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.
Spring 2020 Groups
Groups will remain open until filled. Sign-up required. Interested students should contact Adam Edmunds, PsyD at (610) 795-1709 or email@example.com 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
This support group is intended to provide a space for students to talk, explore, gain self-awareness, connect, and share their experiences of themselves in relationship to others such as successes, struggles, needs, and wants while receiving encouragement and feedback from multiple perspectives.
- Fridays, 4:15–5:30 p.m.
FGLI Process Group
A weekly group to discuss and reflect on the experience of being a FGLI student on campus, within our families, and in our relationships. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in participating.
- Times TBD
Members can discuss anything relevant to their experience as members of queer/trans communities, which can include coming out, navigating relationships, political/activist burnout, family of origin concerns, etc.
- Wednesdays, 2:15–3:45 p.m.
Living with Anxiety Group
This semi-structured group is for students who are struggling with various forms of anxiety, want to learn more about it, and how to manage it. Each week, members are invited to talk about their lives and the role anxiety plays in them. Topics may include, but are not limited to, coping with the demands of academic life, self-confidence, worry, relationships and social interactions, life transitions, perfectionism, dealing with unhappiness and sadness, and strategies for managing. Students in this group will be able to talk with and receive support from other students who have similar difficulties with anxiety.
- Fridays, 2:15–3:30 p.m.
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.