Workshops & Support Groups

Drop-in workshops

We offer free workshops throughout the semester, both in person and online. These aren’t group counseling sessions—they’re more like a class led by CAPS counselors. You’ll learn strategies you can use immediately to improve symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety, and to better manage problems that affect your academic success. These workshops can help you make changes faster and, if you’re a CAPS client, use your individual counseling sessions more fully.

Workshop descriptions

Mindfulness is the practice of intentionally bringing attention to the present moment with acceptance. The use of mindfulness-based techniques is linked to reductions in anxiety, physical symptoms of pain, and depression. It has also been shown to enhance relationships and to reduce distress.

These workshops offer various ways of practicing mindfulness with optional opportunities to discuss the practices offered, the process and benefits of developing a consistent mindfulness practice, and other ways to bring mindfulness into daily life.

These workshops are designed to be helpful for long-time meditators and for those who have never practiced mindfulness prior to attending. Participation is free and we encourage you to attend as many as you wish.

If you’re already familiar with mindfulness and would like to engage in regular practice, this workshop is for you.

Do you have concerns about your alcohol or marijuana use? Are you ready to make a change in a nonjudgmental, supportive environment? Come practice meditation and mindfulness, research-proven ways to help reduce cravings.

Start your week off right with a free workshop at the Wells Library to help you learn skills to manage your stress, social anxiety, sleep, procrastination, and more.

Have a free, confidential, and informal conversation with an emphasis on self-understanding and finding solutions to your problems.

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Can’t make it to an on-campus workshop? We offer a wide variety of online workshops you can join from the comfort of your couch. A CAPS counselor will help you learn skills to manage your stress, sleep, procrastination, time management, and more.

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Free drop-in support groups

Leaders: Nijdam and Rushlow

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.

Leaders: Barkis and Yeoward

This group is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are survivors of sexual violence/misconduct, interpersonal violence, intimate relationship violence, childhood sexual abuse, stalking, and sexual harassment. The purpose of this group is to provide a safe and therapeutic environment to decompress from weekly stressors. Each meeting will begin with a structured self-care activity followed by an optional space for you to gain support, with a break in between the two segments.

Leaders: Guardini and Saahir

This is a support group for students of color using a multicultural approach. Topics covered in the group may include:

  • Navigating spaces as students of color
  • Negotiating privilege(s)
  • Addressing responses and emotional reactions triggered by experiences of discrimination and micro/macroaggressions

We will be able to address interpersonal difficulties, academic stress, and other topics that will help you and the other group participants increase your sense of empowerment.

Leaders: McNabb and Stepp

Chronic illness can be stressful, but you don’t have to experience it alone. In this support group, we provide a confidential space to process and share your story, connect with others, and develop tools to manage your illness. Topics include adjusting to your new life, how to share your illness with others, advocacy, navigating health care, and self-care.

Leader: Thomas

Gender Expressions offers a safe and supportive environment for gender diverse students to explore issues related to their gender identities including but not limited to:

  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Mental health
  • Systemic oppression
  • Micro-aggressions
  • Transitioning

In addition to offering one another a space for exploration and social support, group members will discuss potential ways of navigating stress and distress from social, cultural, and political sources.

Leader: Toth

This group focuses on peer and emotional support, goal setting, and anxiety/stress management related to doctoral dissertations.

Leader: Hayes

Have you lost a loved one? Are you grieving the loss of a family member, a friend, a partner or anyone else whose death is affecting you? Whether your loss was recent or years ago, this group will give you support through the grief process, the opportunity to connect with others experiencing a similar loss and a space to work through the pain of grief.

Leaders: Muncy and Thomas

The group will serve as a safe space for students who identify as LGBTQ+ to come together to offer and receive support on common challenges facing members of our community. Topics include:

  • Micro-aggressions
  • The coming out process
  • Family support or lack thereof
  • Social difficulties related to gender or sexual identity
  • Impact of political events
  • Exploring one’s gender or sexual identity
  • The challenges of being considered to be outside the societal “norm.”

I was able to share things with my group that I was too scared to share with other people. Once I learned to do this, I started feeling better about myself.

CAPS support group participant

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