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Group & Workshop Program Schedule

Thank you for your interest in MHS groups and workshops. We are so excited to be offering several remote groups this semester!  Please see below for anticipated groups for the Fall 2020 semester and, unless otherwise indicated, most groups will begin approximately four-six weeks into the semester (groups begin as soon as there is an adequate amount of members).  As a reminder, we must meet with all new potential group members before joining a group unless it is a Drop-In Group or Workshop. Fill out a Request for Service Form if interested in any of the open groups listed below.

 

**********All groups will be offered remotely via Zoom for Fall of 2020**********

 

Fall 2020 Group offerings:

Anxiety Management Workshop

Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm

Learn how to manage anxiety so IT isn’t managing YOU! Join us for one of the 4 week sessions.

Facilitator: Lisa Duggan, Ph.D

Special Instructions: EMAIL mhs@tcnj.edu to sign up.

 

Chill Out 2

Wednesdays 1:00-2:00pm

Did you already complete an MHS group?

Do you want to maintain the changes you learned and could use support in maintaining good anxiety reduction techniques?  Do you want to learn and share with your peers that struggle with anxiety?

This group can help you to maintain your progress and you can both give and get support for ongoing relapse prevention.

Facilitator: Margarita Leahy, NCC, LPC, LCDAC

 

Food, Mood and You

Wednesdays 1:30-2:45pm

This support group provides an opportunity to talk about and better understand how thoughts, feelings, one’s sense of self, and relationships with others affect eating, body image, and exercise. Group members will gain insights into the triggers for their unhealthy patterns and learn coping skills to improve their eating and body image.

Facilitator: Hue-Sun Ahn, PhD

 

Racial Trauma Support Group

Wednesdays 3:15-4:30pm

This group will provide a safe space to examine the impact of racial trauma on mental health, relationships, and identity. This group will take a process-oriented and psychoeducational approach towards discussing the various ways Black and Brown people are affected by racial trauma. Additionally, facilitators will offer strategies for self/community care aimed at improving and maintaining mental wellness.

Facilitators: Babayemi Aiyegbo, LCSW

 

SAFE (Survivors of Sexual Assault Feeling Empowered) Group

Wednesdays 1:00-2:15pm

If you have had an unwanted sexual experience, or have experienced a sexual trauma, there is support for you. This confidential group will provide a safe place to help you to cope with difficult feelings, give you the chance to feel supported, and help you connect with others who also feel alone.  Trust, safety, relationships, and balancing these issues with other facets of life will be covered. Please reach out to discuss if this group is right for you.

Facilitator: Robbin Loonan, LPC

 

Sister Circle: Black Women’s Empowerment Group

Wednesdays 11:00-12:00pm

This group provides a safe space for Black women to discuss their unique racial and cultural experiences and to be a part of a supportive community.

In the Sister Circle group, we will discuss your experiences as a Black woman within your home, community, society, and on campus. We will discuss microaggressions, relationships, self-esteem, and colorism among many other topics. You will learn ways to better navigate your world by effectively balancing racial, cultural, and social expectations and personal life goals, improve your self-esteem and confidence, and learn healthy coping strategies.

Facilitator: Debeka Bennett, PhD

 

 

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Below is a list of previous groups offered at MHS. Want to see a group return? Email and let us know! We run groups based upon therapist availability and student interest.

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Art Therapy

Check Back in the Spring

Creating art is a great way to reduce stress, express yourself, & improve self-esteem. You do not need to be Picasso! No training, experience, or artistic talent necessary. Please come join us for this 4-week workshop.. Open to students will all levels of artistic ability.

Facilitator: Robbin Loonan, LPC

Special Instructions: EMAIL Ms. Robin Loonan at loonanr@tcnj.edu to sign up.

 

Assertiveness and Healthy Boundaries

Check Back in the Spring

Do you find that you tend to meet the needs of others while ignoring your own?  Does fear of hurting other peoples’ feelings prevent you from expressing  your own boundaries?  This group is for students who wish to learn how to refrain from  minimizing their own needs and communicate more honestly and effectively with others.   For many students, this group is also a place to discuss their own issues with trust, intimacy, anger, and assertiveness.

Facilitator: Jon Murakami, PsyD

Beyond the Label

Check Back in the Spring

Have you started to realize or have known that you focus a lot of your time and energy on labels that are given to you by society? Do you find that such labels have an impact on you and stop you from being motivated to be more than the label? Does this impact your self-esteem, relationships, and/or your self-confidence? This group offers an opportunity for students who have been diagnosed with a learning disability and/or Autism to share, to receive support, and discuss ways to relate to your peers who have similar experiences, that go beyond the label.

Facilitator: Dixita Malatesta, MA, NCC

 

Can’t Think Straight: an LGBQ+ Support Group

Check Back in the Spring

Bi-negativity got you down? Tired of heterosexism? Wish you could connect with more LGBQ+* people on campus?

This confidential support group primarily focuses on exploring and managing issues related to sexual orientation such as coming out, dealing with family and friends, intimacy, and self–esteem. People at various stages of the “coming out” process are welcome. Open to students of all genders. The emphasis is on support and exploration of LGBQ+ issues impacting personal and interpersonal functioning.

Facilitator: Melody Willoughby, PhD

 

Chill Out: From Anxiety to Resilience

Check Back in the Spring

Do you worry too much about what other people think?
Does meeting new people make you uneasy?
Do you find ordering at Starbucks to be overwhelming?
Does your anxiety keep you from doing things you enjoy?
Join us in this weekly group!

Facilitator: Margarita Leahy, NCC, LPC, LCDAC

Everyday Wellness: Self Care Resources for your Toolkit

Check back in the Spring

This wellness meeting will provide a safe environment for TCNJ students to access emotional support content.  Resources will be provided to help manage the impact of the pandemic on daily living. Students will have an opportunity to submit their own health and wellness strategies. The format encourages relationship building and peer to per support as students will engage in challenges, competitive trivia and games. *This is a drop-in group. Attendance at all sessions is encouraged but not required*

Facilitator: Babayemi Aiyegbo, LCSW

 

Getting Bi

Check Back in the Spring

This group will address the unique challenges of being the “B” in LGBT such as bi-negativity/phobia, dismissal of your identity as “just being confused”, or being told you are “attention seeking”.
This confidential support group is open to anyone who is romantically/sexually attracted to more than one gender and/or who identify as bisexual or pansexual.

Facilitators: Melody Willoughby, PhD and Zach Gall, NCC, LAC

Good Grief

Check Back in the Spring

The pain of loss and bereavement often goes unspoken. Many people do not know how to discuss these difficult topics, and their avoidance can leave you feeling isolated in your grief, compounding your suffering. In group therapy, you are able to openly express these emotions with others who share your sense of loss and know what you are going through. This group is designed to support those who are managing the grieving process while also trying to maintain their identity as a student.

Facilitator: Babayemi Aiyegbo, LCSW

 

iThrive

Check back in the Spring

iThrive is designed for college students struggling with both anxiety and depression. In this group you will learn proven strategies and techniques to break self-defeating habits, reduce stress and worry, overcome fear and self-doubt, and handle painful feelings more effectively on your way to creating a rich, full, and meaningful college experience.

Facilitator: Alex Turpin, LCSW

 

Living Well

Check back in the Spring

A safe and confidential space to gather and give and receive support. Open to all students with life impacting, chronic medical illnesses and/or disabilities, both visible and invisible.

Facilitator: Rebecca Meinke, MD

 

Moderate Your Mood

Check Back in the Spring

In this group you will have opportunities to learn about stress management and coping skills to increase your tolerance for distressing feelings and to improve your ability to cope with strong feelings. You can expect to identify and improve your interpersonal skill set and gain ways to appreciate your emotional world as a guidepost rather than a barrier. The format of this group involves DBT-informed education and training combined with discussion. Between meetings you will have the chance to practice skills and report back to the group on your challenges and successes.

Facilitator: Alex Turpin, LCSW

Facilitator: Jon Murakami, PsyD

 

New Student Drop-In Group

Check Back in the Spring

Freshmen and transfer students are welcome to stop by and join this group for students working to adjust to college. No screening necessary!

Facilitator: TBD

Not the Perfect Family

Check Back in the Spring

An opportunity to share with and get the support of others who have been raised in families with circumstances that prevented or interfered with healthy family functioning (i.e. addiction, divorce, mental illness, physical illness/disability, controlling behavior, abuse, etc.). Self-esteem, current relationships, self-confidence, and comfort in social settings can be negatively affected; the group offers a chance to choose a more positive approach, to others and to yourself.

Facilitator: Jon Murakami, PsyD

 

Parent/Step-Parent Loss Support Group

Check Back in the Spring

Are you a TCNJ student who has experienced a death of a parent or step-parent? In this group you will receive support from, and give support to, fellow students who have lost a parent or step-parent by talking, listening and learning that your feelings matter, your reactions are normal…and that you are not alone in your grief.

Facilitator: Robbin Loonan, LPC

Perfectly Imperfect

Check Back in the Spring

Do you often experience feelings of anxiety, shame, guilt, and/or self- doubt?   Do you fear that others will judge you?   Does perfectionism control your life? Through a self- exploration journey that recognizes that we are all “works in progress,” participants in this group will increase their confidence and learn to manage their stress.  Please join us in this safe, supportive and encouraging setting.

Facilitator: Hue-Sun Ahn, PhD

 

Sleep Management

Check Back in the Spring

Are you worried about your sleep schedule?  Does the idea of going to sleep up bring up worry and concern about tossing and turning, sometimes for hours on end?  This 4-week sleep management workshop offers  information on healthy sleep habits and hygiene as well as techniques that may help students improve their sleep schedule.

Facilitator: TBD

 

TRANScend

Check back in the Spring

A support group for transgender, gender fluid, genderqueer, non-conforming, and gender questioning students. Come together with other TCNJ students and an experienced facilitator in a safe and confidential environment to explore the many aspects of gender identity, give support to others, and get support yourself. Whether you know for sure or are questioning, you are invited to join!

Facilitator: Peer Led; contact: Alex Holzman holzmaa1@tcnj.edu

Unbox Yourself: Male-Centered Workshop

Check Back in the Spring

In this workshop, we will explore how trying to live up to other people’s ideology of masculinity can cause distress and impede your relationships with yourself, family, romantic partners, and friends.

This workshop is for those who desire a supportive and encouraging community with other individuals exploring male-ness. Sessions will cover   healthy coping strategies, tools to develop insight, and awareness of toxic relationship patterns. The intent is to help you balance sociocultural expectations with personal life goals while learning ways to identify and express emotions.

Facilitator: Debeka Bennett, PhD and Babayemi Aiyegbo, LCSW

 

Where Do I Stand?

Check Back in the Spring

  •  Share cultural experiences that are different from your peers
  •  Explore the feeling of straddling two different worlds (school vs. everything)
  •  Learn to cope with family pressure to succeed academically
  •  Talk about your interracial or interfaith relationship
  •  Share concerns about being judged solely on the basis of skin color
  •  Explore how macroaggressions might be  affecting your self-esteem
  •  Learn how these experiences contribute to anxiety and mood

This confidential support group will explore how such experiences may affect various aspects of one’s personal, emotional, academic, and social life.  This group can provide an opportunity for members to offer and receive support.

Facilitator: Babayemi Aiyegbo, LCSW

 

Think you may want to join a group?

For Groups (that are not labeled Drop-in OR a Workshop): Please fill out the Request for Group Services form (RFGS) which is explained here. *Fall group RFGS is currently open*

    1. Were you a previous group member for that particular group? Chances are you do not need to meet for another pre-group appointment and you will just be contacted regarding the start date of the group.
  1. New group member? Please email the MHS program assistant at MHS@tcnj.edu to set up an appointment with the group facilitator(s) before the start date of the group. During this meeting, you will have a chance to discuss your interest in the group, ask questions, and decide if your interests and the group “match.”
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