Loyola University Maryland

Counseling Center

Workshops and Support Groups

The Counseling Center will be offering a variety of opportunities for students to enhance their care for themselves and connect with their peers.

Register for a Workshop or Group

Workshop Offerings

Workshops facilitated by a counselor offer psychoeducation and useful tools for participants to increase their emotional awareness, reduce stress, and incorporate new coping skills into their daily routines. 

Mindful Self-care

The Mindful Self-Care Live Workshop is an all-encompassing experience that will culminate in having your own action plan for coping and managing the stressors of being a college student. During this workshop, you will engage in a variety of exercises and reflections to be able to create more effective, healthy, and practical ways to take care of your needs. This workshop will be offered monthly on Zoom Wednesdays at 3 pm EST on February 2, March 2, April 6 and April 27, 2022.

Can’t attend the drop-in workshop? Check out this self-care video instead!

Yale Course on Happiness

The Science of Well-being. This course, offered by Yale University, will offers a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life. The course is currently available for no cost.

Journaling

This recorded journaling workshop will introduce the benefits of journaling and provide prompts for students to explore their thoughts and feelings.

EmpowerMe Yoga

In EmpowerMe Yoga, participants engage in yoga to build skills that foster mind-body awareness, coping, and emotional wellness. This class will take place in the Fitness and Aquatics Center (FAC) every Tuesday from 6-7pm and will be led by a yoga instructor. Feel free to contact the FAC at 410-617-5453 or the Counseling Center at 410-617-2273 for more details. You can sign up for EmpowerMe Yoga classes by creating an account on IM Leagues, the FAC's Group X registration platform.

Support Group Offerings

Support Groups provide a place for students to come together to learn new skills, receive support, and share information and resources. These groups are different from therapy groups. The facilitator may provide educational information and facilitate an interactive dialogue among students who are sharing information and resources and providing one another with support. Groups are held weekly to bi-weekly at a scheduled date and time. Regular attendance is strongly encouraged. Participants will be provided with additional information prior to the start date and once they register for the group. Register for a support group.

Empower

Empower is a space for students of color at Loyola to discuss the different ways in which topics specific to identity and culture intersect with mental and emotional wellness. Empower provides an affinity space for participants to discuss issues and questions unique to experiences of young adults with varied and multiple identities related to race and culture, and how that is impacted by the environment at a predominantly white institution. Topics will change every session and include discussions such as navigating attraction and self-esteem as a person of color at a PWI, addressing the emotional impact of navigating roommate dynamics when living with someone of a different race/cultural background, discussing ways to reframe the utility of anger and rage that has been stereotyped against black and brown individuals, and much more. Participating in this group will empower students and provide an opportunity for connection. The group day and time is TBD; this space will be updated with that information by the first week of February. Information on ways to register are forthcoming as well.

Excel

Excel is a support group for students who have a disability or face learning challenges.  Excel provides a space for students to discuss their unique challenges related to virtual learning and find support to navigate learning hurdles.  Students will also be able to share resources, learn stress management skills, and discuss self-care.  Students do not need to be registered with Disability Support Services to join this group.

Facing Loss

Facing Loss is a grief support group that brings together students who have lost a loved one, recently or long ago. This group meets weekly.

RIO (Recognition, Insight, Openness)

RIO is an innovative program specifically tailored to provide quick and useful tools without overburdening the busy schedules of Loyola students. RIO is a 3-week psychoeducational seminar designed to help students clarify their concerns and develop a clearer sense of what they would like to change in their lives.  RIO is a curriculum-driven workshop and respects students’ individual privacy while still providing ample space to begin building skills through experiential training opportunities.  Programs like RIO have been shown to help with overall functioning and sense of well-being, improve concentration and grades, and make adjusting successfully to new environments and challenges more likely. Once you have completed the registration form, a Counseling Center staff member will reach out to you to assist with scheduling. RIO is currently being offered multiple days and times per week.

Abolishing Racism: White Accountability Space

Join a conversation for all students, regardless of race, to explore barriers that prevent all individuals from engaging in racial equity work. This space will focus on addressing ways white people perpetuate harm and contribute to individualized and systemic racism. This conversation is an important step in dismantling racism without relying on people of color to do the emotional labor. Please register if you are interested in joining the group. Email Jason Parcover, PhD, at jparcover@loyola.edu for more information.

Coping Skills

Coping Skills is a five-part workshop series focused on teaching and exploring coping skills in a hands-on environment. Sessions focus on developing building block skills to help manage stress, anxiety, anger, depression, and other difficult emotions. The workshop is an open series, allowing you to come to some or all sessions as your schedule allows. Topics include Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance. Session(s) are open to anyone but do involve actively practicing the skills during the workshop, with additional suggestions provided that can be used at home. Coping Skills meets on Monday in person, time will be announced soon.

Solace

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Solace is a workshop series which focuses on self-esteem and self-compassion, body image, and mindfulness.  It is an open series which means that you can attend one or all sessions!

Resilient Healing

Resilient Healing is an educational group for students who have experienced some type of trauma. The group will educate members about trauma, practice grounding and mindfulness techniques to help manage symptoms, increase coping skills and resilience, reduce and heal feelings of shame and anger, and provide a safe and supportive environment from which to heal. The goals of the group are to help members move forward with strength, insight, and resilience. This group will meet weekly.  Please contact Dr Kourtney Bennett at kbennett@loyola.edu or Julie Phillips, LCSW-C at japhillips1@loyola.edu with questions or for any additional information.

Understanding Self and Others

Understanding Self and Others is a general process group intended to help students improve personal relationships through increased self-awareness, growth, and feedback. It is designed to help students understand and clarify their needs and find healthy ways to get needs met in an interpersonal context. Group participants will learn skills aimed at facing life's challenges, increasing self-esteem, and providing feedback in a safe and confidential group. Please contact the Counseling Center for more information or speak to your individual counselor to express your interest.

Support Group Registration

Support Groups provide a place for students to learn new skills, receive support, and share information and resources. These groups are different from therapy groups. The facilitator may provide educational information and facilitate an interactive dialogue among students who are sharing information and resources and providing one another with support.

Informed Consent for Support Groups

The facilitator will establish and maintain a climate of respect among students. Each student is asked to respect the privacy of the other students and thus refrain from sharing any personal information about a participant to anyone outside of the virtual group. Even though the privacy of your information among students cannot be guaranteed, the facilitator will protect your privacy in accordance with applicable standards for mental health professionals in Maryland. Limits of Confidentiality apply to virtual support groups in similar ways as in-person services. Disclosure of the information you provide may be made by the Counseling Center: (1) when you sign a written request to have information released, (2) when the facilitator believes that you present a danger to yourself or to others, (3) when the facilitator has reasonable suspicion of abuse or neglect of a child or a vulnerable adult, (4) when the life or safety of an identified or readily identifiable third person is endangered or threatened, and (5) when otherwise required or permitted by law.

Support groups involve alternative forms of communication that may reduce visual and auditory cues and increase the likelihood of misunderstanding one another. In rare cases security protocols could fail and your confidential information could be accessed by unauthorized persons. The Loyola University Counseling Center works to reduce these risks by only using secure videoconferencing software through Zoom.  In order to reduce any privacy and security risks of TMH, you agree that:

  • You will engage in sessions only from a private location where you will not be overheard or interrupted.
  • You will use your own computer or device, that is not publicly accessible.
  • You will ensure that the computer or device you use has updated operating and anti-virus software.
  • You will not record any sessions, nor will the Counseling Center record your sessions without your written consent.

Should there be technical problems with video conferencing during a virtual support group session, the most reliable backup method of contact is by phone. You acknowledge that the phone number provide below is the best number at which you can be reached, and to have your phone with you at session times. If you are unable to connect, or get disconnected, please try to connect again and if problems continue call the Counseling Center.

If during this support group, you become interested in pursuing counseling services, we encourage you to contact the Counseling Center to connect with a counselor to discuss your needs. The facilitator of the support group can provide referral resources or additional help if needed. The facilitator(s) may consult with Counseling Center staff members for the purpose of providing the best possible service to meet your needs.

If you experience a mental health emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. Additional crisis resources can be found on our Counseling Center website.

Registration Form

Completion of this form serves as your registration to participate in the selected group and that you understand and agree to the above principles and policies. You will be contacted at your Loyola email address by the group co-leader for meeting days/times.

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