What to Expect Our Groups Group Survey Group Schedule Group Therapy Rooms Each semester we offer a variety of group therapy sessions. Additionally, we offer informal outreach group sessions that will be posted on the UAH CC calendar. In these group sessions, participants explore: How to change their thoughts, feelings, and/or behaviors to feel better about themselves and cope more effectively with life. How to better understand themselves and how they relate to others, as well as Developing skills for dealing with specific problems. What to expect in your pre-group meeting with counselors: It is important to meet with the group leaders prior to starting any counseling group. It is equally important that you are placed in a group that is suitable for you and your needs. In this meeting the leaders will discuss what to expect from group therapy in more detail and answer any questions that you might have. What to expect from group counseling: Group counseling can provide a supportive and challenging environment where members can discuss their concerns with peers and professionals. Over time, students begin to care about and trust one another in the group environment. Under the facilitation of the group counselors, the group is able to give support, offer alternatives, or gently confront the person in such a way that the group member gains 1.) a new understanding of the issues that brought them to counseling; and 2.) a new experience in relationship with other group members. This allows members to find the assurance and confidence it takes to try new things outside the group environment. Spring 2022 Groups Coping Skills for Emotional Management Workshop Psychoeducational workshop focused on developing Coping Skills for Emotional Management in a free 10 week group where students can learn practical exercises for learning mindfulness, interpersonal relationship skills, emotional regulation and distress tolerance. We will be following a curriculum and a free electronic workbook (pdf) will be provided for each group member. We will review one chapter per week and homework will be assigned to help group members learn how to effectively utilize the coping skills we will be learning each week. Group members will be asked to commit to 10 weekly group sessions. Space is limited. Please email the UAH Counseling Center at email@example.com for availability. Trans+ An interpersonal support group for individuals that identify as transgender, agender, gender fluid, genderqueer, nonbinary, or other gender noncomforming identity. This is a closed, confidential group. If you are interested in joining, please email the Counseling Center at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. The Black Experience The Black Experience is a safe space for black-identifying students of all gender identities to respectfully listen to each other, share thoughts, feelings, provide validation, and offer encouragement to fellow black students at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. We will focus on topics such as relationships, spirituality, mental health, sexuality, societal issues, etc. which will further encourage the fostering of unique conversations relating to vulnerability, identity formation, relationships, and values. The Black Experience will create an environment of unity and cooperation among its members. Under The Umbrella Under the Umbrella is a bi-weekly social skills group that will help students improve, engage, and create interpersonal relationships. The group fosters student educational, career, social and independent living skills through creative and flexible approaches and interactions. The group is meant to increase independence and decrease dependence on familial and coaching support over the course of the student's educational career. Interested in joining a group but not sure which one is the right one for you? Take this short survey to find out: Group Survey **At this time this survey is down for it to be updated. Check back soon for the updated version.** See the Group Schedule Please check the event calendar for updated group times or changes. Group Therapy Rooms Group Area The group area is a warm, comfortable, and inviting space for clients. The UAH CC Staff strive to offer a supportive and healing sanctuary for those responding to the call of personal growth. Group counseling provides students with the opportunity to connect with others in a safe, confidential and supportive space. Groups allow students to share their experiences with others who can understand and relate to their concerns, connect across differences, learn new perspectives, and experiment with new ideas, behaviors, and ways of being or interacting. The Studio The Studio is a great space to explore your creative side. We offer open studio times and counselor-lead art therapy sessions during the semester. You don't need to be a skilled artist to experience the benefits of being creative. Use this space to explore your emotions and experiences through the activities in the room. Being creative reduces stress, improves problem-solving abilities, and helps you gain insight. Wellness Space The Wellness Space is a tranquil environment where UAH students, faculty, and staff can participate in a variety of self-guided relaxation, stress management, and performance-enhancing activities. Relaxation is an important part of taking good care of yourself. Whether you want to learn relaxation techniques or use the massage chair, the wellness space is a great place to unwind. Seminar Room The UAH Counseling Center's Seminar room is a multi-purpose space that can be used to host to meetings, workshops, group therapy, discussions, lectures, and reflection activities. The staff utilize this area for training that is offered to staff, faculty, and students throughout the year. In addition, some of the groups offered during the semester utilize this space. It is a warm, but functional space that can enhance the training experience.