Group Counseling

Fall 2022 Groups

Please note, this page will be updated often, so please check back.  If you are interested in group counseling at the UCC, the start of a semester is the best time to get engaged in this type of treatment.  Please contact the UCC at 574-631-7336 to inquire about the status of a specific group or for more information.

 


Anxiety Toolbox

Anxiety Toolbox is a 3-part series designed to inform students on the cognitive, behavioral, and physiological impacts of anxiety.  Students will learn how to slow down and disentangle their experience of anxiety, develop alternative responses to anxiety and learn anxiety coping skills.

Group Leader: Jordan Dolson Jonson, Ph.D.

Group meets on Tuesdays from 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Start date: TBD 

If you are interested in joining this group and are new to the UCC, call us at 574-631-7336  for more information on getting connected to our services.  If you are a current client at the UCC, please talk to your counselor about being referred to this group.

 

But you don't LOOK sick? 

Invisible Illness Support Group 

(will be hosted on Zoom)

But you don't LOOK sick? Christine Miserandino© Support/process group for those who have chronic physical illness/disease/chronic pain

Attending university already has its challenges, and adjusting to being away from home can be difficult.  Students that have debilitating or chronic pain, constant fatigue, recovering from an injury, moderate to severe food allergies, intolerances or sensitivities, constant discomfort and/or weakness many times show no signs to the outside observer, however, the internal battle faced every moment of the day can be overwhelming and sometimes more challenging when you're not exactly sure what's happening, especially being away from home.  Knowing you're not alone can validate you are seen in this invisible battle.

Group Leader: Caprice Mottley, MSW 

Group meeting virtually on the  Fridays listed below

Start date: Friday, September 2 

Dates: September 16, 30, October 28, December 9

If you are interested in joining this group and are new to the UCC, call us at 574-631-7336  for more information on getting connected to our services.  If you are a current client at the UCC, please talk to your counselor about being referred to this group.

 

DBT Emotional Regulation Skills Training Group

Do you feel overwhelmed by emotions and feelings?  Do you have difficulty coping with your feelings without unwanted consequences? Do you feel that emotions aren't helpful at all? Do you have a hard time sitting with uncomfortable emotions or distress?  Through Emotion Regulation skills training learn skills to understand emotions and what they do and change unhelpful emotional patterns.  Emotion regulation is about managing emotions in a way that allows us to problem-solve, feel in control, and communicate effectively.

Group Leader: Kaylyn Bussard, LSW

This group will meet  Fridays from 1:00 - 2:30 pm.

Start date: TBD

If you are interested in joining this group and are new to the UCC, call us at 574-631-7336  for more information.  If you are a current client at the UCC, please talk to your counselor about being referred to this group. 

 

Emotion Regulation Skills Group

Do you feel that your emotional reactions to situations are too intense or extreme? Do you tend to be impulsive and your actions have unwanted consequences? Do you have a hard time sitting with uncomfortable emotions or distress? Through Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training, learn skills in mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness to become more effective in managing extreme emotions and replacing problem behaviors with skillful behaviors. Students who join this group must also be in individual counseling, either at the UCC or off-campus. 

Group Leader: Jamie Garvey, Psy.D.

Group meets on Mondays from 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Start date: September 19

If you are interested in joining this group and are new to the UCC, call us at 574-631-7336  for more information on getting connected to our services.  If you are a current client at the UCC, please talk to your counselor about being referred to this group.

 

EMDR Resourcing Group

A six-week group building skills to process trauma, anxiety, disconnection, and depression, and strengthen a "resourced state of being" using strategies from EMDR.  Everyone's brain and body has a hidden gold mine of positive experiences that can provided strength in the present when we face a difficult circumstance or relationship, distressing thoughts and feelings, or recurring traumatic memory.  By the end of this group, clients will have created a personalized book of six resources for use in focused mindfulness and, if they should choose, preparation for trauma processing in individual therapy.

Group Leader: Kate Jongsma, MS. Ed.

Group meets on Tuesdays from 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Start date: TBD

If you are interested in joining this group and are new to the UCC, call us at 574-631-7336  for more information on getting connected to our services.  If you are a current client at the UCC, please talk to your counselor about being referred to this group.

 

Eating Disorder Recovery Group

Join other students who struggle with eating disorder behaviors and experience support for making change in behaviors and thoughts.  You are not alone.

Group Leader: Val Staples, MSW, LCSW

Group meets on Wednesdays from 4:30 - 5:45 pm

Start Date: September 7

If you are interested in joining this group and are new to the UCC, call us at 574-631-7336  for more information on getting connected to our services.  If you are a current client at the UCC, please talk to your counselor about being referred to this group.

 

Feel Better FAST! Help for Depression, Stress, and Sleep

Yes, you can take steps to change your negative moods, reduce your stress, and get more restful sleep. Join this 4-session informative and supportive structured group. You will be encouraged to do mood changing and stress reduction activities in between sessions.

Group Leader: Kate Uitti, LCSW 

Group meets on Thursdays from 10:45 am - 12:00 pm.  

Start date: TBD

If you are interested in joining this group and are new to the UCC, call us at 574-631-7336  for more information on getting connected to our services.  If you are a current client at the UCC, please talk to your counselor about being referred to this group.

 

Graduate Student Group I

This confidential group is designed to support graduate students in managing the intense demands of graduate work as well as general adjustment to the graduate and professional school environment. The group will emphasize the development of coping strategies and support systems as well as provide space to process and address racial and other disparities that may impact performance and a sense of belonging on campus.

Group Leader: Maureen Lafferty, Ed.D.  and Emily Boswell, M.A.

Group meets on Mondays from 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm.  

Start date: TBD 

 

Graduate Student Group II

This is a process group that will include, but not be limited to, issues and concerns that might be common for graduate students.  Therefore, some members will have primary concerns related to their academic lives but some will have different types of concerns that would benefit form a process group,(i.e. Interpersonal functioning.)

Group Leader: James Hurst, Ph.D.

Group meets on Tuesdays from 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm.  

Start date: TBD 

 

Gratitude Group

Do you want to learn the secret to happiness? Would you like to lead a more grateful life?  Research has shown that the practice of gratitude may improve people's mental health and physical health as well as relationships with others. The Graditude Group will focus on practical strategies to cultivate gratitude in your life.

Group Leaders: Nayely Gonzalez, Ph.D. and Janee Carlile 

Group meets on Fridays from 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Start date: TBD

 

Grief & Loss Group

This semester-long group provides an opportunity for students who have experienced the death of someone important to them to talk about their experiences with grieving during college. This supportive space will allow students to connect and receive support from others who "get it".  Each session will have a general theme, such as exploring the uniqueness of grief, secondary losses, mindfulness, and more. This group will utilize supportive discussion, poems, and other exercises and activities to facilitate deep reflection and exploration of each member's unique grief journey.

Group Leaders: Jordan Dolson Jonson, Ph.D. & Juan R. Pantoja-Patiño, M.S.

Group meets on Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Start date: TBD

If you are interested in joining this group and are new to the UCC, call us at 574-631-7336  for more information on getting connected to our services.  If you are a current client at the UCC, please talk to your counselor about being referred to this group.

 

Not The Perfect Family 

Does your family situation consist of frustration, chaos, and stress?  Discuss this and more in a safe environment with other students in similar family situations.  Learn how to deal with your family while also managing your personal life and relationships at the same time. 

Group Leaders: Josephine Dickinson, Ph.D. and Marcella Beaumont, M.A.

Group meets on Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:00 pm 

Regular attendance is required for group continuity.

Start date: TBD

 

Ride the Wave: ACT for Anxiety!

Are you drowning in anxiety and worry? Then rise up to ride the WAVE!  Let go of your struggle with Worry and Anxiety so that you can focus instead on your Values and Experience. With acceptance and commitment therapy, you can Accept, Choose and Take Action toward building the life you want. 

Group Leader: Jim Hurst, Ph.D.

Group meets Fridays from 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Start date: September 16 

 

Self-Compassion Group

This group provides an opportunity for students to learn skills for building self-compassion and to form kinder relationships with themselves. Students will explore and process essential components of self-compassion, such as mindfulness, self-kindness, and common humanity. This group will utilize guided meditations, supportive discussion, journaling, and other exercises and activities with the hope of calming the inner critic, increasing self-forgiveness, and fostering self-acceptance.

Group Leader: Jordan Dolson Jonson, Ph.D. and Tiffany Russell, MSW, LCSW

Group meets Mondays from 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Start date: September 12

If you are interested in joining this group and are new to the UCC, call us at 574-631-7336  for more information on getting connected to our services.  If you are a current client at the UCC, please talk to your counselor about being referred to this group.

 

Social Anxiety Group

Worry too much about what others think of you?  Do you fear being judged by others, making mistakes, or doing something embarrassing in social or performance situations?  High social anxiety often leads to avoidance of social or performance situations such as talking in groups, being assertive, asking someone on a date, or making small-talk. Avoidance of such activities tends to make life less fulfilling.  Social Anxiety Group can help you learn to confront your social anxiety head-on.  A second Social Anxiety Group TBD may be started if there is sufficient demand.   

Group Leader: Peter Barnes, Ph.D.

Group meets on Tuesdays from 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Start date: September 13

 

Understanding Self and Others

Our open process groups are spaces where students can talk about whatever is on their mind. The benefits you may gain by doing this with others include having an opportunity to provide and receive support as well as gain a better understanding of how you relate to others in order to cultivate more meaningful relationships.

Mondays:

     Group Leader:  Amanda Potter, L.C.S.W.

     Mondays from 3:15 - 4:30 PM

     Start date: September 26 (tentative)

Tuesdays: 

     Group Leader:  Carlie McGregor, Ph.D.

     Tuesdays from 2:00 – 3:15 PM

     Start date: September 6

Wednesdays:

     Group Leader:  Liz Sanborn, Psy. D.

     Wednesdays from 2:00 – 3:15 PM

     Start date: September 7

 

If you are interested in joining this group and are new to the UCC, call us at 574-631-7336  for more information on getting connected to our services.  If you are a current client at the UCC, please talk to your counselor about being referred to this group.

 

Yoga as Healing

This group provides a safe space for survivors of sexual assault and offers a form of expression that moves beyond trying to find the words to articulate how they feel. Participants learn to establish safety and stability in the body, build skills and strategies for managing painful experiences, and regain power and control through mindful movement that includes choices in moving their bodies in ways that feel comfortable. The group will meet for 6 weeks and will be limited to 10 individuals. In creating safety and developing trust with members who share a similar experience, participants should plan to attend all 6 sessions.

Group Leaders: Kate Uitti, MSW, LCSW, in collaboration with Rec Sports yoga instructor Kimmi Troy

Group meets on Thursdays from 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Start date: TBD

 


Closed Groups

Below are a list of current groups that currently in process and not accepting new members at this point in the semester.