Counseling Center

University of Mississippi
HOLIDAY BREAK:  The Counseling Center will be closed beginning 12/22/16 & will reopen on 1/3/17 at 8:00 a.m.
WALK-IN HOURS:  12/5/16 thru 12/21/16 — Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
EXAM WEEK:   12/5/16 thru 12/9/16 — Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
END OF SEMESTER HOURS:  12/12/16 thru 12/21/16 — Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 
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UCC Expanded Group Therapy Offerings  – Fall 2016

If you are interested in any of the groups listed below, please call the University Counseling Center at 662-915-3784 or email us at counslg@olemiss.edu.

CALM IN CHAOS (4 Sessions): 

Calm in Chaos is a 4-week psycho-educational group designed to teach tools that help make the most chaotic day calmer.  Using the model of 1) Hear it, 2) Do it, 3) Talk about it, the group lasts 4 weeks (one hour per week) and explores a variety of ways to make peace in our lives.  This is a group for beginners.  No experience is needed.  The specific techniques practiced in session include:

Week 1: Rhythmic Breathing

Week 2: Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Week 3: Guided Imagery

Week 4: Mindfulness

UNDERSTANDING SELF & OTHERS (General Therapy Groups): 

This group helps students to address a variety of presenting concerns in a safe and supportive atmosphere.  The group focuses on both content and process material to help members establish and maintain the skills needed to be successful in college and in life.  Students often discuss anxiety, depression, relationships, adjustment concerns, family concerns, academic concerns, and a host of other issues.  The group meets for an hour and a half each week and the exact time is dependent on members’ schedules.  The group will begin around September 21st, 2016.

GRADUATE PROCESS GROUP:

The Graduate Therapy Group is a safe and confidential space for graduate students to gain perspective and insight into themselves. Topics for discussion are broad and will be generated by group members. Students can address concerns such as interpersonal issues, adjustment to graduate/professional school, family issues, academic-related concerns, work/life balance, or coping with other mental health concerns (e.g. depression, anxiety, trauma). Group members may explore patterns of how they relate to themselves and others with the aim of developing greater understanding and acceptance, changing current behaviors, and developing better ways of coping in a supportive environment. This group will begin the week of September 26th, 2016.

GRIEF & LOSS GROUP:

This clinical therapy group is designed to offer undergraduate and graduate students a space to learn about grief, explore their own grief, and to connect to others that may share a similar experience.  Each group member’s needs are identified and addressed, ensuring that students feel heard, validated, and empowered to take the next step towards emotional well-being.  This will be a weekly, confidential therapy group for students who have suffered the death of a family member or other significant person.  The goals of the group are (1) to normalize the experience of bereavement, (2) to provide support for students who have experienced a recent death or loss, and (3) to provide a safe place for students to talk about their feelings regarding their recent loss.  Group topics will include normal grief, dimensions of grief, fears related to loss, and coping strategies.  This will be a closed group.  The day/time that the group will meet will be based on the availability and scheduling of the students.

CONNECTING ACROSS CULTURES (CAC) – International Student Group: 

Being an international student can be both a wonderful and challenging experience.  Sometimes cultural differences and being far away from home can be tough to handle and feel isolating.  The Group for International Students provides an opportunity to see that you are not alone and offers a chance to work on making changes toward a better experience.

MAKING PEACE WITH FOOD GROUP (Eating Disorder/Disordered Eating Recovering Group):

Maybe you have been diagnosed as having an eating disorder.  Maybe you haven’t but you know that you struggle every day with food and your body.  This group is open to anyone who would like to examine their relationship with food and their body. Making Peace with Food is a group for students who are struggling with food, exercise, unhealthy eating patterns, body image, or are in recovery from an eating disorder. This group is for students who struggle with all aspects of disordered eating including chronic dieting, compulsive overeating, food restriction, purging by laxatives or vomiting, excessive exercise, binge eating, and obsessive thoughts related to body image. The group will explore topics such as motivation to change, identifying ways the eating problems serve a function and purpose, self-soothing and self-care, family and other relationships, etc.

MEDITATION GROUPS:

Through the ages the practice of meditation has taken many different forms, but the process appears to be one and the same: deliberate stillness and attention. And the benefits accrued from a sustained practice of meditation, whatever form the path might take, appear to be reliable ones: serenity, clarity, relaxation, self-assurance and compassion. As a way of planting the seed of meditation in our community, the JUST ONE BREATH sitting is a Zen-based meditation practice which includes focusing attention on the breath and relaxing the nervous system.  This group meets Monday’s, Wednesday’s, and Friday’s at 9:00 a.m. at the University Counseling Center.

In addition, the MEDITATION TEA group is a tea meditation with a mindfulness component which will meet on Thursdays from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the Counseling Center.  All students, faculty and staff are invited.

SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT (SAS):

The SAS group provides a safe and supportive space to connect and heal with other women who have experienced sexual violence. The group will be a space for women who have experienced sexual assault to gain support from one another and explore ways to heal in the aftermath of an assault. Topics discussed in group will include but is not limited to disclosure, fear of others knowing, multiple sexual assaults, the criminal justice process, dating after sexual assault, parental blame, parental/family support, and not reporting sexual assault to name a few. This group is open to undergraduate and graduate/professional students. Women who have experienced unwanted sexual contact and/or other forms of sexual trauma are encouraged to consider whether this private and confidential support group may be helpful to them.

SOCIAL ANXIETY GROUP EXPERIENCE (SAGE):

Do you have a fear of interacting with other people?  Are you concerned about looking nervous or of humiliating or embarrassing yourself in front of others?  Do you fear giving a speech?  Do you turn down social events or avoid dating because you’ll feel uncomfortable?  If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions — if you believe that your social anxiety limits your enjoyment in life — the Social Anxiety Group Experience may be for you.  S.A.G.E. is an 8-week group experience based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles that can help you to combat your anxiety and get more fully engaged in your life.  The group is structured to help you build your motivation to change.  We will be identifying any patterns of avoidance that you have used in the past to control your anxiety; and then we will develop step-by-step exercises to interrupt unhelpful thoughts that maintain your anxiety and to practice new skills both in and out of the group setting.  Consider what your life might be like if you don’t make steps to change, and consider how your life would be if you no longer experienced social anxiety as a barrier.  The group is scheduled to begin the week of October 10th.  All participants will be scheduled to meet individually with the group leader prior to the start of group.

STRATEGIES AGAINST DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY (SADA):

This clinical therapy group is designed to offer undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to explore their thoughts and feelings as they may relate to anxiety and/or depression.  Students can expect to share with others, receive feedback from other members, and learn effective therapeutic techniques for their management of anxiety and depression.  Over the course of the group, students will learn strategies that decrease emotional vulnerability and instability, increase mindfulness, increase impulse control, improve interpersonal relationships, and promote self-acceptance and sense of self.  This group will be offered weekly and the day/time that the group will meet will be based on the availability and scheduling of the students.

ALCOHOL & OTHER DRUG ABUSE PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL (ADAP) GROUP:

This 6-week psycho-educational group is designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students with information regarding the potential effects of alcohol and other drug use on academics, relationships, health, and future plans. This group emphasizes a harm-reduction approach, promoting responsible and educated decision-making around alcohol and other drug use. Each week, the group will focus on a different topic such as: learning about the harm reduction approach, exploring decision-making skills, identifying potential triggers, managing stress and distress as it relates to alcohol and substance use, and establishing short-term and long-term therapeutic goals.  This group will be offered weekly and the day/time that the group will meet will be based on the availability and scheduling of the students.

SISTER TO SISTER – Women of Color Group:

The SISTER TO SISTER Women of Color therapy group is a safe and confidential space for female undergraduate students to gain perspective and insight into themselves and others. This group is for women of color who have faced similar shared experiences related to family of origin issues, first generation student concerns, racial/ethnic identity issues, race-related stressors (e.g. bias incidents, racial micro-aggressions), socioeconomic status, financial issues, gender discrimination, and all forms of oppression.  Discussion topics can also include interpersonal difficulty, academic concerns, identity issues, body image, self-esteem, motivation, health problems, challenges specific to being a woman, and coping with other mental health issues (e.g. depression, anxiety, trauma). Group members may explore patterns of how they relate to themselves and others with the aim of developing greater understanding and acceptance, changing current behaviors, and developing more effective ways of coping. In this group, students will receive multiple perspectives, feedback, and support from the group. Members can expect to gain self-growth to empower and enhance their voice, and to fully embrace their University of Mississippi experience through relationship-building and emotional support.


Other Programming

The University Counseling Center Outreach Programming also offers other outreach programs to Ole Miss students, faculty/staff and the Oxford community. Programs are offered on a variety of health and wellness topics.


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