"Just Talk To Me" is a six-session workshop focusing on ways to improve communication within romantic relationships, understanding our own attachments within relationships, and learning about conflict resolution strategies. Because this is a workshop and not a therapy group, it will be more skills/psychoeducation based. Personal sharing is supported if group members want to, however it will not be expected nor will it be the focus of the content in this workshop. Here is a rough outline of the topics that will be covered:
Group 1: Who am I in this relationship?
Groups 2 & 3: “Good” Communication
Group 4: Communication Issues
Group 5: Vulnerability
Group 6: Boundaries
Q: Can I join some sessions but not all? What happens if I need to miss a session?
A: Participants in this workshop are able to register as long as they can attend 75% of sessions, though 100% attendance is recommended. If you are not able to attend a specific session, please message the group facilitator in advance via the Patient Portal.
Q: If I have a partner should I have them join too? What if they don’t want to?
A: This is entirely up to your partner. In the past, some participants have come alone and chosen to share material with their partner outside of session, some have brought their partner to the group, and some have come alone and not shared with their partner their attendance.
Q: What if my partner is not a UMASS student?
A: There is a special process to get non-umass partners registered for the workshop, but it is possible. Contact Jen Cannella via the Provider portal with your partners full name, and phone number to start this process.
Q: I am not currently in a relationship (or never have been), but want to learn more about this topic. Is this workshop right for me?
A: Yes, absolutely!
Q: Who can attend?
A: All students, undergraduate and graduate, are welcome.
Q: How much will I need to share? Is what I discuss confidential?
A: This is a workshop series, so sessions will have guided content for you to participate in and comment on at your discretion. While questions will be asked of the group, your level of participation is entirely up to you. We have group members all agree to respect the privacy of other group members sharing at the beginning of each session.
Q: Is there a cost or copayment for the workshop?
A: No, the workshop is completely free to all UMass students.
Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any further questions about the group. If you feel that this workshop is a good fit for you, please register via our portal. If you have any questions prior to registering, I can be reached via the Patient Portal. Looking forward to connecting more, Jennifer Cannella, MSW, LICSW