CAPS Group Therapy and Support Groups
Group counseling allows you to explore feelings in a trusting and supportive environment. You can try out new behaviors, improve social/communication skills, and receive feedback from others. Groups can be especially helpful if you feel isolated or are concerned about how you relate to others. As you hear others experiences and share yours, you gain support and are able to help other people as well.
Participation in any of the groups may require meeting with a group leader to discuss what you can expect from the group and what is expected of you in the group.
Fall and Spring Group Therapy
We offer a variety of groups that meet in the fall or spring semester. Participants must reside in Utah. If you are interested in attending or would like more information please contact the CAPS office at 435.797.1012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skills Training Group
The skills training group consists of mini lectures followed by class discussions, and requires active participation, including completion of simple homework assignments. Group members must concurrently participate in individual therapy. The group is divided into 4 modules of various lengths.
- Core Mindfulness Skills
- Emotion Regulation Skills
- Distress Tolerance Skills
- Interpersonal Effectiveness
This group will introduce participants to the concept of mindfulness and its benefits and applications through four sessions. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their reactions to and experience of in-group mindfulness activities and their outside-of-group mindfulness practice and reflections. After the first “introduction-to-mindfulness” session, the focus of each group session will be the introduction to and practice of a specific mindfulness strategy, including:
- Body scans
- Walking meditation
- Sitting meditation
Understanding Self and Others Group
There are two primary areas of focus for this group, depending on the needs of the group and the style of group leadership. Personal growth is often addressed with individual group members bringing their concerns to the group for feedback and support. Balancing personal needs with the needs of others is an important aspect of the group. Relationship development is the other dimension of group process and provides firsthand experience with effective communication and emotional intimacy. Group members often address setting boundaries, listening, appropriate disclosure and problem solving. Group members will give and receive feedback about initial impressions, positive and negative patterns of interaction and stages of personal and group growth/development.
Faith Challenges Group
The Faith Challenges group is an opportunity for students to gather in a safe environment to learn from and support each other. Each week, we will discuss issues related to faith that create stress.
The topic of the day will be motivated by those who choose to participate that day. This group is co-facilitated by Monique Frazier, a psychologist from CAPS and Bonnie Glass-Coffin, Anthropology Professor and Director of the Interfaith Initiative.
Meets every Monday from 2:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
LGBTQ+ Support Group
The LGBTQ+ Support Group is for students that identify or questioning if they are a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Students are provided with the opportunity to get together in a safe environment where they can learn from, and support each other.
Each week, we will discuss important issues that LGBTQ+ individuals face with topics being chosen by those who wish to participate. This group is co-facilitated by Jacob Cameron, a therapist from USU Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) and Erika-Danielle Lundström, the Gender and Sexuality Coordinator at the Inclusion Center.
Meets every Monday from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.