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.

Interested in joining a group or workshop?

To join a group/workshop or obtain more information please send a message via
Patient Connect
to “Groups & Workshops”. Please include the name of the group you are interested in joining in the message. You can also 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, too.

Spring 2021 Groups

Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Students Support Group:

With the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent tragedy in Atlanta, we recognize the impact it has had on AAPI students. This group is being offered to provide a safe space for all students who identify as AAPI to come and process your experiences, thoughts and feelings. We will also practice coping/grounding skills to help us get through moments when we feel overwhelmed by emotions and thoughts.

Date: Fridays (4 sessions, beginning 3/26/2021)

Time: 1:30-2:30PM

Location: via Zoom HIPAA. Link to be provided by group leader prior to the start of the group.

Led by: Aileen Lee, PsyD and Cong Zhang, PhD

Black Students Support Group:

This group is a safe space for Black identifying students to speak openly, check-in with each other, and share their own experiences about how they are impacted by the events in their communities and the world. In addition, participants will learn skills to help them feel more empowered and confident in managing stressors, pursuing effective advocacy and participating in student leadership.

Date: Tuesdays

Time: 5:00-6:00PM

Location: via Zoom HIPAA. Link to be provided by group leader prior to the start of each group.

Led by: Toni Monfort, LMHC

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: 3:00-4:00PM

Location: via Zoom HIPAA. Link to be provided by group leader prior to the start of each group.

Led by: Ilana Licht, PhD

Coping Through Connection:

Living through a pandemic creates a multitude of feelings and experiences for all of us.  This group is designed to offer a safe space for students to emotionally and socially connect with each other as they process their thoughts and feelings about its impact.  Students will learn strategies to cope, identify resources and practice highlighting moments of joy and meaning in this new reality.

Date: Wednesdays

Time: 3:00-4:00PM

Location: via Zoom HIPAA. Link to be provided by group leader prior to the start of each group.

Led by: Ilana Licht, PhD

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: via Zoom HIPAA. Link to be provided by group leader prior to the start of each group.

Led by: Ilana Licht, PhD

Grief Group:

This 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: Fridays

Time: 3:30-4:30PM

Location: via Zoom HIPAA. Link to be provided by group leader prior to the start of each group.

Led by: Nate Purdue, LICSW

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: 4:00-5:00PM

Location: via Zoom HIPAA. Link to be provided by group leader prior to the start of each group.

Led by: Liana Buccieri, LICSW

Life After BU:

Not feeling ready to graduate? Feel afraid about not having a job or worried about feeling unsettled about next steps, particularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? You are not alone. This confidential support group is for undergraduate and graduate students preparing for graduation this semester, who are concerned about their remaining time at BU and life after BU. The group, which meets during the Spring semester only, focuses on the challenges of saying goodbye to the University 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: 4:00-5:00PM

Location: via Zoom HIPAA. Link to be provided by group leader prior to the start of each group.

Led by: Ilana Licht, PhD

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 share their 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: Mondays

Time: 3:00-4:00PM

Location: via Zoom HIPAA. Link to be provided by group leader prior to the start of each group.

Led by: Ilana Licht, PhD

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Date: Thursdays

Time: 3:00-4:00PM

Location: via Zoom HIPAA. Link to be provided by group leader prior to the start of each group.

Led by: Cong Zhang, PhD

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: via Zoom HIPAA. Link to be provided by group leader prior to the start of each group.

Led by: Aileen Lee, PsyD

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: 4:30-5:30PM

Location: via Zoom HIPAA. Link to be provided by group leader prior to the start of each group.

Led by: Ilana Licht, PhD