COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the emerging and ongoing public health issues surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center has cancelled or postponed all scheduled in-person events. We are taking this action out of an abundance of caution. During this time of rapidly evolving public health concerns, your health and safety is a top priority.

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.

Follow the tabs below for information on available EACC's Support Groups.

 

  • Caregivers Support Group

    The UAB Employee Assistance & Counseling Center hosts a confidential online support group for hospital employees and healthcare professionals working during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read the EACC Support Group welcome letter.

    WHEN & WHERE: Drop-in any time Wednesdays between noon-1:30 p.m. and 4-5:30 p.m., via Zoom. For password, email uabeacc@uabmc.edu.

    • Zoom Meeting ID (noon group): 582-225-005
    • Zoom Meeting ID (4 p.m. group): 943-7933-1365
  • Hopeful Healing

    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 knowing that UAB offers a support group where employees can go to share their personal experiences, offer and receive support and know that they are not alone.

    Hopeful Healing is not a group therapy session; group members lead the discussion, while facilitator EACC Counselor Khoi Bishop is present to offer support. The group meets in a quiet, private, comfortable space, and confidentiality will be maintained.

    WHEN & WHERE: Meets the last Tuesday of the month, 5:15-6:15 p.m., at the UAB Employee Assistance & Counseling Center office in Five Points. Call the EACC at 205-934-2281 to enroll.

    Read more: Hopeful Healing in UAB Reporter

     

  • A Woman's Place

    A Woman's Place

    Now in its third year, the EACC weekly support group for women offers an encouraging environment to discuss topics specific to women and to promote personal self-improvement. Topics discussed include stress management, self-esteem, effective communication and maintaining boundaries in relationships, and focuses on ways in which women can find balance in their everyday life.

    The confidential support group is led by EACC Counselors Lynne Clifton and Kourtney Young, and is open to women who are employees of UAB, UAB Medicine, VIVA and Homewood Board of Education.

    WHEN & WHERE: Starting August 28, group will meet Wednesdays, 5:15-6:15 p.m., at the UAB Employee Assistance & Counseling Center office in Five Points. Call the EACC at 205-934-2281 to enroll.

  • Art Therapy

    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.

    ART THERAPY SESSIONS:

    • A monthly public art therapy group, led by EACC Art Therapist Carrie Ezell, is open to all UAB, UAB Medicine and VIVA employees; visit EACC Programs & Events for this month's group details.
    • One-on-one Art Therapy sessions are available to UAB employees and members of their immediate household (up to 12 free sessions per calendar year).

    Read more: Art Therapy in UAB Reporter