Spring 2013 Behavioral Medicine Groups, Workshops and Resources

February 14th, 2013

Listed below are the Spring 2013 Behavioral Medicine Groups, Workshops, and Other Resources available to students across Boston University.  To learn more about the groups listed below or to sign up, please contact the group facilitator (Tim O’Connor, CNS) or call Behavioral Medicine at 617-353-3569.

Please continue to check the Student Health website (www.bu.edu/shs) for additional group information as it becomes available!

Six-week Stress Management Workshop
The Behavioral Medicine Clinic is offering a six-week anxiety and stress management workshop using a cognitive behavioral approach. The workshop will help students to increase their awareness of anxiety and stress and develop management skills and techniques, while providing a confidential forum for students to discuss their concerns. If you are interested in joining this workshop, please contact Kaitlin Spitz, LMHC at 617-353-3569.
Facilitator: Kaitlin Spitz, LMHC
When: Mondays 5:00 – 6:00 PM; starting March 18, ending April 22
Where: Student Health Services, 881 Commonwealth Avenue, West

Choices and Change: Exploring Substance Use
This voluntary group is for students who have identified their alcohol or other substance use as problematic and are interested in making changes by either reducing or stopping their use. This group provides peer challenge and support for students, while increasing awareness that they are not alone in facing these issues on a college campus. If you are interested in making changes to your substance use and think a supportive group setting may be right for you, please contact Elizabeth Douglas for a phone screening.
Facilitators: Elizabeth Douglas, LICSW and MSW intern
When: TBD
Where: Please contact Elizabeth Douglas at 617-353-3569

Depression Support Group
(Please note: this group is currently full, but if you are interested in joining if there is an opening or for future semesters, contact Tim O’Connor.) Depression can impact both how you feel about yourself and your relationships with others. This group will offer students the chance to explore how this illness can influence self-perceptions and perception of others, along with the opportunity to hear from other students how they cope with depression. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Tim O’Connor at 617-353-3569.
Facilitator:  Tim O’Connor, CNS
When: Wednesdays, 5:00 – 6:15 PM
Where:  Student Health Services, 881 Commonwealth Avenue, West

Groups at the BU Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Center
The Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Center at BU will be offering various group activities and support. More information on the groups is available on the Center’s website at www.bu.edu/sarp/support-groups

Workshops, Classes, Other Groups and Resources

“Stress Buddy” Workshops – Student Health Ambassadors are equipped to meet with any group large or small to teach the Stress Buddy workshop.  To request a workshop for your dorm floor, student group, sorority, fraternity, or casual group of friends contact the SHA’s today by emailing shambass@bu.edu

Family Loss Group at BU: Plans are underway to create a Family (and Close Friend) Loss Group for students who have lost or are in the process of losing a loved one. The group is part of a national organization, the Students of the Actively Moving Forward Support Network, with around 70 branches nationwide. The group will provide a confidential, supportive forum for students to share their experiences with family loss, and to receive support from peers who have had similar experiences. In addition, the group will work with the Center for Psychiatric Rehab, the BU Chaplaincy, and the BU Community Service Center in offering community service activities.
For more info: amfbostonuniversity@gmail.com

Interpersonal Group, Relationship Group, and Spirituality Group at the BU Danielsen Institute: The Danielsen Institute Clinic currently offers psychotherapy groups focusing on interpersonal issues, relationships, and spirituality and religion.
For more info: bu.edu/danielsen/clinic/group
Where: The Danielsen Institute at BU, 185 Bay State Road

Sexual, Gender, and LGBTQ support is available through the BU student group Spectrumhttp://people.bu.edu/spectrum/Spectrum__BUs_LGBT_Social_Organization

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at BU offers various group therapy services. You can find more information at www.bu.edu/cpr or by calling 617-353-3549.

Groups Outside of BU for various issues and populations are available – Brighton Allston Mental Health (BAMHA.org), Brookline Community Mental Health (Brooklinecenter.org), LGBTQ groups/support (Fenway Community Health – fenwayhealth.org; Gay Adolescent Social Services – jri.org).

Disordered Eating Group for Female College Students: a therapeutic group for female students with eating disorders of all types. The goal of the group is to facilitate change through support, acceptance, exposure, and skill based approaches. The focus will be the specific challenges that college and graduate students face during their recovery.
When: Saturdays, 1-2 PM
Where: 1218 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA 02139
Contacts: Casey Becker, (617) 797-7949, mendedwingcounseling@gmail.com

Group for undergraduate and graduate students aged 18-25: Starting at the end of January 2013, this group will focus on stress management, coping with anxiety and depression, creating and maintaining healthy relationships, and overall self-care. There will be an emphasis on the mind-body connection. Please contact Dr. Rachel Kelly Armstrong at 617-285-1085 for more information.
Facilitator: Rachel Kelly Armstrong, Psy.D.
When: Starting at the end of January 2013; two groups running on Tuesdays 1:30-3 PM and Wednesdays 5-6:30 PM
Where: Boston Behavioral Medicine, Coolidge Corner, 1371 Beacon Street, Suite 304, Brookline, MA 02446

Young Adult Group: The Brookline Community Mental Health Center is offering an ongoing psychotherapy group for men and women ages 18-24 who are working on the transition into adulthood. Group members will work on developing and strengthening interpersonal relationships, as well as offer mutual support around issues of anxiety, depression and other life stressors. A commitment to attending the group on a weekly basis is required for membership.
When: Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
For more information: www.brooklinecenter.org/groups

Cultural Transition Group, Trauma Group, Other Groups at Boston Institute for Psychotherapy: The Boston Institute for Psychotherapy offers a variety of groups, including for people who have experienced or are experiencing a transition from one culture to another, and who have experienced trauma.
For more information: www.bostoninstitute.org/group_old.shtml
Where: 415 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 0244

Group therapy for men and women aged 25-50: This is an open-ended psychotherapy group for men and women aged 25 – 50, who are dealing with isolation, relationship difficulties, depression and anxiety. The group has observers in the room (clinicians who are learning to lead groups) who are silent and non-interactive during the group session. The group itself is led by clinicians with experience in group therapy. The fee is discounted.
Facilitators: Dr. Arnie Cohen and Dr. Julie Anderson
When: Wednesdays, 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM, starting in mid-November
Where: call Julie Anderson, PhD or Cate Seldin, M.Ed., 617- 738-1274
Group fee: discounted

DBT Group: The 2 Brattle Center is offering a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Group. The group will cover the four modules of DBT Skills (Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Emotion Regulation).
For more info: contact the 2 Brattle Center at (617) 441-7500
Where: The First Parish, 3 Church St, at Harvard Square in Cambridge