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Fall 2016 Groups

General Therapy Group

Mondays 2:30 pm-4:00pm

Leaders: Jodi Thomas, PsyD & Divina Johnston, MS

The General Therapy Group is an interpersonal process style therapy group that focuses on self-awareness and attention to one's interpersonal style. The group is open to graduate and undergraduate UNR students and will cap at 8 members. While the specific focus of each session will be determined by group members' needs, some of the issues addressed may include relationships, communication styles, boundaries, self-awareness, loneliness, trust, identity, and other aspects of interpersonal process.

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Interpersonal Effectivenss Group

Mondays 4:00-6:00pm

Leaders: Jacqueline Pistorello, PhD & Jacquelyn Johnson, PsyD

The DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills group is open to any student who may want to learn how to increase assertiveness, develop and maintain relationships, decrease interpersonal isolation, end destructive relationships, and/or build effective communication skills. This is a structured group that will feel more like a classroom setting, where new skills will be taught weekly and participants will be assigned "homework" to practice the skills. Sessions will include fun role-playing in a safe, non-judgmental setting, and activities to practice during the week to help strengthen newly acquired skills. The group will consist of 5 two-hour weekly sessions. The first group opportunity will run September 12 to October 10, and the second will run October 17 to November 14.

Social Anxiety Group

Tuesdays 12:00-1:30pm

Leaders: Divina Johnston, MS & Shernaaz Webster, PhD

The Social Anxiety Group teaches participants how to better assess and handle stressful situations. Group members will learn to identify the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that lead to anxiety, and learn to change unhelpful patterns that get in the way of friendships, goals, and self-esteem. This will be a closed group with a maximum of eight group members. Interested participants must be scheduled for a 30 minute screening with Divina in Counseling Services.

Mindfulness Group

Tuesdays 2:00-3:00pm

Leaders: Maria Young, MSW & Rachel Willimott, MSW

Body Empowerment Group

Tuesdays 3:00-4:30pm

Leaders: Yue Huang, PhD & Bernadette M. Hinojos, MA

Tired of hating the way you look and struggling to change your physical appearance? YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Please join us in a journey to freedom from weight bias and acceptance of body diversity. In this group, you will learn to lose the weight of body shame, respect and appreciate your body, and nourish and care for yourself. Our body empowerment group is focused on body image and related issues (e.g., weight, shape, muscularity, eating, exercise, etc.) and provided to individuals of all genders and ages. The goal is to help you accept, trust, and feel empowered in your body through experiential activities, group discussion, and peer support. The specific focus and format will be shaped by group members' needs and ongoing feedback. If interested, please contact Yue Huang at 775-682-9258 or yueh@unr.edu or Bernadette M. Hinojos at 775-682-8923 or bhinojos@unr.edu to learn more information or sign up.

ACCEPT, CHOOSE, TAKE ACTION

Wednesdays 1:00-2:30pm

Leaders: Jacqueline Pistorello, PhD & Joseph Walloch, PsyD

Older Students Group

Wednesdays 2:30-4:00pm

Leaders: Jodi Thomas, PsyD & Rachel Willimott, MSW

The Older Students Group is an interpersonal process style therapy group, that focuses on self-awareness and attention to one's interpersonal style. The group is open to anyone age 25 and older, including graduate and undergraduate students and will cap at 8 members. While the specific focus of each session will be determined by group members' needs, some of the issues addressed may include relationships, communication styles, boundaries, self-awareness, identity, intimacy, trust, managing different roles, and other aspects of interpersonal process.

Men's Issues Group

Wednesdays 3:00-4:30pm

Leaders: Joey Walloch, Psy.D. & J.P. Crum, M.A.

This is a process-oriented group for self-identified males and provides opportunities to openly discuss a wide-array of concerns including, but not limited to the following: definitions of masculinity, socialization, physical and mental health concerns (e.g., anxiety, depression, body image dissatisfaction), gender roles, academic concerns, relationship stressors, appropriate expressions of anger, trouble with self-esteem, being controlled (or controlling) in relationships, being alone and loneliness. The group explores here-and-now aspects of developing relationships with each other while examining topics through the lens of masculinities and the various ways to "be a man."

Wednesday Evening Mindfulness Group

Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm

Leader: Casey Kohl, LCSW

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, without judgments. It is an excellent tool for coping with stress, anxiety, depression, or other concerning issues. Please join us for a calming evening of learning tools that can last a lifetime.

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Distress Tolerance and Emotion Regulation Group

Thursdays 2:00-4:00pm

Leaders: Maria Young, MSW & Yue Huang, PhD

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) skills training is focused on enhancing clients' coping abilities by teaching them behavioral skills. It is run like a class where the group leader teaches skills and assigns homework for clients to practice using the skills in their everyday lives. This group is open to any student who would like to build skills in the following areas: Mindfulness- the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment; Distress Tolerance- how to tolerate emotional pain in difficult situations; Emotion Regulation- how to change emotions that you want to change. The group will consist of 5 two-hour weekly sessions- Distress Tolerance: September 15 to October 13; and Emotion Regulation: October 20 to November 17.

ACT (Acceptance and Committment Therapy) Skills Group

Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm

Leader: Rachel Willimott, MSW

Do you feel stuck in your thoughts and emotions? Do you want to improve your life, but don't know how? ACT Skills Group may be just what you need! You will learn skills to manage over-analyzing, self-criticism, doubt, anger, and other difficult thoughts and emotions. You will also clarify what's really important and learn ways to achieve your goals. This group will run for 6 weeks mid-semester and end right before the holidays and finals. The group will include a combination of learning skills, experiential exercises, discussion, and practice outside of group.

Friday Mindfulness Group

Fridays 1:00-2:00pm

Leader: Casey Kohl, LCSW

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, without judgments. It is an excellent tool for coping with stress, anxiety, depression, or other concerning issues. Please join us for a calming evening of learning tools that can last a lifetime.


DISCUSSION GROUPS and WORKSHOPS

We invite you to also check out our discussion groups and skills workshops, open to the campus community (participants do not need to be clients of CS).

Support Group for International Students

Thursdays 1:00-2:00pm

Leaders: Shernaaz Webster, PhD, LMFT and Susan Valencia, Director of IELC

Location: EJCH 236 (Intensive English Language Center Lounge)
Topics covered in this support group include: adjusting to a new culture, making new friends, building self-confidence, stress management, time management, coping with anxiety, relationship issues, coping with depression, and finding balance in life. Open to students enrolled in the Intensive English Language Center (IELC) program. Please contact Dr. Shernaaz Webster for more information- 775.682.8857.

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