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While Campus Health services will still be available to Tulane University students, we have made some adjustments due to reduced resources and staffing. Learn more about our service adjustments.


Facilitated by CAPS clinicians, groups are a great way of getting support through talking with other Tulane students with similar concerns. An initial consultation appointment will help determine if a group is a good fit for you.

What are the 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: Groups 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.

What types of groups does CAPS offer?

CAPS offers groups that fall into three categories: Interpersonal Process Groups, Skill Building Groups, and Support Groups. Please note that groups must have at least two student members to begin meeting.

For more information about joining a group, please call the CAPS Group Coordinator at 504-314-2277.

Interpersonal Process Groups

These are general groups to support students with increasing self-awareness and making changes through connection with others and with the support of the group facilitator. They are open to students with a variety of concerns and are offered at a few different times throughout the week.

Understanding Self and Others

Mondays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

This group offers students a safe environment to identify and explore feelings, to give and receive support and feedback, to practice new, healthier ways of relating to others, and to feel more meaningfully connected. This group can be an effective choice for students struggling with a wide range of mental health and relationship concerns.

Skill Building Groups

These are tailored groups designed to assist students with developing their “mental health toolbox.” Students can expect to learn skills and strategies that they can immediately begin to apply to their lives. Some groups might be cyclical and run more than once in a semester.

Stress and Anxiety Toolkit

Session 1 - Mondays from 11 a.m. to noon (Feb. 10, Feb. 17, March 2, and March 9).

Session 2 - Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (March 12, March 19, March 26, and April 2).

This 4-week skills-based workshop offers concrete and practical approaches for students experiencing mild to moderate stress and anxiety. Participants will gain understanding about anxiety and learn skills they can use in their everyday lives to better manage and reduce anxiety symptoms. The group teaches skills from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is an evidence-based and effective treatment for anxiety.

BREATHE - Mindfulness Strategies for Stress Reduction

Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m. This group is for graduate students only.

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 prior experience in mindfulness and meditation techniques is necessary.

Mindfulness for Wellness

Session 1 - Tuesdays from 2 to 3 p.m. (Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18, and March 3)

Session 2 - Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. (March 15, April 1, April 15, and April 22)

This group is for students interested in learning and/or developing mindfulness skills to improve mental and emotional wellbeing. We will explore the intersection of mindfulness, meditation, stress reduction, and positive mental health practices with this 4-week instructional and experiential group. Learn to better calm the agitated mind, improve mental focus and clarity, and reduce the distressing impact of emotional experience.

Support Groups

These are specific groups for students who are going through something in their lives and would benefit from connecting with others who share similar experiences. These groups operate on varying schedules, and may be open to new members throughout the semester.

Women of Color

Schedule varies. Please contact CAPS for more information.

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 in this group include self-esteem, healthy relationships, soul care, balancing many life demands, and more.

Journey with Grief and Loss

Schedule varies. Please contact CAPS for more information.

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.

Life After Sexual Assault

Schedule varies. Please contact CAPS for more information.

This group aims to create a community of support and understanding for Tulane students who have experienced sexual assault. This group is facilitated by a CAPS psychologist and involves group discussion and education. Each week we will explore a new topic and discuss what it means to survive, recover, and thrive after sexual assault.

Building Queer and Trans Resilience

Schedule varies. Please contact CAPS for more information.

Building your resiliency means increasing your ability to survive and thrive in a world that is often ignorant at best and hostile at worst towards LGBTQ people. This group will help you explore and define your gender and sexual identities and understand them in the context of your larger identity as a whole person. Additionally, this group will help you affirm your self worth, advocate for yourself, set healthy boundaries, improve coping skills, challenge negative messaging, and build a supportive community. All LGBTQ identified or questioning students are welcome.

Dissertation Support (Downtown Campus)

Schedule varies. Please contact CAPS for more information.

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.