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Support Groups & Workshops

University Health and Counseling Services offers a variety of groups each term in an effort to support your varying needs. We are happy to help you find the best fit for you. 

All groups provide a nonjudgmental and confidential space in which to learn as well as to receive and offer support. You’ll explore different perspectives and new ways of coping. Groups are a brave space for personal connection and personal growth.  

To learn about workshops, please scroll to the bottom of the page. Workshops are held virtually and open to Northeastern students globally.

Groups are for CURRENT Northeastern students in Massachusetts only and are held at EST.

What to Expect – Support Groups

I’m interested in participating in a group. What do I need to do? 

  • To express interest in participating in a group, you’ll need to submit an interest form. The link to the form is included in the group descriptions, below. Space is limited so please fill out the interest form as soon as you know which group you’d like to attend. 
  • Please pay attention to the dates and times of the support groups offered before you complete the interest form to ensure there are no scheduling conflicts. We ask that you only submit interest forms for groups you can commit to attending.  
  • The group interest form will be sent to the group facilitator for the group that you expressed interest in. The facilitator will reach out to you within one week of receiving your interest form. If you do not hear back within one weeks’ time, please contact UHCS at 617.373.2772. It’s important that you respond to their call or message. Groups fill up quickly and membership is limited, so your prompt response is helpful.  
  • The facilitator will talk with you about the group and next steps. If the group is already full (no longer accepting new members), they can assist you with connecting with additional resources instead.  

The facilitator contacted me, and I’ve arranged to participate in the group. What else do I need to know? 

  • Check whether the group you are registered for is being offered in-person or virtually. 
  • If your group is in-person: Please arrive at UHCS five to ten minutes before the start time for the group. Upon arriving, please check in at the front desk with a Patient Associate. After checking in, have a seat in the seating area. The group facilitator will come out and greet you and escort you to the group room.  
  • If your group is offered virtually: At the time of registration, you will receive information on how to join the group. This information will include a link.  
  • Consistent group attendance is important. If you are not able to commit to attending all sessions, please consider participating at another time when you are better able to attend all sessions.  
  • It is important that group members are on time for visits.  

I am interested in a group that is listed as no longer accepting new members. What are my options? 

  • If you are interested in learning about support groups that might be available outside of Northeastern, contact Danette Mucaria, Associate Director of Mental Health (d.mucaria@northeastern.edu, 617.373.2772). 
  • Mental health support is available through UHCS and Find@Northeastern

Spring 2023 Support Groups

MONDAYS

Supports and Strategies for Managing Academic Stress Workshop

Monthly on Mondays

January 23, February 27, March 20, April 10

10:00AM – 11:00AM

Join us once a month to learn techniques to manage academic stress. A UHCS clinician will support you with developing organizational skills, maintaining a balanced schedule, and coping with the stress of being a student. These workshops will be offered in person, on the Boston campus.

To express interest in the workshops, click here.

TUESDAYS

HEAL

February 21st through April 18th

Prescreening will begin January 31, 2023 and is required for enrollment.

4:00PM – 5:30PM

Heal is a psychoeducational support group for students who have experienced sexual assault. The group is open to undergraduate and graduate students of all genders. This group will be in person at UHCS on the Boston campus.

To express interest in this group, click here.

WEDNESDAYS

Taking the Fear out of Food

February 1st through April 19th

2:45PM – 3:45PM

If you have noticed that thoughts about food and body image consume more of your time and energy than you would like, join us and learn skills for coping with the emotions that surround your relationship with food. This group will be held virtually. Students in Massachusetts are able to participate.

To express interest in this group, click here.

Anxiety & You: Skills Approach to Help Manage Anxiety

February 1st through March 1st

3:30PM -4:30PM

This in-person (Boston campus) group will focus on education, knowledge development and skill building. Comprised of 5 hands-on sessions where you will learn what anxiety is, where it comes from and how manage it throughout your life.  Each week will have a theme, with group participants deciding the focus of session 5. Themes include

  • Session #1: Understanding Anxiety
  • Session #2: Cognitive strategies to combat anxiety
  • Session #3: Gradually facing fears
  • Session #4: Mindfulness/Anxiety management strategies
  • Session #5: TBA Determined by group participants

To express interest in this group, click here.

THURSDAYS

International Support Group

February 9th – March 30th

1:00PM – 2:00PM

This supportive, non-judgmental and safe space is for international students to express concerns, connect, and find support. The group is open to students seeking community, connection, and the opportunity to learn about resources as you navigate this new journey in the United States and NU community. Discussion topics may include adjustment and transition difficulties, cultural differences, social and communication challenges, and tips to navigate resources on and off campus. Let’s chat! This group will be in person at UHCS on the Boston campus.

To express interest in this group, click here.

Self-Discovery group – “Have you met yourself Lately”?

February 2nd through March 9th

3:00PM – 4:00PM

This 6-week group that is open to students who find themself struggling with imposter syndrome and embracing authenticity. This group will be in person at UHCS on the Boston campus.

To express interest in this group, click here.

Anywhere on the Rainbow – An LGBTQIA2S+ Support Group

February 9th through April 13th

4:30PM – 5:30PM

Come together with students who identify within the LGBTQIA2S+ community or are questioning their gender/sexuality to connect with others, honor a wide range of experiences, and celebrate the authentic you! This group will be in person at UHCS on the Boston campus.

To express interest in this group, click here.


Workshops

The following workshops are available online and open to full time students at any Northeastern campus.

Dealing with Depression

Tuesdays

January 24th through February 14th

6:00PM – 7:00PM EST

Depression isn’t just being sad. Often depression can be a loss of interest in hobbies, difficulty starting activities, abandoning social functions, and other issues. This can make your day to day life difficult and interfere with regular tasks. Many students don’t know there are resources in place to assist with this.

To register click here

Calming the Worried Mind

Wednesdays

February 22nd through March 22nd (no workshop 3/8)

2:00PM – 3:00PM EST

Everyone is anxious some of the time. Some people experience more anxiety. This psychoeducational workshop could be for you if you feel anxious about everyday situations. Or if you want to remain calm before a major event like an exam or presentation. The skills required to manage anxiety are helpful in many situations. If this sounds helpful, try Calming the Worried Mind!

To register click here.

Strategies for ADHD

Tuesdays

February 21st through March 21st (no group 3/7 and 3/14)

6:00PM – 7:00PM EST

Difficulty concentrating? Do you often make impulsive decisions? ADHD is often associated with children or young teens, but it can impact anyone and can often go untreated and even undiagnosed. Whether you’ve been diagnosed with ADHD, think you may have ADHD, or just want to learn more this seminar is for you. This goes over what problems ADHD may cause and how to cope with them, as well as skills that can help in strategies for ADHD.

To register click here.

Sleeping Soundly

Wednesdays

January 25th through February 15th

2:00PM – 3:00PM EST

Do you find yourself up late at night? Do you have problems waking up in the morning or feel tired during the day? Is it difficult to keep a normal schedule? A lack of sleep is more than just being tired during the day – poor quality sleep can lead to other health issues. Luckily this is an issue you can work on with skills you’ll learn from the Sleeping Soundly Workshop!

To register click here.