Fall 2020 Groups & Workshops

*Please note that not all registration links are enabled right now. If a group you are interested in requires pre-registration, check back later this summer to register!*

Community Conversations:

Open to all UMass students


“Hello, My Name Is…”: A Virtual Group for First Year Students

Hosted by Amanda McEnery, Ph.D.
Thursdays in August (6th, 13th, & 20th) from 4-5pm

Nothing about 2020 has been normal, yet here you are. This may not be what you imagined your first semester at UMASS would look like. For some, this unanticipated change may feel scary or uncertain.

Let us help us help you make this transition as smooth as possible. “Hello, My Name Is…” is a virtual supportive space specifically for incoming first year students. Consider joining us for one, two, or all three sessions of this new CCPH Community Conversation. Whatever feels right for you. We are here. Sessions offered via Zoom: Preregistration required by clicking here 


Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Community Support

Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm

Free and open to all UMass and 5 College students who identify as trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming or questioning. Co-sponsored by the UMass Stonewall Center. Students located in any state, or internationally are welcome. Sessions will take place over Zoom.

If interested in participating, contact CCPH at 413-545-2337 and ask to be connected with Brad or Beth for the Zoom link.  


Always Forward: A Community Conversation where Black and Brown students can find their voice at UMass

Hosted by Christian Smith, LICSW and Hope Evelyn, MSW
Thursdays 4-5pm, starting 9/17

When the Struggle to Advance … Demands the Support of Others … There Remains a Call to Move Forward … Never Backward!

This is a supportive space for Black and Brown students to come together, talk and learn while engaging in discussions regarding the academic and social pressures at UMass. Sessions will include discussions on mental health and wellness, self-esteem, empowerment, and connection. Sessions offered via Zoom: Register the day of the group by 3:30pm by clicking here 


Meditation 101

Hosted by Liz Hare, LICSW
Every Monday 2:30-3:30pm, starting 9/14/20 through 11/16/20

Group will not run on 10/12 (Indigenous People's Day)

All students welcome! Join us to learn basic meditation techniques in an open and friendly environment. Learn about the benefits of meditation and how to use your breath to bring your attention to the present moment. No experience necessary. This one hour weekly drop-in meditation group is available for students to join once or as many times as they wish. Sessions offered via Zoom: Register the day of the group by 1:30pm by clicking here


Conectando: LatinX Community Support

Hosted by Jennifer Muniz-Rodriguez, Psy. D.
Thursdays 4-5pm, from 9/10/20-11/19/20

This drop-in supportive group is offered to create a safe, affirming, and confidential space for Latinx-identified students who would like to come together to share their stories, struggles, and successes as they work to accomplish their academic goals at UMass. Students may discuss experiences related to their identity, cultural values, academics/career, family, and relationships, among other topics. Students will be able to connect with one another for mutual support and sense of community.

Sessions offered via Zoom: Register the day of the group by 3:30pm. Registration link coming soon.

Este espacio de apoyo ofrece un espacio seguro, de afirmación y confidencialidad para estudiantes que se identifican como Latinx y quienes buscan un espacio para procesar y compartir sus historias, dificultades y logros, mientras trabajan para completar sus metas académicas en UMass. Estudiantes podrán discutir experiencias asociadas a su identidad, cultura, educación/carrera, familia, relaciones, entre otros. Estudiantes podrán conectar, recibir apoyo y sentirse en comunidad.

Las sesiones se ofrecerán a través de Zoom. Puedes registrarte el mismo día del grupo, antes de las 3:30.


Connections in Quarantine

Tuesdays 2-3pm, from 8/18-11/17.
Hosted by Elle Berch-Heyman, LICSW

  • Are you currently in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19?
  • Waiting to go home or move into your own space?
  • Staying at UMass?
  • Already home but wanting to connect with other students?

Join us in this supportive drop in space hosted by CCPH where you can connect with other students in a similar situation.

This drop-in group is open to all UMass students. Register each week you want to join.

Workshops

Open to all UMass students


“Swipe Right and Say Hello”: A Virtual Group for First Year Students

Hosted by Amanda McEnery, Ph.D., and Lydia Rackenberg, LICSW
Thursdays 4-5pm this fall starting August 27th

Nothing about 2020 has been normal, yet here you are. This may not be what you imagined your first semester at UMASS would look like.

Let us help us help you with this transition. “Swipe Right and Say Hello” is a virtual supportive space specifically for first year students. Consider joining us for as many of these sessions as you would like. Whatever feels right for you. We are here.

Sessions offered via Zoom: Preregistration required by clicking here.


ADHD Toolkit

Hosted by Christian Smith, LICSW
Thursdays from 2:30-3:45pm, (9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5)

Eight-session free workshop focused on improving time management and organizational skills, reducing procrastination, and increasing self-esteem and self-acceptance. Join us as we review concrete skills to:

  • Increase academic productivity
  • Improve workload planning
  • Develop realistic goals

Sessions offered via Zoom: Preregistration required by clicking here.


Overcoming Social Anxiety Workshop

Hosted by Christine Catraio, Ph.D.
Undergraduate workshop: Thursdays 3:30 pm – 5 pm (09/24, 10/01, 10/08, and 10/15)
Graduate workshop: Wednesdays 3:30 pm – 5 pm (09/23, 09/30, 10/07 and 10/14)

You are not alone. Join our free four-session workshop in a supportive space for students who experience anxiety in social situations. We’ll talk about ways to make friends, start conversations and maintain relationships. Participants will learn about social anxiety, develop strategies to manage self-criticism, and work to increase confidence in social settings.

Sessions offered via Zoom: Preregistration required by clicking here.


Self Esteem Workshop

Hosted by Cindy Moschella, LMHC
Thursdays from 2:30-3:45pm (10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5)

Join our four-session workshop to develop a more compassionate, realistic, and accepting relationship with yourself. Learn strategies to work with your inner critic, and increase your self-esteem as you:

  • Identify and challenge negative self-talk
  • Explore influences on your self esteem
  • Learn what maintains low self esteem
  • Develop a more positive view of yourself and learn to value the uniqueness of who you are

Sessions offered via Zoom: Preregistration required by clicking here.


“Just Talk to Me:” Relationship Skills Workshop

Hosted by Jennifer Cannella, LICSW
Tuesdays 2:30-3:45pm (10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10)

Students, are you currently in a romantic relationship, or are interested in being in one? Join our six session free workshop to develop your relationship skills. Participants will:

  • Enhance interpersonal communication skills
  • Explore the roles we take on in relationships
  • Learn to develop healthy boundaries in our romantic lives

Sessions offered via Zoom: Preregistration required by clicking here.


LGBTQIA+ Workshop Series

Hosted by Lydia Rackenberg, LICSW and Michelle Alterkun, LICSW
Tuesdays 4-5:15pm (9/15, 10/6, 10/27, 11/17)

LGBTQIA+ Workshop is free and open to all students. Join us in this supportive space where we will discuss how to access LGBTQIA+ resources on campus, discuss ways to build community, and explore new ways to manage your personal wellness. Students welcome to attend some or all sessions.

September 15th: Connecting with LGBTQIA+ Campus Resources
Learn how to access supports on & off campus such as academic and housing accommodations, health and mental healthcare, recovery support and more. Knowing where to turn and learning to ask for help, can make all the difference.

October 6th: Building Community
We’ll talk about how to combat loneliness and social anxiety, exploring topics such as vulnerability, trust, and the power of creating healthy friendships. The campus community is a strong one, let’s help you find your place in it.

October 27th: Managing Mental Health Challenges
In the face of stigma and discrimination, supporting and understanding your mental health is important. Learn to identify difficulties such as depression, anxiety, and substance misuse. We will explore coping strategies and resources for care.

November 17th: Strength & Resiliency
Let’s come together to identify our strengths, areas for growth, and build upon the resilience we have already been cultivating in order to create joy and movement towards our goals.

Sessions offered via Zoom: Preregistration required by clicking here.


Managing Emotions: Skill Building Workshop

Hosted by Jennifer Muniz-Rodriguez, Psy D
Tuesdays 4-5:15pm (9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27)

  • Are you struggling expressing and regulating your emotions?
  • Would you like to learn ways to gain more control of these emotions?

In this 6-session free workshop, students will learn Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills to identify, understand and express emotions in healthier ways. Participants are expected to attend all six sessions, which will focus on how to:

  • Improve distress tolerance
  • Regulate emotions
  • Discover mindfulness
  • Identify triggers
  • Develop practical & empowering coping strategies.

Groups will be run over Zoom: Preregistration required by clicking here.


Making Perfectionism Work for You

Hosted by Meghan Bhagat, Psy.D.
Tuesdays 4-5:15pm (10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10)

A workshop that examines the role of perfectionism in people's lives and offers skills and techniques to leverage this to your advantage.

Sessions offered via Zoom: Preregistration required by clicking here.


Stress GPS

Every day Monday-Friday from 3-4pm

Innovative skills-based free workshops open to all UMass students, focused on learning practical tools for coping with stress and anxiety.

  • Increase your sense of emotional well-being
  • Practice strategies to calm your mind and body
  • Increase your mindfulness
  • Learn to better manage emotional distress and feeling overwhelmed

Sessions offered via Zoom: Register the day of the group by 2:30pm by clicking here.

Therapy Groups:

Restrictions on remote participation may apply; please check back later this summer to see if you qualify to participate


Understanding Self and Others

Hosted by Elle Berch-Heyman, LICSW
Wednesdays 2:30-3:45pm, group will start once full

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.

  • Get support and feedback on personal challenges
  • Feel more connected to others
  • Gain new perspectives
  • Increase self-acceptance
  • Explore your strength and values

Sessions offered via Zoom.

Preregistration is required by clicking here. Upon registration you will be asked to choose a 30 minute “screening” appointment. This is a required brief session with the group facilitator to discuss the therapy group prior to being added as a participant.


Women’s Graduate Group

Hosted by Julia Moss, Ph.D., MSW
Monday 3-4:30pm, group will start once full

A process-oriented ongoing therapy group for women identified graduate students looking for support. Group will focus on:

  • Authentic connections
  • Mutual support
  • Relationships
  • Managing anxiety
  • Addressing academic obstacles
  • Dissertations/theses

Sessions offered via Zoom.

Preregistration is required by clicking here. Upon registration you will be asked to choose a 30 minute “screening” appointment. This is a required brief session with the group facilitator to discuss the therapy group prior to being added as a participant.


Grief and Bereavement

Hosted by Beth Prullage, LICSW
Tuesdays 2:30-3:45pm, group will start once full

Don't struggle alone! Come together with other students who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

Preregistration is required by clicking here. Upon registration you will be asked to choose a 30 minute “screening” appointment. This is a required brief session with the group facilitator to discuss the therapy group prior to being added as a participant.


Making Connections

Hosted by Beth Prullage, LICSW
Wednesdays 2:30-3:45pm, group will start once full

Undergraduate students, come and build connections in a supportive and safe environment where you will explore issues including:

  • Anxiety
  • Relationships
  • School adjustment
  • Self-esteem
  • Identity

Preregistration is required by clicking here. Upon registration you will be asked to choose a 30 minute “screening” appointment. This is a required brief session with the group facilitator to discuss the therapy group prior to being added as a participant.


Hook ups, Hang ups, and Break ups Group

Hosted by Malcolm Pradia, LICSW
Tuesdays 2:30-3:45pm, group will start once full

A weekly therapy group and safe space for undergraduate students to freely and openly discuss the challenges they’re facing in a past or present romantic relationship. Relationships are complicated whether it’s a hook up, hang up, or break up; but a shared space can build a community. Together we can help you make sense of those challenges and better understand how you love and heal.

Preregistration is required by clicking here. Upon registration you will be asked to choose a 30 minute “screening” appointment. This is a required brief session with the group facilitator to discuss the therapy group prior to being added as a participant.