Spring 2016 groups and workshops


Psychological Support Series  |  Koru Mindfulness and Meditation Workshop  |  Managing Anxiety-Mind/Body Workshops  |  Making Connections  |  Living with Anxiety  | Grief and Loss Group  |  Stress Management for International Graduate Students  |  LBGTQIA+ Community Support and Discussion Group  |  Trans and Transgender-Nonconforming Student Support Group  |  Women's Graduate Group  |  Men, Talking  |  Connections in Color  | Crowdsourcing Mental Health

PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT SERIES 

New this semester, CCPH is offering a Psychological Support Series (PSS) to help students learn skills to manage anxiety, depression, stress levels, sleep issues, and other common concerns. Explore contributors to your distress, learn strategies and skills for how to manage symptoms, and connect with others who are experiencing similar difficulties.

Each series consists of three one hour sessions, except at end of the semester when a series has fewer sessions. A new series starts each week at various days and times to best meet student schedules. The Psychological Support Series are free of charge and open to undergraduate and graduate UMass students. Attendance is expected for all three sessions, except for Series #3 and #4, which are open to new participants at any point. Students register directly by calling CCPH at 413-545-2337.

Psychological Support Series for Managing Stress and Anxiety

Mondays 10-11am
Series #1: 2/8, 2/16 (Tuesday, which is a Monday class schedule), & 2/22
Series #2: 2/29, 3/7, & 3/21 (no session the week of Spring Break)
Series #3: 3/28, 4/4, & 4/11
Series #4: 4/25

Tuesdays 1-2pm
Series #1: 2/23, 3/1, & 3/8
Series #2: 3/22, 3/29, & 4/5
Series #3: 4/12, 4/19, & 4/26

Tuesdays 4:15-5:15pm
Series #1: 2/16, 2/23, & 3/1
Series #2: 3/8, 3/22, & 3/29 (no session the week of Spring Break)
Series #3: 4/5, 4/12, & 4/19
Series #4: 4/26

Wednesdays 9-10am
Series #1: 2/17, 2/24, & 3/2
Series #2: 3/9, 3/23, & 3/30 (no session the week of Spring Break)
Series #3: 4/6, 4/13, & 4/20
Series #4: 4/27

Thursdays 1-2pm
Series #1: 2/11, 2/18, & 2/25
Series #2: 3/3, 3/10, & 3/24 (no session the week of Spring Break)
Series #3: 3/31, 4/7, & 4/14
Series #4: 4/21, 4/28

Fridays 11am-12pm
Series #1: 2/26, 3/4, & 3/11
Series #2: 3/25, 4/1, & 4/8
Series #3: 4/15, 4/22, & 4/29


KORU MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION WORKSHOP

Mondays: 4 – 5:30 p.m., 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/21 Hills North

Four-session free workshop open to any undergraduate and graduate student who is feeling pressured or stressed or is having difficulty enjoying life. Participants will learn mindfulness and meditation practices to help calm and focus the mind. Participants must attend all 4 sessions. Students register directly by contacting Elizabeth Hare, LICSW at ehare@umass.edu
 

MANAGING ANXIETY – MIND/BODY WORKSHOPS

Section 1: Tuesdays 1-2:30 p.m.  2/2, 2/9, 2/16 (2/16 is a Monday schedule) - Hills North
Section 2: Mondays 2-3:30 p.m.  2/22, 2/29, 3/7 – Hills North
Section 3: Wednesdays 1:30-3 p.m.  3/23, 3/30, 4/6 – Hills North

Three-session free workshops open to undergraduate and graduate students who are struggling with symptoms of anxiety including insomnia, panic attacks, test anxiety and academic overwhelm.  Learn and practice mind/body strategies to reduce stress, panic, and worry.  Register directly by contacting Julia Moss, Ph.D., MSW, jmoss@umass.edu

 

MAKING CONNECTIONS

Thursdays 3:30 – 5 p.m. Hills North

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

 

LIVING WITH ANXIETY

Wednesdays 3:30 – 5 p.m. – Hills North 
Thursdays 1:00-2:15 p.m. – Hills North

Support groups for undergraduate and graduate students who are experiencing anxiety related to school, friendships, family life, and relationships.  The group focus will be on processing and exploring life issues that contribute to anxiety and developing strategies to maintain balance.  Members will learn coping methods to more effectively manage anxiety and build social support.  For Wednesday group, contact Jessi Bond, LICSW, jsbond@umass.edu; for Thursday group contact Elle Berch-Heyman, LICSW, berchheyman@umass.edu

 

GRIEF AND LOSS GROUP

Wednesdays 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. beginning February 10 through April 20 - New Africa 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. Contact Chris Shanky, LICSW, cshanky@umass.edu for more information.

 

STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENTS

Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.  Four session workshop 2/17, 2/24, 3/2 and 3/9 - Campus Center, Room 917

Four-session skills based workshop on stress management open to international graduate students. Being an international graduate student is a unique experience and valuable to the whole UMass community, however, it can also pose some challenges. Members will have the opportunity to practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques, share feelings/experiences, and support each other as they learn new coping skills to manage stress. Contact Nupur Jain at ncjain@umass.edu

 

LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY SUPPORT & DISCUSSION GROUP

Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 p.m. beginning January 27 – 102 Wilder (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 members of the LGBTQIA community. Open to new members throughout the semester. Contact Hillary Montague-Asp, 545-4867 or hmontagu@umass.edu

 

TRANS AND GENDER-NONCONFORMING STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP

Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 p.m. beginning January 16 - Student Union 314

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. To register or for more information, please contact Ethan Suniewick, LICSW at esuniewic@umass.edu

 

WOMEN’S GRADUATE GROUP

Tuesdays 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Hills North

Ongoing 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. Contact Julia Moss, Ph.D., MSW, at jmoss@umass.edu

 

MEN, TALKING

Tuesdays 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. - Thoreau

Ongoing free support group for undergraduate and graduate students. Members will have the opportunity to build community, support each other, and discuss issues including romantic relationships, friendships, academic stress, and masculine identity. Co-sponsored by the UMass Men and Masculinities Center. Contact Tom Schiff at tschiff@umass.edu or call 577-5133.
 

CONNECTIONS IN COLOR: A GROUP WHERE STUDENTS OF COLOR CAN FIND THEIR VOICE

Thursdays 4:00-5:30 p.m. - Wilder Hall 201.

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 Linda Scott, Ph.D. and Oscar Collins ME.d. Contact cmass@stuaf.umass.edu

 


Other options that are unaffiliated with CCPH

CROWDSOURCING MENTAL HEALTH

Flexible meeting times

An new program developed by researchers in the department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (not affiliated with CCPH). Participants pair up with a friend, and both people take an online course that teaches skills for coping, managing emotions, and listening compassionately. They then meet weekly for peer counseling, taking turns in talker and listener roles. The program is currently only available as part of a research protocol. To learn more, visit tinyurl.com/CMHcourse or contact the researcher, Samantha Bernecker, at sberneck@psych.umass.edu. Enrollment is on a rolling basis and will last through March.