GROUP PROGRAMS - Spring 2017

Each semester the University Counseling Service (UCS) offers a number of groups. The groups are open to University of Iowa students, and the enrollment is free and can be made directly through the UCS at (319) 335-7294, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Confidentiality in group counseling is strictly respected. At this time, the majority of groups are held at the UCS. You may view our "Group Scoop” page which describes what it might be like to participate in group counseling or psychotherapy.

Therapy and Process Groups

-Requires an individual pre-group meeting (please contact the UCS for an appointment).
-Requires commitment (will be discussed in pre-group meeting).

Three Week Brief Skills Based Groups

-Clients can be referred to a group after doing an initial consultation with UCS staff.
-Current and ongoing clients can be referred to a group by their current counselor. 

Psycho-Education and Support Groups

- Commitment to regular attendance is encouraged. 
- Please contact the group leader(s) for more information about joining.


Therapy and Process Groups

ACT on Life                                                                                                                                                   

This is a 10-week program based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), an approach that teaches emotional and behavioral skills for living more effectively with life’s ups and downs.  This group can be especially helpful for individuals that are struggling with unpleasant thoughts and emotions often associated with depression and anxiety.  In this group we will:

• Learn how our thought process works and how to be less bound to unhelpful thinking. 

• Learn how to respond effectively to our emotions, without being disconnected from them or entangled with them.

• Learn how to recognize and let go of ineffective patterns of behavior, and to develop more effective behavior. 

• Explore our life values and learn how to live more congruently with those values to experience greater meaning in life.

• Support each other as we learn these skills and work towards living a more meaningful life with less struggle.

 

Group 1

Friday 10:00 - 11:30 am (Full & Closed)
Lanaya Ethington, Ph.D. & Erica Behrens, M.S.

Group 2

Date & Time: TBD
Jeremy Kinser, Ph.D.


Myself & My Body                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

The Myself and My Body therapy group is designed to provide a safe and supportive space for individuals who are recovering from eating disorders, disordered eating, and/or body dissatisfaction. In this group we will:

  • Learn how to improve our relationships with our bodies, food, and/or exercise.
  • Identify our disordered eating cycle and learn ways to disrupt the pattern.
  • Explore the ways our emotional experiences are related to our eating and body concerns.
  • Support each other as we work towards recovery.

 

Wednesday 4:00 - 5:20 pm (Full & Closed)
Kelly Clougher, Ph.D. & Adam Hinshaw, M.A.


General Therapy Group                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Open to graduate and undergraduate students of all genders, general therapy groups tend to focus on relationships, intimacy, boundaries, self-awareness and other components of interpersonal process. These groups are designed to help members learn to deal with a variety of concerns including feelings of depression and anxiety, relationship issues, and other personal and academic concerns.

Group 1
Wednesday 1:30 - 2:50 pm 
Barry Schreier, Ph.D. & Erica Behrens, M.S.


Group 2
Tuesday 3:30 - 4:50 pm (Full & Closed)
Kathleen Staley, Ph.D. & Meaghan Rowe-Johnson


Group 3
Wednesday 3:30 - 4:50 pm (Full & Closed)
Paula Keeton, Ph.D. & LaNeisha Waller


Group 4
Thursday 12:30 - 1:50 pm (Full & Closed)
Jeremy Kinser, Ph.D.


Group 5
Monday 9:50 - 11:10 am (Full & Closed)
Simone Young, Ph.D. & Sam Lustgarten


Group 6 
Friday 1:30 - 2:50 pm (Full & Closed)
Darrel Kirby, LISW


Group 7 (Professional/Graduate Students only)
Wednesday 3:00 - 4:20 pm (Full & Closed)
Maria Bruno, Psy.D. & Mercedes Santana, M.Ed.


Group 8 (Professional/Graduate Students only)
Monday 4:30 - 5:50 pm
Audrey Bahrick, Ph.D. & Kyle Votroubek, LISW


Group 9 (eligibility: students living in University Housing)
Tuesday 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Patrick Galligan, Ph.D.

Group 10
Friday 1:00 - 2:20 pm (Full & Closed)
Jeremy Kinser, Ph.D.


Group 11
Friday 10:00 - 11:20 am (Full & Closed)
Julie Corkery, Ph.D.


Group 12  
Thursday 3:00 - 4:20 pm (Full & Closed)
Scott Liu, Ph.D.

Group 13 (Full & Closed)
Friday 2:40 - 4:00 pm
Scott Liu, Ph.D.


Men's Group                                                                                                                                                                                                                

In this group, members have the opportunity to form close relationships with each other, to realize that they are not alone with their problems, issues, and concerns; and to discover that others also struggle with not being able to get in touch with their feelings, or to identify and know that they are, in fact, anxious or depressed, or full of anger or sadness.  Do you relate to or identify with this?  If so, come to find out if this group is right for you. This group is open to trans-men and cis-men. 

 

Group 1
Tuesday 3:30 - 4:50 pm  (Full & Closed)
Scott Liu, Ph.D. & Adam Hinshaw, M.A.


Group 2
Monday 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm (Full & Closed)

Scott Liu, Ph.D.


Social Skills 101 for Pervasive Developmental Disorders                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Students in the Social Skills 101 Therapy Group will work on developing social skills that focus on the basic fundamentals of human interaction.  Students will:

  • Learn to recognize interpersonal cues
  • Explore ways to manage emotions in interpersonal situations
  • Consider  how body language impacts relationships
  • Find ways to initiate conversations
  • Explore ways to establish relationships
  • Learn avenues for maintaining relationships

Students with Asperger’s Disorder, high functioning Autistic Disorders, or other Pervasive Developmental Disorders are welcome in this group.  Please contact Dr. Staley for a group screening meeting if interested. 

 

Thursday 4:00 - 4:50 pm
Kathleen Staley, Ph.D.


Women's Therapy Group                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Do you:

  • Want to learn better relationship skills?
  • Want to deal with low self-esteem or low self-confidence?
  • Recover from trauma in your life?
  • Want better assertiveness skills?
  • Have perfectionist concerns that are interfering with your happiness in life?
  • Struggle with depression and/or anxiety?
  • Want to share your struggles, hopes, and goals in a supportive environment? 

Come join the Women’s Therapy Group! This group is open to trans-women and cis-women. 

 

Thursday 2:00 - 3:20 pm (Full & Closed)
Kelly Clougher, Ph.D. & Sam Brown


Three Week Brief Skills Based Groups

RIO (Recognition/Insight/Openness)                                                                                                 

RIO is a three-week skills-based group series designed to help students learn quick and useful tools and develop a clearer sense of what they would like to change in their lives.  RIO is a curriculum-driven series with structure and specific learning objectives, with each group building on material from the preceding one(s).  Participation is strongly encouraged but personal disclosure is not required. The groups were designed to respect students’ individual privacy while still providing ample space to begin building skills through experiential learning opportunities. All participants will receive a workbook to accompany exercises within the groups.  

 

Group 1: 2/7, 2/14, 2/21 (Tuesdays) 12:00 – 1:00 pm led by Lanaya Ethington, Ph.D.

Group 2: 2/21, 2/28, 3/7 (Tuesdays) 11:00 – 12:00 pm led by Kyle Votroubek, LISW

Group 3: 3/21, 3/28, 4/4 (Tuesdays) 11:00 am – 12:00 pm led by Lanaya Ethington, Ph.D.

Group 4: 4/18, 4/25, 5/2 (Tuesdays) 2:00 – 3:00 pm led by Kyle Votroubek, LISW

 


Anxiety Toolbox (AT)                                                                                                 

Anxiety toolbox is a three-week skills-based group series designed to help students learn to better manage their anxiety.  The most common presenting concern we see at the UCS is anxiety, and this group is dedicated to helping students learn specific skills to actively address their anxiety.  This is a curriculum-driven series with structure and specific learning objectives, which each group building on material from the preceding one(s).  Participation is strongly encouraged but personal disclosure is not required. The groups were designed to respect students’ individual privacy while still providing ample space to begin building skills through experiential learning opportunities. All participants will receive a workbook to accompany exercises within the groups.  

Group 1:  1/30, 2/6, 2/13 (Mondays) 11:30 am – 12:30 pm led by Kyle Votroubek, LISW

Group 2:  2/23, 3/2, 3/9 (Thursdays) 2:00 – 3:00 pm led by Lanaya Ethington, Ph.D.

Group 3:  3/31, 4/7, 4/14 (Fridays) 3:00 – 4:00 pm led by Kyle Votroubek, LISW

Group 4:  4/12, 4/19, 4/26 (Wednesdays) 1:00 – 2:00 pm led by Lanaya Ethington, Ph.D. 


Psycho-Education and Support Groups

 Graduate Student Support Group 

The goals of the group include:  establishing a supportive community, learning coping strategies for success, and sharing your struggles and supporting others in their individual challenges. Examples of issues to be discussed and processed are:

  • Creating balance between school, personal, and work demands
  • Dealing with advisors and committees
  • Discovering meaning and direction
  • Managing relationships with others
  • Finding and maintaining motivation & momentum
  • Approaching milestones in grad school (e.g., comps, thesis, dissertation)
  • Dealing with time management, perfectionism, procrastination

Thursday Noon - 1:00 pm (Canceled) 
Kathleen Staley, Ph.D. & Cindy Kim


Collective Identities Support Group                                       

Collective identities refers to individuals who may not feel completely welcome or included due to identifying with an underrepresented population on a predominately white campus.

This is a free monthly informal group to share about challenges and victories navigating college.

LNACC
Friday February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Maria Bruno, Psy.D. & Mercedes Santana, M.Ed.


Success, Not Excess                                                   

The Success, Not Excess support group is designed to provide a safe and supportive space for students who are wanting to make or are considering changes in alcohol or other drug use. The group emphasizes success in academics, relationships, mental and physical health, and other meaningful goals  through abstaining or reducing  alcohol and other drug use. The group operates from a “no pressure” approach by encouraging the discussion of shared experiences and achieving success on your college campus by removing the barriers created by substance use.

Is this group right for you?

The best way to know is to check it out, but answering yes to the following questions might indicate benefit from the group:

Is my use interfering with my academic performance? my work performance?  my relationships?

Do I drink/use for a “pick me up”? out of boredom? because I’m stressed out? to fit in with others?

Do I ever regret my actions after using? black-out and not remember my actions? get into fights after drinking/using? get angry or embarrassed when others bring up my drinking/using?

In this group we will:

  • Learn alternative paths to having fun, socializing, and coping with stress outside of substance use.
  • Identify the problems created by drinking/using and establish skills to avoid or prevent those problems.
  • Explore the connection between our emotional experiences and our substance use.
  • Support each other as we work towards reducing the harmful outcomes  of excessive alcohol and other drug use and celebrate the successes that follow making changes .

 Important notice: this is not a treatment group and will not satisfy legal or other disciplinary mandates. It is open to UI students who already have started or are wanting to make changes in their alcohol or other drug use. This is a “drop-in” group with no attendance requirements. We ask that students not attend the group under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. 

Thursday 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Darrel Kirby, LISW, CADC & Rachel Liddle, MPH, CHES, tCADC


 You may view our "Group Scoop” page which describes what it might be like to participate in group counseling or psychotherapy.

Note:
For general questions regarding the University Counseling Service groups program, please contact the group coordinator, Dr. Scott Liu, at (319)335-7294 or scott-liu@uiowa.edu for more information.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events.  If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate, please contact the University Counseling Service at (319) 335-7294 to discuss your needs.

Updated: 3/8/2017

 

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