The Counseling Center offers support groups, process groups, and workshops for students. 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 are virtual until further notice. 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. Groups are only available to currently enrolled students.

Fall 2021 Support Groups

The majority of our support groups will be virtual for the spring. If you are interested in a group, you can request to participate through this link. Once completed, the group leader will reach out to you shortly. Note that not all groups may be on the sign up link. If the group you are interested in is not there, please call our center at 205-348-3863 and ask to speak to the group leader.

Coping with a time of growth and change: a support group for Black and African  American identified students.

Group Leader: Jennifer Turner
Group time: Please call to speak to the group leader for more information
Group Description: This group will explore and discuss the emotional health, social health, role expectations, relationship with others and self as a member of the Black and African Diaspora community on campus while facing the challenges of anti-Blackness/Racism.

Coping with a time of growth and change: a support group for student members of the University community

Group Leader: Patrick Lewis
Group time: Fridays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Group Description: This group will provide support for students and explore issues related to maintaining healthy relationship with self and others, feeling overwhelmed due to COVID-19, and other general areas of concern.

Virtual Drop-in Group.

Group Leader: Greg Vander Wal
Group time: Wednesdays 1 p.m.. To participate, please call 205-348-3863 and speak to the group leader. The group takes place over zoom and the group leader will provide information on how to join.
Group Description: This group is specifically offered to provide space for students to talk with a counselor and their peers for the purpose of gaining and providing support.

Success and growth in the US (international student workshop)

Group Leader: Nahree Doh
Group Location: 105 BB comer hall

Group time: Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Group Description: A 9 week workshop designed to facilitate international students’ adjustment, academic success and personal growth. This workshop will be done as a closed group of 5-8 members. Members will have opportunities to learn useful skills for successful life in America, to develop understanding about American culture and life, and to explore their experiences of living and studying in America. We will meet every Wednesday from September 15th  to November 10th in person.

Stress Management

Group Leader: Terri Spain
Group time: Thursdays from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., beginning September 9
Group Description: Life is stressful. School, home, work—no one is immune. Good, bad, or no news can trigger stress. Stress can be positive or it can be destructive. In this group, we will explore “10 Steps to Shift Stress from Problem to Possibility” (Wehrenberg 2017). We will cover a different step each week. Come learn how to turn your stress from a problem to a possibility!

Thriving with my ADHD brain (ADHD workshop)

Group Leader: Deirdre Gilligan
Group time: This workshop will be presented for undergraduate students from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, September 22, 29, October 6, and 13. This workshop will be presented for graduate students from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, October 18, November 3, 10, and 17.
Group Description: This is four session workshop to help students understand strengths and challenges that come with ADHD brain and to figure out ways to thrive with ADHD. This workshop will run as a closed group of up to 6 members and It is important to attend all four sessions to get the most out of the workshop. Advanced registration required ask your therapist or call the Counseling Center for details. Topics covered include 1. Understanding ADHD Brain, 2. Regulating Attention, 3. Regulating Emotion, and 4. Improving Time Management and Organizational Skills.

Understanding Self and Others

Group Leader: Susan Clements
Group time: Tuesdays at 3 p.m.
Group Description: This group focuses on 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 Awareness and Self Kindness

Group Leader: Michelle Moss
Group time: Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. starting September 28
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.

Creative Stress Relief Group

Group Leader: Catherine Howell and Holly Prewitt
Group time/Location: Fridays from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., beginning September 10; Multi-Activity Room (MARS) room at the UA Recreation Center
Group Description: This workshop will focus on creative tools and strategies to help increase coping skills for stress. This group will take place in person and participation will be limited to 8 students due to social distancing requirements. 

Graduate Student Support Group

Group Leader: Mitch Beavers
Group time: TBD
Group Description: This group is designed for and limited to graduate students who want a space to discuss the stresses of grad school. Topics might include how to navigate relationships with colleagues, research team members, and advisers, and how to manage stress, balance work and self-care, and attend to relationships. Additional topics might include but are not limited to navigating difficult conversations, getting unstuck, managing perfectionism and the internal critic, impostor syndrome, and fostering resilience. The group is intended to provide members with support and affirmation while providing skills and strategies that can enhance well-being.

TRANS Support Group

Group Leader: Jennifer Turner
Group time: Please call to speak to the group leader for more information.
Group Description: The TRANS Support Group is a space for individuals to share their experiences and create community in a welcoming, supportive environment. It is open to UA undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who identify as trans, transgender, gender queer, fluid, non-binary, FTM, MTF, Two Sprit, intersex, gender questioning and anyone who identifies outside their gender assigned at birth.