CAPS offers several groups, addressing a variety of concerns. Group therapy and support groups provide a safe and confidential place in which to share and explore concerns, as well as receive support from others with similar concerns. Some of our groups are open to any CAPS client or OSU community member on a drop-in basis, while most require a short pre-group session with the facilitator(s) to learn more and decide together if the particular group is the best fit for you.
Groups are available fall, winter, and spring, and typically begin meeting weekly after the 2nd week of each term. Participants have the option of continuing the following term. Our groups are available to all students registered for on-campus classes and to e-campus students who opt to pay the Health & Counseling fee. Mindfulness Meditation is also available to faculty and staff.
Below are brief descriptions of each group and what, if any, requirements they entail. If you would like to express interest in participating, please contact the group facilitator if the group requires a pre-group meeting, or you need to be a CAPS client and you aren't currently. The facilitator will explain the next steps. If you are not sure which group would be best for you, or you need disability related accommodations in order to participate, please contact our Groups Coordinator at Emi.Sumida@oregonstate.edu.
Groups (except for meditation drop-ins) are not offered in summer. The list of groups below are typically offered each fall, winter, and spring.
In a safe and energizing group of peers, learn more about yourself and work on interpersonal goals to help you have more effective and more intimate relationships with others.
With a mixture of education and support, learn to manage difficulties with time planning, disorganization, procrastination and distractibility. Contact Shaznin.Daruwalla@oregonstate.edu.
Learn emotion-regulation skills based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy to healthily cope with intense and difficult feelings, gaining new options that will help you avoid impulsive coping behaviors. Contact Autumn.Benton@oregonstate.edu.
Learn different ways to manage your anxiety through mindfulness, acceptance, stepping back from unhelpful thoughts, understanding your values, and taking meaningful action. . Contact Stephanie.Shippen@oregonstate.edu.
Join this skill-based group that meets for 8 weeks, plus a half day silent retreat to practice mind-body approaches derived from meditation and yoga to counteract stress, establish greater balance of body and mind, and stimulate well-being and healing. Includes required orientation session. Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Explore ways of coping with trauma, including a strength-oriented approach to recovery through discussion, skill-building, and a variety of soothing strategies. Contact Ellen.Topness@oregonstate.edu.
This group will use trauma sensitive yoga practices that include grounding, connecting with internal sensations, and simple stretches to loosen physiological responses that get trapped in the body. The group will also include a processing period of time to articulate experiences from the yoga and build connection to others in the group. Participants must also be in individual therapy to participate in the group. Contact Michele.Ribeiro@oregonstate.edu.
Share your experiences with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) with fellow students in a safe and welcoming environment, including discussions of diagnosis, symptoms, treatment options, and coping strategies. Contact Emi.Sumida@oregonstate.
Access a safe space to discuss the challenges associated with managing a chronic illness while being a student at OSU and to share coping strategies that contribute to a better quality of life. Participants at any stage of their illness or diagnosis are welcome. Contact Allison.Sullivan@oregonstate.edu.
Join this supportive/educational group to discuss the challenges and strategies of living with bipolar disorder during the university years. Contact Ozge.Akcali@oregonstate.edu (CAPS) or Elizabeth.Lazaroff@oregonstate.edu (SHS).
Support and recovery strategies for students with bulimia and binge eating disorder, addressing issues such as ambivalence, coping skills, family background, body image, the relationship with food, and more. Contact Ozge.Akcali@oregonstate.edu.
Engage in a warm, supportive forum for dealing with the emotional impact of a major loss. Contact Beth.Zimmermann@oregonstate.edu.
Connect with others who have been affected by parental substance abuse and/or mental illness and explore what you may want to change in your current way of relating to yourself and others. Contact Emelyne.Woessner@oregonstate.edu or Erin.Crozier@oregonstate.edu.
Connect with others who want to stop or cut down on habits that may be getting in the way of their plans, goals, and aspirations. You’ll find a safe place to explore, talk, and redesign strategies to thrive, in a group that avoids labels and is an alternative to 12-step programs. Contact Jim.Gouveia@oregonstate.edu.
Engage in an ancient meditation practice that facilitates calmness, peace and balance in one’s life. This beginner-friendly group benefits all levels of practitioners, providing an opportunity to learn and practice mindfulness. Open to everyone in the OSU community. Just drop-in, but be sure to arrive on time. Questions? For groups held at CAPS, contact email@example.com. For the graduate group at the GSCC, contact Shaznin.Daruwalla@oregonstate.edu.
Come together as a confidential community to talk about issues that get in the way of thriving in our academic and personal lives, including dating, living in a hetero-centric world, homophobia, and relationships with family/friends/partners. Contact Jim.Gouveia@oregonstate.edu.
Drop in to these brief, supportive, and interactive sessions to learn a toolkit of skills to work through life’s harder moments, using current cognitive therapy techniques including CBT, ACT, and DBT. Weeks 1-5, Thursdays 2:00-3:15pm. Contact Tracy.Vawter@oregonstate.edu. If you are not currently a CAPS client, please come in or call for an initial consultation before attending. Click here for consultation hours.
Build community with fellow students who identify as biracial, multiracial, multi-ethnic, mixed, or who grew up in a transracial family. You’ll find a safe space to share experiences and explore identities. Questions? Contact Stephanie.Shippen@oregonstate.edu (CAPS) or Charlene.Martinez@oregonstate.edu (DCE).
Gather around the table at the Pride Center (treats provided!) to discuss our development as members of the LGBTQ+ community and explore self-care activities. Questions? Contact Emelyne.Woessner@oregonstate.edu.
Gather with other student-athletes who have sustained injuries to give and receive support during the recovery process in an interactive group setting, learning new skills to effectively cope. Questions? Contact Fred.Tedeschi@oregonstate.edu (Athletics) or Fernando.Frias@oregonstate.edu (CAPS).
Join the International Women Conversation Hour to build community with other international women students and engage in a dialog about your experiences studying at OSU and in the US. Questions? Contact Shaznin.Daruwalla@oregonstate.edu.
This weekly support group is open to students who identify with the Autism Spectrum (including Asperger’s). Students will have the opportunity to build community and to learn about helpful resources at OSU. Questions? Contact Allison.Sullivan@oregonstate.edu.
Join other concerned students in this peer support group to explore the thoughts and feelings evoked by climate change and help one another to better cope with our changing world. Questions? Contact Jen.ChristionMyers@oregonstate.edu (SLI) or Emi.Sumida@oregonstate.edu (CAPS).
For any students with a traumatic brain injury, drop in to give and get support from others experiencing the results of this sometimes invisible injury. Questions? Contact Jim.Gouveia@oregonstate.edu.