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CAPS Groups

Group counseling allows you to explore feelings in a trusting and supportive environment. You can try out new behaviors, improve social/communication skills, and receive feedback from others. Groups can be especially helpful if you feel isolated or concerned about how you relate to others. As you hear others experiences and share yours, you gain support and are able to help other people as well.

Participation in any of the groups may require meeting with a group leader to discuss what you can expect from the group and what is expected of you in the group.

Fall 2019 Topics

There are two primary areas of focus for this group, depending on the needs of the group and the style of group leadership. Personal growth is often addressed with individual group members bringing their concerns to the group for feedback and support. Balancing personal needs with the needs of others is an important aspect of the group. Relationship development is the other dimension of group process and provides firsthand experience with effective communication and emotional intimacy. Group members often address setting boundaries, listening, appropriate disclosure and problem solving. Group members will give and receive feedback about initial impressions, positive and negative patterns of interaction and stages of personal and group growth/development.

When: Mondays
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Group Leaders: Zhen

When: Tuesdays (GRAD GROUP)
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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Group Leaders: Eri & Julia

When: Tuesdays
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Group Leaders: Charley & Daryl

This group will examine beliefs and assumptions that pertain to women, and address various women’s issues/difficulties. Common topics may include gender role concerns, communication difficulties, questions about sexual intimacy, prioritizing multiple responsibilities, negative relational experiences, relationship conflicts, traumatic experiences, and so on.

When: Thursday
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Group Leaders: Eri & Rheanna

Dungeons and Dragons group is a group for students seeking to learn how to connect with others, be assertive, gain confidence, and grow their communication skills within the context of a Role-Playing Game. In D&D group, we have fun playing the game, but we also focus on overcoming interpersonal roadblocks that keep us from having the friendships and relationships we want. Learn about yourself, learn new skills, and slay some dragons!

When: Friday
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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Group Leader: Chris

Attendance is required at first session to be able to continue. This four-session experiential workshop will help participants learn mindfulness skills for managing stress and living more fully in the present moment. Participants will be introduced to the concept of mindfulness, and a variety of activities related to mindfulness meditation. Participants’ experiences with mindful awareness and mindfulness activities will be discussed and suggestions for daily practice will be provided.

When: Tuesday
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
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Group Leader: Mark

Educational in nature, the skills training group consists of mini lectures followed by class discussions, and requires active participation, including completion of simple homework assignments. Group members must concurrently participate in individual therapy. The group is divided into 4 modules of various lengths. Following is a brief description of each module:

  • Core Mindfulness Skills - Participants learn skills that enhance their ability to be in the moment and use their mind effectively.
  • Emotion Regulation Skills - Participants learn skills to decrease emotional reactivity to life situations and events. They learn to identify emotions, reduce vulnerability to negative emotions, and increase frequency of positive emotions in daily life.
  • Distress Tolerance Skills - Participants learn to increase their ability to handle mental distress when faced with situations they cannot change, to better cope with intense emotions, and to decrease impulsivity.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness - This module is similar to an assertiveness course. It gives participants tools to meet their needs in social interactions, including when to increase the intensity of requests and when to back off.

When: Monday
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Group Leaders: Chris & Daryl

When: Tuesday
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Group Leader: Zhen

Support Groups

Faith Distress Group:

Meets Mondays 1:30pm - 3:00pm, TSC 310B

LGBTQ+ Support Group:

Meets Wednesdays 1:30pm - 2:30pm, TSC 310

Trans Support Group:

Meets Wednesdays 12:30pm - 1:30pm, TSC 310