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    Support Groups

    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.

    Current groups being offered for fall 2016:

    Family Matters Group

    Group Leader: Holly Prewitt
    Group time: Monday at 3pm, starting September 12
    Group Description: This group is for students who would like to address issues with the family of origin.

    Reducing Your Anxiety Workshop

    Group Leader: BJ Guenther, Rex Perkins
    Group time: Wednesday at 4pm, starting January 18.
    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: Jerri Middleton
    Group time: Friday at 3pm, starting September 9
    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: Julie Woosley
    Group time: Monday at 1pm, starting September 12
    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.

    Succeeding in College Workshop

    Group Leader: Greg Vander Wal
    Group time: Friday at 11am, starting September 9
    Group Description: This workshop is dedicated to providing skills and resources to help students be successful at UA and to build independent coping skills. Issues addressed include stress management, problem solving skills, time management, procrastination, sleep, relationships, study skills, and communication skills.

    Body Image, Self-Kindness, and Self-Image Group

    Group Leader: Susan Clements
    Group time: Tuesday at 11am, starting January 17
    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: Tuesday at 2pm, starting September 20
    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 3pm to 4:30pm on Wednesdays, starting January 25.
    Group Description: This is a 11-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 January 11 and 18 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. Questions about the program can be directed to international@ua.edu; please include “Dr. Doh” in the subject line.