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Groups/Classes/Workshops Available for Spring 2014


ANXIETY MANAGEMENT CLASS:  This class provides a supportive environment where students can obtain information about practical strategies and techniques for managing their panic and anxiety.  The specific tools acquired will include relaxation exercises, cognitive strategies to challenge anxiety-provoking thoughts, and support for lifestyle changes.  The group emphasizes problem-solving and out-of-session practice is essential.
Leader:  Deb Cohen, Ph.D.
Time:  Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm


BODY IMAGE CONCERNS GROUP:  Participants are students whose feelings about their appearance seriously affect their self-esteem.  The group consists of five to eight women.  Members can use the group to increase their insight about their relationships with food and to delve into some of the issues behind their beliefs about appearance or thinness.  Themes that may be addressed include the influence of culture and media, dealing with others around food issues, learning to trust and be more intimate in relationships, feeling and expressing emotion, and managing stress.
Leader: Carolyn Heitzmann, Ph.D., Sharon Lee, Ph.D.


EMOTIONAL WELLBEING: In a supportive group environment, members will learn about how to identity and label feelings, how to decrease suffering by nonjudgmentally accepting and managing emotions, and how to reduce emotional vulnerability and increase positive emotional events.  Practice exercises will offer opportunities to understand, describe, and manage emotional states.
Leader: Mark Mason, Ph.D., Julie Garson, Psy.D.
Time: Mondays, 3:00 – 4:30 pm


FAMILY ISSUES GROUP: This group is designed for men and women who want to get some support and feedback about how they deal with issues related to family (family members with substance problems, issues with anger, control, or just difficulty with having a son or daughter in college).  The interpersonal focus will help members understand how they relate both inside and outside of their families.  A variety of issues will be discussed including, but not limited to, boundaries, healthy communication, self-care, healthy relationships with family at home and friends on campus.
Leaders: Brad Wolgast, Ph.D., Harold Chui, M.S.
Times: Tuesdays, 2:30 – 4:00 pm


GRADUATE STUDENT GROWTH AND CONNEXION GROUP: This co-ed group is designed to provide a supportive environment for graduate and non-traditional-aged undergraduate students explore their relational concerns and personal difficulties. In particular, we hope to help members gain greater interpersonal self-awareness to facilitate more meaningful and satisfying relationships. Members are invited each week to bring up concerns that they would like the group to address (e.g., relationships with advisors/family/friends/intimate partners, work/life balance, feelings of depression/anxiety). The group will offer a safe space for members to benefit from the shared experience, from multiple perspectives, and explore new ways of relating with others.
Leaders: Kelly Ozambela, Ph.D., Harold Chui, M.S.
Times: Thursdays, 2:30 - 4:00 pm


HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS: The aim of the healthy relationships group is to empower students to improve their relationships, and will include skill-building activities on a number of topics, including expressing emotions in relationships, setting boundaries, assertive communication, conflict resolution, etc. Members are welcome to discuss various relationships, including family relationships, romantic relationships, friendships, roommate relationships, and more. Here-and-now processing of group interactions will be an important part of group as well, to add another layer of insight into members' interpersonal strengths and challenges.
Leader: Oona Shotwell
Time: Wednesdays from 2:30 - 4:00 pm


LAVENDER CHATS: Join us and other UD students to chat about a wide range of topics related to LGBTQ issues, such as coming out, dating, sexual and gender identities, relationships with family and friends, dealing with bias and discrimination, religion/spirituality, finding acceptance and community, and more. There will be free pizza and soda!
Leaders: Jeremy Cohen, Ph.D.; Mark Mason, Ph.D., Shengying Zhang, Ph.D. & Nikki Hilton, B.A.
Time: Biweekly dinners, Wednesdays, 5:00 – 6:15 pm


RELATIONAL MINDFULNESS: This group is focused on enhancing emotional awareness of interpersonal relationships and cultivating the joy of intra- and inter-connectedness.  Using mindfulness as a core concept, members will explore their attachment styles, reflect on their current and past relationships, and discuss ways to deepen intimacy.
Leader: Soonhee Lee, Ph.D. & Laura Carroll
Time: Wednesdays, 1:00 – 2:30 pm             


SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT GROUP: This group is for female students who have experienced a sexual assault or had an unwanted sexual experience.  Members will be able to share their experiences and feelings in a supportive and accepting environment.  Goals of the group include helping members express feelings, reduce feelings of guilt and self-blame, develop positive coping strategies, strengthen self-esteem, and make sense of their experiences.  Group leaders will facilitate discussions to help members connect and support one another. 
Leader: Carolyn Heitzmann, Ph.D. & Shengying Zhang, Ph.D.
Time: Thursdays, 4:45 – 6:15 pm


UNDERSTANDING SELF AND OTHERS: UNDERGRADUATE: This group is designed for undergraduate men and women who want to get some support and feedback regarding interpersonal issues, such as learning about how they come across to others. This interpersonal focus will help members understand how they relate to people both inside and outside of the group.  A variety of issues will be discussed including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, academic achievement, friendship, dating, families, and isolation.
Leader: Jeremy Cohen, Ph.D. & Laura Carroll, M.A.
Time: Mondays, 1:00 – 2:30 pm


UNDERSTANDING SELF AND OTHERS: WOMEN:  This group is designed for women who are looking for a group experience to discuss issues such as relationships, managing stress, body image, asking for what you need, and developing a personal identity.  This group will offer a safe, confidential place to discuss these issues with other women.  Leaders will facilitate discussions to help participants better understand themselves and their relationships.
Leader: Kim Zahm, Ph.D. & Nikki Hilton, B.A.
Time: Thursdays, 1:00 – 2:30 pm








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