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.
All groups will be conducted via Zoom for the Fall 2020 semester.
This video 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.
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.
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:
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.
Mondays, 3:00-4:30 (Sept 14-Oct 5)
Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30 (Oct 6-Oct 27th)
Mondays, 1:00-2:30 (Nov 2-Nov 23)
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.
Thursdays, 3:15-4:30 (Sept 17-Oct 8)
Wednesdays, 5:00-6:15 (Oct 7-Oct 28)
Wise Minds: Emotion Regulation
This group uses DBT skills to help students who are feeling overwhelmed with their lives, emotions, and relationships. Come and learn coping skills in a supportive environment to help you get back on track.
Mondays, 1:00-2:30 (Sept 21-Oct 19)
BIPOC Graduate and Professional Student Support Group
A connecting and uplifting space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in graduate and professional programs.
COVID Grief Group
This group is for any student struggling with the stress brought on by the pandemic, including alterations to social life, concerns for the safety of self and others, and changes to academic routines.
Come and receive support if you are struggling with the aftermath of either a recent or past loss.
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.
LGBTQ Support Group
A supportive space for individuals of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions to explore concerns related to mental health, identity development, relationships, current events, etc.
Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming Support Group
This group is open to any UK student needing support around gender identity and gender expression.
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.
Thursdays, 10:00-11:00 am
White Accountability Space
This is a group designated to help white students better recognize white supremacy culture and systemic racism and learn ways to actively deconstruct them.
Undergraduate group, Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00 pm, click here to register
Graduate student group, Thursday, 3:00-4:00, click here to register