Spring 2018 Group Schedule

Counseling Services offers a variety of groups for University of Nevada, Reno students. 

ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) for Trauma Group

Wednesdays 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Leaders: Jacque Pistorello, PhD & Rachel Willimott, MSW

More details to come!

Body Empowerment Group

Tuesdays 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Leaders: Yue Huang, PhD and An Ngo, MA

The Body Empowerment Group is provided to UNR female students who struggle with body image issues and related concerns (e.g., disordered eating, compulsive exercise, etc.). We strive to reduce weight bias and promote body acceptance in this group. Through a structured program based on cognitive dissonance, members will learn information and practice skills designed to help them resist pressure to be thin and embrace the diversity of body sizes and shapes. Group will run for 5 weekly sessions.

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Distress Tolerance Group

Mondays 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Leaders: Jacque Pistorello, PhD and Maria Young, LCSW

Have you ever been in highly stressful situations where you experience intense pressure for a quick fix?? Sometimes you can't immediately change a hard situation and you need a new way to effectively ride out feelings until they pass. For example, if you have the urge to yell at your partner when they come home late - which might lead to a big fight - you'll learn how to tolerate the angry feelings without lashing out at your partner. Learning skills from this group may help you tolerate difficult feelings without making them worse in the short term.
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. Each round of the group will run for five sessions.

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Interpersonal Effectiveness Group

Thursdays 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Leaders: Yue Huang, PhD & Amanda Muñoz Martínez, MS

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 leaders teach skills and assign homework for clients to practice using the skills in their everyday lives. The DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills group is open to any student who would like to build skills in the following areas: Mindfulness - practicing being fully aware and present in this one moment; Interpersonal Effectiveness - learning how to address interpersonal conflicts, build positive relationships, maintain self-respect in relationships, and change people's behaviors. The group will meet for 5 weekly sessions.

General Process Groups

Tuesdays 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Leaders: Jodi Thomas, PsyD and Rachel Willimott, CSW-Intern

This 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. 

Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Leaders: Jodi Thomas, PsyD & Kevin Choi, MA

This 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.

Thursdays 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Leaders: Quinten Lynn, PhD and Bernadette Hinojos, PsyD

This is a general interpersonal process group. The group will benefit those students whose concerns include an interpersonal component. For example, students concerned about roommate/romantic/family relationships, feeling isolated, insecure/low self-confidence, feeling anxious around others, etc. are all good candidates for the group. Additionally, students looking to further develop their sense of self, who might benefit from learning to take more risks (i.e., have difficulty trusting others), who have difficulty receiving feedback and/or compliments might also be a good fit for the group. The group is experiential in nature (i.e., no formal didactic component) and is a great way for students to learn and try new ways of interacting, gain greater self-awareness, learn to give and receive honest feedback, and connect in new and (hopefully) more profound ways.

Fridays 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Leaders: Jodi Thomas, PsyD & An Ngo, MA

This 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.

Grief Group

Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Leader: Rachel Ibaibarriaga, PsyD

The Grief Group will provide students with a safe and supportive environment where students will be free to share about their loss and work on coping with that loss in a way that feels right for them. The group will be process-oriented and interactive, integrating art, music, mindfulness, and other creative interventions, which will allow students to connect with peers, while processing their feelings of loss in a safe, unique, and creative way. Psycho-education and skill-building will be provided throughout the group as these issues arise. This group is open to any student who is currently dealing with the death of a (human) friend or loved one.

Men's Issues Group

Wednesdays 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Leader: Joey Walloch, Psy.D.

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."

Mind / Body Wellness Group

Fridays 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Leader: Maria Young, LCSW

More details to come!

Mindfulness Groups

Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Leaders: 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.

Fridays 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Leaders: 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.

Social Anxiety Group

Fridays 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Leaders: Mindi Neugebauer, LCSW and Steffini Amezquita

Participants in our social anxiety group will learn how to better assess and handle stressful situations. They 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.

Women's Empowerment Group

Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Leaders: Bernadette Hinojos, PsyD and Lindsay Hardie, PhD

This group will offer members an opportunity to deepen their level of self-awareness and learn how they relate to others. The reasons to seek out this interpersonal process group experience is to help with issues stemming from difficulties in relationship with others, and to increase feelings of self-efficacy, esteem, and value by increasing interpersonal skills. The group will also focus on issues unique to women in dealing with various forms of oppression that impact their overall emotional, relational, and psychological function. Members will be encouraged and challenged to find and utilize their voice in ways most meaningful to them.

Discussion Groups and Workshops

We invite you to also check out our discussion groups and skills workshops, open to the campus community. Student participants do not need to be clients of Counseling Services. Groups meet at Counseling Services, unless otherwise noted.

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Skills Groups

Tuesdays 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Leaders: TBD

More details to come!

 

In Focus (ADHD Coaching) Group

Mondays 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Leaders: JP Crum, PsyD

In focus is a five-week outreach group that offers education and peer support for students who experience difficulties commonly associated with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Students whom also struggle with procrastination, organization, time management, and goal setting may also benefit. Group meetings are designed to be interactive and assist students in developing valuable skills that can be generalized into school, relationships, and their careers. Students do not need an ADHD diagnosis. Please contact JP Crum to sign up. The first session will run February 26 to March 26.

Regulating Difficult Emotions Drop-In Workshops

Fridays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Leaders: Mindi Neugebauer, LCSW and Steffini Amezquita

Learning skills to regulate difficult emotions can help us increase the ability to control or influence our emotional experiences. These skills can reduce emotional suffering and increase positive emotions. Workshops will be held February 2 to February 23.

Creative Expression Group

Fridays 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Leaders: Marcia Cooper, LCSW and Rachel Capurro, PsyD

College can be a stressful and overwhelming time. It is important to have an outlet in your life where you can relax, have some fun, and express yourself creatively in a safe and supportive environment. This group will give you the space and time needed to embrace your own creativity and to celebrate all that is uniquely YOU! Integrating mindfulness, music, art, play, and more, the Creative Expression Group is the perfect place to take a time-out from the chaos of everyday life as a student and to give yourself some much-deserved self-care! If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Counseling Services at (775) 784-4648 or Rachel Ibaibarriaga, Psy.D. rkcapurro@unr.edu.