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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.

Spring 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: Thursday, January 24
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Group Leaders: Charley & Alejandro

Date: Monday, January 28
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Group Leader: Zhen

Date: Wednesday, February 6
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
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Group Leader: Charley

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.

Date: Thursday, February 7
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
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Group Leader: Mark

This group is specifically for graduate students. The purpose and function of this group are the same as the general USO group described above. This special section is created in recognition of unique roles graduate students play at the university (e.g., teaching undergraduate courses), and provides a place for graduate students to engage in therapeutic group work with others who share similar struggles in their academic and personal lives.

Date: Tuesday, January 22
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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Group Leaders: Eri & Amanda

This experiential group will meet weekly for five, 90-minute sessions. These sessions will focus on helping students learn and practice a variety of skills that will help them to decrease stress and manage their anxiety.

Date: Thursday, February 7
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Group Leader: LuAnn

Date: Thursday, March 21
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Group Leader: LuAnn

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: Tuesday, January 22
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Group Leader: Zhen

Date: Monday, January 28
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
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Group Leaders: LuAnn & Josh

Date: Tuesday, February 12
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
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Group Leader: LuAnn

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!

Date: Wednesday, January 16
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
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Group Leader: Chris & Brad

Date: Friday, January 25
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Group Leaders: Chris & Brad

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.

Date: Thursday, January 24
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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Group Leaders: Eri & Tammie

Support Groups

Faith Distress Group:

Meets Mondays 1:00pm - 2:30pm, TSC 310B

LGBTQ+ Support Group:

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

Trans Support Group:

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