Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers group therapy for current University of Arkansas students. Group therapy is funded through the student health fee, so there is no out-of-pocket cost to students to attend group therapy.
CAPS offers a variety of therapy and support groups, which may vary from semester to semester.
Group therapy is an effective form of treatment for many different concerns, including those commonly experienced by college students (including depression, anxiety, and adjustment issues). Some groups specifically focus on a concern, such as anxiety, and are structured to provide information (psychoeducation) and training in skills to address the concern. Other groups are less structured and emphasize sharing, support, and feedback among members. Engaging in group therapy offers many benefits, including:
facilitation or leadership from a mental health professional,
achieving relief from mental health concerns and symptoms,
learning that you are not the only one to experience a specific concern or mental health diagnosis, and
receiving and providing support and validation from and to other students much like yourself.
Spring 2017 CAPS Group Options
Women Supporting Women (Wednesday’s 1:00-1:50pm)
This group is for graduate and undergraduate female students. Come and discuss topics that are important in the lives of women of all ages in an open and caring environment that is authentic and supportive. You will learn more about yourself and help others do the same as you connect with women across campus.
The Body Project (Wednesday’s 2:00-3:00pm, group runs for 6 consecutive weeks) Female students on a first come first serve basis.
Female students are invited to participate in a group that focuses on body acceptance! This group is aimed at helping women feel better about their bodies. Body Project is designed for women who have some concerns about their bodies. In this program, you get to attend 6, one-hour group counseling sessions designed to improve body image. This intervention has been found to improve body satisfaction, reduce risk for eating disorders, and improve school and social functioning. Body Project is discussion based and will include some home activities to be done on your own between sessions. Group sessions are cumulative (each week builds on the last). Would you say that you have concerns or dissatisfaction with your body? Please ask your intake counselor about this group.
Addressing Anxiety with Mindfulness and Acceptance (Tuesday’s 2:00-3:00pm)
Do you struggle with anxiety? Do you find yourself trying to control your thoughts and emotions, and losing the battle? This group will help you step back from the whirlwind of anxious thoughts and emotions instead of being swept away every time. In addition, you will identify your values and goals and determine how to pursue them in spite of anxiety. Cycles every 6 weeks
Thesis & Dissertation Support Group (Tuesday’s 3:00-4:00pm)
Preparing a thesis or dissertation can be a taxing and sometimes lonely process. Successfully navigating the process & politics of graduate school, as well as the complex student/advisor relationship, can be a delicate challenge. Join other graduate students in a safe and supportive environment to discuss a variety of topics which may interfere with your effectiveness and satisfaction in the writing process. These topics may include juggling multiple demands, maintaining personal & professional relationships, & professional development issues. Come to hear how others are coping, experience understanding, and be connected to a supportive and encouraging community.
The following groups are facilitated by CAPS staff as well; however, participants may attend without registering with CAPS.
Survivors of Suicide Loss Group (Tuesday’s 3:30-4:30 pm, Room 242)
This group is for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Grieving a death from suicide can be complex and complicated. This group will allow for the members to explore, discuss and connect on aspects of grief and day to day living that are unique to them. The group is open to all students at any stage in the grieving process. Potential group members are asked to contact Michele Cooper, LCSW at CAPS (575-5276) for further information about participating in the group.
Therapeutic Yoga (Thursday’s 5:30-6:30pm, Wellness Center in Garland Parking Center)
For centuries yoga has been an important physical and spiritual practice in many countries. Research shows that yoga provides numerous mental health benefits. Students that regularly attend therapeutic yoga classes report benefits such as improved focus, feeling relaxed, more motivated and better able to cope with life’s challenges. Whether this is your 1st yoga class or 500th, therapeutic yoga is designed for all experience levels.
LGBTQ Connections Group (Monday’s 3:00-4:00pm, Wellness Center in Garland Parking Center)
A safe and supportive group for LGBTQ students and allies to come together and connect with each other. This group is meant to provide a place to chat, ask questions, and have conversations and discussions specific to LGBTQ concerns. In this group you will get to meet LGBTQ students and allies, find helpful resources, get support and knowledge from other's experiences, and form friendships.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
To find out more information about available groups, please call CAPS at (479) 575-5276.
If you have a suggestion or request for a group, please leave a message for the group coordinator.