Groups and Workshops
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. General therapy groups meet for 1.5 hours each week for the duration of the Fall and Spring semester. To participate in a therapy group, students must first have an initial assessment at UKCC and be referred by a counselor to a group screening. At this brief screening, group leaders explain the expectations and benefits of the therapy groups and ensure that group is the best fit for the client's needs. Current clients of the Center can discuss with their individual counselor the appropriateness of group therapy for them and work with that person to set up a screening. Groups are held in Frazee Hall.
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.
**We have recently changed our attendance policy in order to best utilize our clinical appointment slots and meet student demand for services. If a student does not attend an individual or group appointment (including an initial intake or group screening) and failed to cancel it by 4 pm of the prior business day, it will be counted as a no-show. When a person reaches 3 no-shows, he or she will be no longer eligible for ongoing individual or group services at the Counseling Center and may be offered other alternatives such as drop-in workshops and community referrals.
USO Group Schedule Fall 2014
Monday 1-2:30 pm and 3-4:30 pm
Tuesday 1-2:30 pm and 3-4:30 pm
Wednesday 2-3:30 pm
Thursday 3:30-5 pm
Friday 1:30-3:00 pm
Support and Topical Groups
Support groups usually center around a common experience and are designed to help you get support and encouragement from other students who are dealing with a similar issue. Similarly, topical groups address a common area of concern, often with an educational component. These groups meet weekly or every other week. Students are welcome to participate in support and topical groups with or without involvement in individual counseling. To participate in one of these groups, students must first make an initial appointment at UKCC or already be an existing client of the Center. Clients are then referred directly to the group or to a brief group screening with the group leader(s) who will explain the expectations and benefits of the group.
Anxiety ACTion Group
This group addresses struggles with anxiety and other emotional concerns using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). It focuses on understanding anxiety and personal struggles in new ways and fostering mindful awareness while pursuing a personally meaningful life.
Anxiety ACTion Group Schedule Fall 2014
Monday, 2-3:45 pm
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
The CBT group has 4 sessions, and is a structured, interactive, psycho-educational group that meets once per week. The focus is on changing behaviors and thoughts to combat anxiety and/ or depression.
Call the Counseling Center at (859) 257-8701 to sign up for the group. Sessions are held in 203 Frazee Hall.
Cognitive Behavior Group Schedule
November 12th and 19th, December 3rd and 10th
Decide Your Future Group
Feeling confused and undecided about your major? Struggling in your classes? Unsure about possible career paths? You are not alone! This group will help you with decision-making; identifying interests, skills, and values; explore potential occupations/majors; and learn more about campus resources.
Thursdays, 2-3:15 pm Schedule Fall 2014 (Starts 10/23/14)
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 Fall 2014
Wednesday 5:15-6:15 pm Bi-weekly
Friday 12-1 p.m. 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. Please ask your counselor about signing up for the group.
Mindfulness Support Group Schedule Fall 2014
Social Confidence Group
This group is a three-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.
Social Confidence Group Fall 2014
There are a number of structured, educationally focused workshops and groups that are currently being offered by the UK Counseling Center. Some have been regularly offered in the past and some are new. All of these groups and workshops are free for fee-paying University of Kentucky students who are enrolled for at least 6 credit hours. You do not need 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. International 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.
Cultural Coffee Hour Fall 2014
Fridays 12:30-1:30 pm at the VIP Center (Frazee Hall, Lower Level)
Building skills for a healthy romantic relationship. Participate in activities and discussions exploring what healthy relationships are all about. Attend any or all in this series.
Healthy Dating Workshop Schedule Fall 2014
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.
Major/Career Decision-Making Workshop Schedule Fall 2014
Wednesdays, 1pm (10/15, 10/29, 11/19 & 12/3) 203 Frazee Hall
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 and the content is the same for all sessions.
Test Anxiety Workshop Schedule Fall 2014
Wednesdays, 1pm (10/8, 10/22, 11/12 & 12/10) 203 Frazee Hall
Wildcat Wellness Hour
Drop in for an hour of stress relief.
Wildcat Wellness Schedule Fall 2014
- Mondays- Expressions: Creative Stress Relief
- Tuesdays- Meditation
- Wednesdays- Relaxation
- Thursdays- Stress Management
Yoga For Relaxation
UK's Counseling Center and Campus Recreation is offering yoga classes for students who are hoping to reduce stress, relieve anxiety, and relax by practicing yoga.
Yoga For Relaxation Fall 2014
Wednesday, 5-6pm at the VIP Center (Frazee Hall, Lower Level)