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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 – FALL 2021

Please select a group for more information.

MONDAY 2:30PM - 3:30PM, BI-WEEKLY

Was 2020 your first year at Vanderbilt? Did your first-year experience of life at Vanderbilt include quarantine restrictions and an endless feeling of zoom fatigue? Are you excited and a little worried about building new connections now that campus life has changed once again? If so, you are not alone! SYC is intended to be a safe and supportive space for sophomore and second-year transfer students to connect and share their experiences, thoughts, feelings, and fears about this academic year.

For more information, please contact Ruth Howard at ruth.howard@vanderbilt.edu

THURSDAY 4PM – 5:30PM

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 Kyle Shadrick at aaron.k.shadrick@vanderbilt.edu. Co-leaders will conduct a brief meeting with interested students prior to joining the group.

TUESDAY 3PM – 4:30 PM

Do you sometimes find it hard to understand your emotions and your response to them?  By learning Emotion Regulation skills, you can learn the function of emotions and how to manage negative or overwhelming emotions. 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.

For more information please contact one of the following UCC staff members:
Heather Boyd: heather.n.bay@vanderbilt.edu
Brian Pollock: brian.pollock.1@vanderbilt.edu

WEDNESDAY 3PM – 4:30 PM

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 

 

EVERY OTHER MONDAY 3PM - 4PM, BEGINNING OCTOBER 4th 

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

Zoom Link: Immigrants and Children of Immigrants Listening Circle

THURSDAY 5PM – 6PM

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 - 5PM, BI-WEEKLY

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

TUESDAY 3PM – 4PM

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 sarahjordan.welchmoore@vanderbilt.edu

MONDAYS 3:00-4:30 PM

The Recovering Perfectionists group is a process-oriented space for those who find themselves constantly striving for the elusive goal of perfectionism. This group is open to all grad students.

If you have questions, reach out to Neva Murray: neva.murray@Vanderbilt.Edu 

 

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 – FALL 2021

Please select a workshop for more information.

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: Thursdays 9/9, 9/16, and 9/23 from 2PM - 3:30PM
Zoom registration

Developing Self-Compassion Workshop - Round 2
Dates: Thursdays 9/30, 10/7, and 10/14 from 2PM - 3:30PM
Zoom registration: 

Developing Self-Compassion Workshop - Round 3
Dates: Thursdays 10/21, 10/28, and 11/4 from 2PM - 3:30PM
Zoom registration: 

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

BEGINNING THE WEEK OF 8/30/21

Weekly open space that provides easy access to informal, confidential consultations with UCC counselors. Counselors can provide solutions and referrals to other campus and off-campus resources. 

The UCC has created the below-mentioned identity-specific Drop-In Consultations—with the understanding of the unique impact that issues such as systemic oppression, racialized trauma, police brutality, COVID-19 health disparities, and other identity-based experiences may have on the emotional wellness of Black, International, and/or LGBTQIA+ students. We hope that our identity-based Drop-In Consultations provide opportunities for our students with these historically minoritized identities, to receive brief support around these concerns in a more overtly affirming space. Black, International, and/or LGBTQIA+ students are always welcome to visit any Drop-In Consultation space, for any non-emergency concern—that’s connected to aspects of their identity, or not. Our Drop-In Consultation providers are happy and ready to be of service to the Vanderbilt student community. We look forward to supporting you!

For more information, please visit the UCC Drop-in Consultation page.

The Zoom meetings for Drop-In Consultations will not be monitored beyond the dedicated hours for that specific Drop-In Consultation time. If you present to the Zoom meeting for a Drop-In Consultation beyond the dedicated hours for that particular Drop-In Consultation, we encourage you to either:
1) contact UCC Urgent Care at 615-322-2571 if you have an urgent need.
2) plan to attend the next available Drop-In Consultation space that best fits your needs.

October 5th, 12th, and 19th
3PM - 4:30PM

Melanin Matters @ VU is an initiative dedicated to creating a safe, brave, and affirming space for Black-identified students to discuss topics such as navigating student life as a Black student at a PWI, validating and unpacking experiences of microaggressions and racialized trauma, celebrating Black pride and uplifting Black excellence, stress management, and self-care, and learning coping skills for imposter syndrome. Registration via Zoom is required for participation.

To register for the workshop, please click the link below:
Zoom Registration

WEDNESDAY 4PM – 5PM 

Please search “ADHD” in AnchorLink for Zoom information.

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!

SEP 1: WHAT IS ADHD?
SEP 8 & 15: TIME & TASK MANAGEMENT
SEP 22: OPEN DISCUSSION
SEP 29: TLCS (THERAPEUTIC LIFESTYLECHOICES)
OCT 6: MINDFULNESS & ADHD
OCT 13: NO MEETING (FALL BREAK OCT 14, 15)
OCT 20: ADHD & ACADEMIC WORK
OCT 27: OPEN DISCUSSION
DEC 1: FINALS PREP, LINK ATVANDERBI.LT/CSWWELLBEING

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