The UAB Employee Assistance & Counseling Center offers several confidential support groups to help employees and members of their immediate household balance work-life challenges. Participants have the opportunity to discuss shared experiences, offer and receive guidance, and benefit from community support.

Select a tab below for information on available EACC's Support Groups.

  • Hopeful Healing

    A Support Group for Coping with Chronic Illness

    EACC's monthly support group for coping with chronic illness, gives employees an opportunity to discuss their experiences living with chronic conditions including diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, Celiac disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. It is not uncommon for patients living with a chronic illness to experience pain, fatigue, physical changes, stress or difficulty performing usual activities. There is hope in sharing personal experiences, offering and receiving support, and knowing you are not alone.

    Hopeful Healing is not a group therapy session; group members lead the discussion, while an EACC counselor is present to offer support. Read more about the Hopeful Healing support group in the UAB Reporter.

    Upcoming Sessions:

    Group meets on the last Tuesday of the month, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., via Zoom. Go to the EACC Upcoming Events Calendar and select a date to register.

  • Art Therapy

    Art therapy enables participants to address their problems and express their feelings by translating emotions into physical shapes through exercises such as drawing, painting and sculpture. EACC's therapeutic art group provides a creative, expressive and cathartic experience; no artistic talent is necessary.

    Read more about Art Therapy at the EACC in the UAB Reporter.

    Upcoming Sessions:
  • Tobacco Cessation

    Need extra support when you’re ready to quit smoking? The EACC’s tobacco cessation coaching is a four-part program offering support and guidance in the process of quitting. Benefit-eligible employees enrolled in a UAB medical plan who register for a session and attend all four classes may apply for a Discontinuation of Tobacco Surcharge.

    Upcoming Sessions:
    • The EACC offers two tobacco cessation group coaching sessions each year, starting in January and February. Registration information will be availble on the EACC's Tobacco Cessation Resources for Employees page at that time.
    • Employees and members of their immediate household are eligible for four free tobacco cessation coaching sessions (in addition to the free benefit of up to 15 counseling sessions) per year. For information on one-on-one tobacco cessation coaching — as well as other resources to help you quit — visit the EACC's Tobacco Cessation Resources for Employees page.