People seeking emotional support and guidance in dealing with social anxieties, bulimia or the challenges of being a man in today’s world are invited to enroll in one of three weekly discussion groups now being formed by the University’s Psychological Service Center (PSC).
Designed to foster understanding and improve coping skills through the sharing of common experiences, the support groups meet one night a week for 8-12 weeks. Specific start dates will be announced as the groups are formed. All sessions will be held at the PSC’s West Campus offices, 7 N. Jackson Ave.
The PSC is an outpatient mental health clinic operated by the Department of Psychology in Arts & Sciences. Advanced clinical psychology doctoral students lead the support groups, with supervision from faculty and licensed clinical psychologists.
The three groups are listed below.
• “A Gathering of Men” will offer 5-8 men an opportunity to explore the stresses and challenges that they face in today’s world — issues such as self-acceptance, aging, emotionality and the loneliness of male responsibility; the burdens of being a father and family breadwinner; the roller-coaster rat race of work; and relationships with women, male friends and family members.
The fee is $100. Meetings will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on eight Mondays beginning in March.
• “Getting Back in Control: A Skills Training Group for Women With Bulimia” is an eight-week, solution-focused group offering women with bulimia an opportunity to learn new skills to help them resume healthy eating and weight-management behaviors. Applicants will be screened to determine if the group will be beneficial to their needs.
The fee is $100. The group will meet for 90 minutes on Mondays from May 24-July 12.
• The Social Anxiety Therapy Group offers emotional support and training for people struggling to overcome serious fears, concerns and anxieties about situations such as public speaking, meeting new people, asking questions at work or school, going to parties or meeting new colleagues. The group focuses on cognitive-behavioral techniques that have proven to be effective in overcoming social anxiety disorders.
The group will meet for 2.5 hours on Tuesday evenings beginning in early March. The fee is $240 for 12 sessions.
For registration or other information, call 935-6555.