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University Counseling Center

UCC Groups presently being offered


DBT 1: Wednesdays 2 – 3:20 p.m.
DBT 2: Thursdays 3:30 – 5 p.m.
CBT Group: Mondays 3:30 – 4:50pm
Food and Mood: Wednesdays 3:30 – 4:50 p.m.
Stress and Coping Group: Fridays 12 – 1:20pm
Co-Ed Undergraduate Process Group 1: Thursdays 2:30 – 3:50 p.m.
Co-Ed Graduate Process Group 1: Tuesdays 5 – 6:20 p.m.
Co-Ed Graduate Process Group 2: Tuesdays 12:30-1:50 p.m.
Women’s Graduate Process Group: Mondays 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Men’s Group: Wednesdays 5:10 – 6:30pm
LGBTQIA+ Group: Tuesdays 5 – 6:20 p.m.
MOSAIC Group: Wednesdays 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Survivors of Sexual Assault and/or Abuse: Mondays 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Adult Children of Alcoholics/Addicts Group: Thursdays 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Men of Color Group: Fridays 1 – 2:20 p.m.

Please call (585) 275-3113 for more information.

STRUCTURED/THEME GROUPS



DBT 1

Wednesdays 2 – 3:20 p.m.
The DBT group is open to co-ed graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in changing patterns of behavior that are no longer helpful. This group will teach and promote skills to effectively manage stress, anxiety, and other distressing emotions through an approach based in mindfulness. This mindfulness approach aims to balance self-acceptance with change. DBT is a compassionate type of behavioral therapy that is intended to help people move toward having a life that feels even more meaningful and worth living. Distress, emotional pain, interpersonal difficulties, and behavioral problems such as over- or under-eating, using substances, self-injuring, losing control, or “using-up” relationships can make it incredibly difficult to function. DBT targets the issues that cause distress and promotes coping skills that can be used in place of previously established self-defeating behaviors. It does so in a framework, though, that helps us understand that we are doing the best we can even though we need to learn ways that work better.
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DBT 2

Thursdays 3:30 – 5 p.m.
The DBT group is open to co-ed graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in changing patterns of behavior that are no longer helpful. This group will teach and promote skills to effectively manage stress, anxiety, and other distressing emotions through an approach based in mindfulness. This mindfulness approach aims to balance self-acceptance with change. DBT is a compassionate type of behavioral therapy that is intended to help people move toward having a life that feels even more meaningful and worth living. Distress, emotional pain, interpersonal difficulties, and behavioral problems such as over- or under-eating, using substances, self-injuring, losing control, or “using-up” relationships can make it incredibly difficult to function. DBT targets the issues that cause distress and promotes coping skills that can be used in place of previously established self-defeating behaviors. It does so in a framework, though, that helps us understand that we are doing the best we can even though we need to learn ways that work better.
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CBT Group

Mondays 3:30 – 4:50pm
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on exploring and learning skills to effectively address and/or alter the behavioral and thought patterns that often reinforce anxiety and depression symptoms and experiences.  This group uses a combination of training CBT anxiety  management skills (such as relaxation, identifying and challenging thoughts and beliefs, mindfulness, exposure, and more), experiential practice activities to help members implement the skills in to their daily lives, and opportunities to discuss success and challenges throughout the process. This group is open to individuals struggling to manage anxiety, depression, or other emotional issues. This group will use the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders.
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Food and Mood

Wednesdays 3:30 – 4:50 p.m.
This group is open to anyone struggling with eating issues. The purpose of the Food and Mood group is to learn more about yourself, your relationship with food, and the connection between your feelings and your relationship with food. The group provides a safe space to talk about your relationship with food as well as issues including body image and self-worth. Group members will be encouraged to explore their feelings and the ways in which they deal with their feelings. Support will be provided in developing more effective coping skills. The group allows members to feel less alone in their experiences and to be supported by others going through issues with food and mood.
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Stress and Coping Group

Fridays 12 – 1:20pm
This group is for students who need a strategic plan to get through periods of acute stress or just need better coping strategies. Through safe, collaborative, intentional process, clinician(s) collaboratively identify concrete individualized ways students can improve their immediate functioning, develop strategy/plan for implementing these steps, and convey enthusiasm in service of instilling hope and increasing motivation. Students will get the most out of it if they seem able/interested in following through on implementation but this isn’t a pre-requisite—the activities should still be possible for ambivalent students. Okay if immediate needs are part of a larger complex clinical picture.
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PROCESS GROUPS



Co-Ed Undergraduate Process Group 1

Thursdays 2:30 – 3:50 p.m.
This group is open to co-ed undergraduate students. The purpose of this interpersonal/process group is to learn more about yourself and how you relate to others, to better understand how others perceive you, and to learn how to give and accept meaningful feedback. Members may share about themselves, relate to others’ experiences, and ask other members for feedback to learn about themselves and how others perceive them. A main goal for group members is to determine possible changes that might improve their connections and interactions with others and then begin making these changes.
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Co-Ed Graduate Process Group 1

Tuesdays 5 – 6:20 p.m.
This group is open to co-ed graduate students. The purpose of this interpersonal/process group is to learn more about yourself and how you relate to others, to better understand how others perceive you, and to learn how to give and accept meaningful feedback. Members may share about themselves, relate to others’ experiences, and ask other members for feedback to learn about themselves and how others perceive them. A main goal for group members is to determine possible changes that might improve their connections and interactions with others and then begin making these changes.
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Co-Ed Graduate Process Group 2

Tuesdays 12:30-1:50 p.m.
This group is open to co-ed graduate students. The purpose of this interpersonal/process group is to learn more about yourself and how you relate to others, to better understand how others perceive you, and to learn how to give and accept meaningful feedback. Members may share about themselves, relate to others’ experiences, and ask other members for feedback to learn about themselves and how others perceive them. A main goal for group members is to determine possible changes that might improve their connections and interactions with others and then begin making these changes.
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Women’s Graduate Process Group

Mondays 3:30 – 5 p.m.
This group is open to female graduate students. The focus of the interpersonal/process group is to promote a wellness perspective in all areas of graduate life such as relationship, academic, family, social and personal conflicts and strengths. The goal of the group is to optimize personal and academic success by promoting self-awareness and connection to others. Members may share about themselves, relate to others’ experiences, and ask other members for feedback to learn about themselves and how others perceive them.
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Men’s Group

Wednesdays 5:10 – 6:30pm
This group is open to male graduate and undergraduate students. The focus of the interpersonal/process group is to promote a wellness perspective around men’s issues that impact any and all areas of student life such as relationships, academics, family, social and personal conflicts, identity development, and strengths. The goal of the group is to optimize personal and academic success by promoting self-awareness and connection to others. Members may share about themselves, relate to others’ experiences, and ask other members for feedback to learn about themselves and how others perceive them.
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LGBTQIA+ Group

Tuesdays 5 – 6:20 p.m.
This group is open to co-ed undergraduate and graduate students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, intersex, asexual, questioning, and anyone on these spectrums. The purpose of this interpersonal/process group is to learn more about yourself and how you relate to others, to learn how to give and accept meaningful feedback, to explore life challenges you may be facing—including marginalization and stigma, and to explore the intersection of these facets and your sexual and/or gender identity. Additionally, this group will encourage members to explore resiliency in the LGBTQIA community and identify ways to cope with the painful effects of marginalization and stigma.
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MOSAIC Group

Wednesdays 5 – 6:30 p.m.
This interpersonal process group is designed for undergraduate and graduate students of color and bi/multiracial identities on campus who need a safe space to talk about their intersecting identities and ways to navigate the complexities of their experiences. The group will discuss the unique challenges participants face in their academic, professional, and personal lives. Members will share their personal experiences, give and receive feedback to each other, and empower themselves to succeed in all aspects of their lives. This will also increase their awareness of ways in which cultural and racial identities form their sense of self and their relationships.
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Survivors of Sexual Assault and/or Abuse

Mondays 4:30 – 6 p.m.
This group is open to anyone who has experienced sexual abuse or assault. The purpose of the Survivors of Sexual Abuse/Assault group is to increase connections and reconnections, overcome shame and stigma, and to gain understanding about oneself and one’s experience of sexual assault and/or abuse in a group of individuals who also have such experiences. Possible topics of discussion include: exploring how traumatic experiences can impact your sense of safety, trust, self-esteem and relationships, understanding feelings such as guilt, shame and anger; emotion regulation and self-care; connection and relationship building.
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Adult Children of Alcoholics/Addicts Group

Thursdays 3:30 – 5 p.m.
There are significant similarities in folks that come from homes where substance dependency was/ is present. These experiences may have been felt in the past and continue to have a lingering impact on one’s current belief system and how they are in the world. Feeling uncertainty day to day, not being sure of what “normal” is, feeling a high level of stress and watchfulness in your house and current environment, caretaking of others, a heightened sensitivity and focus on others feelings, a reluctance to feel /show vulnerability are all common experiences for people that come from homes that have a member struggling with substance dependence. We will build and maintain a safe environment where people can share their past and current experiences and feelings.
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Men of Color Group

Fridays 1 – 2:20 p.m.
The Men of Color Process Group meets weekly with common purpose of exploring the interactions and experiences specific to the relationships, roles and emotional gravity of identifying as a man of color. The rhythm of the group enhances its culture. We join each week to explore the ascriptions of masculinity, first in family, adverse childhood experiences, sex and relationships, adjustment, fear and freedom. We ask the question, “what does it mean to leave your hood to go to university/college”, “what does it mean to be authentic”, “what would it be like if you heard the words- “you are young gifted and Black or Latino as a nursery rhyme”. In doing so, we honor the group member’s experiences and seek to gain a wider perspective through a growing awareness in relation to their inner voice and reflect those relationships upon their various roles.
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