Whether you’re interested in our class-style workshops or a group counseling session where you all have a chance to talk to each other, you’ll find something for you at CAPS. We can help you with everything from mindfulness to grief support.
Attending group counseling has been one of the most positive changes I've made in my life. I don't think anything has improved my quality of life as much.
CAPS support group participant
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.
Announcement: All of our workshops are now online! See the individual listings below for links to join.
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.
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 interventions that can help.
If you’re already familiar with mindfulness and would like to engage in regular practice, this workshop is for you.
The advanced mindfulness/meditation workshop provides an opportunity for people to practice meditating together and to discuss their experiences of independent meditation practice with each other. This can be very helpful when we are trying to maximize the benefits of meditation by developing it into a regular habit.
Typically, we will begin with a warm-up exercise, then open some time for people to share their questions, concerns, and/or insights related to practice. Finally, we conclude with a sitting meditation that typically lasts about 20 minutes. While the advanced mindfulness workshop has been primarily aimed at supporting practice for people who have already had some experience with meditation, beginners are also welcome to join.
We offer a variety of counseling groups each semester, with free options and pay-per-session options.
In these groups of two to eight participants and one or two counselors, you’ll receive weekly support from peers going through similar experiences and can learn how to problem-solve and better manage your symptoms.
(We know you may find talking with your peers about your problems uncomfortable at first, but most students get over this discomfort quickly. Don’t let your doubts keep you from joining us.)
Announcement: All groups have moved online until further notice. To join an online group:
You need to be physically located in Indiana when participating in the group session.
You must be referred by a CAPS counselor. To make an appointment with a counselor call 812-855-5711.
Pay-per-session counseling groups
Graduate and returning students:
Thursdays, 2:30–4 p.m.
Men’s graduate and returning students:
Fridays, 9:00–10:00 a.m.
Often the personal issues that bring us to counseling (e.g., stress, anxiety, or depression) have more to do with how we relate to others than we think. Healthy Connections Group will help members explore the relationship between their interpersonal style and their emotional well-being. Members will be encouraged to experiment with new behaviors, which can foster more meaningful connections with others and enhance emotional health.
If you have NOT paid the Student Health Fee: $29 for 1-hour session; $35 for 1.5-hour session
Free support groups
Meets only through May 26.
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. We offer separate groups for grads and undergrads at the same time, but that meet every other week.
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.
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:
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.
This group focuses on peer and emotional support, goal setting, and anxiety/stress management related to doctoral dissertations.
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.
For undergraduate students: Thursdays, 4–5 p.m.
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:
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.”