2018 Groups & Workshops

Fall Skills Workshops (pre-registration needed)

STRESS GPS - GAINING PRACTICAL SKILLS

Mondays through Fridays, 
3-4:00 p.m. in Middlesex House
September 24th - December 14th  (No workshops 10/8, 11/12, or 11/19 -11/23)

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. These six session workshops run every day and students can join any time.
Call CCPH at 413-545-2337 to register.

COPING SKILLS FOR EMOTIONAL WELLNESS

In this five week workshop, learn emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and mindfulness skills that will help you feel more able to manage your emotions. Identify triggers, and learn practical and empowering coping strategies. Participants are expected to attend all five sessions.
Register by contacting Jennifer Muniz-Rodriguez, Psy.D. at jmunizrodrig@umass.edu.

MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION FOR ANXIETY

Mondays, 4-5:30 p.m. in Middlesex House
October 22nd, October 29th, and November 5th

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, LICSW at ehare@umass.edu.

MINDFULNESS, MEDITATION, AND SELF-COMPASSION

Mondays, 4-5:30 p.m. Middlesex House
November 26th, December 3rd, and December 10th

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, LICSW at ehare@umass.edu.

POSITIVE BODY IMAGE

Thursdays, 3:30-5:00 p.m. Middlesex House
October 25th, November 1st, 8th, and 15th

Four session workshop focused on developing a more positive and compassionate relationship with your body. Explore the impact of cultural and family influences, the history of your relationship with your body, and your negative thought patterns. Through experiential exercises and group sharing, learn ways to increase self-care, self-acceptance, and improve your body image. This workshop is ideal for students struggling with body esteem issues.
Register by contacting Cindy Moschella, LMHC, at cmoschella@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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Fall Support and Therapy Groups (pre-group meeting needed)

ADHD/ADD SUPPORT GROUP

Mondays, 4-5:30 p.m. in Middlesex House

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.

GRIEF AND LOSS SUPPORT

Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m. in Middlesex House

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

Fridays, 3-4:30 p.m. in Middlesex House

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, 3:30-5:00 p.m. in Middlesex 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 Middlesex House

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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Fall 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.
For more information contact Hillary Montague-Asp at (413) 545-4867 or at hmontagu@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. Co-sponsored by the UMass Stonewall Center.
For more information contact Denise Goitia, LCSW at dgoitia@umass.edu.

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