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.

How to join 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.

 

Spring 2023 Groups

Groups begin the week of January 30, 2023 and run weekly through May 3, 2023, unless otherwise noted.

Asian Students Support Group:

This support group is designed to create a safe space for students identifying as Asian, Asian American, Biracial and/or Pacific Islander to discuss their experiences related to their ethnic and racial identities. Topics may include ways to de-stigmatize mental health, identity, anti-Asian hate crimes, and validation of each other’s experiences. Mindfulness skills will be incorporated to help cope with and manage the daily stressors and emotions.

Date: Fridays, meets every other week beginning Feb 10, 2023.

Time: 2:00-3:00PM

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

Led by: Aileen Lee, PsyD

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: Wednesdays, meets every other week beginning Feb 1, 2023

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

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: Thursdays

Time: 3:00-4:00PM

Location: 881 Commonwealth Avenue, SHS Lower Level, BM Group Rooms A & B.

Led by: Ilana Licht, PhD

Chronic Conditions Support Group:

This group is a safe, confidential, inviting space for students with chronic medical conditions and disabilities to connect, learn from each other and share strategies for navigating university life.  The condition may be visible/invisible and students at any stage of their illness/condition (i.e. trying to determine a diagnosis, newly diagnosed, in an active flare-up, in remission, etc.) are welcome to attend.  Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, processing isolation, ableism, view of yourself in relation to the condition, grief, relationships with others and exchanging resources.

Date: Wednesdays, meets every other week beginning Feb 8, 2023

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

First Generation Students Support Group:

This group offers a safe and supportive space for students who identify as first generation in their families to attend college.  Topics discussed may include navigating unfamiliar situations, balancing academics with social life, managing responsibilities and finances, and processing feelings, such as excitement, guilt, shame, confusion and pride.  The group emphasizes building community supports and sharing resources.

Date: Tuesdays, meets every other week beginning Jan 31, 2023

Time: 5:00-6:00PM

Location: 755 Commonwealth Avenue, Newbury Center, Suite B18.

Led by: Rashidat Agboola, LCSW

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, ongoing

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

Grief Group:

This group is designed for students who have recently experienced the death of a loved one. Members are invited to share their experiences of grief.  In doing so, students will have the opportunity to be supported by other students who have experienced similar losses.

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: Tuesdays

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

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, beginning February 6, 2023

Time: 5:00-6:00PM

Location: 881 Commonwealth Avenue, SHS Lower Level, BM Group Rooms A & B.

Led by: Aileen Lee, PsyD

OCD Support Group:

This group is for students struggling with OCD, obsessions and/or compulsions.  The group will focus on providing psychoeducation, building skills and creating a safe space for students to share strategies in navigating college and life with OCD-related challenges.  Topics of discussion will include ways to manage intrusive thoughts, an introduction to Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and ways to address body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs), such as skin-picking and hair-pulling.  Students are encouraged to practice these skills and apply them between group sessions.

Date: Thursdays

Time: 4:00-5:00PM

Location: 881 Commonwealth Avenue, SHS Lower Level, BM Group Rooms A & B.

Led by: Anna Been, MA

Sharpen Your Focus:

Do you struggle with concentration issues?  Maintaining focus with so many distractions as a student can be challenging.  This skills-based group is designed for undergraduate and graduate students who want to learn strategies and address behaviors to improve attention, productivity, organization, time management and self-care.  This group is open to all students regardless of having been diagnosed with an attentional disorder. Students are encouraged to practice and apply these skills between group sessions.

Date: Thursdays

Time: 5:00-6:00PM

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

Led by: Cong Zhang, PhD

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: Tuesdays

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

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