Every semester, the University Counseling Center (UCC) hosts several student support groups ranging from the “International Student Support Group” to “Not the Perfect Family” to the “Social Anxiety Group.”“It’s a way for people with a specific issue or problem to get support from one another and to find ways of coping,” Peter Barnes, a psychologist with the UCC, said.All the support groups are held in the UCC. The groups are open to both undergraduate and graduate students, and Barnes has found that both groups of students use them equally. He said the UCC tries to balance the groups in terms of males and females.To join a group, Barnes said, students should schedule an initial assessment with a UCC counselor who can then discuss whether a group might be a recommended form of treatment for a student.Barnes said group treatment can sometimes be “the treatment of choice for certain issues.” This is especially true of the Social Anxiety Group — which Barnes runs — since it gives students the chance to speak in public, something that is often scary for them, he said.“It’s not a secondary or second-rate form of treatment,” Barnes said.The Social Anxiety Group includes six to eight people a semester, which Barnes said is typical of the groups. When the UCC receives enough people for a group, it will close the group to new members, but if it is unable to get enough people in the group, it will not offer the group for the semester, Barnes said. He said the point at which either one of these things occur is typically around fall break.Barnes said the “Be Real” group is a new group being offered this semester, but all the groups encourage authenticity.“One of the things we challenge group members to do is be real and authentic,” he said. “ … Group offers a chance for people to be real and authentic, which can be healing.”Barnes said one key benefit to groups is that it shows students the universality of suffering.“I think the thing Notre Dame students struggle with is letting themselves ask for help,” he said. “ … One of the benefits of group is learning you’re not alone. Hopefully students realize pain and struggles are part of the human experience.”Barnes said social media tends to paint a different picture of student health than the data shows, and he hopes groups can “debunk the myth” that all students are happy all the time.At the same time, Barnes said it can be scary to join a group since there is inherent risk.“When you put something out, you don’t know how people will respond,” he said. “That’s where the growth is — where it’s scary and uncomfortable.”Barnes also said outside of groups, friends should try to support each other by listening.“One of the most important things you can do for another is listen,” he said. “You don’t have to fix their problems.”Tags: group therapy, Mental health, University Counseling Center
Christmas specials:Some of the items for the specific 3-event sale are as follows:Event 1 – 6 to 7 p.m.Â â€¢Vizio – 60-inch LED HDTV – $688 (save $310);â€¢iPad Mini – $299;â€¢Xbox 360 – Call of Duty game – $39.96 each.â€¢Select DVD movies at $1.96 to select Blu-ray movies at $3.96.Event 2 – 8 to 9 p.m.â€¢Dr. Dre solo headphones – $114.50 (save $85);â€¢Galaxy Centura – $70.88 (save $39);â€¢Emerson 50-inch HDTV to watch your favorite shows – $288 (save $210).Event 3 – all weekend.Â â€¢Buy an iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s and you’ll take a $75 Walmart gift card.â€¢Also, for the first time ever there is Manager’s Specials throughout the store from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Today is Thanksgiving – a time to spend with your family. Tonight is the start of the Black Friday Sale at the Wellington Wal-Mart Department Store.In 2013, Wellington Wal-Mart, and the national corporation as a whole, is changing things up for Black Friday. It has initiated the three event sale.There are three sales at the Wellintgton Walmart: The 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. on Friday sale.Today starting at 4 p.m., Wellington Wal-Mart will be handing out wristbands to all customers at various locations throughout the store.Then precisely at 6 p.m., Event 1, begins. Specific merchandise will be on sale for one hour, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.mâ€¦ only! The sale is only eligible for customers wearing a wristband.“This is something completely different than anything we have done before,” said Zlatko Djurovic, Wellington Wal-Mart Manager. “We are hoping to avoid the long waiting lines. This is a trial experiment so we are hoping it works.”The items on sale for Event 1 can be found in circulars which will be distributed at the Wellington Wal-Mart.If the items are sold out during this hour, one can obtain a Guarantee Card meaning the item will be shipped to the store before Christmas.Then the Event 2 sale will begin at 8 p.m. and the same principle applies except it will be from 8 to 9 p.m. and will feature different merchandise.Then at 8 a.m. Friday morning Event 3 sale starts on Black Friday and this will last all weekend.
Uli Hoeness: Bayern Munich club PresidentBerlin, Germany | AFP | Bayern Munich want to find a successor to sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti within the next two weeks, club president Uli Hoeness said on Friday.Ancelotti was abruptly dismissed on Thursday in the wake of Bayern’s 3-0 Champions League loss at Paris Saint-Germain the previous night.Hoeness told German radio station FFH: “We’re not under any pressure, but after the two week (international) break we want to have a solution.”Assistant coach Willy Sagnol, the ex-France international, will be in charge of the team for Sunday’s Bundesliga outing at Hertha Berlin.Local media suggest two German managers, Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann, could be in the frame to replace the Italian.Tuchel was let go by Borussia Dortmund at the end of last season after differences with the club’s management, while 30-year-old Nagelsmann is currently in charge of Hoffenheim.Earlier this month, Bayern lost 2-0 at Hoffenheim and then relinquished a two-goal lead at home to Wolfsburg to draw 2-2 before Wednesday’s bruising loss at the Parc des Princes. Share on: WhatsApp Facing criticism from the fans and the media for his failure to accomodate Thomas Mueller, Ancelotti’s relationship with the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery was also reported to be under strain.The defeat in Paris was Bayern’s heaviest since losing 3-0 away to Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final first leg in May 2015.Bayern are currently third in the Bundesliga table after six games, three points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, before visiting Hertha Berlin on Sunday.Ancelotti led Bayern to a fifth consecutive Bundesliga title last season in his first campaign in charge after succeeding Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena.However, the Bavarians lost to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and to Dortmund in the semi-finals of the German Cup.