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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.

Summer 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.

Date: Wednesdays
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Group Leaders: Charley & 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.

Date: Wednesdays, begining June 5
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Group Leader: Zhen & Monique

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 Tuesdays 12:30pm - 1:30pm, TSC 310