The Counseling Center offers a variety of group experiences depending on the need that particular semester (i.e., Connections on Campus Interpersonal Group, Dissertation Support Group, LGBTQ Support Group, Grief & Loss Support Group).
Groups typically involve 1-2 counselors with 8-10 students, and they usually meet weekly or biweekly for 60-90 minutes. You control what and how much you share with the group, and we encourage you to share only when you are ready.
Group counseling provides you with a unique opportunity to:
- relate with others in a way that can increase self-awareness
- experiment with different ways of interacting
- connect with peers who have similar experiences
- improve your interpersonal relationships
A commitment to confidentiality is required for participation in group counseling.
Occasionally students feel nervous or uncomfortable with the idea of joining groups. This is normal. Pursuing or confronting the things that cause us to feel uneasy can sometimes be the most beneficial way to facilitate change. The Counseling Center Staff recognizes this and, as such, efforts are made to ensure group environments are supportive and safe.
Connecting While Apart: Undergraduate Process Group
Connecting While Apart: Undergraduate Process Group is geared towards undergraduate students experiencing social isolation and other challenges brought on by the current global pandemic (e.g., adjusting to remote learning; losing activities, internships, etc.). The group provides a safe, confidential space for students to find a sense of connection and shared understanding as well as an opportunity to learn from others’ experiences. Members will also learn how to make new relationships and/or improve existing ones. The ultimate goal is for members to gain greater self-knowledge and develop more meaningful connections with friends, family, partners, etc. The group requires a semester-long commitment.
Day and Time: Wednesdays, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Lauren Mirzakhalili, MSS, LCSW-C (She/Her/Hers) & Roshan Javadian, M. Psy. (She/Her/Hers)
Connecting While Apart: Graduate Student Support Group
Connecting While Apart: Graduate Student Support Group is geared towards students in masters’ and doctoral programs. It requires a semester-long commitment to allow group members to develop a sense of safety, trust, and group cohesion. This group is designed to provide a safe and confidential environment for graduate students to discuss the stress and challenges they’re facing being in grad school during the current global pandemic. Members will also gain support for managing loneliness and social isolation, as well as other relational concerns and personal difficulties they may be experiencing. We hope that the group cultivates deep and meaningful conversations and contributes to group members’ emotional wellbeing.
Day and Time: Fridays, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Keyaira Williams, M.S. (She/Her/Hers) & Lily Kaufmann, M.A. (She/Her/Hers)
Moving Forward with Purpose Group
Moving Forward with Purpose Group is a 5-week program based on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). It is intended to help students learn strategies to increase motivation, figure out what matters most, and feel more present in day-to-day life. Group sessions will focus on different concepts including being present, approaching things that we avoid, and turning values and goals into action. Group members will have opportunities to share their own experiences, learn more about themselves, and develop a greater sense of purpose and meaning in life.
Day and Time: Mondays, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Lily Kaufmann, M.A. (She/Her/Hers) & Keyaira Williams, M.S. (She/Her/Hers)
UMBC Self-Help Book Club
UMBC Self-Help Book Club is a new and exciting group geared towards book lovers and students that value and crave self-reflection. “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain has been selected as our Spring 2021 book. Ever been shamed for being “too shy”? Ever wonder why it can be so natural to talk one on one with a good friend, but feel super exhausted in group situations? “Quiet” aims to reframe the way you see the introvert vs extrovert spectrum, and empower you to be a proud introvert! The group will be moderated by Sam Chan, LCSW-C using questions that both challenge and support students. This group runs for 6 weeks.
Day and Time: Tuesdays 3 – 4 p.m., Starts March 2
Facilitator: Sam L Chan, LCSW-C (He/Him/His)
Contact: Mr. Chan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Women of Color Support Group
Women of Color Support Group is a semester-long group. It is specifically designed to provide students (undergraduate and graduate) who identify as women of color with a safe and confidential space to obtain emotional support and discuss stressors and challenges related to navigating social, academic, and work spaces in the face of systemic oppression, racism, and sexism. Topics we explore include self-care/boundary setting, role expectations/societal messages, and cultural/racial/and ethnic identity issues and stress.
Day and Time: Thursdays 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Whitney Hobson, Psy.D. (She/Her/Hers) &
Keyaira Williams, M.S. (She/Her/Hers)
Trans Support Group
Trans Support Group is a semester-long, emotional support group for students who identify as trans, genderqueer, gender fluid, non-binary, bigender, and/or those who are questioning their gender identity.
Day and Time: Fridays 2 – 2:50 p.m.
Facilitators: Ethan Swift, Psy.D. (He/Him/They/Them) &
Roshan Javadian, M. Psy. (She/Her/Hers)
You’ve Got This Group
You’ve Got This Group is a 4-week program, based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy. It is intended to help students develop the tools that they need to cope with some of the challenges they experience in their day to day life. The program utilizes evidence-based skills and strategies designed to reduce symptoms of distress and increase positive coping strategies. Topics include mindfulness, thought as thought, emotion as emotion, and interpersonal effectiveness.
(1st round) Day & Time: Fridays 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Starts February 5
Facilitators: Roshan Javadian, M. Psy. (She/Her/Hers) & Jacinda Dougherty, M.S
Contact: Roshan at email@example.com
(2nd round) Day & Time: Thursdays 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Starts April 8
Facilitators: Lily Kaufmann, M.A. (She/Her/Hers) & Rebecca Lambert, M.S. (She/Her/Hers)
Counseling Center staff are open to developing groups based on student needs. Please let us know what other groups you’d be interested in joining by calling the Counseling Center.