New group to support mental health and well being for women in doctoral programs

Through a collaborative partnership with University Counseling Services, Women in Science and Humanities Earning Doctorates (WISHED) will offer an interpersonal processing group to support women’s mental health and well being.

The group is open to all women who are currently enrolled in a doctoral program at CWRU (student or candidate status). It will be held at University Counseling Services from 9 to 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday throughout the semester beginning Oct. 17.

Group participation is entirely confidential. Attending every week is not mandatory, but it is strongly encouraged as a means to establish consistency within the group.

The group is covered by the student health insurance plan—there is no cost to attend. There also is no limit to the number of sessions women may attend.

To attend, women must establish care at University Counseling Services in Sears Library Building, Room 220. Please do this as soon as possible so that all steps are completed prior to Oct. 17. If you have not been seen at University Counseling Services since July 1, you will need to come for a walk-in appointment and to fill out consent paperwork, which takes about one hour.

Walk-in hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Let the individual who assists you know that you are interested in the “PhD Women’s Group.”

The walk-in therapist will schedule you for a 30-minute individual appointment with Simona, the main group facilitator. This is an essential part of the process so that Simona can have individual conversations with each group member about expectations, concerns and more regarding the group.

Email if you have any questions about the instructions.