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.

Spring 2018 Support Groups

Wired and Tired: Strategies for Managing Your Anxiety (Workshop)

Group Leader: BJ Guenther, Rex Perkins
Group time: Wednesday at 4 p.m. 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: Holly Prewitt
Group time: Tuesday at 3 p.m. 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.

Understanding Self and Others

Group Leader: Greg Vander Wal
Group time: Monday at 1 p.m. 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 Image, Self-Kindness, and Self-Image Group

Group Leader: Susan Clements
Group time: Monday at 3 p.m. 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.

1st Generation Student Support Group

Group Leader: Susan Mills
Group time: TBD
Group Description: This is a support group for students who are first generation college students.

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 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, From January 24 to April 25.
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 Jan 10 and 17 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.

Color Me Empowered: A Support Group for Women of Color

Group Leader: Jade Watters
Group time/place: Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Counseling Center.
Group Description: This group will empower women of all ethnic and racial backgrounds (both undergraduate and graduate) to discuss their unique experiences and challenges, build supportive relationships, and gain skills related to wellness and maintaining balance in the midst of life’s demands.

Creative Stress Relief Workshop

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