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.

“Drop in” group: These are an opportunity for students to just “drop in” and chat with a counselor in a group setting. The focus is on addressing the general concerns of whoever is in a given group and providing general skills and education.  These groups are held at the counseling center and require no appointment. For the Spring 2020 semester, the Drop in group will run every weekday at 1 p.m. from January 21 through May 1.

Spring 2020 Support Groups

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

Group Leader: Patrick Lewis
Group time: Thursdays at 2 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: Deirdre Gilligan
Group time: Thursdays 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.

Graduate Student Support Group

Group Leader: Mitch Beavers
Group time: TBD at the Counseling Center. Will determine best time to meet based on participant schedules
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.

Bored-opoly?: Board Game Workshop

Group Leader: Susan Clements and Erin Guffey
Group time: Wednesdays from 3:30-5 p.m. beginning Sept. 18. Location TBD
Group Description: This group is for students who are interested in unplugging and building connections with others. We will use board games as a tool to develop social skills, discuss healthy communication and interpersonal skills, practice grounding, build confidence in decision making, practice stress relief, and most importantly have fun!

Body Appreciation and Self Kindness Group

Group Leader: Megan Sawyer
Group time: Mondays 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.

Stop Before You Pop: Anger Management Workshop

Group Leader: Ashley Jones
Group time/dates: Alternating Mondays at 12 p.m. and Thursdays at 4pm at the Counseling Center. 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 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.

First Generation REACH Student Support Group

Group Leader: Susan Mills
Group time/dates: TBD 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: TBD. 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.

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 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, From August 28 to December 4.
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 August 28 from 3:30 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: Catherine Howell and Holly Prewitt
Group time: Fridays from 3 p.m. – 4:30 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.

Book Help: A Group Using Self-Help Books as a Therapeutic Approach

Group Leader: BJ Guenther
Group time: TBA at the Counseling Center
Group Description: A 6-week course focusing each week on a different issue related to college students. Numerous self-help books will be discussed, as a support for improving mental health. Topics include self-esteem, anger, mood issues, anxiety time management and relationships.