University of Maryland Counseling Center

Groups Offered by the Counseling Center

Call 301-314-7651 or stop by the Front Desk in the Main Lobby of the Shoemaker Building to register

SPRING 2014

Groups at a Glance

GENERAL THERAPY GROUPS
General therapy groups provide a safe space to solve a range of problems, explore better ways of interacting with others, and try new, more successful interpersonal behaviors. Receive helpful feedback from peers as you discover that others are dealing with similar issues.
Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Fridays, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS GROUP
Meet other international students, learn about U.S. culture, solve problems, and practice speaking English as you help each other adjust to life in the United States.
Mondays, 5:00-6:30 p.m. (contact Dr. Yi-Jiun Lin at ylin1234@umd.edu)
Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. (contact Dr. Jinhee Kang at jkang79@umd.edu)

CIRCLE OF SISTERS
Support & discussion group. Possible topics include: personal concerns, interpersonal & dating relationships, sexuality, and being a Black woman on a predominantly White campus.
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. (contact Dr. Yvonne Oslin at yoslin@umd.edu)

CREATING CONFIDENCE
This group is designed for students struggling with anxiety, fears, obsessions, or other mind traps that keep them stuck, afraid, or otherwise unable to fulfill their social, academic, or personal potential.
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. (contact Dr. Dominick Scalise at dscalise@umd.edu)

Lesbian Bisexual Queer or Questioning Support Group
This group is designed to provide a supportive space for lesbian, bisexual, queer, or questioning women.  Possible topics include identifying personal strengths, dealing with homophobia and or bi-phobia, identity exploration, coming out, dating, family, community resources, and building support.
Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m. (contact Dr. Pepper Phillips at pepper@umd.edu)

BUILDING SOCIAL CONFIDENCE
This group provides support and interpersonal growth for students struggling with social confidence.
Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m. (contact Dr. James Houle at jhoule@umd.edu)

WOMEN OF COLOR GROUP
This group is an interpersonal process and support group for women who identify as women of color. We will provide a safe and confidential space to connect, gain support and understanding and process issues related to work/life balance, academic concerns, relationships, culture, identity, and various other themes.
Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m. (contact Dr. Rashanta Bledman at rbledman@umd.edu)

MEMORY CIRCLE
Memory Circle is designed for students who would like to work through a recent or past loss in a small group setting.  This group offers emotional support and psycho-educational information about the process of grief, and helps students develop adaptive coping strategies to deal with their loss.
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00 p.m. (contact Dr. Yi-Jiun Lin at ylin1234@umd.edu)

MY BODY - MY SELF:  A WOMAN’S GROUP
This group will explore women’s struggles with body image and feelings of self-worth and look at the ways dieting, obsessing about thinness, binge-eating, over-exercising or purging may be affecting their lives.  Two groups will be available this semester.
Wednesdays or Thursdays, time TBA (contact Dr. Brenda Sigall at bas@umd.edu)

STRIVING FOR PERFECTION: REFLECTIONS IN BODY IMAGE AND EATING FOR MEN
This group will explore men’s concerns about body size and shape and eating behaviors, including impact of external pressures to conform to thin or to muscular body types, as well as personal issues that may be expressed through weight and dieting.  Through information and discussion, we will look at the effect on members’ lives and self -esteem as they struggle with these challenges.
Wednesdays or Thursdays, Time TBA (contact Dr. Brenda Sigall at bas@umd.edu)

UNDERSTANDING SELF AND OTHERS
A group experience for students hoping to better understand themselves and their relationship patterns while developing ways of changing these patterns to improve their relationships.  Students will have opportunities to observe and discuss their own and others’ thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and reactions as they occur in a safe and supportive environment.  
Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m. (contact Dr. Dominick Scalise at dscalise@umd.edu)
Thursdays, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (contact Dr. Carlton Green at cegreen@umd.edu)

Mindfulness Meditation
This group is for those interested in learning how to manage difficulties such as anxiety, negative thought patterns, worry, or depression. The group runs for 4 weeks and two 4-week sessions will be offered. The group teaches different ways of practicing mindfulness, such as breathing skills, becoming aware of feelings and thoughts, understanding physical sensations, and how to effectively manage interpersonal relationships. Each group includes learning a new skill, time to talk about how your practice is going, feedback from group members, and weekly homework assignments.
Mondays, 2:00-4:00 p.m. or Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m. (contact Dr. Carlton Green at cegreen@umd.edu)

GRADUATING SENIORS SUPPORT GROUP
This group is designed for graduating senior students who would like to connect with peers and receive support related to concerns about the future, difficulty transitioning into the "real world,” changes in relationships, and coping with finding employment.
Time TBA (contact Dr. Erica Merson at merson12@umd.edu)

DISSERTATION SUPPORT GROUP
A group for students working on dissertations and theses. Members will receive support from the facilitator and each other in getting through the struggles involved in completing their projects.
Fridays, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Will meet on: 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9
Space is limited. (contact Dr. Marcy Marinelli at marcym@umd.edu)

CAREER DISCOVERY ZONE
Targeted to juniors and seniors, but any student is welcome. No advanced registration needed. This 5-session workshop series will help students to learn about resources, strategies, and effective behaviors needed to clarify and choose their career direction following graduation. Topics change weekly. Students may come to any or all sessions, but should plan to stay for the full 1.5 hours.
Wednesdays, 2/12-3/12, 3:30-5:00 p.m. (contact Dr. Linda Gast at lgast@umd.edu)


General therapy groups are also offered by the Counseling Center.
Please call (301) 314-7651 for more information.