Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

  • IU Health Center
    4th Floor
  • For information or to schedule an appointment
    (812) 855-5711

Services

Therapy Groups

CAPS offers a wide variety of therapy groups that focus on specific issues, from relationships to sobriety. Groups meet once a week in the CAPS offices on the 4th floor of the IU Health Center.

Healthy Connections

The focus of Healthy Connections is how to improve your relationships with others and your understanding of how you behave in relationships. These groups are a safe place for members to share honest thoughts and feelings about their own interactions and those of group participants.

  • Graduate and Returning Students: This group will focus on students learning to improve their relationships with others and deepen their understanding of themselves in relationships. The group offers a safe place for members to share honest thoughts and feelings with one another about aspects of their ways of interacting.
  • Graduate and Returning Students–Women's Interpersonal: This group will focus on women’s issues specifically as they relate to interpersonal and romantic relationships, body image, self-esteem, empowerment, personal growth, and other personal development concerns.
  • Undergraduate Interpersonal: Often the personal issues that bring us to counseling have more to do with how we relate to others than we think. This group helps members explore the relationship between their interpersonal style and their emotional well-being.
  • Men's Graduate and Returning Students: This group focuses on men learning to improve their relationships with others and deepen their understanding of themselves in relationships. The group offers a safe place for members to share honest thoughts and feelings with one another about aspects of their ways of interacting and expressing themselves.
Spring 2016 Healthy Connections Group Schedule
GroupDayTime
Graduate & Returning StudentsTuesday11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Graduate & Returning StudentsThursday9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Graduate & Returning Students: Women's InterpersonalTBA 
UndergraduateTuesdays10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Men's Graduate and Returning StudentsFridays3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Special Topic Groups 

CAPS also offers groups dedicated to specific topics that bring you together with others in the same situation. Currently, these groups include:

  • Healthy Relationships Support Group: A confidential, all gender support group for individuals who are questioning the health of their relationships and/or recognizing patterns of power and control within their relationship. This group is free.
  • Nourish: The Body and the Self: Do you have a difficult and confusing relationship with food and your body image?  This process-oriented therapy group is designed to explore eating disorder struggles while creating more self-awareness of thoughts, feelings and effectiveness in relationships. (Discussion is not focused on when/where/how members engage in disordered eating behaviors.)  If you are interested in learning about yourself, providing support, and receiving support, please talk to your counselor or schedule an intake appointment.
  • Dissertation Support: This group will focus on peer and emotional support, goal setting, and anxiety/stress management.
  • Sobriety in Action: Are you sick and tired of how drinking and drugs are affecting you? Are you ready to stop? Sobriety in Action is an open-ended therapy group that you can join any time. It’s all about learning what works for you in a nonjudgmental way.
  • Staying Out of Trouble: In this group, you can explore your drug and alcohol use in a nonjudgmental atmosphere so you can better make up your own mind about the risks and benefits. No reservations are required to attend these sessions.
  • Survivors of Sexual Assault: This group is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are survivors of sexual assault. For the purposes of this group, sexual assault is defined as any unwanted and nonconsensual sexual contact. It includes, but is not limited to, rape. Here, you'll find a safe and therapeutic environment to explore some of the common problems associated with surviving a sexual assault.
  • Survivors of Sexual Childhood Abuse: This group is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  The purpose of this group is to provide a safe and therapeutic environment to explore common issues associated with childhood sexual trauma, including exploration of family dynamics and impact on current relationships and academics.  Group members have the opportunity to share their experiences at their own pace, connect with other students, and offer and receive support.
  • Anger Management:  Have you gotten in trouble due to anger?  Would you liked to utilize counseling?  Come to the Anger Management group.  Talk about what happened.  Figure out what to do next time.  Try to see it from the other person’s perspective.  Length in group is negotiated but typically 8 sessions are recommended.  No group preparation session is necessary.  
Spring 2015 Special Topics Group Schedule
TopicDayTime
Healthy Relationships Support Group THursday1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Nourish: The Body and the SelfTBD
Survivors of Sexual Childhood Abuse Tuesday3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Survivors of Sexual AssaultFriday1:00 pm. - 2:30 p.m.
Anger ManagementThursday2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Staying Out of TroubleFriday3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Dissertation SupportTuesday1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sobriety in ActionWednesday2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Skills-Based Groups

These groups are designed to teach you specific techniques you can use to help you change behaviors that aren't working for you. The groups include three training modules of six to eight sessions each. Current groups include:

Managing Your Emotions: These groups are based on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills.  The goal of these groups is to help participants feel more balanced and in control of their lives.  The skills focus on decreasing interpersonal chaos, labile emotions, impulsiveness, and cognitive dysregulation while increasing interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and mindfulness.  The groups are broken into 3 skills training modules of 6-8 sessions each. In the Spring, we are offering both Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness.  Emotion Regulation Skills will assist you to decrease vulnerability to negative emotions, increase positive emotions, changing emotions, and tolerating emotions.  The Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills teaches you to communicate in a way which will increase the likelihood of achieving your objectives, maintaining relationships, and maintaining your self-respect.  Talk to your counselor to determine if these groups will be helpful for you!

Spring 2015 Skills-Based Group Schedule
TopicDayTime
Emotion Regulation Tuesday1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Interpersonal Effectiveness Wednesday10:00 - 11:30 a.m.