Groups & Outreach
CAPS staff offers free confidential group psychotherapy to students who desire it. Group can function either instead of individual psychotherapy or as a useful supplement to it.
Notably, in order to ensure confidentiality groups are limited to 8 students each. Once these spaces fill up we will put students names on a waiting list. If enough students are interested we will open up additional groups.
Group psychotherapy functions differently than our personal counseling services. In group, students work not only with an individual therapist but also the other group members to address the issues that are bothering them. They talk openly about the issues pertaining to the group (i.e. social anxiety, or feelings about relating to other people), soliciting feedback, support, and encouragement from not only the therapist but the other members. Through validating their experiences as well as other group members, students gain opportunities to practice different ways of behaving and develop new capacities to relate. In this respect, group has the potential to be powerfully transformative and therapeutic.
Prior to joining a group, students are required to attend an individual screening interview to ensure they are a good fit for the group.
Ongoing sessions beyond the dates listed will depend on student interest and will continue to be free of charge.
Fall 2018 Groups
Groups will remain open until filled. Sign-up required. Interested students should contact Adam Edmunds, PsyD at (610) 795-1709 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, to learn more about these groups, or to schedule a brief group intake.
Note: All group meeting locations are provided during your intake appointment.
Connecting & Relating Group
A four-week support group for connecting with others and gaining self-awareness. Members talk about challenges while receiving encouragement and feedback from multiple perspectives. The group is intended to provide a space for students to talk, explore, and share their experiences of themselves in relationship to others such as successes, struggles, needs, and wants.
- Thursdays, 3:00—4:30 p.m.
- September 20, September 27, October 4, and October 11
Social Anxiety Support Group
A support group for students who struggle with social anxiety and managing relationships. Members will talk about their hopes and fears and identify strengths, resources, and strategies to address social challenges. Group members and facilitators will help to empower each other and when necessary, brainstorm.
- Fridays, 1:00—2:30 p.m.
- September 21, September 28, October 5, and October 12
A support group for students to talk about their experiences as they adjust to college and adulthood. Possible areas of exploration may include imposter syndrome, school-life balance, “cultural capital,” issues related socioeconomic class and culture, being first generation, family demands, changes within family like divorce or separation, social anxiety, stereotypes/microaggressions, and identity (who you are, who you want to be and how you fit in your family, with friends, or at Haverford). This group can help students understand themselves better and how to thrive at Haverford. Members can help each other sort thoughts and label feelings.
- Wednesdays, 4:00—5:30 p.m.
- September 19, September 26, October 3, and October 10
CAPS staff is available for various outreach activities. We are able to tailor the type of outreach to specific populations or topics. If you’d like to request CAPS to give a presentation or arrange a workshop, please use the Outreach Request Form.