoku: stacey.appiah-opoku@vanderbilt.edu

 

MONDAY 3PM -4:30PM (Virtual Workshop)
Registration Required

Black Girl Magic- A workshop Series that explores the lived experiences of black women-identified students (Facilitators: Courtney Williams; Zainab Suara, Adrienne Erby; Megan Derisse)

-February Workshops

2/14- Boo’d Up Part I: Exploring relationships among Black womxn- this workshop will explore the relationships among Black women-identified students @ VU. Topics may include self-care, boundary setting, and other relational dynamics among personal and professional relationships.

2/28- Boo’d Up Part II: Exploring self-love among Black womxn- this workshop will explore the intrapersonal relationship Black women-identified students foster with themselves.  Topics may include exploring “self-care love languages”, mental health, and the messages we tell ourselves.

Workshop Access: Zoom Link

-March Workshops

3/14- Stay Woke & Stay Well Part I: Exploring social justice issues & self-care among Black womxn – this workshop is designed to take an intrapersonal focus on social justice and self-care among Black women-identified students @ VU. Topics may include racial pride and empowerment, belonging, inclusivity, and different lanes of advocacy.

3/28- Stay Woke & Stay Well Part II: Exploring self-care among Black womxn in real-time- this workshop is designed to take an intrapersonal focus on social justice and self-care among Black women-identified students @ VU. Join us for our virtual self-care fair. Topics may include mindfulness, boundary setting, and self-care through the community.

Workshop Access: Zoom Link

-April Workshops

4/11- Secure the Bag: Exploring professional Identity among Black womxn- this workshop is designed to explore professional development and identity among Black women-identified students @ VU. Topics may include imposter syndrome, burnout levels, code switching, and professional boundary setting.

Workshop Access: Zoom Link

For more information, please contact Courtney Williams at courtney.williams@vanderbilt.edu

The Self-Compassion Workshop is a 3-week workshop series in which students will learn about the concept of self-compassion and how to practically incorporate it into their daily lives. This series is designed to help students become less self-critical and respond to their daily struggles with kindness and compassion, rather than judgment and criticism. Each workshop in the series will integrate psychoeducation, hands-on exercises, and interactive discussions to help each member develop strategies and ways of thinking that will serve to increase their overall level of self-compassion and well-being. This group is open to both undergrad and graduate students.

Developing Self-Compassion Workshop - Round 1
Dates:
 Thursday, February 17th, February 24th, March 3rd
Time: 2PM - 3:30PM
Zoom registration link: https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpcu2hqT8jHNIOTIqlpgD6SWNK9IsLAV2R

Developing Self-Compassion Workshop - Round 2
Dates: Thursday, March 17th, March 24th, March 31st
Time: 2PM - 3:30PM
Zoom registration link: https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEuc-6rrjIjE90RQ5MGUzg97ShvvgXLZpbi

Developing Self-Compassion Workshop - Round 3
Dates: Thursday, April 7th, April 14th, April 21st
Time: 2PM - 3:30PM
Zoom link to register: https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcofu-vpzoqEtPn8MOaREIfr-oORe7BRNVE

Request from workshop facilitators: Please plan to attend the 3 sequential meetings.
Given that the workshop will be presented in three sessions and that the material will build on the skills learned the previous week, we ask that participants make a commitment to attending all three sessions, sequentially.

If you have any questions, please contact Ruth Howard at ruth.howard@Vanderbilt.Edu

WEDNESDAY 4PM – 5PM (Virtual Workshop)

With an emphasis on deepening understanding of what ADHD is and isn’t, improving work completion, time management, and organization, while also touching on cognitive, behavioral, and mindfulness interventions.

Weekly workshops: Actively engage in skill-building in these areas in a scaffolded, supportive environment.
Open Discussions: Ask questions about surviving and thriving with ADHD and other executive function issues, as well as follow up on skills from prior weeks. Bring your questions!

A verified diagnosis of ADHD is not required for this workshop; any interested student is welcome!

JAN 19: What is ADHD?
JAN 26: Time and Task Management 1
FEB 2: Time and Task Management 2
FEB 9:  Open Discussion
FEB 16: TLCs (Therapeutic Lifestyle Choices)
FEB 23: ADHD & Academic Work
MAR 2: Mindfulness & ADHD

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAYS, 4PM CENTRAL TIME

ZOOM LINK ON ANCHOR LINK EVENT OR AT VANDERBI.LT/CSWWELLBEING  

For more information, please contact one of the following staff members:
Frances Niarhos: frances.niarhos@vanderbilt.edu
Samantha York: samantha.york@vanderbilt.edu
Vanessa Bell: vanessa.bell@vanderbilt.edu