Behavioral Medicine offers various workshops and groups to help you address a variety of mental health related needs. Participating in one of these options will help decrease isolation and expand your support network, while gaining effective coping skills.

To obtain more information and/or to attend one of our groups or workshops, please call our office at 617-353-3569 and ask to speak with the Group Coordinator. If you are currently meeting with one of our clinicians, feel free to ask them about the groups program.

Fall 2019

Body & Self :

This group provides a space for students to explore ways to improve their relationship with food, their body and themselves. Members will discuss how issues related to self-esteem, emotions, relationships, and managing stress connect to and impact our relationships with food. Connecting with others in the group can be a powerful part of change and healing. With a deeper understanding of our struggles with food and our bodies, we will work toward challenging old ideas and developing new coping skills. Students are encouraged to practice these skills and apply them between group sessions.

Date: Wednesdays

Time: 5:30-6:30PM

Location: 930 Commonwealth Avenue, Behavioral Medicine Satellite Clinic

Led by: Ilana Licht, PhD

BU Roots:

This group, which meets during the Fall semester only, is for students new to BU. It can be exciting and challenging to adjust to a life at a new school. This group is a confidential space where students receive support and feedback from other students on issues related to adjusting to their new life, homesickness, academic concerns, relationships and general well-being. All new Terriers are welcome!

Date: Thursdays

Time: 4:30-5:30PM

Location: 930 Commonwealth Avenue, Wellness and Prevention Services Conference Room

Led by: Ilana Licht, PhD

Building a Stronger You:

This group is for students who want to develop ways to cope with painful and strong feelings more effectively. Participants will learn and practice dialectical behavioral therapy skills related to distress tolerance and emotion regulation. While participants are welcome to discuss relevant personal life experiences and concerns, this group functions similarly to a class format in which the group leader teaches skills and then group members brainstorm ways to practice them and share their experiences of using the skills. Students are encouraged to practice these skills and apply them between group sessions.

Date: Tuesdays

Time: 4:00-5:00PM

Location: 930 Commonwealth Avenue, Wellness and Prevention Services Conference Room

Led by: Sarah Kupper, LICSW

Graduate Students Support Group:

Graduate students often struggle to have a space where they can authentically share their feelings and concerns about life as a graduate student. This support group is designed to provide a confidential space where you can receive support and feedback from your peers. Topics discussed in this group may include adjusting to and leaving graduate school, academic and career concerns, coping with stress, relationships and identity development.

Date: Fridays

Time: 3:30-4:30PM

Location: 930 Commonwealth Avenue, Wellness and Prevention Services Conference Room

Led by: Ilana Licht, PhD

Grief Group:

This 8-10 week group is designed for students who have recently experienced the death of a loved one. Members are invited to share their feelings of grief and to be supported by other students who have experienced similar losses. Students interested in attending will be invited to an individual one-time session with the group facilitator to discuss the group in further detail and to determine if the group feels like a good fit.

Date: Mondays

Time: 6:00-7:00PM

Location: 881 Commonwealth Avenue, Student Health Services

Led by: Nate Pardue, LICSW

International Students Support Group:

Are you struggling to adjust to life in the US? Are you feeling lost in a new environment? Do you miss your family and friends from home? This safe, confidential, support group aims to help international students better understand the cultural adjustment process and share resources to enhance your experiences at BU.

Date: Thursdays

Time: 6:30-7:30PM

Location: 100 Bay State Road, Room 545B

Led by: Aileen Lee, PsyD

LGBTQ+ Support Group:

This support group provides a safe space to explore and discuss the joys and challenges of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning. This confidential and affirming group is an opportunity to connect with each other and offer emotional support. Members will explore themes, such as relationships with family, friends, and partners, coming out, being out, identity, and ways to embrace all parts of your identity.

Date: Mondays

Time: 3:30-4:30PM

Location: 930 Commonwealth Avenue, Behavioral Medicine Satellite Clinic

Led by: Rachel Oppenheimer, LMHC

Managing Anxiety:

Do anxious thoughts and feelings dominate your daily experiences? Do you lie awake at night worrying about tasks you need to complete? Do you avoid social situations for fear of judgment? This skills-based group is designed for students who want to learn techniques, including cognitive-behavioral therapy strategies. Group members are encouraged to share experiences, discuss assignments, and offer support to each other as they work toward making changes and learning to effectively manage their anxiety. Students are encouraged to practice these skills and apply them between group sessions.

Date: Thursdays

Time: 3:00-4:00PM

Location: 930 Commonwealth Avenue, Wellness and Prevention Services Conference Room

Led by: Sarah Kupper, LICSW

Men’s Support Group:

This confidential support group for male-identified students provides a safe environment to explore and discusses a variety of topics, such as work-life balance, self-care, academic stress, friendship and intimacy.

Date: Thursdays

Time: 5:00-6:00PM

Location: 881 Commonwealth Avenue, Student Health Services

Led by: Michael Lass, LICSW

Mindfulness Meditation:

This 4-week group, specifically designed for emerging adults, is based on the mindfulness program, “Koru,” loved by Duke University students. Practicing mindfulness can help reduce stress, increase mental and physical wellness, and help us make decisions that are guided by our inner wisdom. Group members are encouraged to share experiences, discuss assignments and offer support to each other as they learn to integrate and practice mindfulness skills in their lives.

Date: Mondays

Time: 5:00-6:00PM

Location: 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 117 B

Led by: Aileen Lee, PsyD

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Date: Wednesdays

Time: 6:00-7:00PM

Location: 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 424

Led by: Nate Pardue, LICSW

Navigating Relationships:

This group is designed to create a safe environment for students to better understand themselves, explore relationship patterns, and learn skills for navigating all types of relationships (including family, friends, co-workers, partners, etc.). Topics will include communication styles and skills, setting boundaries, actively listening and validation. Group members share experiences, discuss the application of skills and offer each other support. Students are encouraged to practice these skills and apply them between group sessions.

Date: Wednesdays

Time: 4:00-5:00PM

Location: 930 Commonwealth Avenue, Wellness and Prevention Services Conference Room

Led by: Ilana Licht, PhD

Seniors Support Group:

Not feeling ready to graduate? Feel afraid about not having a job or worried about feeling unfulfilled in your job? You are not alone. This confidential support group is for graduating seniors concerned about life after BU. The group, which meets during the Spring semester only, will focus on the challenges of saying goodbye to college and entering the next stage of life. Members are encouraged to share their experiences and exchange ideas on how to navigate this transition.

Date: Thursdays

Time: 4:30-5:30PM

Location: 930 Commonwealth Avenue, Wellness and Prevention Services Conference Room

Led by: Ilana Licht, PhD

Women’s Support Group:

This confidential support group for female-identified students provides a safe environment to explore and discuss a variety of topics, such as work-life balance, self-care, academic stress, friendship and intimacy.

Date: Mondays

Time: 3:30-4:30PM

Location: 930 Commonwealth Avenue, Wellness and Prevention Services Conference Room

Led by: Ilana Licht, PhD

Summer 2019

Graduate Student Support Group:

Graduate students often struggle to have a space where they can authentically share their feelings and concerns about life as a graduate student. This support group is designed to provide a confidential space where you can receive support and feedback from your peers. Topics discussed in this group may include adjusting to and leaving graduate school, academic and career concerns, coping with stress, relationships and identity development.

Date: Fridays

Time: 3:30-4:30PM

Location: 930 Commonwealth Avenue, Wellness and Prevention Services Conference Room

Led by: Ilana Licht, PhD