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Psychoeducational & support groups for WKU students


Fall 2021 Psychoeducational & support groups for WKU students

Please share the following information about the psychoeducational & support groups (coordinated by the Counseling Center team, for WKU students) offered this Fall:

  • Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Student Healing Circle
  • Psychological Skills for Helping Self, Relationships, & Communication (6-Session Group Program)
  • LGBTQ+ Support Group
  • Sexual Assault Services Support Group
  • Tackling Racism within White Circles

Below is a brief description of each opportunity, with dates, times, locations, and registration links; however, please look at the flyers attached for more information. Please share widely with students whom you think may be interested in any of our offerings.

Thank you,

The Counseling Center Team

 

Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Student Healing Circle

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (CST) every other Thursday: September 23, October 7, 21, November 4, & 18

Hybrid: In person (*Potter Hall 408) or Zoom Options (for remote participation)

Register here with your WKU email address: https://wku.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cG9ghULhUXqOquW 

 

This is a group for students of color at WKU who are interested in giving and receiving support for living with racial stress and learning how to help ourselves and others harmed by racism. Students of color who identify their races as Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic, Asian, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, Middle Eastern/North African, or Multiracial are welcome to join us. International students of color are also welcome to join us.

 

Sessions will be held via in-person (*Potter Hall 408; appropriately worn masks are required and Healthy on the Hill expectations met) or via Zoom (for remote participation). *To safeguard privacy, observers, screenshots, video and audio recordings are not permitted in this support group.

 

*Although the facilitator is a mental health professional, this support group is not designed to be a group therapy treatment for PTSD or any other mental disorders. If you have any questions or concerns about whether or not this support group is appropriate for your needs and interests, please contact Dr. Masami Matsuyuki (masami.matsuyuki@wku.edu) at WKU Counseling Center before you register.

 

Psychological Skills for Helping Self, Relationships, & Communication (6-Session Group Program)

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (CST) on Tuesdays: October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2 & 9

Hybrid: In person (*Potter Hall 408) or Zoom Options (for remote participation)

Register here with your WKU email address: https://wku.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_agUEqBOYdYyNRga

 

This program is an adapted version of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training for college students who are interested in improving their intrapersonal, interpersonal, and communication skills. Although DBT is known as an evidence-based treatment for various mental disorders, this program is designed to be a psychoeducational workshop for self-help, not a group therapy for treatment.

Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all 6 sessions and practice newly learned skills between sessions in order to receive the full benefits of this program.

 

*Appropriately worn masks are required and Healthy on the Hill expectations met) or via Zoom (for remote participation). To safeguard privacy, observers, screenshots, video and audio recordings are not permitted in this support group.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about whether or not this program is appropriate for your needs and interests, please contact Dr. Masami Matsuyuki (masami.matsuyuki@wku.edu) at the WKU Counseling Center before you register.

  

LGBTQ+ Support Group

1st & 3rd Tuesdays @ 4:00 p.m. (CST) | Sept. 7 & 21; Oct. 5 & 19; Nov. 2 & 16; Dec. 7

*Potter Hall 408

This support group for students who identify under the LGBTQ+ umbrella and their allies. Weekly topics will be provided along with group discussion. Although this group is hosted by the Counseling Center, it is not a therapeutic group. If you have questions about the appropriateness of this group for students, please contact the facilitator, Katie Knackmuhs, WKU Counseling Center Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, at: katie.knackmuhs@wku.edu . Students can attend one or all sessions.  

 

*Appropriately worn masks are required and Healthy on the Hill expectations met. *To safeguard privacy, video and audio recordings are not permitted in this support group.

 

Sexual Assault Services Support group

Hosted, via Zoom, on Tuesdays at 6:30pm (CST) beginning Tue. August 31st 

The purpose of the SASS group is to provide a supportive and safe space for members who have been victims and survivors of sexual assault.  This trauma can be at any point in their life.  The group will allow students share their own stories as they become comfortable, depending upon their healing process, and learn from other members to reinforce that they are not alone. 

This group is “BY REFERRAL ONLY”; therefore, please email Elizabeth Madariaga, WKU Counseling Center Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor & Sexual Assault Services Coordinator, at: elizabeth.madariaga@wku.edu if you believe a student would benefit and is interested in attending. Please make sure the student is aware that you are referring them BEFORE making a referral for the student.  You may also share Elizabeth’s contact information with the student and they can refer themselves and/or find out additional information. 

*To safeguard privacy, observers, screenshots, video and audio recordings are not permitted in this support group.

 

Tackling Racism within White Circles

Every other Wednesday | 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (CST) | Sept. 22, Oct. 6 & 20, Nov. 3 & 17

Hybrid: In person (*Potter Hall 408) or Zoom Options (for remote participation)

Register here with your WKU email address: https://wku.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6FouME54ozgXf0i

 

The Counseling Center understands in order to achieve racial equity, awareness, and understanding, White students (and faculty and staff) need to begin to make changes within themselves and their White circles. This group is for students, who identify as White, who are ready to reflect on their Whiteness, examine ways they benefit from White privilege, and explore their internalized racism that leads to the continued discrimination, bias, and oppression of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). We will review the historical construction and present-day perpetuation of White supremacy culture. We will discuss how to interrupt racist behavior and systemic racism. To help endure and persevere in the anti-racist journey, self-awareness and self-care techniques will be taught and practiced. Participants will be expected to engage in homework such as readings, mindfulness exercises, and viewing short videos between groups. 

 

*Appropriately worn masks are required and Healthy on the Hill expectations met) or via Zoom (for remote participation). To safeguard privacy, observers, screenshots, video and audio recordings are not permitted in this support group


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 Last Modified 10/14/21