Drop-In Support/Discussion Groups


Please join us for safe, candid conversations about sexual orientation, sexual identity, and your experiences at Amherst College. All are welcome. Facilitated by Sarah Erickson Psy.D. and Darien McFadden, Ph.D.

Time/Location: Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 PM, 

Join via Zoom- https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/870367280
For accessibility needs or concerns, please contact jsmartin@amherst.edu or 413.542.5964

Please contact Sarah Erickson or Darien McFadden for more information: serickson@amherst.edu | dmcfadden@amherst.edu


A gathering for students to connect with each other and discuss our experiences around racial identity development, racism, resilience, and ways to thrive at Amherst College. Facilitated by Darien McFadden, Ph.D.

Time/Location: Mondays at 3 pm - 4 pm, Multicultural Resource Center

Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/970685166?pwd=TGRSOVQrcHFaS3BrQndLYzg1ZjVpZz09

For more information please contact Darien McFadden: dmcfadden@amherst.edu

La Plática

A weekly drop-in discussion centering the voices and experiences of Latinx students at Amherst. Facilitated by Lola Brown, MSW, LICSW.

Time/Location: Thursdays at 3:30 pm in the José Martí Room (Keefe Campus Center)-- Join via Zoom

Contact Lola Brown: lobrown@amherst.edu for more information

FLI @ Amherst

A topic-based discussion circle centering first-generation and/or low-income student perspectives. Topics will include family, belonging, money, self-care, and "impostor syndrome." Facilitated by Alex Kim, MSW, LICSW.

Time/Location: Tuesdays 9/17, 10/8, 10/29, 11/12, 12/3, and 12/10 at 4:00 pm in the CDSL (2nd floor, Keefe Campus Center).

Contact Alex Kim (ajkim@amherst.edu) for more information.

Skills Classes and Workshops

Peer Support Skills Training (PSST)

When students experience emotional and mental health difficulties, they are most likely to turn to their friends first. PSST equips students with the skills and information they need to be able to respond effectively when their friends are struggling. Fall 2019 schedule coming soon.

To enroll, or for more info, please email Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu

Fear Less, Try More

A three-part workshop on how anxiety works and evidence-based strategies for managing it effectively. Participants should commit to all 3 sessions of the course. For Fall 2019 class times and more information, visit the class page.

To enroll, or for more info, please email Alex Kim at ajkim@amherst.edu

Outreach and Training

We often provide training, workshops, and educational sessions for members of the Amherst community, including faculty, staff, and departments/centers on campus. Topics include tips on accessing and connecting with services, responding to students in distress. The Wellness Team and Mental Health Promotion also provide education on a wide range of topics including self-care, listening/support skills, conflict resolution, resiliency, and goal setting.

Visit the Wellness Team site to learn more about their training, or contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu. To inquire about training from the Counseling Center, please contact Alex Kim at ajkim@amherst.edu.