Groups/Classes/Workshops Available for Fall 2013
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.
Time: Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3 pm
EMOTIONAL WELLNESS: 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.
Time: Fridays, 10:30am – noon
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.
Leader: Brad Wolgast, Ph.D.
Times: Thursdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT DISCUSSION SERIES: This series is focused on the experience of international students and the unique challenges they face while adapting to living and learning in a new culture. We don’t want you to face those challenges alone! Our drop-in discussion group provides a regular meeting place to connect with other international students, to get input from professionals and peers about effective coping skills that would ease your adjustment, and about strategies to enhance your success while studying in the US. You will also gain practical knowledge about US culture and customs, as well as opportunities to meet Americans.
Leader: Kelly Ozambela, Ph.D.
Time: Fridays, 1:00 – 2:30pm
LAVENDER DINNERS: 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
Time: Biweekly dinners, Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m., start on September 18th.
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. This is an unstructured group but the group may use some activities.
Leader: Soonhee Lee, Ph.D.
Time: Tuesdays, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
SEXUAL ASSAULT RECOVERY 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.
TRANSITION TO COLLEGE: Many students feel lonely, confused and homesick when they first come to college. Often, the change to college can feel pretty overwhelming. This group is focused on helping new students make the shift to living at UD and making it a second “home.” In the beginning, we will focus on how to handle the changes in the social world, academics, family and environment. Later we will focus more on support and feedback regarding interpersonal issues, such as learning about how they come across to others.
Leader: Karen Tsukada, Ph.D.
Time: Thursdays, 2 – 3:30 pm
UNDERSTANDING SELF AND OTHERS: GRADUATE: This group is designed to facilitate the personal growth of mature students, including both graduate and nontraditional-aged undergraduate students. In the group, members gain greater interpersonal self-awareness as well as a more effective ability to identify and express their needs to others. Each week, members are invited to bring up the concerns they would like the group to address. These include, but are not limited to, learning how to trust and be intimate with others, coping with the demands of academic life, adjusting to life transitions, addressing unresolved family issues, and coping with depression and/or anxiety.
Leader: Nicole Boyd-Douglas, Psy.D.
Time: Tuesdays, 3:00 - 4:30 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.
Time: Wednesdays, 1 – 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.
Time: Tuesdays, 12:30 – 2 pm
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN ONE OF THE GROUPS, CALL THE CENTER FOR COUNSELING AND STUDENT DEVELOPMENT (831-2141) TO SCHEDULE A PRE-GROUP APPOINTMENT
Center for Counseling & Student Development
261 Perkins Student Center, Newark, DE 19716