Groups & Workshops

Please view our updated virtual workshops, groups, and spaces page. 

Mental Health Services (MHS) offers a range of groups. Some are time-limited while others are open-ended⁠—some groups focus on learning specific skills, and others on providing a safe environment to explore difficult feelings and experiences. CUIMC students interested in joining a group should contact the group facilitator to schedule a confidential individual meeting and learn more about participating.

Womnx of Color Support Group

This weekly group offers a space for self-identified women of color to process unique challenges and to share their stories/experiences as well as receive support from other women in an environment that is affirming and empowering.

When: Date, Time, and Location TBD
For more information contact: Ritu Agarwal, MA at ra3062@cumc.columbia.edu.

First Gen Group

This is a weekly closed process group starting in February, that offers a community for students who identify as the first member in their family to pursue higher education in the US. Conversation topics may include family expectations, generational/cultural differences, fear of failure/disappointment, and financial stressors. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

When: Tuesdays, 5:30pm–7:00pm
For more information contact: Maya Fukuda, LCSW, at mf3262@cumc.columbia.edu

Creating Change: New Ways of Relating to Food and Your Body

Are your thoughts centered around food and body image? Do you make choices involving food or exercise that you feel uncertain about? Topics in this group will include coping strategies, mindfulness, self-esteem, body image and relationships.

When: Date, Time, and Location TBD
For more information contact: Heather Holtman, Ed.D,at hh2796@cumc.columbia.edu.

Men of Color Discussion Series

This monthly semi-structured discussion series is intended for men of color to come together to share their experiences, seek support, and discuss relevant topics affecting their lives. Topics may include: intersectionality, the imposter phenomenon, microaggressions and racial trauma, and navigating professional relationships.

When: March 2 and April 6 | 5:30pm–7:00pm
For more information contact: Dr. Matt  Poon at mp3696@cumc.columbia.edu.

Living More as Ourselves (LMAO) - Improv Comedy for Social Anxiety

Do you become more anxious or self-conscious in social gatherings? Are you critical of or harsh to yourself?
Informed by mindfulness and improv comedy principles, this four-week workshop series will help students explore, understand, and navigate social anxiety and critical self-talk through experiential exercises and group activities. There will be two offerings this semester. 

When: Mondays | 4:00pm–5:00pm or Tuesdays | 3:00pm–4:00pm or Thursdays |12:00pm–1:00pm
For more information contact Dr. Matt Poon at mp3696@cumc.columbia.edu.

Understanding Self and Others Process Group

Do you feel isolated, anxious around others, or have difficulty making connections on campus? Do you struggle with giving or receiving feedback? Do you feel like you can’t be yourself on campus or in your program? This weekly 60-minute process group offers a space for students to share their experiences, practice offering and receiving interpersonal feedback, and create authentic relationships. Topics may include relationship and family dynamics, identity concerns, academic and work issues, and life-work balance. The group will have three offerings this semester.


When: Mondays | 12:00pm–1:00pm or Thursdays | 2:00pm–3:00pm or Fridays | 12:00pm–1:00pm  or Fridays | 3:00pm–4:00pm
For more information contact Dr. Matt Poon at mp3696@cumc.columbia.edu.

LGBTQIA+ @CUIMC

This bi-weekly group run through CUIMC Mental Health Services is for any CUIMC students who are interested in having a supportive, confidential space to discuss experiences such as:

  • coming out
  • transitioning concerns
  • navigating relationships with family
  • intersections with religious, racial, cultural, ethnic, and other identities
  • managing professional issues, colleagues and supervisors, and work/life balance
  • relationship issues, developing and maintaining healthy relationships
  • sexual health and empowerment
  • experiences with privilege and oppression

When: TBD
For more information contact Dr. Matt Poon at mp3696@cumc.columbia.edu

Connecting Through Loss: Loss, Grief, and Loving Someone Who Is Seriously Ill

This monthly group is for students who have lost a loved one or are currently struggling with the severe illness of someone they love. The group will offer a space for shared reflection and problem solving. Some common experiences may include:

  • I’m worried about overburdening others
  • I’m exhausted from keeping it together
  • I just want to talk to someone who understands
  • There’s no space for all my feelings
  • How do I manage my relationships with family, friends, peers, professors, patients?

When: TBD
For more information contact Dr. Claire Haiman at ch3128@cumc.columbia.edu