Support Groups

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.

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Our Empowerment Based Support Groups


Mindfulness and Mood: Empowerment Skills for Women

Drop of WaterRuled 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

Co-sponsors: North Village
Open To: Umass International Women
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

Co-sponsors: Hilltown Family Center
Open To (mention audience): Parents and families in the Hilltowns with babies 0-1
A group for Families with infants. Maternal depression can turn into a lifelong illness if not responded to and it is proven to increase risks to the unborn child and the safe development of the new baby.  Supporting the mother (and father as well as other family members where possible) and the developing infant through this period is recognized to be a key time for intervention in order to mitigate the negative outcomes. This is of particular importance to new families who have experienced interpersonal trauma.
This group provides non-judgmental, trauma informed support with keen understanding of the wide spectrum of perinatal adjustment. A typical session in the Baby Steps group would include an assortment of food and beverages for parents and an assortment of healthy infant snacks/food. After getting settled and introductions, we begin with the facilitator introducing the ideas of the session through thoughtful questions. In the first week, the leader usually facilitates the discussion by asking questions about delivery or adoption stories, the differences between how participants see themselves versus how they were parented, sleep patterns of both parents and infant, feeding, who the baby looks like, challenges they are currently experiencing, partners, relationships with family, self- care, etc. This allows an opportunity to talk about development, both current and what parents may be anticipating and form relationships and connections with both facilitators and other new parents.  Older siblings welcome.

Our Healing Support Groups for Survivors of Sexual Violence


Explore Your Story Through Writing

hands together 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.

Teen Support Groups

Currently offering support groups in the following High School : Easthampton, Northampton and Gateway Regional
Specialized Teen Services facilitates spaces where students can safely explore the topics of relationships, intimacy, family issues, life stressors, and more in a small supportive group setting. Some groups offered include:
Psycho-educational support groups for teens to discuss topics relating to relationship violence.
Prevention focused support group for teens to explore and discuss issues such as boundaries, healthy relationships consent, recognizing abuse and date expectations.