Current Groups

Spring 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 various coping strategies to manage anxiety.

Group Leader: Jordan Dolson, Ph.D.

Group meets on Tuesdays from 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Start date: February 15  Current session is CLOSED to new members - however, there will be a second session (start date TBD)  of this group which is still open and accepting new members.

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 every other Friday 

Start date: Friday, February 11 

Dates: February 11, 25; March 11, 25; April 8, 22

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.

This meets weekly for 6 sessions at the UCC.  Please plan to attend all 6 sessions.

Start date: February 4.  Currently CLOSED to new members - however, there will be a second session of this group to start in mid-March.

If you are interested in joining this group and are new to the UCC, call us at 574-631-7336  for more information and to get signed up for a screening with the group leader.  If you are a current client at the UCC, please talk to your counselor about being referred to this group. Please note this group will be offered again in the Spring 2022 semester.

 

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: Monday, February 14, still open but will close to new group members on Friday, February 11

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 Leaders: Kate Uitti, LCSW and Ricardo Cornejo, M.S.

Group meets on Fridays 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.

 

Grief & Loss Group

This 5-week 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, self-care, and more.

Group Leaders: Jordan Dolson, Ph.D. & Mike Urbaniak, M.Div.

Group meets on Thursdays from 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Start date: TBD (a second session of this 5-week group is still open and accepting members)

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.

 

Interpersonal Effectiveness: DBT Skills Education

Learn skills necessary to strengthen your relationships. Learn how to be effective at achieving your goals without alienating others or losing your self-respect. Join this 5-session skill building and supportive group. You will be encouraged to role play new strategies during group sessions and to practice these between sessions.

Group Leader: Amanda Potter, LCSW

Group meets on 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 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.

 

Open Process Group 

Our open process group consists of approximately 8 to 10 students who meet weekly to talk about whatever is on their mind. The benefits you may gain by being a part of this group include having an opportunity to provide and receive care as well as gain a better understanding of how you relate to others. The support and feedback given by fellow group members can be an invaluable way of cultivating deeper, more meaningful relationships outside of the group and to decrease feelings of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. The content of the group discussion is confidential and remains within the group.

GROUP 1:

            Group Leaders: Liz Sanborn, Psy.D. and Amanda Potter, L.C.S.W.

            Wednesdays from 11:30 – 12:45 PM

GROUP 2: is CLOSED and not accepting new students

            Group Leader:  Carlie McGregor, Ph.D.

            Tuesdays from 2:00 – 3:15 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.

 

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, Ph.D. and Tiffany Russell, MSW, LCSW

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

Start date: February 21 - still open and accepting new members

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.

 

Success Without Excess

This confidential group is open to students who want to explore the role of substance use in their life/  Group offers a supportive place to examine current levels of use, consider changes, develop individualized goals and create a harm reduction plan to target substance use.  Group draws from stages of change theory, motivational interviewing and harm reduction strategies.  Exploration and success and challenge  occurs with the support of group facilitators and membership.  Process aspects of the group focus on resolution of ambivalence, mitigation of cravings/urges to use and implementation and revision of harm reduction plan to reduce use.  Enhancement of sober interests outside of the group are valued.

Group Leaders: Amy Spanopoulos, LCSW 

Group will meet on Thursday or Friday (time TBD)

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.

 

 


Closed Groups

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

Appetite for Life

Do thoughts about food, weight or body image consume more of your time and energy than you would like? This group provides a framework for you to identify how disordered eating/eating disorders have interrupted personal goals, affected your sense of self and relationships with others. Group will focus on 8 Keys that promote and support self compassion and change. Members will benefit from the group regardless of where you may be in the process of understanding how disordered eating thoughts and behaviors have impacted your life and what is important to you. 

Group Leader: Val Staples, LCSW 

Group meets on Mondays from 4:30 - 6:00 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

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. 

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

Start date: February 7 

 

Not The Perfect Family 

Are you struggling with family issues and wondering if you’re the only one? A common misconception is that students at Notre Dame have ideal family situations. Many of us come from families of contentious divorce, abuse, dysfunction, and unhealthy dynamics of all kinds. This group offers a confidential space to connect with 5-7 other students who share similar concerns. Some goals of this group include: addressing painful emotions as part of the healing process, understanding how family dynamics impact your life, boundary-setting, and making choices that most benefit you as a whole person. 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.

Group Leaders: Josephine Dickinson, Ph.D. and Neena Mathew, M.A.

Group meets on Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:45 pm 

Regular attendance is required for group continuity.

Start date: tentative start date, Thursday February 17  

 

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: TBD

 

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 Wednesdays from 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Start date: TBD

 

Women’s Group

This confidential group is designed to allow women to come together in a supportive space to connect and process through shared experiences and challenges, which may include navigating interpersonal relationships, losses, social pressures or gender stereotypes, family or caregiving roles, and evolving sense of self.  This group is designed to support healthy emotional expression while receiving encouragement and feedback from other individuals in a safe and confidential environment.

Group Leader: Kate Uitti, LCSW 

Group meets on Tuesdays from 3:45 - 5:00 pm

Start date: TBD

 

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: Val Staples, LCSW, in collaboration with Rec Sports yoga instructor Kimmi Troy

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

Start date: TBD