Groups and Workshops
General Therapy 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 semester. During the time that you attend a general therapy group, you will not likely participate in individual counseling. To participate in a therapy group, students must first make an initial appointment 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 do not need to make another appointment but 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 201 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.
Therapy Group Schedule Fall 2013
Monday 1-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday 2-3:30 p.m.
Wednesday 3-4:30 p.m.
Thursday 12:30-2:00 p.m. and 3:30-5 p.m.
Friday 1:30-3:00 p.m and 3:00-4:30 p.m. (for International Students)
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.
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 201 Frazee Hall.
Cognitive Behavior Group Schedule
Mondays from 3-4 p.m. (Starting Sep. 16th)
Coping Skills Group
The Coping Skills group is an interactive psycho-educational group that focuses on physical, behavioral, cognitive, and emotional strategies for dealing with stressors.
Coping Skills Group Schedule
Tuesdays 12:30-1:30 p.m. & Wednesdays 5-6 p.m. (Starting Sep. 24th)
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. Call the Counseling Center at (859) 257-8701 to sign up for the group. Sessions are held in 201 Frazee Hall.
Graduate Student Support Group Schedule
Fridays 12-1 p.m. (Starting Aug. 30th) and Wednesdays 5:15-6:15 p.m. (Starting Sep. 4th)
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. A screening is required for this group. Please ask your counselor about signing up for it. The group will be capped at a maximum of ten participants. Sessions held in 201 Frazee Hall.
Mindfulness Support Group Schedule
Tuesdays 1-2:30 p.m.
Social Confidence Group
This group is a three-part series and is being offered once this semester. 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. Students must first have an initial appointment at the Counseling Center to be referred to the Social Confidence Group. Please call the Counseling Center at (859) 257-8701 for more information or to sign up for an appointment. Sessions held in 201 Frazee Hall.
Social Confidence Group
Starts in Fall 2013
Women of Color Support Group
The Women of Color (WOC) Support Group is a safe and supportive place for minority women to meet, talk, and find hope. If you'd like a place to meet other women of color, the group is a place for you to get and give support. Common discussion topics include loneliness, racism, relationship struggles, sexism, family difficulties, academic issues, sadness, anxiety, health problems, low self-esteem, or other concerns. Group sessions are free and confidential and open to UK students taking at least 6 credits. Please call the Counseling Center to be added to the contact list.
Women of Color Support Group
Wednesdays 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Reflections: Meaning, Purpose, Direction
This counseling group will help you reflect on the Big Questions: Who am I? What is the meaning of life? What is my purpose? What kind of person do I want to be in the world? What kind of world do I want to help create? You will reflect on these questions through exercises guiding you to look deeply within yourself and by sharing questions and experiences with other group members. Other group members may share your faith tradition or represent other traditions. It can be powerful and empowering to learn with those of other traditions because no matter if you are Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, atheist, agnostic or other faith, these questions represent an essential part of our identity. Pursuing them in the company of others may help you develop a stronger sense of your identity. To participate in this group, students must first make an initial appointment at UKCC or already be an existing client of the Center. You will be scheduled with the group leader(s) for a brief screening to discuss the expectations and benefits of the group. The group will meet for 10 weeks. Thursdays: 1:30 to 3:00 Call 257-8701 to schedule an appointment.
Reflections Group Schedule
Thursdays 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Starting Sep. 24th)
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.
Building skills for a healthy romantic relationship. Participate in activities and discussions exploring what healthy relationships are all about. The group meets in 206 Student Center. Attend any or all in this series.
Weekly sessions, starting October 2, 2013
International 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.
International Coffee Hour- Fridays 12:30-1:30 at the VIP Center (Frazee Hall, Lower Level)
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. No appointment is necessary to attend the workshops.
Career Decision Workshop Fall 2013 Schedule: download here
Mindfulness and Stress Management Workshop
UK's Counseling Center is offering Relaxation Workshops for students who are hoping to reduce anxiety and depression, release stress, and relax through meditation and mindfulness techniques. No appointment is necessary to attend the workshops.
Mindfulness and Stress Management Workshop
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. No appointment is necessary to attend the workshops.
Test Anxiety Workshop Schedule Fall 2013: download here!
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. No appointment is necessary to attend the classes.
Yoga For Relaxation Schedule
Tuesdays(Starting September 3rd) 5 p.m., Blazer Hall Rec Room