Groups and Workshops

We offer free groups and workshops for all current Tufts students. Students can participate in multiple groups in a given semester, with no limit on the number of groups while enrolled at Tufts.

  • Support and therapy groups are an opportunity to receive multiple perspectives, encouragement, and feedback in a safe and confidential environment. The experience can deepen your self-awareness, enhance your relationship skills and allow you to experiment with new ideas and ways of being.
  • Workshops and Discussion Groups offer a more informal opportunity to connect with others regarding particular experiences or for a shared activity. Most workshops are either drop-in or require a simple sign-up to join -- see specific descriptions for details.

Groups FAQs

What is group therapy?

Group therapy is an opportunity for students to join with others to discuss similar concerns or experiences. A typical group has 4 – 8 students and meets for 60 – 75 minutes weekly or every other week, facilitated by a CMHS staff clinician.

Why join a group?

Participating in a group can help you:

  • Feel understood and supported by others with similar experiences.
  • Deepen your self-awareness.
  • Learn to effectively express your thoughts and feelings to others.
  • Enhance interpersonal skills and improve relationships.
  • Develop more effective coping strategies.
What do I talk about in group?

Group facilitators are skilled in creating a safe space where everyone can feel supported to participate and benefit from the group. You get to decide what and when to share; that said, you will find group most helpful when you can open up about the concerns that bring you there.

What about confidentiality?

All groups are confidential, and each member must commit to maintain confidentiality in order to participate in a group. This is a critical aspect of creating a safe, respectful and trusting environment, which allows group members to discuss their concerns and engage with others.

How do I join a group?

Please schedule a 30 minute meeting with the group leader in one of these ways:

  • Speak with your CMHS clinician
  • Contact the CMHS office at 617-627-3360
  • Log into the Patient Portal. Click the "Forms" tab and complete and submit the "Counseling Groups Interest Form".

2019 Counseling Groups

These groups meet weekly starting in mid-February. Please see details below.

Oasis: Group for African, Caribbean, and Black Identified Students

Wednesdays, 12:00-1:15 PM at CMHS Somerville
Facilitated by: Candyce Burke

A safe and supportive environment in which to explore challenges and opportunities related to race, culture, and the unique experience of higher education. Join with others around topics like the impact of power and privilege, experiences of marginalization, identity development, and understanding intersectionality. Gain skills for healthy self-care and a sense of community.


Understanding Self and Others - Graduate Students

Wednesdays, 4:30 - 5:45 PM at Health Service
Facilitator: Jamie Graceffo

This is a group in which students can discuss and reflect on the interpersonal dynamics present in their relationships with others. The group will help students increase their understanding of their own interpersonal style and how people impact one another. Students will explore new ways of relating within the group and within their personal lives.

Managing Depression through Learning and Connecting

Thursdays 3:00pm - 4:30pm at CMHS Somerville
Facilitated by: B. Francis Chen and Marussia Role

A group for undergrad and graduate students who are interested in improving their mood through connecting with others and mutual support. A confidential, supportive space where all identities are welcome.
Survivors Support Group

Fridays, 1:15 - 2:30 PM at CMHS Somerville 
Facilitators: Marilyn Downs and Anna Maria Baldauf

Sexual assault or unwanted sexual experiences can affect one’s sense of physical, emotional, and relational well-being and safety. This group provides a supportive space where you can connect with others, feel understood, learn about common responses to trauma, and develop tools for healing.

Coping with Loss

Fridays, 3 - 4:15 PM at CMHS Somerville
Facilitator: Xuhua Qin

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.

Family Matters: Growing up with Mental Illness or Addiction

Tuesdays, 4:45 - 6:00 at CMHS Somerville 
Facilitators: Michelle Chen & Chelsea Levy

A supportive group for students who have a family member with addiction and/or mental illness.  Connect with others around common struggles and challenging dynamics.  Explore frustrations, anxieties and fears related to the impact of mental illness and/or addiction on your family.  Navigate complex relationships and build on healthy coping strategies.


2019 Discussion Groups and Workshops

Drop-in unless otherwise noted.

Connections: International Student Discussion Group

4-Feb-2019, 25-Mar-2019 and 25-Apr-2019, 12 - 1:30 p.m. in Cabot 702. 
Facilitator: Xuhua Qin

Drop in groups for all international students regardless of length of stay in the U.S., native language, or country of origin. Share experiences and resources, get support, and build a network. Discussion topics include: adjustment, culture shock, homesickness, academic concerns, making American friends, and acculturation. Pizza will be provided.

Teatime Connection for Coping  with Loss

Friday 8-Feb-2019, 3 - 4:30 p.m. at CMHS Somerville.
Facilitator: Xuhua Qin

A one time gathering to meet with other students who have experienced a loss of a significant family member, partner, or friend. Connect to the community, and try out the experience of talking about loss and grief in a group setting. Tea & hot chocolate provided.

Lost in Translation: Effective Communication for International Students

Thursday 21-Feb-2019, 12 - 1:30 p.m., Dowling Hall 745A
Facilitator: Xuhua Qin

This workshop is aimed at discussing cultural differences in communicating, and practicing effective communication and coping skills. This is also a great opportunity to meet other international students, have interesting conversations, make connections, and build network at Tufts. Pizza will be provided.

Living with Chronic Illness and/or Disabilities

Wednesday 13-Feb-2019, 3 - 4:15 p.m. at CMHS Somerville
Facilitators: Marussia Role and B. Francis Chen

A gathering for support and connection with undergraduate and graduate students who live with chronic illness and/or disabilities. People with additional intersectional identities welcome. RSVP/Questions welcome:


Health Promotion and Prevention Groups On Campus

Mindfulness and Stress Reduction Programs

Resources for Students in Recovery

More Information
Ian Wong, Health Promotion 617-627-5495