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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 - Fall 2018

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

We need your input!

We've received lots of interest in our Freshmen Transition, ACT/Mindfulness, and Women of Color groups; however, we need your help in determining the best days and times to offer these groups. Your input does not require commitment. This form will be available through Sept. 30. Thanks in advance!

Groups Interest Form

Freshman Transition 
Designed for first-year students, Freshman Transition Group provides a safe space to explore adjustment-related issues – social concerns, homesickness, academic difficulties, etc. – and receive support in the midst of a significant life change.

Break the Silence: Life After Sexual Assault
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
Many young people today feel pressure to meet an “ideal” image, especially when it comes to their physical appearance. This group will provide members with a safe place to talk about body image and learn ways to develop a healthier relationship with their body. In this group, we will explore topics such as technology, perfectionism, and self-limiting beliefs as they affect our view of ourselves.

Women of Color
This group cultivates an accepting, authentic, and confidential space 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.  

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.  There are also situations when a loved one is contending with significant illness which can greatly affect a student.  This workshop 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 the death of a loved one. This group will help students develop personal approaches to address their emotions around grief and loss.

BREATHE: Mindfulness Strategies for Stress Reduction
Here you will be introduced to mindfulness and meditation practices as a way of reducing stress, and developing greater balance, control, and fuller participation in your life. BREATHE will also dispel myths about meditation and mindfulness, teach you 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 in mindfulness and meditation techniques necessary.

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.

Mindfulness for Wellness
Meeting for 8 weeks, this group explores the intersection of mindfulness, meditation, stress-reduction, and positive mental health practices. The goals are to help students learn to better calm the agitated mind, improve mental focus and clarity, and reduce the distressing impact of emotional experiences.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Group
The ultimate focus of this group is to help students engage in their lives in a way that is meaningful, vital and consistent with what is important to them. Sometimes when experiencing emotional discomfort, distressing thoughts, etc., our attempts to rid ourselves of these experiences can backfire, foreclosing workable, values-consistent behavior and potentially leading to even more suffering. In this group, we will practice relating to our experiences with mindfulness and acceptance and seek to identify, connect with, and take action based on chosen values.

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, 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."

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