Support Groups Spring 2020

Counseling and Psychological Services offers support groups throughout the semester.

Spring 2020 Schedule

In compliance with public health guidance and to keep our community safe, CPS now conducts all services remotely. Our usual Life Skills Support Groups are therefore cancelled for the remainder of the semester. However, we are now offering a wide variety of virtual community forums and workshops listed below.

If you don’t find something that meets your needs, please check back as we will be expanding our menu of our virtual offerings in the days to come. Or, email Anne Goldfield, Associate Director of CPS for Community Outreach, at ag255@cumc.columbia.edu with suggestions.

This is a drop-in online community space for all Columbia students. 

The salon will begin with a 5-minute mindfulness practice offered by the facilitator. Participants will then be welcome to show/perform any art, music, poetry, and the like that they have created in response to these difficult times. This virtual arts salon will conclude with a check in: inspired by the experience of bearing witness to what others in this space have created, participants will be invited to share one caring action they plan to take over the following week.

Due to the open and online nature of this space, it is not private nor confidential, though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. 

The group meets on Fridays from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST starting Friday, March 27, and is facilitated by Rachel Rush, LCSW.

For more information, or to receive the Zoom link to join the group, please email Rachel Rush at rr3126@cumc.columbia.edu with “Virtual Arts Salon” in the subject line.

Are you in the middle of a downward spiral of body negativity during this challenging time? If so, then know that you are not alone in your experience. This virtual support space will help students gain valuable information and useful suggestions on how to improve body image, enhance self-esteem, and develop a sense of compassion and self-respect. It may be especially useful for students who have previously experienced body image concerns and disordered eating.

This support space will begin with a brief check in followed by exercises and activities you can do to boost your own positive body image. The focus will not be on symptoms or whether you want to change your body or not, but rather on reminding you that you can love yourself exactly as you are. Each session will end with a mindfulness or deep breathing exercise.

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.

This virtual support space will take place on Thursdays from 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM EST, starting Thursday, April 2, and will be facilitated by Annette Santiago-Espana, Ph.D. and Jennifer Drapkin, Ph.D.

For more information, or to receive the Zoom link to join the group, please email Dr. Santiago-Espana at as3149@cumc.columbia.edu with "Body Positivity" in the subject line.

This is a drop-in online community space for all Columbia students. 

Lively video chat  conversations about what matters most to you (on a given Wednesday)!  Share tips for maintaining your physical and emotional health. Tell a joke. Laugh with others. Have some ‘food for the soul’ while breaking virtual bread. Listen to other people's experiences and give and get sympathetic understanding of our need for connection. 

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.

This group meets on Wednesdays from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, starting March 25, and is facilitated by Eduvigis Cruz-Arrieta, PhD.

Join via Zoom.

A discussion group for graduating CC/SEAS/GS seniors, deprived of the usual rituals around endings & transitions to new beginnings.

Are you a graduating senior in CC, SEAS, or GS? Are you having mixed feelings about graduating under the current circumstances? CPS is here to help. We are offering a supportive virtual workshop that is open to all seniors. We hope to address and discuss coping strategies for the following experiences and issues:

  • How to find meaning in your Columbia experience as we approach graduation remotely
  • Feelings around missing out on senior-related social activities with friends. 
  • Relocating home/other locations/remaining on campus and how it’s been impacting you
  • How to manage the uncertainty of life and work beyond Columbia

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.

This group will meet for eight consecutive sessions on Fridays from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST, starting Friday March 27, and will be facilitated by Andrew Colitz, Ph.D.

If you are a senior and would like more information, or to receive the Zoom link to join the group, please contact Dr. Colitz at ac3844@cumc.columbia.edu.

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.

This workshop will be offered for four consecutive weeks on Mondays from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST, beginning on Monday, April 6, and will be facilitated by Yaniv Phillips, PhD and Miriam Korn, PsyD.

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.

During this time of uncertainty due to the pandemic, there are many adjustments that individuals, couples and families need to make. Join us if you and your partner are trying to cope with adjusting to this new reality and would like to have a space to talk with other couples. Although your situations may differ as some might be sheltering together and some apart, this is still an opportunity to talk and support each other.

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.

This drop-in space meets weekly on Fridays from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST, from March 27 through April 24, and is facilitated by Debra Domenech, Ph.D.

For more information, or to receive the Zoom link to join the group, please email Dr.  Domenech at dd2034@cumc.columbia.edu with “Couples” in the subject line.

This drop-in space is for students who are remaining on campus during the coronavirus outbreak.

The coronavirus pandemic is a new and uncertain reality. Many students have left campus but quite a few have remained sheltering on campus. Integrating school, relationships, and health concerns are among the topics that are probably on the minds of students. Many adjustments are necessary.

This gathering can provide a space for students to “meet” and share how things are going as well as to talk about how to build community during this time of social distancing.

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.

Section 1: Meets weekly on Fridays from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST, from April 3 to May 15. For more information, or to receive the Zoom link to join the group, please email Dr. Debra Domenech at dd2034@cumc.columbia.edu or Dr. Esther Lee at el2971@cumc.columbia.edu with "Alone Together" in the subject line.

Section 2: Meets weekly on Mondays from 4:00 PM-5:00 PM, from April 6 to May 11. For more information, or to receive the Zoom link to join the group, please email Dr. Matthews at sm2158@columbia.edu with "Alone Together" in the subject line.

 

This is a workshop for Columbia students with children.

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. We are here to help manage the stress you and your children might be experiencing. Cramped quarters and limited alone time can lead to increased arguments and tension. The situation can feel overwhelming at times, especially if you are a single parent or have children with developmental needs. Please join us for a virtual meet-up to help support you and offer potential suggestions to help you get through this challenging time.

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.

This workshop will have two sessions on Thursday,  April 9 and Thursday, April 23 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, and will be facilitated by Andrew Colitz, Ph.D.

For more information, or to receive the Zoom link to join the group, please email Dr. Colitz at ac3844@cumc.columbia.edu.

This is a drop-in online community space for all Columbia students. 

Please join us in creating a virtual mindfulness community to learn practices and skills to ground us during these challenging times. No prior experience necessary—this group is open to anyone who could use a little more peace in their life. 

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.

This group meets on Mondays from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, from March 30 to May 4, and is facilitated by Jennifer Drapkin, Ph.D. and Addette Williams, Ph.D.

For more information, or to receive the Zoom link to join the group, please email Dr. Drapkin at jad214@cumc.columbia.edu or Dr. Williams at alw65@cumc.columbia.edu with "Moments of Peace" in the subject line.

This workshop will focus on coping with the unexpected, mid-semester return home. Possible topics to be discussed include: navigating the transition from living in a community of peers to the nuclear family, graceful boundary setting, communication tools, and de-escalation of conflict.

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 a support space- not group therapy.

The group meets on Tuesdays from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM EST, starting March 24, and is facilitated by Marcia Stern, Ph.D.

For more information, or to receive the Zoom link to join the group, please email please contact Dr. Stern at mis21@cumc.columbia.edu.

This is a drop-in, online support space where Asian American and Asian International undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to share their experiences of racial bias in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus of this group will be to promote a sense of connection and community among students who have had similar experiences and facilitate conversations on ways to cope with these experiences.

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 a support space- not group therapy.. 

This drop-in space will have two sections:

Section 1 will meet on Mondays from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST, from April 6 to May 11, and will be facilitated by Weiyen Chung, Psy.D and Esther Lee, Ph.D. For more information, or to receive the Zoom link to join the group, please email Dr. Chung at wc2714@cumc.columbia.edu or Dr. Lee at el2971@cumc.columbia.edu with “Coping with COVID Bias” in the subject line.

Section 2 will meet on Tuesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 PM EST, from April 7 to May 12, and will be facilitated by Wardeh Hattab, LCSW and Esther Lee, Ph.D. For more information, or to receive the Zoom link to join the group, please email Wardeh Hattab, LCSW at wch2119@cumc.columbia.edu or Dr. Lee at el2971@cumc.columbia.edu with “Coping with COVID Bias” in the subject line.

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.

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.

This support space will be offered for four consecutive weeks on Thursdays from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST, beginning on April 9, and will be facilitated by Yaniv Phillips, Ph.D.

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

This is a drop-in, online support space in which queer and trans (transgender and/or nonbinary) students (undergraduate and graduate) can share how they are caring for themselves with attention to identity, gender, and queerness during this uncertain time. This is an opportunity to be in community and to receive support from one another with regard to coping strategies. Kindness to one another and encouragement of creativity/care for self will be primary focuses.

The support space will be structured beginning with a mindfulness or deep breathing exercise followed by a check in which each participant will have a chance to share resources/art work or talk about a practice or activity that has been helpful for them. Examples may include painting/drawing, making playlists, engaging in spiritual practice, trying out crafts, practicing yoga, following particular artists or community members on social media, writing, baking, etc.

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 a support space; not group therapy.

This support space meets on Fridays from 2:30 PM to 3:45 PM, starting March 27, and is facilitated by Kori Bennett, Psy.D.

For more information, or to receive the Zoom link to join the support space, please email Dr. Bennett at kb2863@cumc.columbia.edu with "QT Community Care" in the subject line.

This is a workshop for Columbia students and other members of the Columbia community. 

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 five-session virtual workshop will be held on Fridays from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST, starting March 17. The last session is April 24.

Each one of the five one-hour interactive presentation sessions will be followed by a one-hour study hall. The Pomodoro method will shape the study hall. 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. 

Session 1: The Cycle of Procrastination: “To Do or To Not Do” is that even the right question?

            Facilitator: Andrew Colitz, Ph.D. ac3844@columbia.edu  

Session 2: The Now Habit: Strategies that work toward achieving what matters to you?

            Facilitator: David Hittson, Ph.D. dlh2129@columbia.edu  

Session 3: What’s Fear Got to Do With it: Who am I or who do I think I am and why does that matter?

            Facilitator: Yaniv Phillips, Ph.D. pv2120@columbia.edu

Session 4: Living without (or at least less) Procrastination: Tips on how to stop postponing your life

            Facilitator: Arielle Toporovsky, Ph.D. at3378@columbia.edu

Session 5: Get better at what you’re good at: Self compassion as a means of facing the hard stuff

            Facilitator: Shirley Matthews, Ph.D. sm2158@columbia.edu

For more information, or to receive the Zoom link to join the workshop, please email one of the above facilitators with “FASTT” in the subject line.