Support Groups

Spring 2018

Wellness Groups

Academic Confidence

This group is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to feel calmer and more confident in their academic performance. Topics include stress-management, planning and procrastination, managing test and work anxiety, problem-solving, and enhancing overall functioning through shifting perspective. Additionally, students and their peers will have an opportunity to connect on these topics and provide support and guidance towards one another. This group is drop-in, but prior connection to leader is appreciated.

Time: Thursdays 11am Start date: 1/18

Location: BCC group room 1

Group Leader: Rachael Pucillo, LMHC rpucillo@brandeis.edu

Mindfulness in Daily Life

In this group we will be learning and practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness involves bringing full attention to what is happening in the present moment with openness, curiosity and acceptance. Each group will begin with a guided meditation, followed by an open discussion about applying mindfulness to issues in daily life such as difficult emotions, relationships, time management, problematic habits, social media use, multitasking, and so on. Mindfulness is not a quick fix to problems; the practice cultivates a different way of relating to experience. When we operate on autopilot we often unwittingly contribute to our stress. Regular mindfulness practice can help us break out of autopilot, see situations with clarity, and to respond with greater wisdom. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. This group is a drop-in, walk-ins welcome.

Time: Tuesdays 9am Start date: 1/16

Location: BCC group room 1

Group Leaders: Laura Horn, PsyD lhorn@brandeis.edu and Amy Scobie-Carroll, LICSW ascobiecarroll@brandeis.edu

Coping with Stress: Animal-Assisted Group

This group is an opportunity for students to interact with a therapy dog-in-training., and to process feelings with the therapist in the presence of unconditional canine love.  The purpose of the group is to provide comfort and the unconditional listening ear of a golden retriever, to those in need of animal-assisted therapy.  This would be beneficial to any student with homesickness, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, and to any student who may find that coping throughout the semester would be helped by a session of un-stressing with a dog present. This group is a drop-in; walk-ins welcome.

Time:  Thursday 6-6:50pm

Dates:  March 1, 8, 22, 29 - April 12, 19, 26 - May 3rd

Location: BCC group room 2

Please Contact:  Ellie Schmidt, MA at ellieschmidt@brandeis.edu

Support Groups

Graduate Student Group

This group is a confidential and supportive space for graduate students to talk about experiences and stressors that are unique to being a graduate student. Pursuing a graduate degree can be a stressful and demanding endeavor. This group aims to reduce isolation and boost peer support for graduate students at any stage of their study. Topics may include (but are not limited to): self-care, professional/personal identity, impact on relationships and self-esteem, feeling unproductive or stuck. If interested, please contact group leader directly for a pre-group screening.

Time: Thursdays at 2pm

Location: BCC group room 1

Group Leader: Inna Goldberg, LICSW at ingol@brandeis.edu

Senior Group

This group is designed for graduating seniors who are facing the challenges of transition and “what’s next”. This 5 week group will focus on a variety of topics relevant to graduating seniors designed to aide a more successful and positive transition out of college. If interested, please contact group leader for more information.

Time: Fridays 1pm

Location: BCC group room 1

Group Leader: Aaron Kaplan, PsyD at aekaplan@brandeis.edu

Returning from Leave

This group is intended for students returning from a leave of absence from school.  The group will provide support around transition back to Brandeis and will provide the opportunity for group members to both support each other as well as invite staff from the Brandeis community in when needed to answer questions and provide further support. If interested, contact group leader for more information.

Time: Wednesday 2pm

Location: BCC group room 1

Group Leader: Amy Krentzman, LICSW akrentzman@brandeis.edu

Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Trauma

This group offers a safe and confidential space for those who have experienced sexual assault and/or unwanted sexual activity. Through a combination of discussion, experiential exercises, and therapeutic activities, group members will connect with others, explore and learn more about the impact of sexual trauma, and develop strategies for self-care and coping. If interested, please contact group leader(s) for a brief pre-group screening.

Time: Fridays at 11am

Location: BCC group room II

Group leader: Annkatrine Gates, PsyD  annkatrine@brandeis.edu


Trauma Sensitive Yoga

If you have experienced a trauma, be it physical, psychological, or sexual, whether it was a single event or happened over a period of time, you may carry an imprint in your body.   Trauma Sensitive Yoga is a gentle, supportive, non-judgmental movement and breathing practice that allows participants to have a safe, present-moment experience, reducing tension and stress.  No Yoga experience is required and people of all abilities are invited.  This yoga class will be led by Angelica Emery-Fertitta, a Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga instructor www.traumasensitiveyoga.com.  Trish Glover, Trauma Therapist from the BCC will be present and available for support and questions as needed. If interested, please contact group facilitator for a brief pre-group screening.

Time: Feb. 27, March 6, 13, 27 and April 10,17 & 24 6-7pm

Location: TBD

Group facilitator: Rachael Pucillo, LMHC rpucillo@brandeis.edu

Yoga instructor:  Angelica Emery-Fertitta

Good Grief, Bereavement Support

This is a support group for undergraduate and graduate students who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Anyone who has experienced a recent loss or one earlier in life is welcome. The group is intended to help break the isolation of grief and provide meaningful tools for coping.  If interested, please contact group leader for more information.

Time: Mondays 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Location: BCC office 110-106

Group Leader: Amy Engel, LICSW at aengel1@brandeis.edu

Men’s Psychotherapy Group

This all-male group provides a confidential space to focus on the common challenges that men face. Students can explore and work through tough questions about their own psychology, self-identity, and interpersonal relationships.

Through supportive group interactions, giving and receiving feedback while working through personal questions and issues, members will work towards gaining mastery over many difficult areas of their lives. The group aims to support members in developing new interpersonal relationship skills, social-effectiveness, self-confidence and greater self-awareness.

Time: Mondays 2pm.

Location: BCC group room 1

Group leader: Aaron Kaplan, PsyD aekaplan@brandeis.edu

Women’s Psychotherapy Group

The Women’s Psychotherapy Group is for female undergraduate students interested in personal self-growth, increasing feelings of self-esteem, and developing interpersonal skills.  This group provides a safe space to address and navigate issues frequently encountered by women in college. Through supportive group interactions, giving and receiving feedback while working through personal questions and issues, members will work towards gaining mastery over many difficult areas of their lives.

Time: Fridays at 2pm.This group is currently FULL. If interested, please contact group leader to be placed on a waitlist for future sessions.

Location: BCC group room 1

Group Leaders: Aubrey Morrissey, MA amorrissey@brandeis.edu & Julia Loewenthal, BS jloewenthal@brandeis.edu

Therapy Groups

CBT for Your College Life

This workshop will address the stress and anxieties of college life utilizing cognitive behavioral approach. Members will identified 1-3 goals they would like to address during the semester and learn CBT skills they can practice during day-to-day experiences. If interested, please contact group leader for more information.

Time:  Mondays at 3:55 pm for an hour Start date: 1/29

Location: BCC Group room 1

Group Leader: Tal Nir, PhD tnir@brandeis.edu

CBT for Your College Life II

This workshop will address the stress and anxieties of college life utilizing cognitive behavioral approach. Members will identify at least one goal they would like to address during the semester, and learn CBT skills they can practice during day-to-day experiences. If interested, please contact group leader for more information.

Time: Wednesdays 11

Series I: 1/17-3/7

Series II:  3/14-5/9

Location: BCC group room 2

Group Leader: Rachael Pucillo, LMHC rpucillo@brandeis.edu

Social Anxiety Group

This group is geared toward students who have trouble in social situations and are looking for a safe and comfortable place to discuss the challenges of social relationships. Potential group members may be looking to improve their social skills and/or decrease their social anxiety. They will learn specific social skills, explore various socially-related themes, and have an opportunity to interact with peers in a group setting. If interested, please contact group leader for a brief pre-group screening. This group is currently Full.

Time: Fridays at 1PM

Location: BCC group room 1

Group Leader: Annkatrine Gates, PsyD annkatrine@brandeis.edu

Eating Disorder Recovery Group

This group is for students who are active in their recovery from an eating disorder. This group is available to students seeking peer support and guidance around navigating the process of ED recovery in the college atmosphere. Topics will center around healing one’s relationship to food, discussing body image, promoting empowerment, and encouraging exposure. Format will be primarily process oriented and will be based on group needs and individual student desires. The goal of this group is to provide a specific, safe, and nonjudgmental space to discuss the challenges and successes of the recovery process. If interested, please contact group leader for a pre-group screening.

Time: Monday 4pm starts Mon 1/22

Location: BCC group room 2

Group leader: Rachael Pucillo, LMHC rpucillo@brandeis.edu

Can’t Stop? Won’t Stop?

Can’t stop procrastinating? Can’t stick with a wellness routine? Can’t end an unhealthy relationship? Can’t stop using risky coping skills like self-harm, alcohol, or drug use? Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop is a group designed for students to understand, create, and ignite healthy motivation. In this 5 week series, students will explore topics including decision making, value clarification, plan development and implementation, and strategies to maintain desired behaviors. Students will be invited to support each other through peer discussion as well as participate in psychoeducation based material. If interested, please contact group leader for a brief pre-group screening.

Time: Fridays at 11am

Series I: 1/26-3/2

Series II: 3/9-4/27

Location: BCC Group Room 1

Group Leader: Carrie Eichmann, LICSW ceichmann@brandeis.edu

Community Group

SWAWN--Spoken Words and Wellness Noise:

SWAWN is an acronym for Spoken Words and Wellness Noise. The use of rap lyrics and spoken words helps you to change your way of thinking, feeling and behaving. If we can manage those, we can achieve our goals and gain success in life. SWAWN is a culturally sensitive therapy group that considers the social, political, spiritual and emotional context in which individuals’ lives are embedded. Group participants will use spoken words (i.e., rap, poetry and personal life narratives) to connect with their inner selves while giving voice to silence. SWAWN requires no writing classes, no formal training, and no prior experience. All you need to get started is a pen, some paper and a beat (if needed).This group will provide a safe and non-judgmental place to explore issues related to anger, shame, guilt, depression, isolation, anxiety, feelings of invisibility, marginalization, feeling misunderstood and disconnected from yourself and others. This is an open group; walk-ins are welcome.

Time: Thursdays at 5pm

Place: BCC group room 1

Group leaders: Dr. Martin Pierre at mapierre01@brandeis.edu or Dr. Dennis Tyrell at dtyrell@brandeis.edu

Interpersonal Groups

Ourselves and Others

This group provides a confidential space for students to discuss, reflect, and receive feedback on the interpersonal dynamics present in their relationships with others. This group will help students increase their understanding of their own interpersonal style and how people impact one another, and aims to increase confidence, decrease anxiety in social situations, facilitate connectedness, and foster a sense of community. Students will work towards feeling empowered to explore new ways of relating both within the group and within their personal lives. If interested, please contact group leader for a brief pre-group screening.

Time: Tuesdays at 4pm

Location: BCC group room 1

Group leader: Aaron Kaplan, PsyD at aekaplan@brandeis.edu

Breakup to Breakthrough: Break-Up Processing Group

This will be a processing group for students who have experienced a recent or past break-up and need a safe space to process their experience. This group will allow the student to learn about him/herself and to have the opportunity to learn from others. Various topics will be discussed such as coping, intimacy, supports, boundaries (emotional/physical), assertiveness, dependency, and other relevant topics. This group is open to all genders and all sexual orientations. If interested, please contact group leader for more information.

Time:  Thursdays from 11am-12pm

Location: BCC group room 1

Group Leader: Vanessa Mena-Gibson, LCSW at vmenagibson@brandeis.edu