Seminars, Research & Support Groups

Seminars, Research & Support Groups

Here you will find information about classes, research opportunities and support groups available at UCF Health. Some opportunities require you to be an established patient, while others are open to the public. If you have any questions, please contact us at 407-266-3627. Check back often as this list is updated frequently.

 


 

Caregivers Support Group

Serving as a caregiver for a loved one can be a rewarding experience. It also can be one of life’s most challenging experiences. We help support those who are caring for a loved one with illness or memory loss.

Research shows that when caregivers attend organized support groups run by trained professionals, they can double the amount of time a senior with dementia can stay at home, rather than be cared for through an outside and often more costly program. Support groups also provide increased peace-of-mind to families trying to accommodate their loved one’s wishes.

Caring for the Caregiver sessions will address valuable coping skills needed to deal with conflicting demands, ways to understand and manage challenging behaviors, the importance of self-care and time away, future care considerations, and more. And because caregiving can be isolating, support group members often find great comfort by sharing their experiences with others in similar situations.

Learn more! View the Caregiver Support Group Brochure.

Monday, August 28, 2017, 4:30pm-6:00pm

Monday, September 11, 2017, 4:30pm-6:00pm: CANCELED due to Hurricane Irma

Monday, September 18, 2017, 4:30pm-6:00pm

Monday, September 25, 2017, 5pm – 6:30pm

Monday, October 2, 2017, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Monday, October 9, 2017, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

 

Location: UCF Health, East Orlando office. 3400 Quadrangle Blvd. Orlando, FL 32817

Contact Daniel Paulson at Daniel.Paulson2@ucf.edu or 407-823-4135. See the Dept. of Psychology OLDeR Lab for more details.


 

Weight Management Group – 8-week series 

health talkIn this program, you will learn cognitive and behavioral skills for managing weight to improve overall health and quality of life. Each week, we will focus on a different aspect of weight management, including motivation, confidence, handling triggers and urges, dealing with pressure, overcoming negative self-talk, social support, stress management and more. You must be a UCF Health patient to participate.

Location: UCF Health East Orlando Office – 3400 Quadrangle Blvd. Orlando, FL 32817

Start date:  October 23, 2017

Meeting time: Mondays from 4 – 5 pm

Number of sessions: 8 consecutive weekly sessions, no class on 11/20 due to holiday.

 

10/23/17 Group 1 “Motivation for Behavior Change”
10/30/17 Group 2 “Tracking and Awareness: Portion Control”
11/6/17 Group 3 “CBT: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy”
11/13/17 Group 4 “Managing Triggers, Urges and Desire”
11/20/17

11/27/17

Group 5

NO CLASS due to holiday week.

“Physical Activity and Self-confidence”

12/417 Group 6 “Stress Management, Mindfulness and Emotional Eating”
12/11/17 Group 7 “Social Support for lifestyle change”
12/18/17 Group 8 “Maintenance: Relapse Prevention”

 

Session length: 1.0 hour each

Fee: none

Who should join?

UCF Health patients who want to learn healthy ways to manage their weight and who are committed to attending weekly group meetings.

How do I sign up?

Notify a Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) that you are interested in joining the group by calling 407-882-4840 or notify the on-call BHC that you are interested in joining the weight management group when you are at UCF Health.

 

Missed this session? We will do this again! Contact us for future dates. RSVP today!

 


 

Chronic Pain Self-Management Group – 6-week-series

In this program, you will learn techniques for managing chronic pain and strategies to improve your daily functioning. We focus on small changes that can have a big impact, and we teach the skills and techniques to help you plan for future challenges and develop individualized solutions. Because we meet as a group, you also have the opportunity to learn from others who may have the same concerns you do. You must be a UCF Health patient to participate.

 

Location: UCF Health East Orlando Office – 3400 Quadrangle Blvd. Orlando, FL 32817

Start Date: TBA-(likely to start mid Fall)

Meeting Time: TBA

Number of sessions: 6 consecutive, weekly sessions

Fee: None

Who should join?

UCF Health patients who want to manage pain in natural ways and are committed to attending weekly group meetings.

How do I sign up?

Notify your doctor that you are interested in joining the group and ask for a referral. Care Coordinators and Scheduling Team can add you to the wait list for the next session.