Together While Apart: a Support Space for Students in Quarantine/Isolation

Please email counseling@middlebury.edu for zoom link!

Fridays from 12-1pm EST, throughout the spring semester

This support group space is open to all Middlebury in-person and remote students who are in quarantine or isolation. The focus of this support group is connecting with one another, sharing your experiences, and together identifying ways to cope during a time that can feel isolating and uncertain. This support group space is a weekly, mostly drop-in group (students still need to “sign up” by reaching out to group counselor to request zoom link) offered through the Spring 2021 semester.

In this support group space, students will have the opportunity to check in with one another and offer peer support. It is common to feel lonely, anxious, frustrated, sad, worried, FOMO, and a variety of other emotions when quarantining or in isolation. There will be guided reflection questions to open space for sharing experiences, coping strategies that may be helpful while navigating quarantine or isolation, the chance to ask questions and clarify resources available to you, and time to think about how you might take care of yourself over the next week, day, or even just the next hour. This space is meant to be interactive and flexible so that it meets you and the rest of the groups needs in the here and now. 

Support groups are NOT the same thing as a therapy group.  This means that while these spaces can feel supportive, they do not constitute mental health treatment. The purpose of a support group is to bring together people with a shared experience (i.e., being in quarantine or isolation) so the group can offer mutual aid and support. If you are interested in formal counseling support, please visit Middlebury College Counseling or go/counseling for more information on the services available to you.

Meditation and Breathwork for Relaxation

Please email bstobin@middlebury.edu for Zoom link!

Drop-in style group: come to one or as many sessions as you’d like!
Guided on Mondays by Brian Tobin, LCMHC and on Fridays by Hollis Easter, Graduate Intern. From 1-1:25pm EST.

Simple, effective, and rejuvenating meditation and breathwork practices to increase relaxation and ease.

Releasing Plans: A Study Abroad Collective Space

To register and receive the Zoom link for this session, please email Carter Branley, LCMHC, at cbranley@middlebury.edu.

Tuesday, March 2, 6-7:15pm EST

This workshop is designed for students whose study abroad plans for the 2020-2021 academic year were cancelled due to the pandemic.  This workshop will be dedicated to reflecting on the loss of this study abroad experience and to thinking about ways of exploring alternative opportunities in the future.  We ran a similar space last semester and it quickly became a cozy space, where tears (and laughs too!) were shed with the opportunity to reflect on shared experiences.  

Wise Mind: A DBT-Informed Group

To learn more about this group, email Michelle Kaczynski at mkaczynski@middlebury.edu

Fridays, 2 – 3: 30 PM EST
Starting March 19, 2021
Open to on-campus Middlebury students 

This is a structured, 8-week psychoeducational group covering the 4 modules of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). DBT skills were developed to help people who feel overwhelmed by their emotions and/or have a history of difficult relationships.  The goal of this group is to improve quality of relationships and to replace destructive behaviors with more effective skills.

DBT modules include: 

  • Mindfulness 
  • Distress Tolerance 
  • Emotional Regulation 
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness 

Interested students will need to complete a brief orientation with a group facilitator before attending this group.  This is a closed group (meaning you cannot join mid-way through) with limited spots.