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If you are a new client at the UK Counseling Center, you will first need to complete an Initial Consultation if you would like to participate in groups that are not listed as "drop-in." You may call 859-257-8701 to schedule an appointment, M-F, 8 am-4:30 pm or schedule online at https://www.uky.edu/counselingcenter/schedule-your-first-appointment. Current clients may speak to their clinician about group.

Most groups will be conducted via Zoom for the Spring 2022 semester.

Please also read these two documents that provide information about what you can get out of interpersonal group therapy and what you can work on:

How to Get the Most Out of Group Therapy

Group as a Laboratory

Therapy Groups

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.

Spring 2022:  IN PERSON, 215 Mandrell Hall

Tuesday 1-2:30 pm   IN PERSON
Wednesday 2-3:30 pm   VIRTUAL
Thursday 3-4:30 pm   IN PERSON
FRIDAY 1:30-3:00 pm   VIRTUAL

USO for Graduate/professional students:

Monday 2-3:30   VIRTUAL

 

Skill-Building Groups 

Anxiety ACTion Group

Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, this group incorporates mindfulness and stress management strategies to teach participants new ways to understand anxiety and other emotional concerns.

SPRING 2022:

All sessions virtual:

Thursdays 3-4:30 pm; February 17 - March 10
Tuesday 1-2:30 pm; March 22 - April 12

 

CBT:

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, this group focuses on psychoeducation, cognitive journaling, and behavioral strategies to help build participant awareness, improve their mood, and reduce their anxious distress.

Spring 2022:

All sessions virtual:

Tuesday 2-3 pm, February 1 - March 8

 

Writing Your Way To Wellbeing:

This group uses evidenced-based and research supported journaling perspectives and techniques to center, pause, reflect, and connect with oneself on a deeper level.

Spring 2022:

All sessions virtual:

Thursday 3-4:30 pm, February 10 - March 10
Thursday 3-4:30 pm, March 24 - April 21
 

KORU Mindfulness

This structured, 4-session group helps students learn the basics of mindfulness and meditation. Explore and practice applications of mindfulness for effective stress management, improved sleep, increased focus, and lowered anxiety.

https://www.uky.edu/recwell/wellness/KORU

 

Support Groups

Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) Graduate and Professional Student Support Group

A connecting and uplifting space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in graduate and professional programs. Schedule an Initial Consult at our homepage or email tomerial.brooks@uky.edu to participate.

Spring 2022:

Monday 3-4 pm VIRTUAL

 

Color Coded

Narrative and expressive therapy for students of color, aimed to empower the authentic self, give space for unique perspec-tives, and use art to cultivate pride and growth. 

Spring 2022:

In Person DROP IN, 215 Mandrell Hall

Fridays 3-4:30 pm

 

Graduate and Professional 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. To join a group, please schedule an initial consultation on the home page, calling 859-257-8701, or talk with your current UKCC clinician. 

Spring 2022:

All sessions virtual:

Monday 1:00-2:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30-6:45 pm

 

Grief Group

Come and receive support if you are struggling with the aftermath of either a recent or past loss.

Spring 2022:

All sessions virtual:

Tuesday 2:30-3:30 pm

 

International Student Support Group

Drop in group for undergraduate, graduate, and professional international students.

Spring 2022:

Friday 2-3 pm, in person, 215 Mandrell Hall

 

LGBTQ+ Support Group

Spring 2022:

All sessions virtual:  https://ukth.zoom.us/j/85495272380?pwd=YnNZaUNLcUpYSFhkL0NnbjVyUVZ5Zz09

​A supportive space for individuals of diverse sexual orientations, gender identi-ties, and expressions to explore concerns related to mental health, identity development, relationships, current events, etc.

Mondays 11 am - 12 pm

 

Man-Ur-Isms (MOC Treatment Group)

Spring 2022:

All sessions virtual:

This group aims to provide support for men of color and help coach men to explore and de-velop an awareness of their racial and masculine socialization.

Tuesday 3 - 4 pm; March 1 - April 19

 

Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming Support Group

Spring 2022:

All sessions virtual:

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

Tuesday 4:30 - 5:30 pm

 

Unique Perspectives

This is a support group is for individuals who are diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, having autistic traits (do not have to have a formal diagnosis) or who have significant social anxiety.  Members can talk about their experiences, hear from others about common struggles, report on successes, provide suggestions and resources, and even ask for feedback and input from the co-leaders and other participants.  They can also learn and practice skills.  Topics from the past have included difficulty relating to other people's humor, sensory sensitivities, managing emotions, specific interests (e.g., anime), misreading nonverbal cues, difficulty developing friendships, and dating.  Different than some other groups (like therapy groups), members are encouraged to form connections with each other and socialize outside of the group as they feel comfortable.   

Spring 2022:

All sessions virtual.

Thursday 3:30-4:30 pm