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COVID-19 UPDATES

Groups are being offered virtually via Zoom at this time. If you’re interested in one of the groups below noted to be “Drop-In” or “Open”, click the group title for more information about how to get involved.

Groups and Classes

Business Hours:
Monday thru Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Appointment-Scheduling hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:00pm
Phone: (512) 471-3515 - Student Services Building 5th Floor
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All groups are free and confidential.

College students often face overwhelming emotions, difficult relationships and adjustments, and academic problems for which a group may be the best support option – often being more beneficial than one-on-one counseling. Groups offer a unique setting in which peer interactions facilitate self-improvement and the alleviation of suffering. Participants often feel less alone in their struggles, with the group providing a sense of community.

CMHC offers therapy groups, therapeutic classes, and skill-building workshops that address a range of student needs. Some students are initially hesitant to participate in a group, but those who join consistently find them to be a beneficial and positive experience.

New groups start each semester. Most therapy and support groups have five to ten members. Classes and workshops, which are more educational and skill building in nature, may be larger. The number of sessions per group varies, concluding before finals. Usually, students meet in advance with the facilitator(s) to discuss their interest. Students can attend others on a drop-in basis.

If you are interested in a group that is full, can call (512) 471-3515 or come by CMHC Monday through Friday between 8am and 5pm to discuss your needs.

If you don’t see a group that's relevant or helpful to you, Submit a suggestion or request to the CMHC Group Coordinator for other groups you’d like to see CMHC offer.

For questions about CMHC groups, contact Dr. Kate Czar at  (512) 471-3515.


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Groups and Classes



COVID-19-Specific Groups


Wednesdays, 3:00pm-4:00pm CST
Starts 6/10

Virtual Discussion Forum via Zoom
Dupuis/LeBlanc

Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

If attending class and studying in addition to caretaking wasn’t hard enough, the current pandemic demands more than ever that those two sets of duties be managed in a difficult juggling act. Zoombombs by kids, urgent issues from partners and parents with special needs and multiple mealtime grinds must be managed while still being a UT student. This group provides a supportive, virtual space where participants can discuss the stressors of being a caretaker and student during this unprecedented time. There is no weekly commitment. All UT students who are parents or regularly caring for someone are welcome.

Registration - Follow the link below to enter your email address by the evening prior to the group session. This allows the facilitators to provide you with the Zoom link through which you can access the group. If you wish to attend multiple sessions, a new sign-up is required each week.

For questions or more information - Contact Toby LeBlanc or Laura Dupuis.

Thursdays, 2pm - 3:30pm CST
June 18 - August 6
The group will meet biweekly

Virtual Discussion Forum via Zoom
Tao-Foster

Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This virtual discussion group is open to UT students experiencing the impact of race-based stigma and discrimination during the COVID-19 crisis. The purpose of the group is to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which students can connect around their experiences of COVID-19-related racism, the impact of exposure to discrimination and increased assaults in the media and any other topics that feel relevant to participants.

Registration - Follow the link below to enter your email address by the evening prior to the group session. This allows the facilitator to provide you with the Zoom link through which you can access the group. If you wish to attend multiple sessions, a new sign-up is required each week.

For questions or more information - Contact Amy Tao-Foster.

Mondays 3pm - 4pm CST
Starts 6/15

Virtual Discussion Forum via Zoom
Osher

Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This virtual discussion group is open to all UT students struggling with any aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic, from adjusting to the online learning environment to dealing with a feared or actual diagnosis for a loved one. Other topics may include the emotional impact of isolation and uncertainty, the challenges of financial and relational strain during social distancing or any other difficulties that may emerge or worsen as a result of our current reality.

Registration - Please follow the link below to enter your email address. This will allow the group facilitator to provide you with the Zoom link through which you can access the virtual group at the scheduled day and time.

For questions or more information - Contact Jordan osher.


Other Drop-In Discussion Groups


  DROP-IN
Asian Voices @ UT

Thursdays, 2pm - 3:30pm CST
June 11 - July 30
The group will meet biweekly

Virtual Discussion Forum via Zoom
Tao-Foster/Pulianda

Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This weekly discussion group is open to all students who identify within the broad spectrum of Asian/Asian American backgrounds (e.g., East Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, etc.).

The purpose of the group is to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere where students can connect and talk openly about their experiences of being an Asian/Asian American student at UT and what's going on in their lives. Common topics that arise in the group include, but are not limited to, identity, academics, experience of racism, navigating between Asian and American values and expectations, and any other topics that feel relevant to participants.

Registration - Follow the link below to enter your email address by the evening prior to the group session. This allows the facilitator to provide you with the Zoom link through which you can access the group. .

For questions or more information - Contact Amy Tao-Foster .

Thursday June 4th and June 11th
11am - Noon CST

Virtual Discussion Forum via ZoomDodoo

Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

In light of recent national events Black Voices is returning. Black Voices weekly discussion group is open to all Black-identified students, regardless of specific nationality or racial/ethnic background. The group engages in safe, inviting, and authentic discussion around students' experiences as Black and African American students on the UT campus.

From race relations to career development, and from cultural appropriation to sexuality and dating in the Black community, students are welcome to discuss any and all topics that are relevant to their experiences. Your privacy will be respected.

Registration - Follow the link below to enter your email address by the evening prior to the group session. This allows the facilitator to provide you with the Zoom link through which you can access the group. If you wish to attend multiple sessions, a new sign-up is required each week.

For questions or more information - Contact Stephanie DoDoo.

Day/time: TBD
Date range: TBD
Virtual Discussion Forum via Zoom
Bandy

Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This weekly discussion group is open to all students who identify as Neurodivergent (ND) including Autistic and/or diagnosed with ADHD/ADD, Sensory Perception Disorder (SPD), Tourette's, or a Learning Disability.

The purpose of the group is to create an open, welcoming, respectful, and confidential space where students can connect and talk openly about their experiences of being ND students at UT. Common topics that may be discussed in the group include self-advocacy to professors or medical providers, dating, social relationships, how to comfortably navigate campus, and more.

Registration - Follow the link below to enter your email address by the evening prior to the group session. This allows the facilitator to provide you with the Zoom link through which you can access the group. If you wish to attend multiple sessions, a new sign-up is required each week.

For questions or more information - Contact Aaron Bandy.

Mondays 11:00am - 12:30pm
6/15 - 7/27

Virtual Discussion Forum via Zoom
Colón-Otero

Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This weekly discussion group is open to all Latin- identified students, regardless of identities, nationality, or racial/ethnic background and/or immigration status. A willingness to engage in respectful conversation and honor group members' privacy is the only other requirement to attend.

The group provides a safe and supportive atmosphere in which participants can engage in inviting and authentic discussion around students' experiences as Latinx students on the UT campus. Any and all topics that are relevant to students' experiences can be discussed such as sociopolitical issues, immigration status or conditions, intersecting identities, academics, and more. Students' privacy will be respected.

Registration - Follow the link below to enter your email address by the evening prior to the group session. This allows the facilitator to provide you with the Zoom link through which you can access the group. If you wish to attend multiple sessions, a new sign-up is required each week.

For questions or more information - Contact Sebastián J. Colón-Otero.


Drop-In Meditation Group


Tuesdays,  11:45am - 12:20pm CST
5/12 – 8/25
Virtual Group via Zoom
Mahajan

Please note that this group is not a therapy group.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is open to students, faculty and staff with any level of meditation experience. The group begins with a silent meditation for 25 minutes, followed by a 10-minute discussion to process the experience and offer support. Participants can join at any time – late arrivals or early departures are accommodated. Please note that this is a silent meditation practice. Guided meditation is not offered in this group.

Registration - Please follow the link below to enter your email address. This will allow the group facilitator to provide you with the Zoom link through which you can access the virtual group at the scheduled day and time.

For questions or more information - Contact Geeti Mahajan.


Voices Against Violence (VAV) Groups


Mondays 2pm - 3pm CST
Starts 6/8

Virtual Discussion Forum via Zoom
Leeds

Please note that this group is not a formal therapy group.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This weekly, drop-in, gender identity-inclusive support group is open to all students who identify as survivors of interpersonal trauma.  Experiences of interpersonal trauma may include sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, family of origin violence, etc.  The group will provide an opportunity for participants to engage in safe and confidential discussions that pertain to their experiences as survivors.

Registration - Please follow the link below to enter your email address. This will allow the group facilitator to provide you with the Zoom link through which you can access the virtual group at the scheduled day and time. Please be sure to sign up well in advance of the group time. Also be aware that a new sign-up will be required for each week that you wish to participate.

For questions or more information - Contact Leah Leeds.

Thursdays,  3:30pm - 5pm CST
Ramirez

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This gender-inclusive group is for all students who identify as survivors of interpersonal trauma, such as sexual assault/abuse, dating/relationship violence, or abuse within their family of origin, and who are seeking connection and support in recovering from trauma. The group will offer ongoing support, facilitate healing, and create a safe and understanding atmosphere to explore the impact of these experiences as students move forward in their own healing.

To register or for more information - Interested students are asked to meet with a group facilitator to determine whether a particular group is a good fit for them. To set up a pre-group interview or to get more information, please call CMHC at (512) 471-3515.


Other Groups


Mondays,  12:00pm - 1:15pm CST
Bandy

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group offers a safe and supportive environment in which members can gain powerful experiences through giving and receiving support and encouragement from others facing similar struggles. The group also allows members to practice new, more engaged and effective ways of relating to each other. Common concerns discussed in the group include, but are not limited to, personal growth and self-care, relationships, mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety, asserting boundaries, and other concerns that feel relevant to participants.

To register or for more information - Interested students are asked to meet with a group facilitator to determine whether a particular group is a good fit for them. To set up a pre-group interview or to get more information, please call CMHC at (512) 471-3515.

Tuesdays,  1:00pm - 2:30pm CST
Tao-Foster/Jean-Pierre

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for students who have difficulty speaking up in groups and/or initiate conversations, who worry about how others are evaluating them, and who find themselves more "in their head" than in the conversation. The group will focus on providing space for students who face similar challenges to meet one another as well as:

  • identifying and changing thoughts associated with feared situations,
  • practicing facing social fears in a safe and supportive environment and
  • building communication and social skills to help increase comfort and self-confidence in social or performance situations.

To register or for more information - Interested students are asked to meet with a group facilitator to determine whether a particular group is a good fit for them. To set up a pre-group interview or to get more information, please call CMHC at (512) 471-3515.

Tuesdays,  2:30pm - 4pm CST
Zentner/Tinsley

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for doctoral students who are experiencing difficulties in the dissertation process. Topics that are commonly discussed include work-life balance, interactions with advisors and faculty, job/career decision-making, and motivation/strategies for making concrete progress on their dissertations and other professional activities.  The group provides a place for mutual support, accountability, and goal-setting to move through internal and external barriers and move forward with their lives and careers.

To register or for more information - Interested students are asked to meet with a group facilitator to determine whether a particular group is a good fit for them. To set up a pre-group interview or to get more information, please call CMHC at (512) 471-3515.

Fridays, 11am - 12:15pm CST
Tao-Foster/Arango
All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for female and gender non-binary students who are holding the stressors, expectations, pressures, and triumphs of being in a multi-generational immigrant family while navigating UT. An underlying goal of the group is to provide an affirming and supportive atmosphere for members to discuss their experiences around burnout, imposter syndrome, perfectionism, body image, stigma, isolation, intergenerational and historical trauma, acculturation, interpersonal relationships, and family dynamics. The group will allow members to explore how these factors intersect with identity and how they can impact mental health.

To register or for more information – Interested students are asked to meet with a group facilitator to determine whether a particular group is a good fit for them. To set up a pre-group interview or to get more information, please call CMHC at (512) 471-3515.

Mondays,  1pm - 2pm CST
Negroni/Morrissey

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for students who are struggling with eating and body image concerns and who want to work toward improving relationships with food and body. Through group discussions and peer support, it gives members an environment in which to explore ways to decrease disordered eating behaviors, thoughts, and urges and to identify new coping skills and techniques.

To register or for more information - Interested students are asked to meet with a group facilitator to determine whether a particular group is a good fit for them. To set up a pre-group interview or to get more information, please call CMHC at (512) 471-3515.


If you don’t see a group that's relevant or helpful to you, Submit a suggestion or request to the CMHC Group Coordinator for other groups you’d like to see CMHC offer.





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