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University Counseling Center

UCC Groups – Fall 2020

If you are interested in joining any of these groups, please call 585-275-3113.

Structured/Theme Groups

DBT – 2 Groups

DBT 1:    Tuesdays, 4:00-5:20 p.m.                                         Location: On Line

DBT 2:    Wednesdays, 4:30-5:50 p.m.                                    Location: On Line

Description: The DBT group is open to 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

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – 2 Groups

CBT 1:      Wednesdays, 5:00-6:20 p.m.                                  Location: On Line

CBT 2:     Thursdays, 2:30-4:00 p.m.                                       Location: On Line

Description: 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 management skills (such as relaxation, activity scheduling, identifying and challenging thoughts and beliefs, mindfulness, exposure, and more), experiential practice activities to help members implement and sustain the skills in to their daily lives, and opportunities to discuss success and challenges throughout the process.  The specific focus on anxiety and/or depression rotates each semester.

Stress and Coping Group

Time:     Fridays, 1:30-3:00 p.m.                                              Location: On Line

Description: This group is for students who need a strategic plan to get through periods of acute stress or would like to develop better coping strategies.  Each Stress and Coping group will be divided into two parts: (1) a process stage where students will share their current stressors and coping strategies in a supportive group format and (2) a skills building stage where students will learn and practice coping skills.  Through safe and intentional processes, clinicians will collaboratively identify individualized ways students can improve their immediate functioning, develop strategies for future coping, and increase motivation for autonomous practice.  This group can be used as a stand-alone treatment, a supplemental to individual or other group treatment, or as a “bridge” between IA and treatment.  This group will remain open to new members throughout the semester.  Repeat members are welcome.

Performance Anxiety Workshop Series

Time:    Mondays, 2:00-3:00 p.m.                                          Location: On Line

Description: This group is for students looking to manage their music performance anxiety. The goal is to promote psychological flexibility in managing unwanted internal experiences as well as to enhance the ability to be present and play ones’ best during performances. Techniques and skills will be introduced each week. Influenced by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Buddhist Psychology, group will be based on the mottos that “Acceptance precedes change” and “It’s not the note you play, but the note after.” Membership is open to all Eastman students. Instruments are encouraged. Enrollment will be open throughout the Spring 2019 semester.

Koru Meditation Group

Time: Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00 a.m.                                            Location: On Line

Description: Welcome to Koru! During this class you will be introduced to the practice of mindfulness and learn several skills, including meditation for managing stress and enriching your life. Mindfulness is about developing the ability to be fully attentive to all the moments of your life, reducing the amount of time you spend worrying about the future or fretting about the past. An important aspect of mindfulness is developing a non-judgmental, accepting, even curious, attitude about your moment-to-moment experience. The more you develop this attitude, the less you will feel overwhelmed by changes and challenges in your life. Koru is designed to introduce you to the practice of mindfulness and get you well on your way to developing this important skill. Like learning any new skill, it takes practice to get comfortable with mindfulness. We invite you to devote yourself to the study and practice of mindfulness over the next four weeks, and we challenge you to stay curious about what evolves for you as you persistently and patiently practice living mindfully.

Social Skills Lab

Time: Mondays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.                                          Location: On Line

Description: Am I socially anxious, shy, just an introvert, or all three? As social animals, it is completely natural and adaptive to have anxiety in social situations (it means you care!). That being said, anxiety in social situations can get in the way (difficulty dating, avoiding work/school presentations, staying in undesirable jobs due to fear of interviewing for a new one). In this group, you can begin to build the skills and experiences necessary to thrive socially- whatever that might mean for you. This will be a safe and welcoming “laboratory” to experiment with new ways of coping, and test out your hypotheses on being social. While it can be terrifying to join a group when you have social anxiety- it is also a powerful way to build strength and elicit change.

If you are interested in joining any of these groups, please call 585-275-3113.

Process Groups

Undergraduate Process Group I — 2 groups

Time: Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 p.m.                                       Location: On Line

Time: Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30 p.m.                                         Location: On Line

Description: 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.

Women’s Graduate Process Group

Time: Mondays, 3:030-4:50 p.m.                                         Location: On Line

Description: 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.

Dream Works 

Time: Fridays, 2:00-3:30 p.m.                                            Location: On Line

Description: The Dream Works Group is open to co-ed graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in exploring the inner world of their dreams. The group will help to delve into the complex nature of our dreams/fantasies, what they may be communicating to us, what we can learn from them, and how our lives can change as a result from analyzing them. This approach will help students learn how to identify main dream themes, the associations we have to those themes, interpretations of the dream images/themes, and how we can respond in reality to what we learn about ourselves. This group aims to foster a deeper, more introspective level of self-exploration with the goal of getting to know the parts of ourselves that we may not consciously interact with often.

Graduate Process Group I – 2 groups

Time: Thursdays, 3:00-4:20 p.m.                                        Location: On Line

 Time: Tuesdays, 12:30-2:00 p.m.                                       Location: On Line            

Description: 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.

Men’s Group

Time: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00 p.m.                                         Location: On Line

Description:  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.

LGBTQIA+ Group

Time: Thursdays, 5:00-6:20 p.m.                                         Location: On Line

Description: 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 GLBTQIA community and identify ways to cope with the painful effects of marginalization and stigma.

MOSAIC Group

Time: Thursdays, 5:00-6:20 p.m.                                         Location: Off Site

Description: 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.

Adult Children of Alcoholics/Addicts Group

Time:  TBD                                                                               Location: TBD

Description:  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.

Survivors of Sexual Assault and/or Abuse

Time: Mondays, 3:00-4:20 p.m.                                              Location: On Line

Description: 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.

Men of Color Group

Time: Fridays, 5:00-6:20 p.m.                                            Location:  On Line

Description: This 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.

Food and Mood

Time: Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m.                                               Location: On Line

Description: This group is open to anyone struggling with eating issues. The purpose 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.

Women of Color Group

Time: Tuesdays, Noon-1:20 p.m.                                           Location: Off Site

Description:  This group is for undergraduate and graduate students who identify as “Women of Color” and want/need a safe space to talk about the ways in which their ethnic/cultural (and other intersecting identities) help to form their sense of self and impact their interactions in their academic and professional settings and their interpersonal relationships, including with family, peers, and romantic partners.  As members share their own personal experiences, and receive feedback and help to support others, they’ll gain insight and understanding, learn new ways to effectively cope with the challenges and struggles they face in life, and grow more empowered to succeed in all aspects of their lives.