Summer 2018 Group Schedule

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

Body Empowerment Group

Fridays 10:30 am to 12:00 p.m

Leader: Yue Huang, PhD 

The Body Empowerment Group is provided to UNR female-identified 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 to resist appearance pressure, accept their own body, and embrace body diversity. Group will run for 5 weekly sessions.

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Interpersonal Effectiveness Group

Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Leaders: Maria Young, LCSW & Steffini Amezquita

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 Group

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

Leaders: Jodi Thomas, PsyD and An Ngo, MA

This is an interpersonal process style therapy group that focuses on building awareness of our selves and our interpersonal styles in a caring community. 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 social connectedness, communication styles, boundaries, self-awareness, emotional expression, trust, identity, and other aspects of interpersonal relationships.

Mind & Mood

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

Leaders: Cindy Marczynski, PhD and Elysse Kompaniez-Dunigan

This 5-session group will utilize cognitive behavioral techniques to help students identify unhelpful thinking patterns and utilize coping strategies to develop problem-solving and stress management skills.
This program is designed for university students who are struggling with:

    • excessive worry
    • feeling down or "blue"

Before enrolling in the program, you will meet with the group facilitators to determine if this program is a good fit.

Mindfulness Group

Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Leaders: Casey Kohl, LCSW & Rachel Willimott, MSW, CSW-Intern

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 afternoon 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. Student participants do not need to be clients of Counseling Services. Groups meet at Counseling Services, unless otherwise noted.