Groups and Workshops

CMHS Spring 2022 virtual groups and workshops aim to enhance coping strategies and foster connection among students. All currently enrolled students on the Medford-Somerville and SMFA campuses are eligible to participate. You can participate in multiple groups in a given semester, and there is no limit on the number of groups while enrolled at Tufts. All groups are confidential, with meetings taking place on a secure Zoom platform. After your place in the group is confirmed, the group facilitator will send a unique link to access the session(s).
 
We offer two main types of groups at CMHS:
  • Counseling Groups typically meet weekly for up to 8 weeks. These groups can deepen your self-awareness, enhance your relationship skills, and foster connection with other students. Counseling groups typically involve a commitment to attend all sessions and also to meet with the facilitator for an individual pre-group conversation. You must be located in Massachusetts during the time of the meeting.
  • Discussion Groups and Workshops offer a more informal opportunity to build skills or to connect with others regarding particular experiences. Most workshops are either drop-in or require a simple sign-up to join, and you can join from any geographical location.

Spring 2022 Virtual Groups and Workshops

COUNSELING GROUPS:

Oasis: Holding Space
Facilitators: Candyce Burke-Auguste and Kalo Sokoto
7 Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:15pm: February 23rd - April 13th (no meeting March 23)
 
For Black identified students, this space is intended to promote positive mental health and coping. Participants will be able to share and learn in a liberated space about the impact of power and privilege, experiences of marginalization, racial/acculturative stress, intersectionality and identity development. Join with others to give voice to your thoughts and feelings and proactively engage in the radical act of self-care & community care.Contact Candyce.Burke_Auguste@tufts.edu for inquiries and to schedule an individual pre-group meeting.
Coping with Loss in a Remote World
Facilitators: Stefan Jadaszewski and Sophie Ricks
8 Fridays 3 - 4:15pm: March 4th – April 29th (no meeting March 25)
 
This is a confidential and supportive group for students who have experienced the death of a family member, partner, or friend. Group members will have an opportunity to talk about their current lives and the impact of loss while juggling the demands of being a student. Participants will form a connection with each other as a community on this shared journey. This group is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Contact Stefan.Jadaszewski@tufts.edu or Sophie.Ricks@tufts.edu for inquiries and to schedule an individual pre-group meeting.
Growing up with Family Mental Illness or Addiction
Facilitators: Deborah Siegel and Cate Petrowski
7 Fridays 1–2pm: March 11 – April 29 (no meeting March 25)
 
This group is designed to support undergraduate and graduate students who have a family member or loved one living with mental illness and/or addiction. The group will focus on providing information about resources, common challenges and growthful experiences, and strategies for setting healthy boundaries. Additionally, the group will be a safe space to discuss shared experiences and connect with others. Contact Deborah.Siegel@tufts.edu or Cate.Petrowski@tufts.edu for inquiries and to schedule an individual pre-group meeting.
Body Image and Me
Facilitator: Gabrielle Roy
7 Fridays 2 – 3:15 pm: March 4th – April 22nd (no meeting March 25)
 
Do you compare your body size and appearance to others? Experience guilt after eating your favorite dessert? Feel alone in your struggle with body image? This group will provide a supportive space for students to discuss feelings about their body and living in a world that places so much emphasis on appearance and size. Through a combination of discussion and experiential-based activities we will explore how cultural, familial, social, and identity factors contribute to overall body image through an anti-diet, health at every size lens. Contact Gabrielle.Roy@tufts.edu for inquiries and to schedule an individual pre-group meeting.
Mixed Feelings: Multicultural Identity Process Group
Facilitator: Xi Bi
7 Fridays, 10 – 11am: March 4 – April 22 (no meeting March 25)
 
This 7-session process group provides a confidential and safe space for multiracial/multicultural students to explore their “mixed feelings” as a result of the interactions among their identities, family compositions, and the cultural clashes experienced internally and externally. Group members will be able to process experiences of how they are partially perceived in different spaces and cultivate feelings of pride and compassion towards the wholeness of the self. Contact Xi.Bi@tufts.edu for inquiries and to schedule an individual pre-group meeting.
ReST & Renew: Tools for Uncertain Times--for Graduate Students
Facilitator: Andrew Yuen
6 Wednesdays, 1 – 2pm: March 9 – April 20th (no meeting March 23)
 
This group is a gathering space for graduate students to find connection and mutual support. Participants will acquire tools to: build social connection, manage emotions, find purpose and meaning, set goals, and promote healthy habits. Each participant will receive a copy of the Resiliency Skills Training (ReST) Workbook for their own use. Participants are welcome to talk about challenges unique to the graduate student experience, or personal challenges impacting their wellbeing. Students are encouraged to attend each session. Contact Andrew.Yuen@tufts.edu for inquiries and to schedule an individual pre-group meeting.
Survivors Support Group
Facilitator: Marilyn Downs
6 Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:45pm: March 1 – April 12 (no meeting March 22)
 
For students who have experienced a sexual assault. This group provides a safe space to connect with others, feel understood and supported, learn about common responses to trauma, process experiences, explore decisions about disclosure, consider relational impacts, and develop tools for healing. Open to students of all identities. Contact Marilyn.Downs@tufts.edu for inquiries and to schedule an individual pre-group meeting.

DISCUSSION GROUPS, WORKSHOPS AND WEBINARS:

ReST& Renew: Tools for Uncertain Times--for Undergraduate Students
Facilitator: Jennifer Granquist
4 Wednesdays, 2 - 3pm: March 2 – March 30 (no meeting March 23)
 
This group aims to help undergraduate students learn and practice resiliency skills to better face unexpected changes and manage uncertainty. Participants will acquire tools to: build social connection, manage emotions, find purpose and meaning, set goals, and promote healthy habits. Each participant will receive a copy of the Resiliency Skills Training (ReST) Workbook for their own use. Students are encouraged to attend each session. Contact Jennifer.Granquist@tufts.edu for inquiries or to RSVP.
Black Wellness Workshop--Rest and Recharge
Facilitators: Candyce Burke-Auguste and Kalo Sokoto
Wednesday April 20, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
 
This workshop for Black-identified students will serve as a reset button and opportunity for taking a collective breath. The emphasis will be on fostering connection, reducing stress, combatting daily life challenges, and engaging in radical self-care, community care and other restorative practices.Contact Candyce.Burke_Auguste@tufts.edu for inquiries or to RSVP.
Connection Matters: International Students Discussion Group
Facilitator: Xi Bi
3 Wednesdays, 10 – 11am: 2/9, 3/9, 4/6
 
In this series of conversation spaces for international students, we will talk about being an international student in a very isolated and uncertain time; and how we make connections, reduce stress, and enhance coping skills. Open to all Tufts international students, regardless of your current location. You are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions. Contact Xi.Bi@tufts.edu for inquiries or to RSVP.
Connecting with Care in the Community
Facilitator: Jimmy Kane
Weekly on Tuesdays, 12 – 12:30pm EST
 
Looking for a long-term therapist or psychiatrist? Join CMHS’ Care Manager to learn how to connect with a provider in the community for long-term therapy/treatment. This webinar will provide students an understanding of their insurance/cost of therapy, review therapist search tools and help students feel comfortable contacting providers on their own. (Webinar is confidential and students will not be visible to each other) RSVP to receive the Zoom link herego.tufts.edu/mhoffcampus

Groups of Workshops Offered On Campus by Health Promotion and Prevention Groups On Campus