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Groups designed to address issues commonly faced by university students are central in how counseling centers can be of assistance, and have been shown to be significantly impactful. CAPS offers a variety of group opportunities each semester. Groups are a great way of getting support through talking with other Tulane students with similar concerns, while also benefiting from the expertise of the therapists who are facilitating. A group consultation appointment is required in some cases prior to participation to determine if the group is a good fit for you.

Top 5 Benefits of Group Therapy

  1. Connection and Support: Groups can be a support network where members provide one another with a safe sounding board while working through personal difficulties.
  2. Universality: It can be a relief to hear other students discuss what they’re going through and realize none of us is alone in facing life challenges.
  3. Enhanced Perspective: By seeing how other people tackle similar situations, you can gain new perspectives. Hearing how other members are working to overcome their issues can be motivating and encouraging.
  4. Social Skills: Group can help ease a sense of awkwardness or isolation by giving an opportunity to practice relating to others.
  5. Insights: Groups teach you about yourself and help uncover “blind spots,” presenting valuable insights about your own life and way of seeing the world.

CAPS Groups - Fall 2017 

View PDF of scheduleIf the group you are interested in does not fit with your schedule, give our Group Coordinator a call at 504-314-2724. There may be another group that would be a good fit. 

Freshman Transition
Designed for first-year students, this group provides a safe space to explore adjustment-related issues – social concerns, homesickness, academic difficulties, etc. – and receive support during this significant life transition.

Life at Tulane
Anxiety, depression, identity concerns, and relationship issues are just some of life’s stressors. Using a flexible structure, the Life group will address a variety of topics pertaining to mood, anxiety, coping, relating to others and will give students a chance to connect with peers who face similar challenges.

Life After Sexual Assault
Break the Silence is a CAPS group that aims to create a community of support and understanding for Tulane students who identify as survivors or victims of sexual assault. This group involves a combination of education and group discussion. Each week, we will explore a new topic and discuss what it means to survive, recover, and thrive after sexual assault. Examples of topics include coping with triggers, responding to self-blame and rape culture, sexuality, and navigating romantic relationships.

Reflections–Moving Beyond Body Image Worry
Many young people today feel pressure to meet an “ideal” image, especially when it comes to their physical appearance. The Reflections group will provide members a safe place to talk about body image and learn ways to develop a healthier relationship with their body.

Ph.D. and Dissertation Support Group
Graduate students participating in this group will explore barriers interfering with progress on their projects, discuss common dilemmas facing students in the dissertation stage, and identify strategies for taking the edge off the strain.

Women of Color
Women of Color is a support group that provides an accepting space where students who identify as women of color are encouraged to discuss experiences that are meaningful to them.

Coping with Serious Physical Illness
There may be students who’ve become ill with serious physical problems such as cancer or Crohn’s Disease, or have already been managing such conditions before arriving at the university. This group is an opportunity to: reflect on the personal impact of serious medical challenges, consider how to cope with balancing health needs with college academic and social life, commit to meaningful and sustained self-care, and meet other students who share these experiences.

Journey with Grief and Loss
This support and education group offers opportunities for sharing personal grief experiences while also receiving support from others who have experienced a loss of any kind. This group will also help students develop personal approaches to address their emotions around grief and loss.

If you want more information about joining a group, call CAPS and ask for the Group Coordinator at 504-314-2724.