Groups


CAPS offers focused therapy and support groups throughout the academic year. Groups typically begin a few weeks into the semester and are free. Enrolled students can meet with a counselor to discuss group options and be referred to a pre-screening with the group facilitator(s).

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Fall 2022 Therapy Groups

Groups are offered in-person and virtually.

For a flyer of our Fall groups: CAPS Fall Groups

 

Mondays

Empowerment through Music @10-11:30AMStudents will use musical interventions to improve self-esteem, gain confidence with self-expression, and build ties to others. Creative strategies will also provide relief for anxiety and depression. No musical talent or experience is needed.

Empowering Asian Voices @11-12:30PM A supportive space for any Asian-identified students to express themselves, share their voice, and be heard. Students will explore culturally relevant issues such as, but not limited to, academics, family, race/culture, identity, pressures/expectations, discrimination, and values to facilitate improved wellness.

Understanding Self and Others (USO) @1-2:30PMThis group is for students wanting to better understand themselves and their relationships and will allow for the opportunity to provide and receive honest feedback in a therapeutic setting. Members guide session focus that may include relationships, communication, emotional support or expression, and social perceptions.

Trans Empowerment @1-2:30PM  This group is for persons who are seeking support in realization of one’s gender identity. Topics may include coming out, transitioning concerns, and other relevant issues.

Perfectly Whole @1-2:30PM  • The group is a process/support, gender-inclusive group aimed for individuals who identify themselves as multiracial/multicultural. This is a safe place for mixed students to increase their connections, process their experiences and navigate “fitting in”. The goal of this group is to empower students and build a sense of belonging. 

International Student Support @1-2:30PM  • The group would be ideal for any clients needing to address issues related to transitioning to living in a new country and culture, navigating difficulties such as culture shock, uncertainty, academic difficulties, relationship problems, etc. The group will provide a place for students to receive support and feedback from other international student while share learning experiences and resources.

Sister Circle @3-4:30PM  An empowering and supportive group for Black female students. This safe, confidential group allows for exploration of issues such as family, relationships, self-esteem, beauty, body image, and academic difficulties.

Self-Compassion @3-4:30PM  • This group is for students who struggle with a harsh inner critic. Students will learn to set kind and realistic expectations of themselves, eliminate self-judgment, and learn to treat themselves with the same warmth, compassion, and kindness they would offer a close friend.

Survivors of Suicide @3-4:30PM

Understanding Self and Others (USO) @3-4:30PMThis group is for students wanting to better understand themselves and their relationships and will allow for the opportunity to provide and receive honest feedback in a therapeutic setting. Members guide session focus that may include relationships, communication, emotional support or expression, and social perceptions.

Tuesdays

Women’s Family @10-11:30AM  This group focuses on facilitating self-understanding and awareness of relationship patterns. Students will explore past experiences with one’s family and Important relationships, unresolved concerns, and learn new ways of relating to one’s self and others.

Understanding Self and Others (USO) @12:30-2pm  • This group is for students wanting to better understand themselves and their relationships and will allow for the opportunity to provide and receive honest feedback in a therapeutic setting. Members guide session focus that may include relationships, communication, emotional support or expression, and social perceptions.

Mindfulness @10:30-Noon  • A place to experience and become aware of what is happening in the present moment with curiosity, openness and nonjudgment. Mindfulness-based skills will be incorporated into your day-to-day activities.

Trans Empowerment @1-2:30PM  This group is for persons who are seeking support in realization of one’s gender identity. Topics may include coming out, transitioning concerns, and other relevant issues.

Relationships @1-2:30PM  This process group aimed at helping those interested in building healthy, strong, and stable romantic relationships.

Building Social Confidence @1-2:30PM  Anxiously avoiding can sometimes come at the price of meaningful connection. This group focuses on identifying and acknowledging fears related to social situations, reducing unhelpful thinking patterns, and strengthening effective social skills and behaviors.

 

Wednesdays

Depression Support @10:30-Noon  This group is to help people manage their depression by connecting, understanding, and supporting one another.

Grad Support @10:30-Noon   • This group provides support for master’s and doctoral students to manage the demands of graduate school by providing a space to discuss academic and personal challenges and an opportunity to connect with other graduate students.

Living with ADHD @12:30-2PM  • This group provides a safe space for those living with ADHD to gain support, deepen understanding of symptomatology, and explore coping strategies in order to improve overall life satisfaction. Formal diagnosis not necessary. 

I Thought It Was Me @1-2:30PM   • This group explores how past experiences affect the present. This is a safe space where you can relate to feeling alone in a crowd, having difficulty belonging or maintaining relationships, and often guessing what “normal” is. You may identify as having been neglected, traumatized or even abused; you are welcome here.

Black Empowerment @1-2:30PM   • A semi-structured process group that aims to create a safe place for Black students (gender-inclusive) to increase their connection to themselves and other Black students utilizing interpersonal process exercises and in-the-moment engagement.

Body Wellness @3-4:3oPM  • This group is for students struggling with low self-esteem, body dissatisfaction, mild disordered eating behaviors, and related issues. Students will learn to view their bodies, abilities, and emotions from a more balanced and nurturing perspective. This is NOT an eating disorder group.

Women’s Empowerment @3-4:3oPM  • This group is designed to provide a safe space for women to feel empowered to heal from unwanted sexual experiences, abuse, and unhealthy relationships.

COPE (Challenging Obsessions by Practicing Exposure) @3-4:3oPM  • This is a hybrid support/intervention group for anyone experiencing difficulty from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, phobias, compulsive hair pulling or skin picking, and related concerns. The goal of this group will be to provide a space for community support as members engage in treatment, while providing structured time to engage in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Habit Reversal Training (HRT) interventions.

 

Thursdays

Understanding Self and Others (USO) @10-11:30AM & 1-2:30PM  • This group is for students wanting to better understand themselves and their relationships and will allow for the opportunity to provide and receive honest feedback in a therapeutic setting. Members guide session focus that may include relationships, communication, emotional support or expression, and social perceptions.

Q Support @11-12:30PM  • This group provides a safe space for individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, queer, or questioning to explore and discuss their concerns. Possible topics include relationships, family, coming out, religion, discrimination, and homophobia. Embrace your identity in a supportive environment.

Anxiety Support @10-11:30AM  This group will provide a space to explore aspects of life that may trigger anxiety (e.g., pandemic, family, relationships, school), as well as effective coping strategies. Participants will be encouraged to try new ways of relating to their anxiety.

Mi Gente @11-12:30PM  • This group is a supportive space for Hispanic/Latinx students to express themselves, connect with peers, and be heard.

ACE Support @1-2:30PM  • A safe space for individuals who identify as part of the asexuality and/or aromantic spectrum to participate in a semi structured process group and cover topics include identity exploration, stigma, media representation, relationships, family, coming out, and intimacy.

Safety & Self Care @1-2:30PM  This group is dedicated to women early in their healing journey. It is especially designed for those presenting with complex trauma, and it emphasizes healthy self-care and uses psycho-education to build insight and a cognitive framework to understand the challenges associated with traumatic stress and healing. 

Living with Health Concerns @1-2:30PM   This is a support group to empower and enhance wellness for students with chronic health conditions. Goals include improving self-care, increasing coping skills, discussing body image concerns, and learning how to set healthy boundaries with others.

Relationships @1-2:30PM  • This process group is aimed at helping those interested in building healthy, strong, and stable romantic relationships.

I Thought It Was Me @3-4:30PM  This group explores how past experiences affect the present. This is a safe space where you can relate to feeling alone in a crowd, having difficulty belonging or maintaining relationships, and often guessing what “normal” is. You may identify as having been neglected, traumatized or even abused; you are welcome here.

Self-Compassion @3-4:30PM  • This group is for students who struggle with a harsh inner critic. Students will learn to set kind and realistic expectations of themselves, eliminate self-judgment, and learn to treat themselves with the same warmth, compassion, and kindness they would offer a close friend.

Grief & Loss @3-4:30PM • This group provides a safe and supportive space for students to learn about different responses to loss, to explore the grief process, and to share their own experiences.

 

DBT Group resources:

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DBT Diary Card  Click Here