If you would like to participate in a support group for UA students, unless otherwise indicated below, please call us at 348-3863 and ask to speak with the group leader listed with the group of interest to you. Each group below has a description of the type of issues or concerns are best addressed by that group. This is to help you determine the group that would be a good fit for you. There are no fees for any support group. All groups below take place at the Counseling Center unless otherwise noted. If you have an interest in another type of group we may provide or assist with, please contact us to discuss this with a counselor. Please note our group offerings are updated at the beginning of the fall and spring terms.

Fall 2018 Support Groups

Wired and Tired: Strategies for Managing Your Anxiety (Workshop)
Group Leader: BJ Guenther, Rex Perkins
Group time: Wednesdays at 4 pm at the Counseling Center
Group Description: This group will focus on building tools and skills for reducing anxiety, including mindfulness. It is appropriate for any student struggling with anxiety or an anxiety disorder, including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, specific phobias, panic disorder, and obsessions/compulsions.

Grief Support Group
Group Leader: Erin Durian
Group time: Thursdays at 3 pm at the Counseling Center
Group Description: This group is for students who have experienced the death of a loved one and are struggling with grief and loss.

Healthy Lifestyle Group
Group Leader: Patrick T. Lewis
Group Time: Thursdays at 4 pm at Counseling Center
Group Description: This is a group for students who are interested in achieving a balanced life. Group will focus on a number of subjects to include time management, sleep hygiene, nutrition, exercise and spirituality, among others topics.

Understanding Self and Others
Group Leader: Greg Vander Wal
Group time: Mondays at 1 pm at the Counseling Center
Group Description: This group is devoted to helping students better understand and improve relationships. Students will be encouraged to share their struggles and concerns, give and receive feedback about their interactions with each other, and explore new ways of behaving and interacting.

Body Appreciation and Self Kindness Group
Group Leader: Susan Clements, Holly Prewitt
Group time: Mondays at 3 pm at the Counseling Center
Group Description: This is a support group to help students who strive to embrace a healthy self-image and desire to feel better about themselves and their bodies.

First Generation REACH Student Support Group
Group Leader: Susan Mills
Group time/dates: 5:30-7:30 pm in Russell Hall. Please contact the group leader through the Counseling Center main number (348-3863) for more information on dates if you wish to participate.
Group Description: This is a group that acknowledges and celebrates the unique experience of the 1st Generation student and also provides support while encouraging greater connection to the University community. Specific topics of interest are discusses as directed by student engagement. This group is cosponsored by the REACH program.

SSS Unwind: First Generation Student Support Services Group
Group Leader: Susan Mills
Group time/dates: Tuesdays at 1 pm in Russell Hall. Please contact the group leader through the Counseling Center main number (348-3863) for more information on dates if you wish to participate.
Group Description: This is a group that acknowledges and celebrates the unique experience of the 1st Generation student and also provides support while encouraging greater connection to the University community. Specific topics of interest are discusses as directed by student engagement. This group is cosponsored by Student Support Services.

Sister-2-Sister: Women of Color Support Group
Group Leader: Kim Jenkins-Richardson
Group time: Tuesdays at 3:30 pm
Group Description: This group facilitated by Counseling Center staff will focus on supporting women of all ethnic and racial backgrounds (both undergraduate & graduate) by discussing their unique experiences and challenges as a woman of color on the campus of the University of Alabama. During the Fall 2018 semester, Sister-2-Sister will utilize Beyoncé’s visual album “Lemonade” to examine topics such as relationships, creating a sense of belonging, managing emotional stress and much more!

Success and Growth in the US Workshop
Group Leader: Nahree Doh
Group time/place: This group will meet at 105 BB Comer Hall conference room from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm on Wednesdays, From September 4 to November 28.
Group Description: This is a 13-week workshop designed to facilitate international students’ adjustment, academic success and personal growth. Members have opportunities to explore and share experiences, discuss different topics, engage in various group activities, and learn useful strategies. The program is run as a closed group of 8 to 10 members. Students can complete the application form and attend the pre-workshop meeting at 105 BB Comer Hall conference room on Aug 22 and 29 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Questions about the program can be directed to international@ua.edu; please include “Dr. Doh” in the subject line.

Creative Stress Relief Workshop
Group Leader: Jerri Middleton and Catherine Howell
Group time: Fridays at 3 pm at the University Rec Center
Group Description: This workshop will focus on creative tools and strategies to help increase coping skills for stress.