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UMassD's New Active Minds Student Club - Thursdays @ 4pm via Zoom

Active Minds is a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy organization on the college campus. The group is designed to utilize peer outreach to increase students' awareness of mental health issues and symptoms of mental illness, provide information about available resources, encourage students to seek help as soon as help is needed, and to serve as a liaison between students and the mental health community.
Questions? please reach out to Tammy King (tking7@umassd.edu) or Kiki Bekkum (kbekkum@umassd.edu).

Wellness Conversation with our Counseling Center

In this time of social distancing, it is easy to feel isolated and alone. Wellness Conversations are virtual spaces where students can come together and connect around some of the things that make life challenging, exciting, or just complicated.

PLEASE NOTE: Wellness conversations are NOT therapy, and participation in a wellness conversation does NOT make you a client of the counseling center. If you are interested in scheduling a therapy appointment, please visit our website for information on how to do so.

Wellness conversations will be weekly drop-in Zoom meetings. Please contact the person listed below each offering for the Zoom sign-in information.

Grief and Loss – Fridays 12-1pm

Student led Zoom space hosted by the UMass Dartmouth Counseling Center. This is a space for students to support each other and to discuss their feelings and experiences with grief and loss.

Contact: Jaclyn Gray (jgray6@umassd.edu)

Mindfulness – Tuesdays 12-12:30pm

Come learn how to use mindfulness to decrease anxiety, increase calm, and improve your life in this skills-based wellness hangout. Please note, this wellness hangout is open to faculty, staff, and students.

Contact: James Graham (jgraham2@umassd.edu)

Are We There Yet? – Thursdays 4-4:45pm

Want to decompress from your week? Talk about the weekend ahead? Share ideas with the peers about COVID-19 safe (virtual) activities for the weekend? Just connect with your peers for a few minutes? Contact: Cate Perry (catherine.perry@umassd.edu)

Students of Color – Wednesdays 5-6pm

This wellness conversation provides a safe, supportive space for students of color to talk about issues that are important to them without judgment or fear.

Contact: Deb Taylor (dtaylor@umassd.edu)

Trans and Non-Binary Support – Tuesdays 5-6pm

We invite all trans, non-binary, and gender-questioning students to join us for rich conversations and mutual support. Share your thoughts and connect with your peers as you discuss, challenges, joys, and interests unique to your lives.

Contact: Jaclyn Gray (jgray6@umassd.edu)

Group Therapy

For many mental health concerns, group therapy is the treatment of choice. Group offers several benefits over individual therapy, such as: recognizing that you are not alone, and that many other people share your same concerns, struggles, and doubts; the chance to learn from your peers; the opportunity to get feedback, support, and validation from many people, not just one therapist.

To participate in a group, please reach out to the contact person listed to schedule an intake appointment with the Counseling Center. All groups will be held virtually over Zoom this semester.

Current Groups Include:

Interpersonal Therapy “IT” Group – Wednesdays 10-11:30am

Everyone has patterns: Typical roles that they find themselves in when interacting with others.  Some people are "peacekeepers" or "organizers."  Some tend to be assertive or quiet. The patterns that we find ourselves can play a part in feeling depressed or anxious, and the patterns can lead us to building walls around ourselves that make it difficult to connect and be honest.  This group space is a place to become aware of your patterns and try NEW ways of relating to people.  The group environment will emphasize honest feedback, authenticity, and constructive support.  The group will meet weekly, and will include no more than 10 people.  Group members are expected to attend weekly throughout the semester in order to build a steady, familiar, and comfortable group setting.

Contact: Nik Olendzki (nolendzki@umassd.edu)

Women’s Group – Thursdays 12-1:30pm

Being a woman in our society comes with unique challenges, frustrations, and joys. So often, women are set up to believe that we have to tear one another down in order to succeed, when in reality, the more we lift one another up, the better we all feel and the more we can achieve. The Women’s Group is a place where women can come together to support one another, connect with one another, and help one another to weather the challenges and frustrations and celebrate the joys in a safe, supportive environment. The group will meet weekly, and will include no more than 10 people.  Group members are expected to attend weekly throughout the semester in order to build a steady, familiar, and comfortable group setting.

Contact: Rachel Friendly (rfriendly@umassd.edu)

Let’s Talk

“Let’s Talk” is a drop-in service that offers informal, confidential consultation with a UMass Dartmouth counselor. Let's Talk consultations are:

  • FREE for UMassD students
  • Offered first-come, first-served (no appointment necessary)
  • Typically, about 15-20 minutes in length
  • Informal, and not a substitute for counseling
  • Not appropriate for urgent concerns or mental health emergencies

Let’s Talk is not a substitute for counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. Let’s Talk counselors can listen to specific problems, help explore solutions, and introduce you to what it’s like to speak with a member of our staff. Let’s Talk programming will begin the week of 2/15 and will not meet on days when there are no classes.

Veterans Let’s Talk – Fridays, 4-5pm

Students interested in having a Zoom conversation on a topic of their choice with a clinical psychologist or a clinical trainee can do so through the Let’s Talk meetings. These are informal one-to-one conversations, not therapy sessions, although if wanted, therapy sessions can be scheduled through the Counseling Center. Counseling Center clinical trainee James Graham, M.A. and clinical psychologist David Perry, Ph.D, will be having Let’s Talk conversations with Veterans on Fridays from 4-5:00 p.m.

Zoom Link: https://umassdhipaa.zoom.us/j/99132218121

Meeting ID: 991 3221 8121

Passcode: 754609

International Students Let’s Talk – Wednesdays, 4-4:45pm and Fridays, 3-3:45pm

Students interested in having a Zoom conversation on a topic of their choice with a clinical psychologist can do so through the Let’s Talk meetings. These are informal one-to-one conversations, not therapy sessions, although if wanted, therapy sessions can be scheduled through the Counseling Center. Counseling Center clinical psychologist David Perry, Ph.D, will meet with International Students on Wednesdays from 4-4:45 and Fridays from 3-3:45.

Zoom Links:

Wednesdays: https://umassdhipaa.zoom.us/j/95535952474

Meeting ID: 955 3595 2474

Passcode: 311331

Fridays: https://umassdhipaa.zoom.us/j/94492954259

Meeting ID: 944 9295 4259

Passcode: 79617

Graduate/Law Students Let’s Talk – Tuesdays, 12:30 – 1:15pm and Thursdays, 5 – 5:45pm

Students interested in having a Zoom conversation on a topic of their choice with a clinical psychologist can do so through the Let’s Talk meetings. These are informal one-to-one conversations, not therapy sessions, although if wanted, therapy sessions can be scheduled through the Counseling Center. Counseling Center clinical psychologist David Perry, Ph.D, will be having Let’s Talk conversations with Graduate Students and Law Students on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:15 and Thursdays from 5-5:45. Let’s Talk begins on Thursday, 2/18.

Zoom Links:

Tuesdays beginning 2/23/21: https://umassdhipaa.zoom.us/j/97981062647

Meeting ID: 979 8106 2647

Passcode: 66801

Thursdays beginning 2/18/21: https://umassdhipaa.zoom.us/j/98720712720

Meeting ID: 987 2071 2720

Passcode: 953493

 

Smart Pens

It is the philosophy of CAS that our students act as independently as possible and develop knowledge and skills that will assist them after graduation. Thus for 2020-2021 many of our students will be using SmartPen technology which will enable them to take their own notes without needing a second person as their note taker. CAS will have a limited number of SmartPens for loan to our students.

What is a SmartPen? Please view this video link for your answer!

https://www.livescribe.com/site/livescribe-2/echo/

When students use the SmartPen they are being independent. Most importantly taking your own notes is part of the learning process. 

  1. Student using a Smart Pen becomes independent instead of relying on another student to supply a copy of class notes
  2. According to Stanford study – taking your own notes is part of the learning process and increases the level of success. https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/releases/take-notes-by-hand-for-better-long-term-comprehension.html
  3. Student learns about inexpensive technology that may be used by them later in employment.
  4. Student can download audio files of class lectures to replay.
  5. Student can download their actual writing of notes and save digital copy on their computer.
  6. Smart Pen is easy to use for tech savvy students.

Accessible Transportation

UMassD provides transportation services to students with disabilities between on-campus locations via a wheelchair-capable van. To schedule: transportation@umassd.edu.

For questions regarding this service, contact the Transportation Office at 508.999.9175. If the shuttle service is cancelled, contact UMassD Police at 508.999.8107.

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Resources for veterans, prior military, and reservists

Services are available to help you utilize your educational benefits, to ease your transition to the academic setting, and cope with injuries or trauma you may have experienced.

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