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Counseling Groups

CAPS counseling groups usually form at the beginning of each quarter and typically meet once a week for about ninety minutes. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn, share, and grow with others. Note that most groups require a pre-group interest appointment - to learn more about the group and whether it will meet your particular needs.

During 2016-2017, the following groups are being offered through CAPS. If interested, drop by 225 Martin Hall to schedule a pre-group consultation. If you have questions about a particular group, please call 509.359.2366 for more information.

Fall Quarter Groups

Building Connections, facilitated by Cori Deitz, Ph.D.
A group to help individuals build connections and understand self-esteem.

This is CAPS' most popular group and will focus on how to develop relationships, increase self-understanding and reduce loneliness.

LGBTQ+ Group, facilitated by Alice Emerson, Ph.D.
A gender, relational, and sexual orientation group.

This group is designed for students who want to talk with supportive others in a private location about their own gender identity/expression, relational, or sexual orientation interests or concerns. Individuals who are questioning their identities are welcome.

Mindfulness & Meditation, facilitated by Melinda Ovnicek, M.S.
A group to help reduce stress and increase resiliency.

This group will practice meditation, relaxation, and guided imagery activities.

Test Anxiety, facilitated by Lisa Olson, M.S.
A skill building group for managing symptoms of test anxiety.

This group will learn to identify causes of anxiety related to exams and learn techniques for decreasing symptoms that impair performance.

Understanding Self & Others, facilitated by CAPS staff.
A group to improve your relationships and interactions with others—in any way.

Find new ways to understand yourself and your relationships by participating in this interpersonal process group. Experience practicing new ways of relating to others, including giving and receiving feedback and support.

Winter Quarter Groups 

Building Connections, facilitated by Cori Deitz, Ph.D. & Madeline Greaves, B.S.
A group to help individuals build connections and understand self-esteem.

This is CAPS' most popular group and will focus on how to develop relationships, increase self-understanding and reduce loneliness.

Family Matters, facilitated by Melinda Ovnicek, M.S.
A group to understand how early life experiences impact current behavior and relationships.

This is a group experience for individuals who want to learn how their early childhood experiences may influence their current way of relating to self and others.

LGBTQ+ Group, facilitated by Alice Emerson, Ph.D. & Karryn Satchell, B.S.
A gender, relational, and sexual orientation group.

This group is designed for students who want to talk with supportive others in a private location about their own gender identity/expression, relational, or sexual orientation interests or concerns. Individuals who are questioning their identities are welcome.

Mindfulness & Meditation, facilitated by Melinda Ovnicek, M.S.
A group to help reduce stress and increase resiliency.

This group will practice meditation, relaxation, and guided imagery activities.

Test Anxiety, facilitated by Lisa Olson, M.S.
A skill building group for managing symptoms of test anxiety.

This group will learn to identify causes of anxiety related to exams and learn techniques for decreasing symptoms that impair performance.

Understanding Self & Others, facilitated by CAPS staff.
A group to improve your relationships and interactions with others-in any way.

Find new ways to understand yourself and your relationships by participating in this interpersonal process group. Experience practicing new ways of relating to others, including giving and receiving feedback and support.

Spring Quarter Groups 

Building Connections, facilitated by Cori Deitz, Ph.D. & Madeline Greaves, B.S.
A group to help individuals build connections and understand self-esteem.

This is CAPS' most popular group and will focus on how to develop relationships, increase self-understanding and reduce loneliness.

Compassion-Focused Therapy, facilitated by Maureen Nickerson, Ph.D. & Elijah Johnson, M.S.
A group to help individuals understand and work with difficult emotions.

We all have emotions like anxiety, sadness, and anger that can sometimes create difficulties. This group will help us understand where these emotions come from and how to work with them in helpful ways, while developing positive qualities that will help you live a life filled with meaning. Learn to stop beating yourself up and become the person you want to be.

Family Matters, facilitated by Melinda Ovnicek, M.S.
A group to understand how early life experiences impact current behavior and relationships.

This is a group experience for individuals who want to learn how their early childhood experiences may influence their current way of relating to self and others.

LGBTQ+ Group, facilitated by Alice Emerson, Ph.D. & Karryn Satchell, B.S.
A gender, relational, and sexual orientation group.

This group is designed for students who want to talk with supportive others in a private location about their own gender identity/expression, relational, or sexual orientation interests or concerns. Individuals who are questioning their identities are welcome.

Mindfulness & Meditation, facilitated by Melinda Ovnicek, M.S.
A group to help reduce stress and increase resiliency.

This group will practice meditation, relaxation, and guided imagery activities.

Test Anxiety, facilitated by Lisa Olson, M.S.
A skill building group for managing symptoms of test anxiety.

This group will learn to identify causes of anxiety related to exams and learn techniques for decreasing symptoms that impair performance.

Understanding Self & Others, facilitated by CAPS staff.
A group to improve your relationships and interactions with others-in any way.

Find new ways to understand yourself and your relationships by participating in this interpersonal process group. Experience practicing new ways of relating to others, including giving and receiving feedback and support.

Groups Offered Based On Sufficient Interest
Inquire at CAPS Martin Hall 225 or call 359-2366

Body Peace
A group for those who want to develop a healthy relationship to their body.
This is a six-week experiential group focused on helping those that struggle with negative body image. This group aims to increase understanding and improve the relationship with one's body. The group will teach ways to respond to distressing thoughts, feelings, and urges. We will also explore what matters in life to each person and help you get reconnected with those areas.

Stress Less
A group to help individuals reduce and cope effectively with stress.
This group will learn and practice methods for effectively managing life stressors.

Healthy Relationships
A group for individuals who would like to learn about principles of healthy relationships.
This group may interest you if you are in a relationship, trying to decide if you should stay or go, recently out of relationship, or just want to prepare for a future relationship. A group designed to increase self and interpersonal understanding.

Mind Over Mood
An emotion skill building group for increasing interpersonal effectiveness.

This group will focus on proven methods for reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. Participants will learn to use mindfulness techniques and self-understanding to increase distress tolerance.

Living With Asperger Syndrome
A group for individuals that may experience specific challenges in adjusting to college life. 

This group will address common concerns related to social relationships, sensory sensitivity, and adjustment to the academic environment.

Loss and Personal Growth Group
A support group for those who have experienced loss.

This group is designed to offer creative approaches for processing loss and feelings of grief. Activities to encourage the working through of difficult emotions will be presented.

Positive Psychology
A psychoeducational group based on positive psychology principles
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Learn how positive psychology principles can help you navigate challenges, make decisions, and increase self-understanding.

   The Serenity Room at CAPS where groups meet.

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