We offer numerous support groups in a safe and confidential environment. Below is a listing of the support groups we are offering. If we are not offer the group you are looking for, our trained staff can assist you in locating groups in the area or you can search our database to locate them. We also use your requests to determine which groups we will offer, so please do call us if there is a group you would like to attend that isn't listed here. Please call us at (413) 545-0883 for more information or to register.
Mindfulness and Mood: Empowerment Skills for Women
Ruled by anxiety, mood or emotions? Gain Skills that will help you to reduce anxiety, improve mood and relationships, relax your body and quiet your mind and gain greater emotional balance. This five session group will focus on the unique stresses facing women and will offer skills for women to manage anxiety, mood and emotions and to empower women in their everyday lives. Join us in a safe and supportive space! Free of charge and open to women from UMass, Five Colleges and the surrounding community. Registration and pre-group meeting required.
Women of Color in Academia: Surviving the Dissertation
Women of color in academia frequently feel isolated when confronting the hurdles that can interfere with the successful completion of the dissertation and transitioning into early career professionals. This group will provide a space for women of color to build a supportive network and to discuss issues that are particular to women of color in various stages of the dissertation process. Meetings will open dialogue around multiple aspects of personal identity (e.g. class, orientation, ability, etc.) that intersect with race and gender during this process and aim to help women in academia find and use their voice. Members will also use the group to identify tangible weekly goals, to share their victories, and to discuss personal challenges with group support and feedback.
Supporting New and Expectant Moms/Parents
This is a six-session series of workshops/support designed to offer parents (UMass grad students and their partners), a space to explore topics connected to pregnancy and parenting. Childcare provided. Open to North Village residents only.
International Women's Discussion Group
Free discussion group for international women. We strive to create a safe space for women to support and build community and connect to community resources. Weekly field trips and tours to community services in and around the Amherst area will be offered as well as workshops on healthy relationships, health and fitness, and finances.
Baby Steps Nurturing Your Baby Parent Group
Explore Your Story Through Writing
Sexual and relationship violence survivors are supported to explore their personal stories through writing. You'll write in response to prompts that evoke soul searching. Movement as a tool to transition emotion is taught as a way to relieve stress and a coping strategy. Some examples of movement will be trauma aware yoga, walking meditations, and dancing. The movements are accessible for all ranges of abilities. No writing experience required.
Support Connect Heal: Healing for Survivors of Sexual Violence
This group is intended for survivors seeking to cope, connect, and heal with other survivors. With a focus on coping, group discussions will include topics such as shame, self-blame, relationships, breaking silence, anger, loss, self-worth and empowerment. This group will provide a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space for survivors to share their experiences. Open to all survivors of rape, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse, regardless of gender, age, race, ability, sexuality, or religion. Each participant will come in for a brief interview with the group facilitators before the start of group.