Support Groups

Fall 2020 Schedule

Facilitated by: Addette Williams, PhD and Keoshia Worthy, PhD

This is a support group for Black students to speak openly, check-in with each other, and share their own experiences about how they are impacted by the events in their communities and the world. We intend to create a safe a space to share without judgment and bias. Participation may help students feel a sense of community and improve self-care.

Due to the open and online nature of this virtual drop-in space, this is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and practice discretion. This is intended to be an interactive support space, and not group therapy.

Date sand Time: From November 5 to December 17, 2020, this virtual support space will held on Thursdays from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET.

For more information or to receive the Zoom link to join the workshop, please email Dr. Addette Williams at alw65@cumc.columbia.edu or Dr. Keoshia Worthy at kw2865@cumc.columbia.edu

Facilitated by Debra Domenech, Ph.D. and Ashley Danies, Ph.D.

The death of a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences in life. This is further complicated during a pandemic. If you would like a space where you can share with peers who are also going through this, you are invited to come. This will be a space for graduate and undergraduate students to meet and support each other.

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, it is not private nor confidential. Participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. Please note that this is a support space, not group therapy.

Dates and Time: This virtual support group will meet on Fridays from 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM ET from September 25 – November 20, 2020.

For more information or to receive the Zoom link to join the group, please email Debra Domenech, Ph.D. at dd2034@cumc.columbia.edu or Ashley Danies, Ph.D. at aad2154@cumc.columbia.edu with "Bereavement" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Victoria Grosso, Ph.D. and Priyanka Shokeen, Ph.D.

The pandemic has forced us to face difficult and scary possibilities, increasing our sense of vulnerability and helplessness during a time of collective trauma. Research shows that resilience, the capacity to persevere through adversity, is part of our human nature and can be cultivated. Please join us in our virtual meetings where we will practice ways to find our inner strength with the support of a community.

Dates and Time: This virtual support group will meet on Wednesdays from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM ET. 

For more information or to receive the Zoom link to join the group, please email Dr. Victoria Grosso at vg2107@cumc.columbia.edu or Dr. Priyanka Shokeen at ps3221@cumc.columbia.edu with "Building Resilience" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Annette Santiago-España, Ph.D. and Aisha Holder, Ph.D.

This support space is for women of color seeking refuge during these challenging times. During this seven week series, participants will focus on how to sustain themselves in the face of gendered racism. More specifically, participants will develop skills and be empowered to accept their strengths and growth areas, declare their own authentic beauty, build community, practice self-compassion, and be intentional about reclaiming their overall health. Participants will learn how to integrate gratitude practices into their daily lives--which has been found to have long-lasting soul enriching benefits. Each session will end with a mindfulness or deep breathing exercise.

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this group is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; not group therapy. 

Dates and Time: This virtual support space will meet on Thursdays from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM EST for 7 weeks, from October 1 to November 12, 2020.

For more information or to receive a Zoom link to join the group, please contact Dr. Annette Santiago-España at as3149@cumc.columbia.edu or Dr. Aisha Holder at amh2010@cumc.columbia.edu with "Compassion for the Soul" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Sherina Persaud, Ph.D. and Lucia Haladjian, Ph.D.

This is a psychoeducational group open to students who are seeking ways to find a sense of safety and connection during times of distress. It may be especially relevant for students who have survived highly adverse life experiences. Meetings will be structured beginning with a mindfulness practice, introduction to the topic, followed by discussion. Topics will include psychoeducation on the autonomic nervous system and its role in regulating our emotional and physical states; exercises to increase awareness of somatic manifestations of traumatic stress; coping skills to address these concerns including grounding, diaphragmatic breathing, movement interventions, creating safe boundaries; and building resilience.

This group is open to students of all gender and sexual identities.

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this group is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; not group therapy.

Dates and Time: From September 23, 2020, this virtual support space will meet on Wednesdays from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST for 6 weeks.

For more information or to receive the Zoom link to join the group, please email Sherina Persaud, Ph.D at sp2586@cumc.columbia.edu or Lucia Haladjian, Ph.D. at lh2483@cumc.columbia.edu with "Coping Skills" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Hillary Scudder, PsyD and Saeide Kaivani, PsyD

This workshop is designed to help individuals who have experienced any kind of trauma understand the impact of trauma and learn tools to cope with the symptoms they might be experiencing. There will be no direct discussion of specific traumas. Each week, participants will be introduced to a new topic and learn a new skill to cope with the topic being addressed. This will be a nine week workshop and will address the following topics:

● Introduction to trauma and trauma-related symptoms (Skill: Diaphragmatic breathing)

● Trauma and the body/the physiology of trauma (Skill: Progressive Muscle Relaxation and self-care)

● Trauma and emotions (Skill: mental, physical, and soothing grounding)

● Trauma and emotions (Skill: Time out and STOP)

● Trauma and sleep (Skill: sleep hygiene and self-soothing)

● Trauma and relationships (Skill: setting boundaries using “I” messages)

● Trauma and relationships (Improving intimacy and building relationships)

● Trauma and healthy coping (Skill: review skills to date and Incorporating pleasurable activities)

● Evidenced-based treatments for trauma and PTSD

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this workshop is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; it is not group therapy.

Dates and time: From September 22 to December 1, 2020, this virtual workshop will meet on Tuesdays from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST.

For more information or to receive the Zoom link to join the workshop, please email Dr. Scudder at hs3203@cumc.columbia.edu and Saeide Kaivani, PsyD at sk4889@cumc.columbia.edu with “Coping with Trauma” in the subject line.

Facilitated by Rachel Rush, LCSW-R

This drop-in online community space proceeds from the belief that everyone has creative possibility, whether or not they have come into contact with this part of themselves before. This group will help participants to discover their creative parts.  Creativity is an especially useful coping tool during difficult times and helps individuals to access their innate agency, resiliency, and flexibility.  A creative mindset allows one to think outside of the box, explore new possibilities, and uncover new ways of relating to oneself and others.

The group will begin with a 10-minute mindfulness practice offered by the facilitator.  The facilitator will then offer a creative prompt that allows participants to engage in self-reflection and self-expression (either through writing, poetry, visual art, music, etc).  We will then come back together as a group to share our responses to this creative prompt in order to learn from and be inspired by one another.  During the course of the group, participants will have the opportunity to show/perform any art, music, poetry, and the like that they have created in response to these difficult times.

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this workshop is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; it is not group therapy. 

Dates and Time: This virtual group will meet on Fridays from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET.

To learn more information or to get the Zoom link to join the group, please contact Rachel Rush at rr3126@cumc.columbia.edu with Cultivating Creativity and Resilience” in the subject line.

Facilitated by Weiyen Chung, PsyD, and Wardeh Hattab, LCSW

This is an interactive virtual space for Columbia students to engage in exploration of their racial/ethnic identity as Asian Americans or Asian internationals, with the backdrop of the current pandemic in mind. The virtual space will comprise eight weekly sessions with focus on providing relevant information and discussion as well as pragmatic ways to respond and disarm racial discrimination.

Due to the open and online nature of this drop-in group, this group is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is an interactive support space and not group therapy.

Dates and Time: Starting on October 1, 2020, this virtual space will be held on Thursdays from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET. 

Topics:

  • Week 1: Introduction to racial/ethnic identity development model and acculturation
  • Week 2: Microaggressions, Racial trauma & Cultural Stress
  • Week 3: Intergenerational Trauma & Historical Context of Discrimination Against Asians
  • Week 4: Model Minority Stereotype & Allyship with Other Minority Groups
  • Week 5: Extended Discussion and Integration of Weeks 1-4
  • Week 6: Racial Wellness Toolkit & Coping
  • Week 7: Resilience Exercises
  • Week 8: Reflective Discussion & Processing of the Group’s Experience

For more information, or to receive the Zoom link to join the group, please email Dr. Chung at wc2714@cumc.columbia.edu or Wardeh Hattab at wch2119@cumc.columbia.edu with “Asian Identity” in the subject line.

Facilitated by Yaniv Philips, Ph.D., Shirley Matthews, Ph.D., Andrew Colitz, Ph.D., David Hittson, Ph.D., and Arielle Toporovsky, Ph.D.

Are you feeling scattered and stalled since your classes went virtual? Have you lost your way since your friends went home? Are you finding yourself consumed by the procrastination patterns you have been struggling with since senior year of high school?

This virtual workshop may be what you need to turn the dial down on procrastination and finish the semester strong. This workshop will be facilitated by five CPS psychologists who are all passionate about the issue of helping students like you figure out how to let go of self-regulation problems and learn to take the necessary steps toward achieving their goals. This fun but powerful experience will look at underlying causes of procrastination, and introduce techniques such as use of goal setting, corporate style time management techniques, and how to use accountability to achieve what matters to you most. The workshop focus will be on the concerns of the Columbia University student, but all community members are welcome to participate. Come have fun and work on getting things done.

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this workshop is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; it is not group therapy.

Dates and Time: From September 25 to October 23, 2020, this virtual group will meet on Fridays from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM ET. 

For more information or to receive the link to join the group, please contact one of the below facilitators with “FASTT” in the subject line.    

Andrew Colitz, ac3844@columbia.edu

Yaniv Phillips, pv2120@columbia.edu

David Hittson, dlh2129@columbia.edu

Arielle Toporovsky, at3378@columbia.edu

Shirley Matthews, sm2158@columbia.edu

Facilitated by Victoria Grosso, Ph.D. and Lucia Haladjian, Ph.D.

This meeting will focus on “finding your true home”, a place of relaxation and clarity, something that you can take with you wherever you go. Join our discussion and share your experiences managing uncertain times. We will learn and practice ways to stay in the present and improve our attention, focusing on what matters and needs to get done.

Through Mindfulness Exercises, we will find a place of acceptance and self-compassion and feel connected to an all inclusive community.

Dates and Time: Starting on September 10, 2020, this virtual support group will meet on Thursdays from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET and will run for five sessions.

For more information or to receive the Zoom link to join the workshop, please email Victoria Grosso, Ph.D. at vg2107@cumc.columbia.edu or Lucia Haladjian, Ph.D. at lh2483@cumc.columbia.edu with "Finding Your True Home" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Diana Morrobel, Ph.D., and Ileana Fe Casellas Katz, Ed. M.

This support group is for first year first generation college students who are transitioning from high school to college during these challenging times. This group strives to provide you with a safe and supportive space to share your experiences, to meet other first year students, and to build a repertoire of skills and resources that will help you thrive at Columbia University and build your own village of support/resources. Special attention will be paid to the complexities and myriad of factors that impact your experience. Students will learn a variety of coping skills related to navigating family and professional relationships, managing your time and academic demands, building relationships, and improving your self-care and wellbeing.

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this support space is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; it is not group therapy.

Dates and Time: Starting on October 5, 2020, this virtual support group will meet on Mondays from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM ET and will run for 4 weeks.

For more information or to receive the link to join the group, please contact Dr. Morrobel at dm2049@cumc.columbia.edu with "First Generation" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Miriam Korn, Psy.D., and Michele Goldman, Psy.D.

Survivors of sexual trauma are invited to this workshop, in which we will focus on identifying common reactions to trauma and developing healthy coping skills.  We will learn how trauma can affect many aspects of life -- including relationships, identity, daily functioning, and emotions.  We will explore ways to modulate painful feelings, practice self-compassion, and come to terms with the past.  Please note that participants will not be sharing their trauma stories, but rather learning about traumatic reactions and coping skills. 

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this workshop is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. 

Dates and Time: From Oct 19 to Nov 16, 2020, this virtual support group will meet on Mondays from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET. 

For more information or to receive the Zoom link to join the workshop, please email Miriam Korn, Psy.D. at msk2164@cumc.columbia.edu or Michele Goldman, Psy.D, at mg4199@cumc.columbia.edu with "Sexual Trauma Group" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Yaniv Phillips, Ph.D.

This space will provide international students who are away from family, friends, and home an opportunity to support each other and build coping skills through this challenging time. 

Among the topics we can discuss are: your thoughts about the fall semester; addressing your experiences with racial bias both here and in your home country; your feelings about returning to campus.

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this support space is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; it is not group therapy. 

Dates and Time: This virtual support group will meet on Friday, October 9, and Friday, October 16, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM ET. 

For more information or to receive the Zoom link to join the workshop, please email Dr. Yaniv Phillips at py2120@cumc.columbia.edu with "International Students Workshop" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Addette Williams, Ph.D.

The Koru Basic Mindfulness and Meditation course consists of 4 weekly 75-minute classes specifically designed to address the needs of emerging adults. Graduates of the course report feeling more rested, calmer, less self-judgment and more mindfulness. A commitment to all 4 weeks is required, as is 10 minutes of daily homework. *** Registration is required

Dates and Time:  Monday, September 28th to October 19th, 2020 from 5:15 - 6:30 PM

Monday, October 26th to November 16th, 2020 from 5:30 - 6:45 PM

For more information or to register, please email Dr. Addette Williams at alw65@cumc.columbia.edu with "Koru Meditation course" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Keoshia Worthy, Ph.D.

The Koru Basic Mindfulness and Meditation course consists of 4 weekly 75-minute classes specifically designed to address the needs of emerging adults. Graduates of the course report feeling more rested, calmer, less self-judgment and more mindfulness. A commitment to all 4 weeks is required, as is 10 minutes of daily homework. *** Registration is required

Dates and Time: Tuesdays, September 22, 29, October 6, and 13 from 5:30 - 6:45 PM

Tuesdays, October 20, 27, November 3, and 10th from 5:30 - 6:45 PM

For more information or to register, please email Dr. Keoshia Worthy at kw2865@cumc.columbia.edu with "Koru Meditation course" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Eduvigis Cruz-Arrieta, Ph.D.

  • Do you have feelings of guilt around eating or feel that food controls your life?
  • Do you reach out to food to cope with unpleasant feelings? Do you reject food in any way?
  • Do you feel like eating behaviors sometimes gets out of control?
  • Are you preoccupied with your physical appearance?
  • Would you like to Make Peace with Food?

This virtual, skill building support space aims to help develop a more peaceful relationship with food and one's body through learning about coping strategies to reduce reliance on food behaviors when facing difficult feelings.

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this workshop is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; it is not group therapy. 

Dates and Time: Starting  on October 7th 2020, this virtual group will meet on Wednesdays from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EST.

For more information or to receive the Zoom link to join the workshop, please email Dr. Eduvigis Cruz-Arrieta at ec2654@cumc.columbia.edu with "Peace with Food" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Andrew Colitz, Ph.D.; David Hittson, PhD; Shirley Matthews, Ph.D; Yaniv Phillips, Ph.D., and Arielle Toporovsky, Ph.D

In this four- session workshop you will learn to apply a methodology that will help you connect to your dreams, increase your motivation and take sustainable action toward your most important goals. The method, WOOP, referred to in scientific journals as Mental Contrasting with Implementation Intentions (MCII) is a method shown to help participants fulfill their goals whether the goal is to live a healthier lifestyle, improve one’s social life or to do better academically. 

Participants will meet each week to deepen their understanding of how to apply WOOP to their personal goal. Each participant will have the opportunity for individual guidance and support toward their goal by attending an optional individual weekly meeting with a member of our professional staff. 

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this workshop is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space, it is not group therapy.  

Dates and Time: This virtual support group will meet on Fridays from 11:00 - 1:00 PM ET. on 10/30, 11/6, 11/13 and 11/20

For more information or to receive the link to join the group, please contact one of the below facilitators with “WOOP Your Life” in the subject line.    

Andrew Colitz, ac3844@columbia.edu

Yaniv Phillips, pv2120@columbia.edu

David Hittson, dlh2129@columbia.edu

Arielle Toporovsky, at3378@columbia.edu

Shirley Matthews, sm2158@columbia.edu

Facilitated by Ernesto Lira de la Rosa, Ph.D. and Elmira Raeifar, Ph.D.

This is a psychoeducational group open to students who self-identify as male survivors of childhood (before the age of 16) sexual abuse. This group is designed to help students learn more about the impact of sexual abuse on male survivors, trauma triggers and symptoms, and ways to cope with common trauma symptoms. The group will cover various topics ranging from myths and facts about sexual abuse, male identity and sexual trauma, neurobiology of trauma and triggers, as well as self-care and grounding skills. 

​Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this support space is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; not group therapy. ​The facilitator respectfully requests that all participants have video enabled during the meetings.  

Dates and Time: Tentatively scheduled from September 9th to October 7th, 2020. This virtual group will meet Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET.  

For more information or to receive the Zoom link to join the group, please email Dr. Lira de la Rosa at eld2164@columbia.edu  Dr. Raeifar at er2597@cumc.columbia.edu with "Male Survivors" in the subject line.​

Facilitated by Andrew Colitz, Ph.D.

CPS is offering students with children a supportive, non-confidential discussion workshop. Working and studying from home with kids can feel unsustainable during a global pandemic. This situation is unprecedented; you’re essentially being asked to perform two full-time jobs. Cramped quarters and limited alone time can lead to increased arguments and tension. The situation can feel bleak, especially if you are a single parent or have children with developmental needs.

We are here to help manage the stress you and your children might be experiencing. Please join us for a virtual meet-up to help support you and offer potential suggestions to help get through this time.

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this support space is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; not group therapy.

Date and Time: This workshop will take place on Fridays, October 9, 2020 and October 16, 2020, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET.

For more information or receive the Zoom link to join the workshop, please email Andrew Colitz at ac3844@cumc.columbia.edu with "Student and Parent" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Adam Johnson, Ph.D. and Sherina Persaud, Ph.D.

Stress can take a toll on our bodies, lead to physical symptoms, chronic illness, or exacerbate pre-existing health issues. This skills group is for students who are wanting to improve their mental and physical well-being and develop an increased awareness of the mind/body connection. The group will incorporate body-oriented skills (i.e. meditation, guided imagery, movement, breath work, self-expression) as well as cognitive and acceptance-based skills known to build resilience, improve coping, and enhance well-being.

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this support space is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; not group therapy.

Dates and Time: From September 22 to October 27, 2020, this virtual support group will meet on Tuesdays from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET. 

For more information or receive the Zoom link to join the group, please email Dr. Adam Johnson with at aj2755@columbia.edu Dr. Sherina Persaud at sp2586@columbia.edu “Mind/body group” in subject line.

Facilitated by Aisha Holder, Ph.D. and Shirley Matthews, Ph.D.

This is a six-session, hands-on experiential workshop based on some of the latest research on Mindful Self Compassion. Self compassion has been shown to be a powerful tool for improved coping and enhancing emotional well-being. It has been linked to less self-consciousness, reduction in rumination, shame, and to increased optimism, curiosity and gratitude.  Mindful self-compassion has also been associated with overall wellbeing and greater personal motivation.

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this workshop is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; it is not group therapy.

Dates and Time: Starting on September 14, 2020, this virtual support group will meet on Mondays from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET. 

For more information or to receive the link to join the workshop, please contact Dr. Aisha Holder at amh2010@cumc.columbia.edu or Dr. Shirley Matthews at sm2158@cumc.columbia.edu with "Self Compassion" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Andrew Colitz, Ph.D.

CPS is offering a workshop to help deal with various losses that you might be feeling or experiencing, including: loss of real and perceived opportunities, loss of normalcy, loss of connection, loss of general safety, loss of independence and autonomy, loss of routines and sources of enjoyment. We are here to help offer suggestions and strategies to manage grief during this time. We will also incorporate mindfulness-based practices to help cope (“going to pieces without falling apart”) with the current situation.

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this workshop is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; it is not group therapy.

Dates and Time: This virtual support group will meet on Fridays, October 23 and October 30 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET.

For more information or to receive the link to join the discussion, please email Dr. Andrew Colitz at ac3844@cumc.columbia.edu with "Mindfulness & Loss" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Wardeh Hattab, LCSW and Kori Bennett, Psy.D.

This is an online workshop series for graduate and undergraduate students interested or engaged in polyamory or consensual/ethical non-monogamy (ENM). Workshop 1 will be introductory to those new to ENM, while Workshop 2 will cover more advanced topics. Due to the open and online nature of this drop-in space, this group is not private or confidential. Participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. Please note that this is a support space and not group therapy.

Workshop 1: This beginners-level workshop is intended to introduce concepts, frameworks, and language associated with polyamory and/or consensual/ethical non-monogamy (ENM) with special consideration to navigating relationships/dating during COVID-19.  

Workshop 2: This advanced-level workshop will focus on the challenges and benefits of ENM/poly in the time of COVID-19. Topics explored will include communication with partners specific to safety, challenges associated with different relational configurations, and creativity and opportunities with regard to virtual dating.  

Dates and Times:   

Workshop 1: Wednesday September 30th 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM EST

Workshop 2: Wednesday October 21st 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM EST 

For more information or to receive the interest form for the space, please contact Kori Bennett, Psy.D. at kb2863@cumc.columbia.edu or Wardeh Hattab, LCSW at whc2119@cumc.columbia.edu with "Poly" in the subject line.

 

Facilitated by Yaniv Philips, Ph.D.

Are you feeling scattered and stalled since your classes went virtual? Are you finding yourself consumed by the procrastination patterns you have been struggling with for some time?

This 4-session virtual workshop may be what you need to turn the dial down on procrastination and finish the semester strong. This workshop will help you figure out how to let go of self-regulation problems and learn to take the necessary steps toward achieving your goals. 

We will look at underlying causes of procrastination, and introduce techniques such as use of goal setting, time management techniques, and how to use accountability to achieve what matters to you most. The workshop focus will be on the concerns of the Columbia University student, but all community members are welcome to participate. Come have fun and work on getting things done.

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this workshop is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; it is not a group therapy.  

Dates and Time: This workshop will meet from 5:30 to 7:00 PM ET on Mondays for four consecutive weeks, starting October 12, 2020 and ending November 2, 2020.

For more information or to receive the Zoom link to join the workshop, please email Dr. Yaniv Phillips at py2120@cumc.columbia.edu with "PROCRASTINATION" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Motoni Fong Hodges and Daniel Chiarilli

QuAC is a friendly, supportive space for LGBTQ students from all of Columbia's graduate and professional schools, as well as the School of General Studies. Come meet students from other programs, learn about resources at Columbia and identify and discuss and issues relevant to our communities.

Dates and Time: The workshop will meet every second Wednesday from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.

For more information or to receive the Zoom session link, contact Motoni Fong Hodges (mh2759@cumc.columbia.edu) or Daniel Chiarilli (dbc15@columbia.edu).

 

Biweekly support space that centers current issues and topics related to queer and trans students at Columbia University. If you are interested in joining this space, [please fill out the interest form.]

Facilitated by Kori Bennett, Psy.D. and Vanessa Gonzalez-Siegel, M.A.   

This is an online support space for queer and trans (transgender and/or nonbinary) graduate and undergraduate students centering specific current issues and topics related to queer and trans communities. Due to the open and online nature of this drop-in space, this group is not private or confidential. Participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. Please note that this is a support space and not group therapy.

Dates and Time: From September 29th, 2020, through December 5th, this virtual support space will meet biweekly on Tuesdays from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST.

For more information or to receive the interest form for the space, please contact Kori Bennett at kb2863@cumc.columbia.edu with "QT Talks" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Michele Goldman, Psy.D. and Jennifer Liu, M.D.

This is a space for all Columbia students who are currently struggling with sleep, either as a longstanding problem or as a new issue. In this online support space, we will teach cognitive behavioral skills specific for insomnia, to help improve both quantity and quality of sleep. As part of the program, we will help develop better sleep hygiene by shifting your sleep cycle, focusing on daytime/nighttime routines, breaking bad habits, setting new rules for sleep, and logging sleep to monitor success. Due to the evolution of the skills learned, enrollment to this group will be closed after the second virtual session.  

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this workshop is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space, it is not group therapy.  

Dates and Time: This group will meet on Fridays for five consecutive weeks from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, from Friday Sept 18th to Oct 16th , as well as from Friday Oct 23rd to Nov 20th  

For more information, or to receive the Zoom link to join the group, please email Dr. Goldman at mg4199@cumc.columbia.edu and Dr. Liu at jl5679@cumc.columbia.edu with “Sleep SOS” in the subject line. 

Facilitated by Yaniv Phillips, Ph.D., and Miriam Korn, Psy.D.

This workshop is designed to help couples nurture the positives in their relationship while they are quarantined together or living apart. We will provide skills for enhancing communication and building problem solving skills at this challenging time. The workshop is open to all Columbia students and their partners. 

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this workshop is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; it is not group therapy.

Time and Dates: From November 9, 2020 to November 30, 2020, this group will meet on Mondays from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM ET. 

For more information or to receive the Zoom link to join the workshop, please email Dr. Phillips at py2120@cumc.columbia.edu or Dr. Korn at msk2164@cumc.columbia.edu with “Couples” in the subject line.

Facilitated by Hillary Scudder, Psy.D.

This workshop is for student Veterans adjusting to civilian life, especially the complexities of life in an academic setting. This group will provide an opportunity to share our successes and yet focus on problem-solving around difficulties with these life transitions. We will also work together to address some of the barriers to academic success at Columbia you may have encountered. In addition, this group will provide student Veterans with the opportunity to connect with other student Veterans and to identify ways students might use skills developed in the military to facilitate their transition to school.

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this workshop is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; it is not group therapy.

Dates and Time: This virtual workshop will meet on Wednesdays from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST beginning September 16th, 2020.

For more information or to receive the Zoom link to join the workshop, please email Dr. Scudder at hs3203@cumc.columbia.edu with “Veterans in Transition” in the subject line.

Facilitated by Saul Gomez, Psy.D.

A weekly virtual gathering for self-identified men. ​

It can be challenging for men to find spaces that offer support, validation, and encouragement as they deal with challenges related to eating and body dissatisfaction. This gathering will provide a safe space for joint exploration of these issues, with a focus on expectations and challenges unique to the male experience. ​

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this support space is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; not group therapy.​ The facilitator respectfully requests that all participants have video enabled during the meetings.

Dates and Time: This virtual group will meet on Thursdays from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET beginning October 8, 2020.

For more information or to receive the Zoom link to join the group, please email Dr. Gomez at sbg2157@cumc.columbia.edu with "Men’s Eating" in the subject line.​

Facilitated by Michele Goldman, Psy.D. and Jennifer Liu, M.D.  

This is a space for all Columbia students who find themselves struggling with/are avoiding having difficult conversations, whether that be with friends, family, romantic partners, or authority figures. This workshop will teach skills about how to have more effective interchanges with others, increase assertiveness or set/maintain boundaries, say “no” when necessary, or ask for help in order to get your needs met. We will discuss topics such as power dynamics in relationships, safety, and building trust.  The best way to learn is through practice – so this virtual space will include participating in role plays of various hypothetical scenarios provided by the facilitators to begin implementing these skills immediately. Please feel free to join for one session, all five sessions, or a combination of sessions based on what topic feels right for you!      

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this workshop is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space, it is not group therapy.  

Dates and Time: This group will meet on Thursdays for five consecutive weeks from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, on Thursday Oct 8th to Nov 5th.  

  • Week One: Laying the Groundwork – Relationship Fundamentals  
  • Week Two: Is It Worth Having the Conversation? Weighing the Pros and Cons  
  • Week Three: Let’s Talk – How to Get What You Need 
  • Week Four: Improving the Relationship and Maintaining Your Self-Respect  
  • Week Five: Putting it All Together – Troubleshooting What to Do When Your Skills Aren’t Working 

For more information, or to receive the Zoom link to join the group, please email Dr. Goldman at mg4199@cumc.columbia.edu and Dr. Liu at jl5679@cumc.columbia.edu with “We need to talk” in the subject line. 

Facilitated by Marcia Stern, Ph.D. and Ashley Danies, Ph.D.

This virtual workshop, stimulated by the murder of Vanessa Guillen, is a support space to talk about and validate concerns specific to women veterans. Coping skills for dealing with triggers and distress will be discussed.

Due to the open and online nature of this workshop, this group is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; not group therapy.

Dates and Time: The workshop will meet on Tuesdays from 5:00 - 6:00 PM starting on September 8, 2020.

For more information or to register, please contact Marcia Stern, Ph.D. at mis21@cumc.columbia.edu or Ashley Danies, Ph.D. at aad2154@cumc.columbia.edu with "Women Veterans Workshop" in the subject line.

 

If you don’t find something that meets your needs, please check back. We will add to our virtual offerings in the days to come.  You may also email Anne Goldfield, Associate Director of CPS for Community Outreach, with your suggestions at ag255@cumc.columbia.edu