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.

Learn more about group therapy.

 

Fall 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, we recognize the impact it has on AAPI students. This group provides a safe space for all students who identify as AAPI to process their experiences, thoughts and feelings. Students will also learn coping/grounding skills to help manage overwhelming moments.

Date: Fridays

Time: 1:30-2:30PM

Location: via Zoom HIPAA. Meeting details will be sent via Patient Connect the night before.

Led by: Aileen Lee, PsyD

Back to BU: Adjusting to Campus Life:

Worried about transitioning back to BU after living in the pandemic bubble?  Anxious about moving towards a new normal? Returning to campus may come with a mix of emotions. All Terriers are welcome to join this group, which will provide a safe place to discuss the joys and process the worries of being back on campus.  In addition, students are encouraged to share coping strategies for managing stress and navigating social anxiety during this transition.

Date: Thursdays

Time: 3:00-4:00PM

Location: via Zoom HIPAA. Meeting details will be sent via Patient Connect the night before.

Led by: Ilana Licht, 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: Mondays

Time: 4:00-5:00PM

Location: via Zoom HIPAA. Meeting details will be sent via Patient Connect the night before.

Led by: Toni Monfort, LMHC

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: Tuesdays

Time: 3:00-4:00PM

Location: via Zoom HIPAA. Meeting details will be sent via Patient Connect the night before.

Led by: Ilana Licht, PhD

Building a Stronger You:

This group is for students who want to develop more effective ways of coping with painful and strong feelings. Participants will learn and practice dialectical behavioral therapy skills related to distress tolerance and emotion regulation. While students 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: 6:00-7:00PM

Location: via Zoom HIPAA. Meeting details will be sent via Patient Connect the night before.

Led by: Kaitlin Spitz, LMHC

Graduate Students Support Group:

Graduate students often struggle to have a space where they can authentically share their feelings and concerns about life as graduate student. This support group is designed to provide a confidential place 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. Meeting details will be sent via Patient Connect the night before.

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: 2:30-3:30PM

Location: via Zoom HIPAA. Meeting details will be sent via Patient Connect the night before.

Led by: Nate Pardue, 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: Wednesdays

Time: 5:00-6:00PM

Location: via Zoom HIPAA. Meeting details will be sent via Patient Connect the night before.

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, to help reduce anxiety. 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. Meeting details will be sent via Patient Connect the night before.

Led by: Ilana Licht, PhD

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Date: Thursdays

Time: 4:00-5:00PM

Location: via Zoom HIPAA. Meeting details will be sent via Patient Connect the night before.

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 helps reduce stress, increase mental and physical wellness, and improve your ability to make decisions guided by your 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. Meeting details will be sent via Patient connect the night before.

Led by: Aileen Lee, PsyD

Sleep Solutions:

Sleep is vital to your success as a student!  Do you struggle to fall asleep at night?  Or wake up feeling unrested?  This group is a supportive place to discuss your sleep struggles and learn effective, research-based strategies in helping you obtain better sleep to improve your well-being. Students are encouraged to practice these skills between group sessions.

Date: Wednesdays

Time: 3:30-4:30PM

Location: via Zoom HIPAA. Meeting details will be sent via Patient connect the night before.

Led by: Ilana Licht, PhD

Student Athletes Support Group:

Student athletes often struggle to balance being a student and actively participating in their sport.  This support group is a safe, confidential place to discuss the joys and challenges of being a student athlete.  Topics discussed in this group might include navigating team dynamics/relationships, managing your own and others’ expectations, self-care and identity.

Date: Tuesdays

Time: 5:00-6:00PM

Location: via Zoom HIPAA. Meeting details will be sent via Patient connect the night before.

Led by: Toni Monfort, LMHC

 

 

For groups related to trauma, including sexual violence, please see the group offerings at SARP.