Group Therapy

About Group Therapy

Group therapy provides a powerful venue for growth and change. It has been used effectively by mental health professionals for over 50 years. The intent is to help people who would like to gain support, increase self-awareness and learn new ways to cope with personal or interpersonal challenges. It is one of the most effective tools for addressing issues common among college students.

Therapy groups are aimed at bringing about change in participants through an examination of thoughts and behaviors. Support groups are generally focused on a particular issue, with an emphasis on coping.

For a list of past groups offered and their descriptions, please see below:

Support Groups

Support groups are generally focused on a particular issue, with an emphasis on coping. Support groups are available to all students located in the United States during the Virtual Learning Environment.

Connecting During Quarantine – Support for students managing challenging situations related to family, academics, romance, jobs, etc. in the time of COVID-19. Physical distancing does not mean we have to socially isolate. This group emphasizes embracing connection in a caring and confidential space.

LGBTQIA+ Student Support Group – This is a professionally-run therapy group intended for lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, transgender, queer, questioning and/or non-binary undergraduate and graduate students. It is designed to provide a confidential and safe place for looking in depth at individual concerns about coming out, relationships, family, academic, and community/university concerns unique to LGBTQIA+ students.

Grief Support Group – This is a group for students who have experienced the loss of a family member, loved one, or acquaintance, recently or unresolved from the past. It is designed to provide a confidential and supportive place to express and process feelings around coping with major losses and to provide support for adapting to new ways to build meaning after loss.

Mosaic Student Support Group – A support & discussion group meant to be an affinity space for Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) -identifying students to come together to: learn new skills, receive support, & share information & resources. Mosaic provides a space for participants to discuss issues unique to their experience at a predominantly white institution (PWI) such as: academic stress, relationships, race/ethnicity related stress, cultural values & navigating cultural expectations, values exploration, family dynamics, identity development, building resilience, self-care & community care, among other topics. Come together at Mosaic to find strength through solidarity and connection.

Anti-Racism & Ally-Building Group – This is a support & discussion group for white-identified students aimed at building a more advanced anti-racist identity. The group is best suited for students who are interested in anti-racism, social justice, multiculturalism, etc. and want to do some of the personal and emotional exploration involved in further enhancing their anti-racism stance. A primary goal of the group is to increase members’ capacity to foster an inclusive, caring, and equitable community here at the university and in the larger society.

Back on the Hilltop (MLOA Return) Group – This drop-in group will offer the opportunity to reflect with other students returning from medical leave about adjusting back to school.

Therapy Groups

Therapy groups are aimed at bringing about change in participants through an examination of thoughts and behaviors. Participation in the interpersonal process and therapy groups may be restricted based on your state’s licensure laws. If interested, please inquire about joining the group and a CAPS staff member will look into eligibility.

Understanding Self & Others This insight-oriented group provides a safe environment for exploring yourself and interpersonal style in areas such as trust, intimacy, anger, assertiveness, taking risks, and dealing with authority.