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Wellness Center

Wellness Center Groups

Check out the group offerings below!

The Wellness Center is offering several mental health groups this fall that are designed to support students and facilitate rich group conversations. Groups are free to LUC students who are enrolled in classes. These groups were developed by Wellness Center mental health staff to meet the specific needs of college students. If you are interested in joining a group, please reach out to the staff member in each description, their contact information is in the group listing.  If you are not sure which group is the best fit for you, you can call 773-508-2530 and schedule a phone triage appointment with a mental health provider to talk through your options. The majority of groups being offered this fall will take place virtually on Zoom. To participate in these groups, you will need to live in the state of Illinois and have a private place to talk. Check out the Fall group listings below, there are alot of great options! 

The Fall 2021 groups are now live, see the schedule below.

Emotional Intelligence and Relationships Group (Virtual-On Zoom)

Mondays 3:30-5pm

These semester-long virtual groups are open to undergraduate students and offer a safe space for you to explore your emotions more deeply and to reflect on your thoughts and behaviors in relationships.  

Email Tiffany Tiberi, PsyD at ttiberi@luc.edu or call 773-508-2751 to learn more information or to set up a pre-group interview. There is also a section of this group offered on Wednesdays. 

 

Layla F. Saad’s “Me and White Supremacy”: An Anti-Racism Skills Group (Virtual- On Zoom) 

Mondays 11 am-12 pm

If the events of 2020 left you wondering what it means to be an advocate for racial justice, this group is for you. Layla F. Saad’s workbook, Me and White Supremacy, “leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy” through a series of journaling and self-reflection prompts. In this confidential group, we will work through these prompts together, creating a brave space to address our own biases without judgement. Contact Brit Holmberg at bholmbe@luc.edu  for additional information and to register. 

Take a Deep Breath: Meditating Alone Together (In-person)

Mondays 3:30 – 4:30 pm in the Quiet Reading Room (317) of the Information Commons 

         First session starts on September 13th & last session is December 6th.  

Now more than ever we realize the importance of connection with others. The combination of connecting with others and the benefits of meditation is what this group is about. It’s much easier to meditate with the support of a group & certified teacher as you connect with others! Learn how to meditate & incorporate it into your daily life OR support an existing practice. See why this group has been going since 2002! Sessions are ongoing, newcomers are always welcome (no perfect people allowed- come as you are). To register or ask questions - email Dianna Stencel, LCSW at dstence@luc.edu

 

Black Connections on Campus (Virtual- On Zoom)

 Tuesdays 4-5 pm

This group is for LUC undergraduate students whose identity includes Black/African ancestry.  This affinity space focuses on creating community, exploring identity, voicing experiences, and making positive changes.  Topics may include perfectionism, imposter syndrome, stress management, relationships, adjusting to college and family.  This group meets on Tuesdays at 4pm, via Zoom.  Contact Andrea Boyd, Ph.D., 773-508-2534 or aboyd2@luc.edu for additional information.

 

Simple Strategies for Managing Anxiety  (Virtual- On Zoom)

Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm

This 8-week group uses evidence-based strategies to help you better understand how anxiety impacts your daily life and learn helpful skills to effectively manage stressors.  Contact Guy Caprio, LCSW at gcaprio@luc.edu or Brit Holmberg, LCSW, at bholmbe@luc.edu or 773-508-2547, for more information and to register. 

You Got This: Making a Successful Transition to College Life – (A hybrid mix of in-person and virtual meetings)

Tuesdays 2-3pm

Work through your adjustment to the first year of college life in a supportive space and develop effective coping skills for managing overwhelming feelings, making friends, and navigating new situations.  Group will start in September and is open to any 1st or 2nd year student who is new to LUC’s campus.  Led by Priscilla Anzaldua, LCSW and Brit Holmberg, LCSW.  Please contact panzald@luc.edu  or 773-508-2184 for more information and to register. 

Graduate Student Interpersonal Process Group (Virtual- On Zoom)

Tuesdays 3-4:30pm

This is a semester-long group for graduate students to connect with other graduate students, with the goal of helping you decrease the sense of isolation, increase self-awareness, and enhance relationships. The group provides you with a safe space to give and receive support and feedback, and to communicate your emotions and needs in effective ways. The group is only open to students who are currently in the state of Illinois.

To set up a pre-group interview or for more information, contact Hongying Chen, PhD at hchen13@luc.edu.

Peaceful Mind: Mindfulness Group to Better Stress & Mood (Virtual-on Zoom) 

 Wednesdays 3 pm- 4:30 pm 

Information sessions held 3 pm- 4:30 pm on Wed. Sept. 8th & Sept. 15th

* Required attendance of ONE information session before joining the group

A 9-week mindfulness based group designed to help you better manage feelings of stress & improve mood. Quote from a past participant: ‘… a program such as this one can make a huge difference!’ You will receive a free e-handbook & recordings to help you with your at-home practice. To register or ask questions - email Dianna Stencel, LCSW at dstence@luc.edu

 

Emotional Intelligence and Relationships Group (Virtual-on Zoom)

Wednesdays 3-4:15pm

These semester-long virtual groups are open to undergraduate students and offer a safe space for you to explore your emotions more deeply and to reflect on your thoughts and behaviors in relationships.  

Email Brit Holmberg, LCSW bholmbe@luc.edu learn more information or to set up a pre-group interview. There is also a Monday section of this group. 

I'm My Own Soulmate: Learning to Cultivate Healthy Self-Image (Virtual- On Zoom)

 Wednesdays 3-4 pm

Are you curious to learn more about how to improve your self-esteem and honor your self-worth? In this semester-long virtual group, we will explore the factors that shape our sense of self, and learn to grow our resiliency by letting go of judgment and practicing compassion for ourselves and others. Group members will review and discuss content on gender, body image, social media, relationships, and more to challenge norms and promote growth. Contact Maddie Friedman, LCSW, at mfriedman6@luc.edu or (773) 508-8885 to request group membership. 

 

Black Grad Support Group (Virtual- On Zoom)

Thursdays 4-5 pm

This group for graduate students whose identity includes Black/African ancestry.  It is an affinity space to share about unique experiences and challenges at LUC. We may discuss topics including managing stress, navigating graduate school, career planning, communication with advisors, identity concerns, relationships, work/life balance, and self-care. This group meets on Thursdays at 4pm, via Zoom.  Contact Andrea Boyd, Ph.D., 773-508-2534 or aboyd2@luc.edu for additional information.

Cafecito Chat (Virtual- On Zoom)

Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm

 Cafecito chat is a safe space for Latinx identified students to connect and find community. Past group topics have been focused on finding support within a larger Loyola community, relationships, stress management, and managing transitions.  This group is open to both undergraduate and graduate students and will be held virtually. Questions should be directed to Priscilla Anzaldua, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) at panzald@luc.edu.  

Living with Loss and Uncertainty: A Pandemic Support Group - 6 weeks (Virtual- On Zoom)

Thursdays 11am-12pm

Living in the midst of a pandemic has led to countless losses for all of us.  Some have lost loved ones, others have missed out on important milestones, and events, and opportunities.  And much of our loss has occurred in isolation.  As we journey through this uncertain period, this confidential group will create a space to collectively name and mourn your losses in a supportive, empathic place.  Contact Brit Holmberg at bholmbe@luc.edu  for additional information and to register. 

 

Oh Synapse! Befriending the Nervous System for Wellbeing (Virtual-On Zoom)

Four week course meets Thursdays 3:00pm-4:15 on Zoom 

* Required information session: 

Session One information session – Sept 2nd

Session Two Information Session - Oct 28

Learn to better manage stress & overwhelm as we explore nervous system regulation. It’s like obtaining a couple pages from the operating manual we never received at birth. Through brief lecture, conversation & somatic exercises – you’ll have a better idea what supports your unique nervous system. Quote from past participant, “I would recommend the program … it's a nice break from everything & it’s very comforting to know that every emotion you feel is valid.” You will receive a free e-handbook & recordings to help you fill your toolbox and build a home practice.  To register or ask questions - email Dianna Stencel, LCSW at dstence@luc.edu

 

 

 

Thesis/Dissertation Support Group (Virtual- On Zoom)

Fridays 1-2 pm

This group is open to graduate students at any stage of completing the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation.  Join us for tips and support for keeping on track, getting back on track...or starting on the right track! We can help you achieve your goal! Contact Andrea Boyd, PhD at aboyd2@luc.edu to request group membership.

This group meets on Fridays at 1pm, via Zoom.  Contact Andrea Boyd, Ph.D., 773-508-2534 or aboyd2@luc.edu for additional information.

 

Queer-antine Support Group (Virtual- On Zoom)

Fridays 1:30-3pm

This group is open to undergraduate and graduate students in Illinois of all gender identities who identify as LGBTQ+. The goal of this group is to provide a safe and nonjudgmental space for queer identified students to process feelings of depression and anxiety related to (but not limited to): the coming out process, relationships, homophobia, transphobia, and the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting the world. Interested students should complete a group screening with Tiffany Tiberi, Psy.D. to determine fit. Group will meet weekly for an hour and a half beginning in mid-September. Contact Dr. Tiffany Tiberi at ttiberi@luc.edu  more information or to set up a pre-group screen.

Support Space for Asian American Pacific Islander Students (Virtual- On Zoom)

Fridays 1 – 2 pm

This weekly drop-in group provides a confidential and safe space for AAPI students to support one another and build community on shared experiences. Join us for connection and discussion regarding experiences being Asian American and intersectionality of identities. The goal is to help you build resilience and thrive despite challenges.

The group will start on September 10th. If you are interested in joining, please contact Nicole Sumida, LCSW at nsumida@luc.edu or Hongying Chen, PhD at hchen13@luc.edu.

 

International Student Drop-In Group:  Celebrating and Thriving Through Cultural Diversity (Virtual- On Zoom)

Fridays 9-10 AM, CST.

This Drop-In group is open to any Loyola international student who is currently in the U.S. or abroad.  We provide a safe space for international students to meet and talk about the joys and challenges of being an international student during these challenging times.  Goal of the group is to support each other, have fun, and problem solve concerns.  To register, contact Hongying Chen (hchen13@luc.edu), PhD, or Daniel Keller (dkeller@luc.edu), PhD.   

Some of the virtual therapy groups may requires students who are interested to complete additional small steps, such as having a pre-screen call or signing an e-consent form. Some of the group may also only be available for students living in the state of Illinois. Once you reach out to your facilitator about the group you are interested in, they will let you know how to join. We also encourage students attending virtual groups to find a private space to attend the group on Zoom.