- Self Help
- Support a Student
- Frequently Asked Questions
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. Drop-in groups are open to all OSU students, while other groups are available to CAPS clients and require a short pre-group session with a facilitator to 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 drop-in sessions are open to faculty and staff, as well as students.
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.
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.
Undergraduate student groups:
Graduate & non-traditional student groups:
Feeling disconnected, alone, and/or innately flawed impairs our ability to authentically and successfully engage with others, ourselves, and the world. This group provides opportunities to build insight and skills while exploring the factors that keep us stuck, and the strategies and practices that free us to feel joy, engagement, and acceptance. Thursdays 10:00-11:20am at CAPS, starting week 3. Contact Heather.WebsterHenry@oregonstate.edu if interested.
The Beaver Brothers men’s group is a place for honoring men’s experiences while exploring barriers to creating more meaning in their lives. Men face particular challenges in modern society that can result in life dissatisfaction, which can provoke agitation, anger, a sense of meaningless, lack of direction, relationship struggles, and anxiety/depression. In addition to acquiring better coping tools to manage your overall wellness, we will discuss ways to improve awareness of masculine identities and the negative effects of toxic masculinity. Topics will focus on intimate relationships, man-to-man friendships, societal expectations related to gender norms, personality characteristics, daily pressures, physical health, and how identities and experiences affect our mental health. We aim to help men build better relationships, build skills and confidence in fully expressing themselves, and feel more holistically empowered with their masculinity. Thursdays 12:00-1:30pm at CAPS. Contact Alex.Rowell@oregonstate.edu or Matt.Schumacher@oregonstate.edu if interested.
With a mixture of education and support, learn to manage difficulties with time planning, disorganization, procrastination and distractibility. Day/Time TBD. Contact Shaznin.Daruwalla@oregonstate.edu if interested.
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. Fridays 11:00am-12:00pm at CAPS. Contact Tracy.Vawter@oregonstate.edu if interested.
Learn different ways to manage your anxiety through mindfulness, acceptance, stepping back from unhelpful thoughts, understanding your values, and taking meaningful action. Wednesdays 3:00-4:00pm at CAPS. Contact Stephanie.Shippen@oregonstate.edu if interested.
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. One-hour orientation on Wednesday, January 17th at 1:00pm. Regular meeting time will be Wednesdays 1:00-3:00pm at CAPS. Contact Jim.Gouveia@oregonstate.edu if interested. Second section will be offered - day/time TBD.
Explore ways of coping with trauma, including a strength-oriented approach to recovery through discussion, skill-building, and a variety of soothing strategies. Day/Time TBD. 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 in order to participate. Thursdays 1:30-2:45pm at CAPS. Contact Michele.Ribeiro@oregonstate.edu if interested.
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. Day/time TBD. Contact Emi.Sumida@oregonstate if interested.
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. Tuesdays 4:00-5:30pm at CAPS. Contact Ozge.Akcali@oregonstate.edu or Michele.Ribeiro@oregonstate.edu.
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. Thursdays 10:00-11:30am at CAPS. Contact Allison.Sullivan@oregonstate.edu (CAPS) or Allison.Dark@oregonstate.edu (SHS) if interested.
Join this supportive/educational group to discuss the challenges and strategies of living with bipolar disorder during the university years. Mondays 3:30-4:30pm at SHS. Contact Ozge.Akcali@oregonstate.edu (CAPS) or Elizabeth.Lazaroff@oregonstate.edu (SHS) if interested.
Engage in a warm, supportive forum for dealing with the emotional impact of a major loss. Tentatively Thursdays 1:00-2:30pm at CAPS. Contact Beth.Zimmermann@oregonstate.edu if interested.
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. Tuesdays 3:30-5:00pm at CAPS. Contact Emelyne.Woessner@oregonstate.edu or Anna.Reichard@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. Mondays 3:30-5:00pm at CAPS. Contact Jim.Gouveia@oregonstate.edu if interested.
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 Jim.Gouveia@oregonstate.edu. For the graduate group at the GSCC, contact Shaznin.Daruwalla@oregonstate.edu.
Open to students who identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, nonbinary and gender questioning. Mondays 5:00-6:30pm. Contact Beth.Zimmermann@oregonstate.edu before attending.
Mondays 9:00-10:00am at CAPS. Contact Beth.Zimmermann@oregonstate.edu before attending.
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. Wednesdays 3:30-5:00pm at CAPS. Contact Jim.Gouveia@oregonstate.edu before attending.
The goal of this group is to provide students who have experienced sexual or intimate partner violence with a safe setting to share thoughts and feelings, connect with other survivors, and learn information to support healing. Day/Time TBD.
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.
Section 1: Mondays 2:30-3:45pm at CAPS starting on January 22nd. Questions? Contact Tracy.Vawter@oregonstate.edu.
Section 1: Day/Time TBD. Questions? Contact Emi.Sumida@oregonstate.edu.
OUTREACH SUPPORT GROUPS (DROP-IN; NO PRE-GROUP MEETING)
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. Mondays 11:00am-12:00pm. Questions? Contact Stephanie.Shippen@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. Day/Time TBD. Questions? Contact Fred.Tedeschi@oregonstate.edu (Athletics) or Fernando.Frias@oregonstate.edu (CAPS).
Join the International Women's 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. Day/Time TBD. 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. Day/Time TBD. Questions? Contact Emi.Sumida@oregonstate.edu.
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. Thursdays 5:00-6:00pm at CAPS. Questions? Contact Jim.Gouveia@oregonstate.edu.