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.

Spring 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.

AAPI & Allies student support group: Virtual drop in support group for AAPI and AAPI allies

Group Leader: Nahree Doh and Michelle Michaels
Group time: Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. and Thursday at 3:00 p.m. If you are interested in participating in this group, please call the office and leave your name and CWID or submit your request through the link above. You will receive a zoom link shortly before the group starts.
Group Description: Trauma can have a disruptive impact on our lives. We can be traumatized when we struggle to make sense of an experience that hurt us physically, psychologically and emotionally. Sometimes we can be vicariously traumatized by witnessing violence targeted to people similar to us. Current increases in hate crimes and harassment incidents targeting the Asian population can be difficult for any Asian-identified individual. It is important to have a chance to process these experiences in order to cope with them and work to move forward. This support group will provide a chance to process thoughts and feelings for any students who struggle to make sense of hate crime targeting AAPI population.  We will discuss coping strategies and offer a virtual place for emotional support.

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

Group Leader: Jennifer Turner
Group time: Monday at 12:00 p.m.
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.

Support group for students in isolation due to COVID-19.

Group Leader: Greg Vander Wal
Group time: Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. To participate, please call 205-348-3863 and speak to the group leader. For students in isolation housing, this resource and the link to the group zoom meeting will be provided to you. Please keep an eye on your email.
Group Description: This group is specifically offered to students who are isolating or are in quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. This group will focus on social connection, coping skills, and stress management.

Success and growth in the US (international student workshop)

Group Leader: Nahree Doh
Group time: This group will meet from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays, From February 4 through April 1.
Group Description: This is a 9-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 5 to 8 members. Students need to schedule a meeting with the group leader prior to the group.

Thriving with my ADHD brain (ADHD workshop)

Group Leader: Nahree Doh  Co-facilitator: Deirdre Gilligan
Group time: This workshop will be presented for undergraduate students from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, February 9, 16, 23, and March 2. This workshop will be presented for graduate students from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 23, 30, April 6, and 13.
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 4 to 5 members and It is important to attend all four sessions to get the most out of the workshop. Topics covered include 1. Understanding ADHD Brain, 2. Regulating Attention, 3. Regulating Emotion, and 4. Improving Time Management and Organizational Skills.

Body Appreciation and Self Kindness

Group Leader: Susan Clements
Group time: Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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.

Safe and Open: a support group for University students who are LGBTQIA+

Group Leader: Jennifer Turner
Group time: Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Group Description: This group will explore and discuss the  social, emotional, and mental health needs of LGBTQIA+ identified students while allowing self-expression in a safe and open environment.

Creative Stress Relief Group (Currently Full)

Group Leader: Catherine Howell and Holly Prewitt
Group time/Location: Fridays from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., beginning January 29; 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. 

Stress Management

Group Leader: Terri Spain
Group time: Thursdays from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., beginning February 4
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!

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.

Stop Before You Pop: Anger Management Workshop

Group Leader: Ashley Jones
Group time: Every other Thursday at 3 p.m. (2 hours), starting January 28
Group Description: This group is for students who find that they have a difficult time managing and controlling their anger responses. It contains both a psychoeducational and supportive processing component that focuses on helping the members identify their own stressors and triggers while building skills to help handle tense situations in a constructive, positive way.

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 Spirit, intersex, and gender questioning.