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Groups designed to address issues commonly faced by university students are central to 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.

Current Group Offering

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 - Spring 2019

If you want more information about joining a group, call CAPS and ask for the Group Coordinator at 504-314-2277.

Life at Tulane
Anxiety, depression, identity, and relationship issues are just some of the concerns that may come up during life at college. Using a flexible structure, we address a variety of topics pertaining to mood, stress, coping, relating to others, and offers students a chance to connect with peers who face similar challenges.

Life After Sexual Assault 
With a combination of education and group discussion, this group aims to create a community of support and understanding for Tulane students who have experienced sexual assault. Each week we explore a new topic and discuss what it means to survive, recover, and thrive after sexual assault. Weekly topics include making sense of one’s identity after assault, coping with triggers, responding to blame and rape culture, sexuality, and navigating romantic relationships.

REFLECTIONS: Moving Beyond Body Image Worry 
Many people today feel pressure to meet an “ideal” image, especially when it comes to their physical appearance. Group members use this safe place to talk about body image and learn ways to develop a healthier relationship with their body. Topics explored include technology, perfectionism, and self-limiting beliefs as they affect our view of ourselves. 

Women of Color
Join an accepting, authentic, and confidential space cultivated for women of color to share their lived experiences, receive support and encouragement from others, and learn strategies that promote healing from racial trauma and misogyny. Additional topics discussed include self-esteem, healthy relationships, soul-care, balancing multiple life demands, and any other meaningful experiences or topics brought to the group.

BREATHE: Mindfulness Strategies for Stress Reduction 
Learn mindfulness techniques through movement, music, eating, and other fun activities natural to your lifestyle. Get an introduction on how mindfulness and meditation practices can reduce stress and develop greater balance, control, and fuller participation in your life. Learn how to recognize your own unique reactions to stress, find more empowering ways to respond to stressful situations, and discover how to use your own inner resources to manage overall health and well-being. No experience necessary in mindfulness and meditation techniques. 

Mindfulness for Wellness
Explore the intersection of mindfulness, meditation, stress-reduction, and positive mental health practices with this 8-week structured group. Learn to better calm the agitated mind, improve mental focus and clarity, and reduce the distressing impact of emotional experience.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Group
This group focuses on how to engage in your life in a way that is meaningful, vital and consistent with what is important to you. Sometimes when experiencing emotional discomfort, distressing thoughts, etc., our attempts to rid ourselves of these experiences can backfire – limiting workable, values-consistent action and potentially leading to even more suffering. Learn to practice relating to experiences with mindfulness and acceptance, and seek to identify, connect with, and take action based on chosen values.

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 the death of a loved one. Discover how to develop personal approaches to address emotions around grief and loss. 

International Student Connections
Examine potential struggles for all international students. Sometimes, when pursuing studies abroad, students can feel isolated, stressed, and insecure, as they navigate through a new culture, and a new country. Use this safe and confidential place to explore issues that international students specifically face, including, but not limited to homesickness, anxiety (especially around holidays), language barriers, and social concerns.

Coping with Serious Physical Illness
Sometimes students become ill with serious physical problems such as cancer or Crohn’s Disease, or have already been managing such conditions before arriving at college. Join this group 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.
 

To get information about joining a group, call CAPS and ask for the Group Coordinator at 504-314-2277.