We offer numerous free 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.
Love the Body Your In
This group is designed to help participants develop a more positive, compassionate relationship with their bodies through peer support, discussion, writing and meditation exercises. Ideal for people who struggle with body image and/or eating issues. All gender identities welcome.
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: Moving through Writing
Women of color in academia frequently feel isolated when confronting the hurdles that can interfere with the successful completion of graduate and post-graduate writing as well as the transition into early career professionals. This group will provide a space to build a supportive network and discuss issues that are particular to women of color in various stages of graduate and post-graduate writing. Open To: women of color who are currently engaged in graduate, post-graduate level writing
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.