Group spaces are returning this Fall 2020 semester! All groups will be remote over Zoom and many will be drop-in style.  If you have general group counseling questions, reach out to Michelle Kaczynski at mkaczynski@middlebury.edu.

The Weekly Rewind

Fridays 3 – 4 PM EST
Starting September 11th, 2020 (running the entire Fall 2020 semester)
Open to on-campus & remote students
RSVP to Carter Branley at cbranley@middlebury.edu for Zoom link

A weekly drop-in community space to come together as a collective, rewind from our weeks, and reflect together.  A space to be with peers, give and receive support, and connect with others.

Join this space anytime.  Attend the sessions that work for you. 

Coping with All the Feels

Mondays 4 – 4:50 PM EST
Starting September 14th, 2020 (running the entire Fall 2020 semester)
Open to on-campus & remote student
RSVP to Michelle Kaczynski at mkaczynski@middlebury.edu for Zoom link 

A weekly drop-in workshop space focused on developing skills to navigate emotions, interpersonal relationships, and lived experiences with more ease and confidence.   Each week, a different topic will be discussed for a total of 5 weeks.  The series will be repeated once more in the semester in case you missed one, joined midway through, or want to attend again. 

 The series will be repeated once more in the semester in case you missed one, joined midway through, or want to attend again. 

  • Week 1:     Relaxation 
  • Week 2:    Building community & healthy relationships 
  • Week 3:     Let’s get radical (acceptance, empathy, self-compassion) 
  • Week 4:    Thought awareness 
  • Week 5:     Building ritual 
  • Week 6 – 10:     All topic sessions will be repeated once more in the semester 

Join this group space anytime.  Attend the sessions that work for you. 

Meditation and Breathwork for Relaxation

Tuesdays & Fridays 1 – 1:25 PM EST
Starting September 15th, 2020
Open to on-campus & remote students
RSVP to Brian Tobin at bstobin@middlebury.edu for Zoom link 

Simple, effective, and rejuvenating meditation and breathwork practices to increase relaxation and ease.  Join practices throughout the semester to take a moment, recenter, and find the breath. 

Join this meditation and breathwork space anytime.  Come to one or as many of the sessions as you want! 

Meditations will be guided by Brain Tobin of Middlebury Counseling.

Wise Mind:  A Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Informed Group

Fridays 1:30 – 2:45 PM EST
September 25th, 2020 – November 13th, 2020
Open to on-campus Middlebury students
To learn more about this group, email Michelle Kaczynski at mkaczynski@middlebury.edu

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. 

Releasing Plans:  A Study Abroad Collective Space

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
5:30 – 7 PM EST
RSVP to Carter Branley at cbranley@middlebury.edu for Zoom link 

Join us for a “dinner & chat” workshop for those whose Fall 2020 study abroad plans have been cancelled.  A time to reflect on this loss together and bring a creative and generative lens to future planning.  One of the International Programs Office’s Assistant Directors, Alessandra Capossela, will join us to explore new narratives for study abroad experiences. 

We encourage you to grab some food ahead of time (either on your own or possibly with friends who may have also had their study abroad plans canceled), hop into the Zoom room, and join the discussion!