CHWS offering myriad of support groups this Fall

By Angela Cookston
Every semester, Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services (CHWS) forms support groups for students with a variety of needs. Below are the groups, their meeting times and their open status. Some groups are currently closed to maintain stability within membership and might be open again at the start of spring semester.
Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACoA)
Meets every Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Social Justice Center.
Led by Chris Edwards, PsyD.
“This group is open and drop-in. Students who have family members struggling with alcoholism or other substance use/addiction are welcome to join. Group format is both peer support and process oriented,” Edwards said.
All Addictions Anonymous (AAA)
Meets every Friday from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Multifaith Room in the basement of Kilworth Chapel.
Led by Colleen Carette, PA-C.
“All Addictions Anonymous 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,” Carette said.
“The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop acting out,” she added.
Between the Lines – LGBTQ Support
Meets every Tuesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at CHWS.
Led by Donn Marshall, PhD.
“For details, including meeting location, students should speak to a current participant or contact me directly,” Marshall said (marshall@pugetsound.edu).
Chronic Pain and Illness
Meets every Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m. at CHWS.
Led by Jeffrey Okey, PhD.
This group is open to new students.
“At this time [the group] remains open to anyone who identifies as having a chronic pain or illness condition, and is interested in both support and working toward effective self-management,” Okey said.
Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA)
Meets every Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Multifaith Room in the basement of Kilworth Chapel.
Led by Colleen Carette, PA-C.
“Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA) is a fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their eating disorders. People can and do fully recover from having an eating disorder,” Carette said. “In EDA, we help one another identify and claim milestones of recovery,” Carette said. “The only requirement for membership is a desire to recover from an eating disorder.”
Grief Group
Meets every Thursday from 1 to 1:45 p.m. in the Student Diversity Center.
Led by Reverend Dave Wright, University Chaplain and Director for Spiritual Life and Civic Engagement.
This group is open to new students.
“It is an informal, low-structure group that is moderated to support students as they live with both recent and distant griefs of various types.  There’s no screening process, although I’m very happy to talk with students if they have questions about the group prior to attending,” Wright said. “Because it’s open, with no commitment required (but participation encouraged), people are welcome to come weekly or sporadically based on their own needs, energy and schedule.”
Intercultural Support — Students of Color
Meets every Thursday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Social Justice Center.
Led by Khalila Fordham, PsyD and Sam Smith, MA.
“This group is open and looking for new members to get started!” Evans, ACoA leader, said. “The aim is to provide a safe, supportive space for Students of Color and/or students from minoritized backgrounds to share their experiences and openly discuss topics/current events that may be impacting their daily life. … To express interest or learn more about the group, contact chws@pugetsound.edu.”
Sexual Assault Survivors Group (SAS)
Meets every Wednesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at CHWS.
Led by Charee Boulter, PhD.
“Currently the SAS group is full for the fall. If interested in the group for the spring, please contact CHWS in January,” Boulter said. “The Sexual Assault Survivors Support group is offered each year to provide support to survivors of childhood sexual abuse and/or adult sexual assault,” Boulter said.
“The SAS group is run as a closed group. … Members meet with the group leaders prior to joining the group for a screening interview to ensure the group is a good fit for the survivor. Members commit to attending weekly for the semester and this allows the members to develop trust and confidence with each other.”
Stress Management & Coping Skills
Meets every Tuesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at CHWS.
Led by Khalila Fordham, PsyD and Paolo Larano, MA.
“This group aims to provide students with concrete skills to manage distress. Coping skills are introduced related to four domains — distress tolerance, emotion regulation, mindfulness and interpersonal effectiveness. The group draws on principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy,” Evans, ACoA leader, said.
This group is open to new members. To join, contact chws@pugetsound.edu or just stop by.
To join an open group or get more information, talk to any CHWS staff member, call CHWS at 253-879-1555 or email chws@pugetsound.edu.

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