Fall 2020 Groups & Workshops

Once you have registered for any therapy groups or workshops please check in your Portal homepage to ensure that you have completed all necessary forms prior to the  appointment. Zoom links will be sent via email within 24 hours of the group time.

Community Conversations:

Drop in spaces open to all UMass students

International Students Post- Election Support

Having complex thoughts about the election? You are not alone. No matter what issues are important to you, this electrion probably feels really loaded. Join other international students in this reflective space to process our current polticial climate. Being offered via Zoom on two dates:

Register for November 9th 3-4 session here

Register for November 20th 9-10am session here

A secondary session will be held on November 9th at 3pm. Feel free to attend either or both sessions.This group will be co-sponsored by CCPH and IPO.


Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Community Support

Hosted by Beth Prullage, LICSW and Bradley Landon, LCSW

Thursdays 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, Hope Evelyn, MSW, and Kelly N Giles, Instructor, Department of Sociology
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 anytime up until 3:30pm the day of the group by clicking here 

Meditation 101

Hosted by Liz Hare, LICSW
Every Monday 2:30-3:30pm, starting 9/21/20 through 11/16/20

Group will not run on 10/12 (Indigenous People's Day) or 10/19

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 anytime up until 2pm the day of the group by clicking here

“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

Group canceled on 10/29/20

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.

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. Sessions offered via Zoom: Register anytime up until 1:30pm the day of the group. Register each week you want to join.

LGBTQIA+ Workshop Series

Hosted by Lydia Rackenberg, LICSW and Michelle Alterkun, LICSW
Tuesdays 4-5:15pm (9/22, 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 22nd: 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.


Open to all UMass students. For information on how to register, click 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.

Note: During your Stress GPS workshop time you may be asked to pull up some psychoeducational materials, available below. There is no need to review these prior to arriving:


Making Perfectionism Work for You

Hosted by Meghan Bhagat, Psy.D. and Huabing Liu
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.


Therapy Groups:

Due to licensure mandates therapy groups are only open to participants who will be physically located in Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, New Jersey, or New Hampshire during the time of participation. We apologize to any students limited by these restrictions. To schedule a pre-screening, leave a message with our front desk staff (413-545-2337) with your name, call back number, and what therapy group you wish to join. Front desk staff will contact you back by phone to secure a pre-screening appointment time. If you are already working with a CCPH therapist, they can also sign you up for a pre-screening appointment at any time.


All therapy groups have started and are no longer accepting new students. Check back this winter for new offerings!