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.
Here is a list of our groups this semester:
CAPS Counseling Groups Fall 2016
For most open groups listed, please call CAPS (465-0181) or email the group leader to schedule an appointment and see if group is a good fit. Once groups are full, they will no longer accept new members so early contact with CAPS is encouraged!
Art Therapy (2 Group sessions)
Art Therapy is a process-oriented group held once a week for approximately 90 minutes and begins with a Mindfulness exercise. 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.
Men’s Therapy Group
The men’s group is a confidential interpersonal process group designed for 4-8 male identified students. The group offers a supportive environment for men to have the courage to gain and give support and ask for help from other men. The group’s aim is to help each other find the strength to explore and face problematic gender roles and live healthier, more authentic, and fulfilling lives. We address a variety of topics including: gender roles/gender role conflict, relationships with men/women; romantic and non-romantic, anxiety, depression, family of origin issues, substance use, school/career hopes, authenticity, and others. We meet weekly for 90 minutes and group will remain open until mid-semester.
Women’s TREM Trauma Group
Women’s TREM Group is designed to address difficulties experienced by women trauma survivors. TREM groups are facilitated by women only and are designed for 8-10 members. TREM is organized into three major parts: empowerment, trauma education, and skill-building. In the empowerment section topics focus on helping women to learn strategies for self-comfort and accurate self-monitoring as well as how to establish safe emotional and physical boundaries. In the education part, women address issues of abuse directly. Discussions cover topics of sexual, physical, emotional, and institutional abuse, and women explore and reframe the connection between abuse experiences and other current difficulties. In the skill-building part, the focus shifts more explicitly to problem-solving and skills training, as group members address communication style, decision-making, managing out-of-control feelings, and developing safer relationships. Will meet once a week for 90 minutes for duration of Fall semester.
Common Questions about Group Therapy
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. Here are some of the most common:
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.