Spring 2018 Groups & Workshops

On this page: Support and Therapy Groups; Skills Workshops; Community Support Groups

Skills Workshops (pre-registration needed)

STRESS GPS - GAINING PRACTICAL SKILLS

Mondays through Fridays, February 5 – Friday, May 4
(No Stress GPS during Spring Break, March 12-16, or on Feb. 19 and April 16 holidays)
3 – 4 p.m. in New Africa House 415

Innovative skills-based free workshops open to all UMass students, focused on learning practical tools for coping with college stress and anxiety.  Increase your emotional well-being by practicing strategies to calm your mind and body, increase your mindfulness, and manage emotional distress. Six session series run every day and students can join any time.
Call CCPH at 413-545-2337 to register. Session #1 is February 5th through March 23rd and Session #2 is March 26th through May 4th.

MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION FOR ANXIETY

Mondays, February 26, March 5, March 19
4 – 5:30 p.m. in New Africa House

Three session free workshop open to all students. Learn mindfulness and meditation practices to reduce stress and anxiety. Mindfulness meditation has been shown to increase a sense of well-being, increase focus and concentration, and decrease anxiety. Learn and practice effective strategies that you can incorporate into your everyday life.
Register by contacting Elizabeth Hare, LCSW at ehare@umass.edu.

MINDFULNESS, MEDITATION AND SELF-COMPASSION

Mondays, March 26, April 2, April 9
4 – 5:30 p.m. in New Africa House

Three session free workshop open to all students. Learn how mindfulness meditation can help you cultivate greater self-acceptance and self-compassion. By being a compassionate observer of your own experiences, thoughts and feelings, you can increase resilience and find greater peace in your life.
Register by contacting Elizabeth Hare, LCSW at ehare@umass.edu.

THERAPIST ASSISTED ONLINE (TAO)

Seven week interaction web-based program that helps you overcome anxiety and depression. Each week, you will watch videos, complete exercises, and meet with a counselor via private, secure, videoconferencing for a 10-15 minute consultation. Daily homework can be completed on smart phone, tablet, or computer.
Register by contacting David Browne, LICSW at dbrowne@umass.edu.
 

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Support and Therapy Groups (pre-group meeting needed)

ADHD/ADD SUPPORT GROUP

Mondays 4 – 5:30 p.m. in Bartlett Hall

Support group for graduate and undergraduate students affected by symptoms related to ADD/ADHD or other attention difficulties.  Improve time management and organization, reduce procrastination, increase concentration, self-esteem and self-acceptance.
Register by contacting Christian Smith, LICSW at christians@umass.edu.

MAKING CONNECTIONS

Thursdays 3:30 – 5 p.m. in Bartlett Hall

Ongoing group for undergraduate students. Build connections in a supportive and safe environment while exploring issues including self-esteem, relationships, anxiety and school adjustment. 
Register by contacting Frank DeZenzo, LICSW at fjd@umass.edu.

GRIEF AND LOSS SUPPORT

Wednesdays 3 – 4:30 p.m. in Bartlett Hall

Support group for undergraduate and graduate students who have experienced the loss of someone close to them. In a supportive environment, members will have the opportunity to share their experiences and feelings. Exploration of coping skills and mutual sharing will be encouraged.
Register by contacting Chris Shanky, LICSW at cshanky@umass.edu.

SOCIAL ANXIETY GROUP

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5 p.m. in New Africa House
February 27, March 6, March 20, and March 27

Four session support group for undergraduate students who experience anxiety in social situations. Connect with other students with similar experiences, improve your social skills, and reduce your anxiety.
Register by contacting Christine Catraio, Ph.D. at ccatraio@umass.edu.

UNDERSTANDING SELF AND OTHERS

Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5 p.m. in New Africa House

Undergraduate group providing a supportive setting to gain a better understanding of yourself, practice new ways of relating to others, share personal experiences, and receive feedback and support.
Register by contacting Elle Berch-Heyman, LICSW at berchheyman@umass.edu.

WOMEN'S GRADUATE GROUP

Tuesdays 3 – 4:30 p.m. in Bartlett Hall

Experiential personal growth group with a focus on self-exploration, self-expression, interpersonal relationships, managing anxiety, balancing multiple roles, and addressing obstacles to completing dissertations/theses. 
Register by contacting Julia Moss Ph.D., MSW at jmoss@umass.edu.

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Community Support Groups (Drop-in, no pre-group meeting needed)

LGBTQIA COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND DISCUSSION GROUP

Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:15 p.m. 102 Wilder, Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS)

The UMass Stonewall Center, in partnership with the CCPH, is hosting a weekly drop-in group for students who want to talk about their experiences as LGBTQIA UMass students. Co-led by Lydia Rackenberg, LICSW and Hillary Montague-Asp.
Register by contacting Hillary Montague-Asp at (413) 545-4867 or at hmontagu@umass.edu.

CONNECTIONS IN COLOR: A Group Where Students of Color Can Find Their UMass Voice

Thursdays 4 – 5 p.m. 102 Wilder (CMASS)

Supportive space for students of color to come together, talk and learn while engaging in discussions regarding the academic and social pressures of being a student at UMass. Discussions will focus on mental health and wellness, improving self-esteem and confidence, building and improving relationships, and more. Drop-in group; no RSVP needed to join. Co-sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS). Led by Courtney Tucker, MSW and Michelle Youngblood, M.Ed.
Register by contacting CMASS at cmass@stuaf.umass.edu.

TRANS AND GENDER-NONCONFORMING STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP

Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 p.m. University Health Services, Room 302

Free and open to all UMass students who identify on the trans spectrum. Facilitated by a trans-identified therapist, and co-sponsored by the UMass Stonewall Center.
Register by contacting Ethan Suniewick, LICSW at esuniewick@umass.edu.

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