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EKUCC Therapy and Support Groups

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What is Group?
EKUCC offers group therapy, drop-in support groups, and drop-in mental health and wellness groups. In all types of groups, approximatey 8-10 students with similar issues, interests and/or experiences meet WEEKLY at a specific time and location. CURRENTLY ALL GROUPS ARE OFFERED THROUGH A SECURE VIDEO PLATFORM

How are groups helpful?
Therapy and support groups are frequently more effective, and preferred, over individual therapy as they are tailored to help students with certain concerns or experiences. In group, students often feel connected and not alone. There is something empowering and validating when you are in a room with others who can relate to your concerns and experiences-they "get it". What former EKUCC group members had to say about their group experience:

"The sense of inclusion within the group made me fell like I was normal and that a lot of people go through the same things."

"It taught me how to better express and better control my emotions."

"Hearing others' stories inspired me and encouraged me to continue my own personal journey."

"This group helped me not only accept myself more but others as well."

VIRTUAL GROUPS! EKUCC will continue to offer drop-in support groups and therapy groups via telemental health services to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

"Drop-in" Support groups provide an affirming and safe space for students who have similar life experiences or shared identities. Members find group is space to feel validated, understood, and encouraged. Some examples: being a first generation college student, living life as a student with a health disability, being an international student, being an LGBTQ+ student, being a student of color, etc. These support groups meet the same time and day every week for 1 hour and are facilitated by a EKUCC licensed clinician. Attend all or as many as fits your schedule. 

EKUCC Support Groups: all support groups are led by licensed EKUCC mental health clinicians

Ready & Able: Support Group for Students with Health Conditions or Disabilities Ready & Able is an affirming weekly support group for students who are navigating college life with health conditions and/or medical disabilities. This is a weekly virtual support group provided by the EKU Counseling Center and hosted through a secure video platform. Please contact Michalle Rice at Michalle.Rice@eku.edu or call (859)622-1303 for more information.

MONDAYS, 11:30AM-12:30PM. TO ATTEND A GROUP: email Michalle.Rice@eku.edu 15 minutes prior to group to receive group zoom link.

Pathfinders: A Support Group for First Generation College Students Pathfinders is an affirming weekly support group for students who are first generation college students. At EKU, a student is considered "first gen" if they are the first in their family to attend a four-year university or if neither of their parents/guardians have completed a bachelor’s degree. Some first gen students may have older siblings who have attended college. This virtual group is provided by the EKU Counseling Center and is hosted through a secure video platform. Please contact Dr. Brett Smith at Brett.Smith@eku.edu or call (859)622-1303 for more information. 

TUESDAYS 11AM-12PM. TO ATTEND A GROUP: email Brett.Smith@eku.edu 15 minutes prior to group start time to receive group zoom link.

Color Coded: A Support Group for Students of Color Color Coded is a weekly discussion-based support group for students of color to share and support personal experiences with other EKU students of color. This virtual group is provided by the EKU Counseling Center and is hosted through a secure video platform. Please contact Melissa Cozart at Melissa.Cozart@eku.edu or call (859)622-1303 for more information.

TUESDAYS 2-3PM. TO ATTEND A GROUP: email Melissa.Cozart@eku.edu 15 minutes prior to group start time to receive group zoom link.

Beyond Labels: Support Group for LGBTQ* Students Beyond Labels is an affirming support group for students who have and/or are questioning having LGBTQ* identities. This is weekly virtual support group provided by the EKU Counseling Center and hosted through a secure video platform. Please contact Melissa Bartsch at Melissa.Bartsch@eku.edu or (859)622-1303 for more information.

TUESDAYS 3:30-4:30PM. TO ATTEND A GROUP: email Melissa.Bartsch@eku.edu 15 minutes prior to group start time to receive group zoom link.

Support without Borders: Multicultural and International Student Support Group Support without Borders is an affirming support group for multicultural students and international students. This is a weekly virtual support group provided by the EKU Counseling Center and hosted through a secure video platform. Please contact Andri Yennari at Andri.Yennari@eku.edu or call (859)6221303 for more information.

WEDNESDAYS 3-4PM. TO ATTEND A GROUP: email Andri.Yennari@eku.edu 15 minutes prior to group start time to receive group zoom link.

Group therapy is an opportunity to get help and help others at the same time. Group therapy allows members to gain and provide multiple perspectives, relate to shared experiences, and talk about how these have impacted their lives. The focus in group therapy is increasing self-awareness, identifying and trying out new strategies to cope with the common experiences, and increase comfort in applying these skills outside the group room. These groups meet the same day and time every week for 90 minutes. A referral from an EKUCC clinician for a group orientation is required to join a therapy group. If interested, call the EKUCC at 859-622-1303 and ask to speak with a clinician.

EKUCC Therapy groups: all therapy groups are led by licensed EKUCC mental health clinicians

ADHD: Untapped Brilliance MONDAYS 2:30-4pm. Untapped Brilliance is a group for those living with ADHD. This group is designed to tap into the skills and talents that are a part of living with ADHD and develop strategies to use those gifts in every part of life. Please email Brett Smith at Brett.Smith@eku.edu or call (859) 622-1303 for more information.

Coping with the Death of a Loved One: Grief Group TUESDAYS 2:30PM-4PM. Grief is a normal and natural response to loss. It can also feel overwhelming, lonely, and complicated. Grief Group is safe space to receive support, learn to cope, and to connect with other students who are also adjusting to the death of a friend, family member, or loved one.  This weekly virtual group is provided by the EKU Counseling Center and hosted through a secure video platform. A group orientation is required to join this group. Please email Michalle Rice at Michalle.Rice@eku.edu or call (859)622-1303 for more information.

Cleaning House: A Group for Students Impacted by the Substance Abuse of Others WEDNESDAYS 2:30PM-4PM. This group is for individuals that have been negatively impacted by growing up in an alcoholic, drug addicted or otherwise unpredictable family environment. Topics often discussed include understanding the impact of these family patterns, learning how to recognize and develop healthy relationships, and addressing negative beliefs about oneself. This weekly virtual group is provided by the EKU Counseling Center and hosted through a secure video platform. A group orientation is required to join this group. Please email Kevin Stanley at Kevin.Stanley@eku.edu or call (859)622-1303 for more information.

Start from Now: Addressing Body Image and Disordered Eating THURSDAYS 9:30AM-11AM. Start from Now is a group to support those dealing with body image issues and/or disordered eating patterns through a blend of education and discussion. This is weekly virtual group is provided by the EKU Counseling Center and hosted through a secure video platform. A group orientation is required to join this group. Please contact Melissa Cozart at Melissa.Cozart@eku.edu or call (859)622-1303 for more information.

Integrate to Regulate: Coping Skills for Trauma Survivors THURSDAYS 2:30-4PM. Integrate to Regulate is a group designed to promote healing for trauma survivors. This group incorporates specific, concrete skills combined with expressive arts to support the process of trauma integration. This is a weekly virtual group provided by the EKU Counseling Center and is hosted through a secure video platform. A group orientation is required to join this group. Please email Andri Yennari at Andri.Yennari@eku.edu or call (859)622-1303 for more information.

Understanding Self & Others FRIDAYS 2:30-4PM. Understanding Self & Others is a group that supports participants as they create healthy relationships with others and with themselves. This group promotes authentic interactions as well as learning from others' experiences. In a time of isolation and loneliness, this group can help create a sense of connection and belonging. This is a weekly virtual group provided by the EKU Counseling Center and hosted through a secure video platform. A group orientation is required to join this group. Please email Michalle Rice at Michalle.Rice@eku.edu or call (859)622-1303 for more information.

Leveling Up: Support through D&D Gaming FRIDAYS 2:30-4:30PM. Leveling Up is a group that provides interpersonal support as participants navigate D&D campaigns together. This is a weekly virtual group provided by the EKU Counseling Center and hosted through a secure video platform. A group orientation is required to join this group. Please email Paul Morgan at Paul.Morgan@eku.edu or call (859)622-1303 for more information.

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Published on August 16, 2021

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