Support groups are a safe space to grow and process with other students who may have similar experiences. Groups are led by psychology or medical staff. Group offerings may vary throughout the year based upon expressed interest and availability. Some groups require a brief screening before joining.
CHWS Support Group Offerings: Fall 2021
All Addictions Anonymous (AAA)
(Fridays 12:00-1:00pm, the Multifaith Room in Kilworth Basement)
Includes ALL obsessive, compulsive patterns such as drinking alcohol, using drugs, gambling, sex, self-harm or injury, food, anorexia, bulimia, sugar, smoking, co-dependency, etc., anyone can certainly increase this list, and all are welcome.
For more info or to join, contact Colleen Carette (206-351-7769 | firstname.lastname@example.org) or a student representative (818-370-9583)
Autism Spectrum Therapy Group
(Tuesdays 1:00-2:00pm, remote)
This therapy group is intended for individuals on the autism spectrum who are dealing with issues related to being autistic, such as social anxiety and/or isolation, depression, anxiety, stress around transitions (such as returning to campus), and more. This group will be a combination of learning sessions, which focus on social skills, naming emotions, stress/coping skills, strengths, exploration, etc. and group processing activities, which include structured/planned activities where members may share about their personal experiences and psychological distress associated with autism.
**No official diagnosis is needed. Individuals who feel they may be on the spectrum are welcome to join.**
For more info or to join, contact Lisa Scott (253.879.2851 | email@example.com)
Between the Lines
(Tuesdays 5:00 – 6:30 pm, remote)
Between the Lines is a support group geared toward creating a safe space for students who identify within the Queer or LGBTQ+ community, as well as those who are questioning their identity. This group is for students seeking discussion with and support from other students. Between the Lines is a drop-in group and there is no requirement for students to attend every session, however, it is highly encouraged. Group sessions will take place remotely via Zoom.
For more info or to join, contact Dr. Erin Potts (via Secure Message | firstname.lastname@example.org)
Grief Support Group
This is a lightly-moderated group focused on peer support for those who have experienced the loss of someone close. Members are encouraged to attend regularly, but it is not required to join.
For meeting details or to join, contact Dave Wright (253.879.3818 | email@example.com)
Life Hack Skills Group
Mondays 1:00-2:30pm (remote, starts 9/13/21)
Thursdays 1:00-2:30pm (remote, starts 9/16/21)
The general goal of this 12-week workshop is for participants to learn to change their behaviors, manage emotions and thoughts more effectively, and live the life that they believe is worth living. Skills will be broken into four modules: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. While in the skills class, participants will learn and practice their skills. In practicing these skills throughout the week, they will gain the confidence and knowledge to integrate these skills into a way of acting, to feel, and thinking as a matter of routine. While you do not have to attend every session, we hope you will since each of the lessons build on each other.
For more info or to join, contact Khalila Fordham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Coming Soon: ADHD Neurodivergent Support Group
Beginning in October, a peer-led ADHD support group will be available on Tuesday evenings. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact CHWS in mid-October for updated details on the group time, location, and facilitator (253.879.1555 | email@example.com)
Free and Low-cost Support Groups in the Tacoma Community
Center for Discovery Free Support Groups
Center for Discovery and Discovery Mood & Anxiety offer free online support groups for anyone who has been impacted by an eating disorder or mental health challenge. CFD holds groups for anyone who is currently in treatment, in recovery, or has not yet sought treatment for an eating disorder as well as offering support groups for BIPOC Individuals, Loved Ones, and Binge Eating Disorder (BED). Note: Discovery groups are intended to provide peer support and are not a substitute for treatment.
For more info, visit https://centerfordiscovery.com/groups/.
Liberating Jasper Sliding Scale Groups
Liberating Jasper offers $5 or $7 weekly virtual Eating Disorder Support group sessions. Support groups include: Queer Peer Eating Disorders (ED), Bodies of Size, Binge Eating Disorder (BED), BIPOC ED, Neuro-Divergent ED, and a new Support Systems Support Group. Scholarships and sliding scale are available for Groups.
For more info, visit https://www.liberatingjasper.com/offerings or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Puget Sound Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A)
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
For more info about Puget Sound A.A. or to see if A.A. is the best fit for you, visit https://www.pugetsoundaa.org/about-a-a.