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UVA COUNSELING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES
GROUP THERAPY PROGRAM SPRING 2017

Sometimes a problem is better addressed through group counseling than individual therapy. Talking to other students who have similar experiences provides support and perspective. A counseling group can be powerfully healing and for some students, one of the most rewarding experiences during their years at UVa.

CAPS will offer groups and workshops this year. All of these groups are confidential and free of charge to full-time UVa students. In order to join a group, students must first participate in a Brief Screening or Intake Assessment with a CAPS therapist. For more information about group therapy or to schedule an initial appointment at CAPS, please call 434-243-5150.

BIPOLAR DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP
This on-going support group is open to those previously diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It will provide a safe and confidential setting where members can explore experiences of living with unstable and unpredictable mood states, changing energy levels and variable functioning. The group offers support and can assist members with coping skills pertaining to mood instability, medication issues, life planning and managing the complexities of relationships from a “bipolar perspective.” A pre-group screening with the facilitator is required to join this group.

Lenny Carter, LPC and Kelley Midkiff, NP, CS
Friday 1:00-2:30
Large Group Room

CHOICES
Are you thinking of making positive changes in your life regarding the use of alcohol or other substances? CHOICES is a motivational, six-week group to help support you with the changes that you want to make. The purpose of this group is to raise your personal awareness and sense of agency over your life goals while examining the role and impact alcohol and other substances have on attaining those goals. The group is designed to empower students to make positive choices that might reduce the harmful effects of using alcohol or other substances, so students can maximize their potential. Students will recognize and explore their own lifestyle choices and create personal goals for developing preventative measures that increase their resilience and decrease negative consequences of binge drinking and/or substance use. A pre-group screening with the facilitators is required to join this group.

Karen Painter, LPC, and Jeff Jennings, PhD
Wednesday 3:00 – 4:30
Student Health L010

DBT-BASED SKILLS GROUP
This is a structured group designed for students who want to address problems of emotion dysregulation, unhelpful coping patterns, and negative self-image. Based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), this 6 week course will help students learn and practice mindfulness, manage emotional crises, and effectively address problems in daily life-particularly in this challenging academic environment. This group focuses on 2 major areas: (1) Mindfulness – skills to help you live your daily life with awareness to the present moment. Mindfulness skills help you reduce self-judgment, identify emotions, and address the present problem effectively. This can help reduce unwanted behaviors such as substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, emotional eating and other mood-dependent behaviors. And (2) Distress Tolerance – crisis survival skills that help you get through painful life situations in the short term without engaging in impulses or unwanted behaviors. After the 6 weeks you will have your own toolkit to pull from whenever you have difficult life circumstances. By learning and practicing DBT skills, participants will experience healthier, fulfilling relationships, and embody the freedom and success of living more fully in the present. A pre-group screening with the facilitators is required to join this group.

Deepti Athalye, PhD, and Karen Painter, LPC
Monday 3:00 – 4:30
Student Health L010

EATING DISORDER RECOVERY
This group is designed for students who struggle with binge eating, purging, food restriction, excessive exercise, body image concerns, and other related issues. The interpersonal focus of the group allows members to explore relational and emotional patterns underlying their unhelpful behaviors. Members can use the group to increase awareness of their triggers, identify emotional needs, practice authentic communication, and learn more effective coping. This is not a structured group, and group members are encouraged to bring in and discuss issues relevant to their own struggles with eating, exercise, and body image. Self-esteem, relationships, self-expression, anxiety, perfectionism, self-criticism, and academic pressure are among the topics that may be discussed. Weekly attendance is expected. A pre-group screening with the facilitators is required to join this group.

Erin Tracy, Ph.D. and Deepti Athalye , Ph.D.
Thursday 3:00 – 4:30
Large Group Room

GRADUATE STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP
This on-going group is open to graduate students and students of professional schools. Members will strive to provide a safe and confidential setting where the experiences of being a graduate/professional student can be freely discussed and support as well as coping strategies provided. A meeting with the group facilitator is required prior to joining the group.

Belinda Overstreet, Ph.D.
Friday 3:00-4:30
Large Group Room

INTERPERSONAL PROCESS GROUP: UNDERSTANDING SELF AND OTHERS
This interpersonal process group is for students who want to explore their own identity and self-worth, find new ways to connect and communicate with others, and also understand what may be getting in their way of achieving these goals. Students can use the interpersonal interaction of the group to learn about themselves, identify and expand their own interpersonal patterns, try new behaviors and clarify confusing feelings within a supportive and growth producing atmosphere. A pre-group screening with the facilitator is required to join this group.

Jeff Jennings, Ph.D., and Laura Reid, MA, Psy.M.
Monday 3:00-4:30
Student Health L010

Erin Tracy, Ph.D. and Claire Holland, MA
Tuesday 2:00 – 3:30
Large Group Room

Nicole Ruzek, Ph.D. and Jackie Woods, Ph.D.
Tuesday 3:30 – 5:00
Large Group Room

Laura Wagner, Ph.D. and Allison Triptree Psy.M.
Wednesday 3:00 – 4:30
Large Group Room

Debbie Wilson, Ph.D.
Thursday 9:00 – 10:30
Large Group Room


INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP
This is a weekly support group for international students to discuss common issues as they adjust to the culture in the U.S. and on UVa Grounds. International students often face multiple challenges, including language, communication, social, and academic stressors in a culturally new environment. This group is focused on:

  • Providing a safe and supportive place for connection
  • Discussing common issues during international students’ initial and on-going process of cross-cultural adaptation
  • Learning about resources and coping strategies
  • Discussing challenges and rewards associated with living, learning and working at UVA
  • Facilitating personal and cultural growth and academic success
This group is open to UVA undergraduate and graduate students as well as exchange students, postdoctoral researchers, medical residents and international scholars
Baozhen Xie, Ph.D.
Friday 3:00-4:15
Newcomb Hall Rm. 182

MEN’S GAY/BI AND QUESTIONING SUPPORT GROUP
This is a support group for men who want to become more comfortable within themselves, and with their sexuality. Members of the group include those who are fully out to others, those who are out to only a few chosen people, and those who are only just coming out to themselves. The group provides a confidential and safe space in which gay, bisexual, and questioning men may pose questions regarding sexuality, and discuss issues related to societal and personal values, relationships, choices, self-esteem, and self-care. This is not thought of as a therapy group because we do not believe that gay or bisexual identities are indicative of psychopathology. Instead, this group is designed to foster healthier adjustment and self-development in its participants by providing the opportunity to share, and reflect on their experiences, thoughts, and emotions in some depth in an atmosphere that is non-judgmental and supportive. A pre-group screening with the facilitator is required to join this group.

Jackie Woods, Ph.D. and Derek Blevins, MD
Friday 12:30-2:00
Student Health L010

MINDFULNESS GROUP
Have you been curious about meditation? Wondered how this practice might help you quiet your mind and bring you more fully into the present moment? This 8-week skills group will provide an introduction to mindfulness, the foundation underlying ancient and modern meditative practices used to promote self-awareness, acceptance of emotions, and more flexible approaches to thinking and behaving. Students will learn different ways to engage in mindfulness (meditation, mindful eating, and mindful walking) and how to incorporate these practices into their busy lives. No previous experience is necessary, just a curious mind and an openness to learn. A pre-group screening with the facilitator is required to join this group.

Baozhen Xie, Ph.D.
Monday 10:30-12:00
Large Group Room

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION HOUR
This group is for students who have had some prior experience with meditation or mindfulness and are looking for a way to continue their practice in a safe and supportive space. Group will meet on Fridays at 11am through the spring semester. The session will begin with a short didactic introduction, followed by meditation practice and debriefing. No in-person screening required; however, interested students must contact the facilitator before joining. If you are interested, please contact Nicole Ruzek, Ph.D.

Nicole Ruzek, Ph.D.
Friday 11:00 - 12:00
Large Group Room

SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE SUPPORT (SOS) GROUP
This monthly group is open to individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide. The SOS Group is a safe, confidential space where members can provide and receive support, while learning from one another’s experiences. This group meets on 2/15/17, 3/15/17, and 4/19/17. Please contact the group facilitator prior to attending this group.

Erin Tracy, Ph.D.
Wednesday 11:45 - 1:00pm
Large Group Room

WOMEN’S LESBIAN, BISEXUAL, AND QUESTIONING SUPPORT GROUP
This is a support group for women who want to become more comfortable within themselves, and with their sexuality. Members of the group include those who are fully out to others, those who are out to only a few chosen people, and those who are only just coming out to themselves. The group provides a confidential and safe space in which lesbian, bisexual, and questioning women may pose questions regarding sexuality, and discuss issues related to societal and personal values, relationships, choices, self-esteem, and self-care. This is not thought of as a therapy group because we do not believe that lesbian or bisexual identities are indicative of psychopathology. Instead, this group is designed to foster healthier adjustment and self-development in its participants by providing the opportunity to share, and reflect on their experiences, thoughts, and emotions in some depth in an atmosphere that is non-judgmental and supportive. A pre-group screening with the facilitator is required to join this group.

Jackie Woods, Ph.D.
Monday 12:30 – 2:00
Large Group Room