Workshops & Support Groups

Drop-in workshops

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.

Workshop descriptions

Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment with a sense of acceptance. Research has shown it to be helpful for a broad array of common challenges including anxiety, chronic physical pain, depression, coping with stressful life experiences, attention regulation difficulties, and relationship issues. This series of one-hour workshops will include:

  1. Brief explanation of what mindfulness is and how it's practiced including a short basic practice 
  2. Presentation of information on mindfulness as it relates to that day's topic;
  3. 10-20 minute mindfulness meditation chosen to complement the day's theme;
  4. Time for Q/A and/or discussion about applying the ideas and practices from the workshop to everyday life.
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Topics for the Summer include:

  • 6/24: Stress and anxiety reduction (CANCELED)
  • 7/1: Falling and staying asleep
  • 7/8: Building self-awareness
  • 7/15: Coping with chronic pain
  • 7/22: Stress and anxiety reduction
  • 7/29: Rolling with life's punches (change and other common challenging experiences)

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.

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Several popular Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) workshops have been recorded and are now available to watch on demand.

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Free support groups

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.

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

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.

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:

  • 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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