Group Descriptions

#Anxiety101 Workshop Series:

A 4 session workshop series which begins with the discussion of the physiology of anxiety and concludes with three sessions designed to introduce and demonstrate symptom management in the areas of thought, action and environment. One hour sessions, will be run through twice throughout the semester, please see UCC front desk for the exact dates and description of each session. This workshop is held on Wednesdays from 4:00pm – 5:00pm.

Process Group:

Embrace Yourself

Embrace Yourself aims to assist students in addressing personal and interpersonal problems which are associated with negative self-perception. Personal and interpersonal problems include, but are not limited to, high self-criticism, difficulty self-appreciating or accepting compliments from others, feelings of inadequate/unattractive/flawed/inferior, difficulty speaking up/standing up for oneself, “people pleaser,” difficulty making intimate relationships, and unrealistic perfectionism.

Graduate Counseling Group

This Counseling Group is a weekly group open to graduate students of all departments, ages and stages of study. The group provides a safe space to learn more effective ways to relate to yourself and others, and to become more authentic and satisfied in your academic and personal lives. Members of the group discuss various issues including self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, isolation, advisor and departmental concerns, motivation, and depression and anxiety that can develop under the stress of graduate school. Members of the group offer each other acceptance, support, guidance, and feedback. Current members describe the group process as open, supportive, helpful, and fulfilling. A commitment to attending group weekly is necessary.

Psychoeducation & Skills Training Group:

Calming the Emotional Storm

This group is designed for individuals who have painful emotions that are very intense, or get intensely frustrated.  Sometimes these painful emotions are just so hard to understand, let alone regulate.  And, telling ourselves not to feel them just doesn’t seem to work.  This group is intended to help one learn to identify, label, and understand one’s emotions, help one to identify obstacles that get in the way of changing emotions, and increasing positive emotional events.  It is also intended to help one to understand and learn that accepting, finding meaning for, and tolerating painful emotions may be the best way for getting through to the other side of an emotional event.  This can be learned through a series of distress tolerance and emotion regulation skills, taught through the DBT context.  This is an OPEN group, though all group members are asked to schedule a screening appointment prior to attending the group session.

Mind Your Mood: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life

Mind Your Mood is a six-week skills group.  It is designed to help students learn and practice evidence based therapeutic techniques to disrupt, accept, challenge, and/or change the negative thoughts that are contributing to their anxious and/or depressive emotions.  This group will use theory and skills from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other evidence based therapies. In this group, students will learn that we cannot change an event that has already happened, but we can learn tools to challenge and change the thoughts about the event, or future events, that are contributing to our emotional struggles. Students are expected to practice the exercises during the group and do the homework exercises between group sessions; however, students will not be expected to share their upsetting thoughts and emotions during the group if they do not want to. Students are expected to commit to all six weeks for maximal growth and learning.

Mindful Self-Compassion

Do you tend to be highly self-critical, judgmental, struggle with “self-esteem” or self worth? Do you find you don’t live up to your own expectations? Has anyone ever told you that you’re “way too hard” on yourself?  This group is a structured 5 week group designed to help one to understand the role internal dialogue plays in increasing (or decreasing) our self-esteem/worth/perception. Learn about internal dialogue (self-talk), how it is developed (over time!) and why it’s so hard to change. We will also learn how mindfulness and self-compassion can help shape this internal dialogue to decrease self-criticism, increase a sense of worth, and help to remind us we are all “enough!” We will discuss these topics and learn/practice skills during group.

Support/Self-Help Group:

Gender and Sexuality Support Group

This group provides a safe space for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or gender nonconforming, queer, or questioning their sexual orientation or gender. This is an affirming and empowering place to process your journey of identity development and expression. Students provide support to others while receiving support themselves. Themes group members discuss may include questioning, coming out, dating and intimate relationships, parent and family relationships, transitioning, religion, homophobia and transphobia, or any other personal experiences or challenges.

Grief Support Group

College students experience bereavement in a variety of ways including insomnia, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, intense emotions and a variety of additional symptoms. Bereavement is often a taboo topic on college campuses and the intensity and duration of the grief process is often underrated by peers. The grief support group is a weekly group for undergraduate and graduate students. The group serves to provide a safe space for students that have lost loved ones by death to tell their story and express emotions. Participants will learn skills, practice destressing and validate their reactions or emotions as a result of grief.

Jump Start: Problem Solving Group

Life is full of problems and college life is no exception. College students experience numerous problems such as mood problem, academic problem, and relationship problem (these problems are often inter-related) that can have a negative impact on their overall sense of wellbeing. The Jump Start group aims to facilitate active problem solving skills for students who find themselves feeling stuck or overwhelmed. Group members will have the opportunity to talk about their problems, discuss and identify possible barriers to active problem solving, and explore constructive solutions to their problems. Having problems is not a problem but being unable to solve them is a problem. Join us to enhance your problem solving skills!

Medical Conditions Group

This support group aims to provide a safe, nonjudgmental environment for students to express their emotional reactions, struggles, and concerns, as well as share their experiences with chronic medical conditions and skills to cope. We also seek to promote respect, and a sense of community and inclusion. Active participation in group is strongly encouraged, as it would lead to greater benefits, but not expected.

Together: International Student Support Group

This support group invites international students at BU. Student will be provided with opportunities to interact with other fellow international students. They will exchange advice, suggestion, tip and knowledge re: school and/or life in general. Through this process students can develop sense of belonging, practice and enhance English skills and normalize their experience. Dr. Sangmoon Kim, group facilitator, was also an international student. He will share how it was like for him studying and living as international student and how he addressed problems/difficulties he encountered.