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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.

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 2018

If 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. 

Senior Transition
Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 pm
“So what are you doing after graduation?”  If this question keeps you up at night and you are looking for support on how to navigate the journey into the post-college phase of life, then this group is for you. Geared towards Seniors who are preparing for graduation in the Spring, this group will offer peer support in navigating this transition.  Topics will include: how to cope with the stress of future planning, decision making, and coping with change.

Life after Sexual Assault
Tuesdays, 11:00 am­–12:15 pm
A 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. Topics will include: coping with triggers, responding to self-blame and rape culture, sexuality, and navigating romantic relationships.

Reflections—Moving Beyond Body Image Worry
Thursdays, 2:30-3:30 pm
Many young people today feel pressure to meet an “ideal” image, especially when it comes to their physical appearance. Reflections will provide members a safe place to talk about body image and learn ways to develop a healthier relationship with their body. Topics will include: technology, perfectionism, and self-limiting beliefs as they affect our view of ourselves.

Ph.D. and Dissertation Support Group
Downtown, Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 pm
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.

Life at Tulane
Mondays, 3:00-4:00 pm
Thursdays* 12:30-1:30 pm (*starting 3/8/18)
Anxiety, depression, identity, and relationship issues are just some of the concerns that may come up during life at college. Using a flexible structure, this group will address a variety of topics pertaining to mood, stress, coping, relating to others, and will give students a chance to connect with peers who face similar challenges.

Women of Color
Uptown, Wednesdays, 11:00 am-Noon 
Downtown, Thursdays, Noon-1:00 pm 

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
Wednesdays, 9:00-10:00 am
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. 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
Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 pm
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. This group will also help students develop personal approaches to address their emotions around grief and loss. 

Mindful Self-Compassion
Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 pm
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a 6-week group (meets once a week) that promotes skills related to mindfulness, self-kindness, and self-transcendence/connection to others via psychoeducation, meditation, experiential exercises, and group discussion. Students will learn a variety of strategies for experiencing self-compassion and will be encouraged to decide, through experience, which of these strategies may most benefit them in their daily lives. No experience in meditation or mindfulness is needed.  

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Fridays, 10:00-11:00 am
An education group to help students learn a new way of managing stress and regulate emotions through the practice of mindfulness and meditation techniques. Students will also learn how to recognize their unique reactions to stress, find more effective ways to respond to stressful situations, and discover how to use their own inner resources to manage overall health and well-being. No experience necessary.

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