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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 2022

Please select a group for more information.

THURSDAY 4-5:30 PM (Virtual Group)
Start Date: 8/25

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 3-4:30 PM (Virtual Group)
Start Date: 9/7

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 

 

TUESDAY 5-6 PM (Virtual Group) Start Date: 9/20

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. We welcome students across nationalities and backgrounds. This group is open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. 

If you have any questions, please contact one of the following UCC staff members:

Wenzhi Pan at wenzhi.pan@vanderbilt.edu
Jaya Bhojwani at jaya.s.bhojwani@vanderbilt.edu

Zoom registration link

Distress Tolerance | In person at the UCC, Tuesdays 2-3:30 PM

Start Date TBD

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by emotions? Do your emotions get you to act in ways that you later regret? If so, distress tolerance skills can help you learn to tolerate difficult emotions and feel more in control of your actions. After this 10-week group you will have learned several skills that are designed to help you make it through the most intense emotions so you can move on to problem solving or other skillful behavior. In this group we will also explore how you can manage emotions related to the problems that might not have immediate solutions.

Screening required

Contact  courtney.williams@vanderbilt.edu or  amira.mohamad@vanderbilt.edu

Emotion Regulation | Virtual, Thursday 3-4:30 PM

Start Date TBD

If you ever feel your emotions are in control of you, rather than feeling in control of your emotions, this is the group for you! In emotion regulation you will learn how to influence your emotions in hopes of experiencing more pleasant emotions, as well as learn skills to manage the unpleasant emotions of sadness, anxiety, and anger. This group is like a how to guide for emotions. After this 10 week group you will be able to better identify and name emotions, as well as know how to influence and change how you are feeling.

Screening required; link shared when group starts

Contact  heather.n.bay@vanderbilt.edu or zsanett.peter.1@vanderbilt.edu

 

WEDNESDAY 5 – 6 PM (In-person at Project Safe)
Start Date: 8/31

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.

No formal referral is required.

If interested in this group, please email sarah.jordan.welch@vanderbilt.edu. 

MONDAY 3PM - 4:45PM (In-person Group)
Start Date: 9/5

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 2:30-4 PM (In-person at the UCC)
Start Date: TBA

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 e 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 and is open to anyone identifying as a woman.

Screening required

If you have any questions, please contact one of the following UCC staff members:

Ruth Howard ruth.howard@vanderbilt.edu

Kea Brown krystian.elizabeth.brown@vanderbilt.edu

TUESDAY 3:30-5 PM (In-person at the UCC)

Start Date: 9/20

Understanding Self & Others is a weekly interpersonal process group for undergraduate students who want to explore personal growth, increase self-awareness and enhance their experiences in personal and academic settings. In this safe space, group members will practice communicating more honestly and effectively with others while gaining support from peers and therapists. Group topics may include adjustment, loneliness, academic/general stress, social anxiety, and relationships.

Screening required

If you have any questions, please contact one of the following UCC staff members:
stacey.appiah-opoku@vanderbilt.edu

ashley.c.weber@vanderbilt.edu

TUESDAY 4-5 PM (In-person at the UCC)
Bi-weekly starting 9/6

Are you a graduate student in BRET or another STEM department? Join us! This support group will  provide an opportunity to share, listen, and connect with other BRET students in a safe and private space. A support group often helps members feel less alone and better able to cope with concerns. The group will explore themes that include stress and coping, impostor syndrome, managing difficult relationships, identity, helping a friend, and grief. This is an open group and members are encouraged to join at any time throughout the semester.

For further information, please contact one of the following staff members:

Aneesa Anderson: aneesa.anderson@vanderbilt.edu

Maya Williams: maya.m.williams@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 2022

Please select a workshop for more information.

SESSION 1

WEDNESDAYS, 2-3 PM (Virtual Workshop)
DATES: 9/21, 9/28, 10/5

REGISTER

SESSION 2

TUESDAYS, 1-2 PM (VIRTUAL WORKSHOP)
DATES: 10/18, 10/25, 11/1
REGISTER

SESSION 3

WEDNESDAYS, 10-11 AM (VIRTUAL WORKSHOP)
DATES: 11/2, 11/9, 11/16
REGISTER

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

For more information, please contact Stacey Appiah-Opoku: stacey.appiah-opoku@vanderbilt.edu or Ruth Howard: ruth.howard@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:
 Wednesday, Sept 7, Sept 14, Sept 21
Time: 3-4 PM
Zoom registration link

Developing Self-Compassion Workshop - Round 2
Dates: Wednesday, Oct 5, Oct 12, Oct 19
Time: 3-4 PM
Zoom registration link

Developing Self-Compassion Workshop - Round 3
Dates: Wednesday, Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 16
Time: 3-4 PM
Zoom registration link

Please plan to attend the 3 sequential meetings.

If you have any questions, please contact Ruth Howard at ruth.howard@Vanderbilt.Edu or Matt Kane at matthew.kane@vanderbilt.edu

WEDNESDAY 4PM – 5PM (Virtual or in-person at the CSW)

START DATE: 9/7

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!

7 Sept: What is ADHD

14 Sept: Time and Task Management 1

21 Sept: Time and Task Management 2

28 Sept: Implementation Circle

5 Oct: Academic Skills Mindfulness

12 Oct: no meeting, immediately precedes fall break

19 Oct: Implementation Circle/Community gathering with food

26 Oct: Therapeutic Lifestyle Choices

2 Nov: Mindfulness

9 Nov: Implementation Circle 16 Nov: no meeting

23 Nov: no meeting, Thanksgiving break 30 Nov: finals prep for ADHD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZOOM LINK

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