Washtenaw County, MI Therapy Groups
Last Update- December 2015; Next Update- December 2016

Groups for Adults

Adult Groups for those interested in working on self-defeating issues that undermine emotional resilience and success in their relationships with others. 
300 North Fifth Avenue, Suite 245, Ann Arbor 
Contact Brian Ashin, (734) 678-3281, brian@brianashin.com
Website: www.brianashin.com
Therapist:  Brian Ashin, CGP, LMSW #6801061420                                              
Meets Tuesdays 8:00-9:30am & 4:45-6:15pm, Wednesdays 8:50-10:20am, Thursdays 4:30-6:00pm

Aphasia Communication: Aphasia and related speech-language disorders can be incredibly isolating. UMAC is a low-cost, high-quality group speech therapy program for individuals with aphasia (a speech-language disorder that is acquired following stroke, illness or injury to the brain). The group setting is designed to help those with aphasia make community connections while practicing communication in a supportive environment with an emphasis on functional communication for those of all abilities. Interacting with peers who understand the frustrations of aphasia can help build confidence and renew hope. Lead by licensed Speech-Language Pathologists.
University Center for the Development of Language and Literacy, 1111 E Catherine Street, Ann Arbor
Contact: Mimi Block (734) 647-2493, meblock@umich.edu, www.aphasiahelp.com
Sessions are ongoing. Contact us for more information.

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for Stress and Anxiety: A skills-based group focusing on building group members’ capacity for taking note of his/her experience without judgment. Participants can expect to engage in experiential practices, such as guided meditation, breathing training, and more. Building mindfulness skills opens up space in individuals’ lives for greater peace, centeredness and more adaptive decision-making. There are four core sessions followed by practice sessions that are ongoing.
UM Psychological Clinic, 500 E. Washington Street, Suite 100, Ann Arbor
Contact: (734) 764-3471, clinicinfo@umich.edu, www.psychclinic.org
Session are ongoing; contact us for details and specific dates.

Parenting Through Separation and Divorce: As they face the challenges of separation and divorce,  parents are rightly concerned about the well-being of their children. Our free workshops deliver practical advice in a collaborative, caring environment. We help parents understand their children's needs during the time of separation and divorce and offer specific suggestions for creating the most beneficial post-divorce parenting relationships. This workshop is an approved alternative to the SMILE Program presented by the Friend of the Court. Childcare is available for those who attend. Registration is required.
University Center for the Child and the Family, 500 E. Washington Street, Suite 100, Ann Arbor
Contact: (734) 764-9466, umuccf@umich.edu, mari.umich.edu/uccf
Meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of every month except January and September. Free, but registration is required.

Social Anxiety: People with social and/or performance anxiety often feel anxious speaking up in class or meetings, going to parties, meeting new people, talking on the phone, talking with authority figures or interacting in any social situation. Our group helps participants learn to identify and shift unhealthy thinking patterns that perpetuate their anxiety, and help guide and support them in gradually facing their fears. Participants engage at their own pace, and no one is put “on the spot”. Our groups are supportive, educational, and aimed at building coping skills.
UM Psychological Clinic, 500 E. Washington Street, Suite 100, Ann Arbor
Contact: (734) 764-3471, clinicinfo@umich.eduu, www.psychclinic.org
Sessions are ongoing. Contact us for more information.

ADHD and Learning Disabilities Workshop: Share ideas and get resources on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Learning Disabilities (LD). This free workshop explores the emotional impact of learning problems as well as community supports for parents and children. Participants can expect to receive new tools and practical information and to engage in discussions. Attendance at all sessions is strongly recommended.
University Center for the Child and the Family, 500 E. Washington Street, Suite 100, Ann Arbor
Contact: (734) 764-9466, umuccf@umich.edu, mari.umich.edu/uccf
Contact us for dates.


Groups for Children

Feelings Through Fiction Book Club : Throughout elementary, middle, and junior high school, social interactions can become increasingly complicated and difficult to manage. Learning to navigate relationships with friends, classmates, and family can be even more challenging as girls and boys also begin to explore their own identity. The Feelings through Fiction group uses a book club format to create a safe space for participants to discuss ideas and feelings common to people their age. Targeted to children ages 9-13. Past groups have read Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Participants will learn practical skills for dealing with their emotions as well as others’ emotions.
University Center for the Child and the Family, 500 E. Washington Street, Suite 100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Contact: (734) 764-9466, umuccf@umich.edu, mari.umich.edu/uccf
Meets for 8 weeks on the day that is most convenient for group participants. Contact us for start dates.

Preschool and Communication Therapy: PACT is an innovative program that addresses the communication needs of children ages 3-4 who are struggling to learn language. The program focuses on structured play and song based learning in both group and individual settings. It is held in a classroom-like environment to create a natural play context. PACT also has a parent/guardian education component, which helps parents/guardians find camaraderie with one another and learn to better help their children.
University Center for the Development of Language and Literacy, 1111 E Catherine Street, Ann Arbor
Contact: (734) 764-8440 or ucll@umich.edu, www.languageexperts.org
Sessions are ongoing; contact us for more information

Preschool and Communication Therapy: CorePACT is an intensive program for children ages 18-36 months, based on our popular and highly effective PACT program. Core PACT addresses the communication needs of children who are struggling to learn language. The program focuses on structured play and song-based learning in a group setting. It is held in a classroom-like environment to create a natural play context. An assessment is required.
University Center for the Development of Language and Literacy, 1111 E Catherine Street, Ann Arbor
Contact: (734) 764-8440 or
ucll@umich.edu, www.languageexperts.org
Meets in the spring, summer and fall. Contact us for more details.

Social Skills Group: All meetings include instruction, practice such as role-playing, and feedback for children and caregivers. Social skills groups are designed to help children learn skills that are important in establishing friendships and maintaining positive social interactions while having fun in a group setting.
University Center for the Child and the Family, 500 E. Washington Street, Suite 100, Ann Arbor
Contact: (734) 764-9466, umuccf@umich.edu, mari.umich.edu/uccf
Typically meets Tuesday evenings for 8-10 weeks. Contact us for start dates.


 


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The Networker prints only the information that is submitted by the practitioner. The names for the abbreviated academic degrees & licenses given above are as follows:

Academic Degrees: Licenses & Certifications
M.A.- Master of Arts C.A.C.- Certified Addictions Counselor
M.S.- Master of Science C.S.W.- Certified Social Worker
M.S.W.- Master of Social Work L.L.P.- Limited License Psychologist
Ph.D.- Doctor of Philosophy L.P.- Licensed Psychologist
Ed.D.- Doctor of Education L.P.C.- Licensed Professional Counselor
Psy.D.- Doctor of Psychology L.M.F.T- Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
M.D.- Doctor of Medicine L.M.S.W.- Licensed Masters Social Worker
  S.W.- Social Worker

You may contact the State of Michigan Health Services (517-335-0918) to verify the license of a specific mental health professional or for more information about the requirements for specific licenses.