Group Counseling

Group Counseling

CAPS offers a variety of groups to fit students needs and schedules. Our groups usually consist of 5 to 8 members (students) and are facilitated by two therapists. Groups meet weekly for 90 minute sessions. Groups conducted in the past have included “Men’s Group,” “Relationship Survival Group,” and general therapy groups which address depression, anxiety, and stress management, among other concerns. If you have ever considered participating in group therapy or if group has been recommended to you by your intake counselor or by someone else, you probably have a number of questions. Please refer to Group Counseling.Just what is group therapy?   In group therapy, 6 to 10 people meet face-to-face with one or more trained group therapists and talk about what is troubling them. Members also give feedback to each other by expressing their own feelings about what someone says or does. This interaction gives group members an opportunity to try out new ways of behaving and to learn more about the way they interact with others. What makes the situation unique is that it is a closed and safe system. The content of the group sessions is confidential; what members talk about or disclose is not discussed outside the group.The first few sessions of a group usually focus on the establishment of trust. During this time, members work to establish a level of trust that allows them to talk personally and honestly. Group trust is achieved when all members make a commitment to the group.Why does group therapy work?When people come into a group and interact freely with other group members, they usually recreate those difficulties that brought them to group therapy in the first place. Under the skilled direction of a group therapist, the group is able to give support, offer alternatives, or gently confront the person. In this way the difficulty becomes resolved, alternative behaviors are learned, and the person develops new social techniques or ways of relating to people. During group therapy, people begin to see that they are not alone. Many people feel they are unique because of their problems, and it is encouraging to hear that other people have similar difficulties. In the climate of trust provided by the group, people feel free to care about and help each other.What do I talk about when I am in group therapy?Talk about what brought you to the counseling center in the first place. Tell the group members what is bothering you. If you need support, let the group know. If you think you need confrontation, let them know this also. It is important to tell people what you expect of them. Unexpressed feelings are a major reason why people experience difficulties. Revealing your feelings – self-disclosure – is an important part of group and affects how much you will be helped. The appropriate disclosures will be those that relate directly to your present difficulty. How much you talk about yourself depends upon what you are comfortable with. If you have any questions about what might or might not be helpful, you can always ask the group.

CAPS Groups: Spring 2016

For most open groups listed, please contact either the group leaders via email (links are included below) or by calling CAPS main line (465-0181) to schedule an appointment and see if group is a good fit. Closed groups are full and no longer accepting new members until further notice.

Art Therapy for Wellness, Positive Growth Through Creativity
Group Leaders: Tracy and Sue
Meetings: Friday 3:00 – 4:30, 182 High Street
Status: Closed and started

Art Therapy for Wellness is a process-oriented group held once a week for approximately 90 minutes and begins with a guided meditation. Group will continue with an art project, using a variety of mediums that will center on a “theme” of the day. Each week’s theme will be different with the overall idea of positive growth, healing, and wellness in mind. Members will therapeutically process their experience creating their piece of art and possibly what the work represents or is connected to. Group leaders and members will offer support and feedback in a safe and accepting space, allowing all members to grow and heal.

Art Therapy Through Personal Growth
Group Leaders:         Maggie and Laura (Contact Maggie or Laura if interested)
Meetings:                  Thursdays 2:30 – 4:00, 182 High Street
Status:                      Open and populating (due to start January 28th, 2016)  

Art Therapy for Personal Growth is a process-oriented therapy group rooted in the exploration of the imagination. It is designed to enhance reflection, self-awareness, relaxation, and creative problem solving skills in an open and accepting space. You do not need to consider yourself an “artist” to join. Members will engage in meditation and discussion related to a theme for the day (self-care, relationships, stress, etc.) and continue with an art project, using a variety of mediums. Members will therapeutically process the experience of creating their art, and will be invited to share the significance of their work. Group leaders and members will offer support and feedback in a safe environment so members can grow and heal. 

Men’s Therapy Group
Group Leader:  Bryce   (Contact Bryce if interested)
Meetings: TBD, 192 High Street
Status: Open and populating (started)

The men’s group is a confidential interpersonal process group designed for 4-8 male identified students to gain and give support and to have the courage to ask for help and help other men. The group’s aim is to help each other find the strength to face problematic gender roles and live healthier, more authentic, and fulfilling lives.  The guys talk about a variety of things including stress, relationships, authenticity, anxiety, depression, school/career hopes, and moves from deeper issues to talking about media, video games, and sports.

Life After College
Group Leaders:         Laura and Jaclyn
Meetings:                   Tuesday 3:30 – 4:30
Status:                      Open and populating (Only open to students registered with the OAS) 

The Office of AccessAbility Services is offering a group to help prepare you for life after college. Join us to learn how to find the perfect balance between responsibility and fun. Group topics will include writing resumés, cover letters, and graduate school applications, interviewing skills, setting up insurance and other bills, meeting people outside of a campus environment, and more. Learn the life skills that will help you tackle the next step in your life!

For more information about this group, please contact or call 860-465-0189

Eastern Prep Program 

This program is aimed at assisting OAS-registered students with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (AD-HD) and other disabilities in transitioning and adjusting to the academic environment within a college setting. This program focuses on topics including time management, organization, and study skills. Students will meet weekly with OAS professional staff and Psychology student interns in individual sessions.

Eastern Prep also offers weekly group sessions, which act as an additional support system to students with disabilities.

Program Topics:

  • Adjusting to College
  • Time Management & Organization
  • Test Anxiety
  • Study Skills
  • Stress Management
  • Healthy Habits
  • Self-Advocacy

For more information about this group, please contact or call 860-465-0189