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Groups Fall 2016

If you are a new client at the UK Counseling Center, you will first need to complete an Initial Assessment if you would like to participate in groups that are not listed as "drop-in." You may walk in Mon-Thurs from 9am to 3pm for an Initial Assessment or call 859-257-8701 to schedule an appointment. Current clients may speak to their counselor about group.

Group therapy

Understanding Self and Others (USO) Groups

USO Groups are designed to help you learn about yourself and how you interact with others. Group members often have a variety of initial concerns, but share a desire to feel better about themselves and their relationships with others. It can be a powerful experience to realize others struggle with the same things as you do. USO groups meet for 1.5 hours each week for the duration of the Fall and Spring semester.

This video link, developed at Wright State University’s Counseling and Wellness Services and used on our website with their permission, provides some general information about group participation that may be helpful as you consider this therapy option.

This link provides information about what you can get out of group therapy and what you can work on.


USO Group Schedule

Monday 11-12:30 pm and 3-4:30 pm

Tuesday 12:30-2 pm and 4-5:30 pm

Wednesday 2-3:30 pm

Thursday 2-3:30 pm

Friday 1:30-3:00 pm

Anxiety ACTion Group

The Anxiety ACTion group addresses struggles with anxiety and other emotional concerns using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The group includes incorporating mindfulness practice and stress management strategies for coping with anxiety while learning new ways to understand anxiety and your personal relationship with your struggles. The group emphasizes mindful awareness of both struggles and personal goals and values, while pursuing a personally meaningful life through goal-directed actions that help to manage anxiety symptoms and create positive experiences.

Monday 3-4:45 pm (10/3-12/5)

Tuesday 2-3:45 pm (10/4-12/6)

Thursday 12:30-2:15 pm (10/6-12/5)

Bounce Back

Are you easily overwhelmed? Don't know how to handle things when they don't go as expected? "Bounce Back" is an interactive, psycho-educational group geared toward helping you learn how to manage life's disappointments and setbacks with more emotional resilience and "grit."


Graduate Student Support Group

The Graduate Student Support Group is a place where graduate students can seek support around any number of issues that are interfering with or an outgrowth of their graduate study. Common discussions include the stress of graduate school; lack of progress or productivity; procrastination; deciding whether or not to stay in a program; problems with advisors or committees; and financial strain, often due to funding issues. Some concerns, such as family or health issues, arise that are not specific to graduate school but impact performance and progress. Many students seek out the group prior to major milestone events such as qualifying exams, dissertation or thesis defenses, and searching for jobs for post graduation employment. The group is fairly unstructured and the topics can vary from meeting to meeting depending on the needs of the students present.

Graduate Student Support Group Schedule

Wednesday, 12-1 pm bi-weekly
Wednesday, 5:15 -6:30 pm bi-weekly

Mindfulness Support Group

This group meets for eight sessions, once a week for an hour and a half. The group includes instruction in mindfulness practices (e.g., sitting meditation and self-observation of thoughts). Discussions explore applications of mindfulness in common problems such as stress, depression, chronic pain, anxiety, and emotional reactivity. In general, there is an emphasis on becoming more aware, developing focus, living in the moment, and being non-judgmental. The ultimate goal is to embrace the present, be more compassionate, and experience a sense of inner peace and calm in your daily life. The group is particularly good for those who often find themselves distracted by multiple activities, are obsessive/ruminative, experience anxiety about the future, or feel stuck in the past. Expectations include developing a daily mindful meditation practice and engaging in weekly assignments to integrate concepts into daily life.

Thursday, 3-4:30 pm (9/29-11/17)

Social Confidence Group

This group is a four-part series. The group is educational in nature and goes over specific skills such as reading social cues, overcoming initial anxiety, and getting to know others on a meaningful level. It is particularly geared for those individuals who feel socially awkward, find it difficult to initiate conversation, and have trouble meeting friends or dating partners.

Tuesday 1-2 pm (10/11-11/8)

Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming Support Group

This group is open to any UK student needing support around gender identity and gender expression.

Thursday 4:30-5:30 pm; Room 201A Frazee Hall

People of Color Support Group

This group is for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students of color who would like to get and give support with other people of color. Topics include relationships, academics, family, oppression, health, and others.

Monday 1-2 pm


Drop-in Workshops

There are a number of structured, educationally focused workshops and groups that are currently being offered by the UK Counseling Center. You do not need to be a client of the UKCC or an appointment to attend one of these workshops.


Cultural Coffee Hour

As an international student, it may be exciting to leave your home country to come study in the United States. However, you may also face the challenge of addressing academic and personal concerns as you are exposed to a new culture. You may have some of the same academic and personal concerns as other UK students; however, you may also experience a number of unique challenges that can complicate the process of adjusting to university life and achieving academic goals. Cultural Coffee Hour provides a place for international students to meet other international students who have similar concerns. This space provides an opportunity to learn from one another about adjusting to a new culture and educational system, dealing with different customs, and practice speaking English.

Friday, 12:30-1:30 pm, Room 201A Frazee Hall

Healthy Relationships

Attend this group if you would like to build skills for a healthy romantic relationship. Participate in activities and discussions exploring what healthy relationships are all about.

Wednesday, 2-3:30 pm, (10/5-10/26); Room 201A Frazee Hall

Major/Career Decision-Making Workshop

UK's Counseling Center offers Career Decision-Making Workshops to assist students with the college major/career decision making process. The workshop format is 45 minutes of interactive activity that guides students through the steps involved in making important life decisions.

Tuesday, 1 pm (10/18)
Wednesday, 1 pm (10/26)

Wednesday, 1 pm (11/9)
Tuesday, 1pm (11/15)
Wednesday, 1pm (11/30)

Test Anxiety Workshop

This workshop is for students who prepare well for class exams but consistently receive low test scores. Low test scores may be due to many factors such as test anxiety or concentration/focus problems. The workshop facilitator will help students define the problem and develop useful solutions. The workshop will take 45 minutes.

Wednesday 10/5 at 1pm
Tuesday 10/11 at 1pm
Wednesday 10/12 at 1pm
Wednesday 11/2 at 1pm
Tuesday 11/8 at 1pm
Tuesday 12/6 at 1pm
Wednesday 12/7 at 1pm

Wildcat Wellness Hour

Drop-in for an hour of guided stress relief. All groups 4-5pm.

Monday- Bounce Back/Therapy Dogs, 203 Frazee Hall
Tuesday- Expressions (Creative Stress Relief), 203 Frazee Hall
Wednesday- Meditation Hour, 201A Frazee Hall
Thursday: Yoga, 201A Frazee Hall





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