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.

 

The following groups are being offered fall term.

 

PROCESS ORIENTED GROUPS (REQUIRES PRE-GROUP MEETING)

Understanding Self and Others

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:

Beaver Brothers In Arms

The Beaver Brothers men’s group is a place for college men of all backgrounds to come in and discuss their problems in a fun and noble way. In addition to acquiring better tools to manage your overall wellness, we will discuss ways to improve our ability to be a man in a university setting. Topics will focus on sports, relationships, societal expectations related to appearance, personality characteristics, daily pressures, physical health, and how masculinities affect our mental health! Thursdays 12-1:30 at CAPS. Contact Alex.Rowell@oregonstate.edu or Matt.Schumacher@oregonstate.edu if interested.

 

SKILLS ORIENTED GROUPS (REQUIRES PRE-GROUP MEETING)

Thriving at OSU with ADD/ADHD

With a mixture of education and support, learn to manage difficulties with time planning, disorganization, procrastination and distractibility. Thursdays 4:00-5:00pm at CAPS, start date TBD. Contact Shaznin.Daruwalla@oregonstate.edu if interested.

DBT (Informed) Skills Training

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. Thursdays 1:30-3:00pm at CAPS. Contact Autumn.Benton@oregonstate.edu or Tracy.Vawter@oregonstate.edu if interested.

Managing Anxiety 

Learn different ways to manage your anxiety through mindfulness, acceptance, stepping back from unhelpful thoughts, understanding your values, and taking meaningful action. Wednesdays 3:00-4:30pm at CAPS. Contact Stephanie.Shippen@oregonstate.edu if interested.

Mindful Living (requires orientation)

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. Wednesdays 1:00-3:00pm or 3:00-5:00pm. Includes required orientation session on Wednesday, September 27th 2-3pm at CAPS. Contact Jennifer.Munch@oregonstate.edu, Emelyne.Woessner@oregonstate.edu for the 1pm session or Jim.Gouveia@oregonstate.edu for the 3pm session.

Trauma Empowerment

Explore ways of coping with trauma, including a strength-oriented approach to recovery through discussion, skill-building, and a variety of soothing strategies. Tuesdays 3:00-4:30 at CAPS. Contact Ellen.Topness@oregonstate.edu or Jennifer.Munch@oregonstate.edu

Connecting to the Self:  Trauma Sensitive Yoga Group

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. Fridays 2:00-3:15pm at CAPS. Contact Michele.Ribeiro@oregonstate.edu if interested.

 

SUPPORT GROUPS (REQUIRES PRE-GROUP MEETING)

OCD Support Group

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.

Making Peace with Food

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.

Living Well

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. Day/time TBD. Contact Hartini.AbdulRahman@oregonstate.edu if interested. 

Student Life with Bi-Polar Challenges

Join this supportive/educational group to discuss the challenges and strategies of living with bipolar disorder during the university years. Mondays 3:30-4:30 at Student Health Services. Contact Ozge.Akcali@oregonstate.edu (CAPS) or Elizabeth.Lazaroff@oregonstate.edu (SHS) if interested.

Grief and Loss Support Group

Engage in a warm, supportive forum for dealing with the emotional impact of a major loss. Thursdays 4:00-5:30pm at CAPS. Contact Beth.Zimmermann@oregonstate.edu if interested.

Family Chaos

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. Mondays 2:30-4:00pm at CAPS. Contact Emelyne.Woessner@oregonstate.edu or Anna.Reichard@oregonstate.edu.

 

OPEN ONGOING SUPPORT GROUPS (DROP-IN; NO PRE-GROUP MEETING)

SMART Recovery (participants must be CAPS clients)

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 5:00-6:00pm at CAPS. Contact Jim.Gouveia@oregonstate.edu if interested.

Mindfulness Meditation

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.

  • Faculty/staff group: Thursdays 12:30-1:00pm at CAPS
  • All student group:  Thursdays 3:00-4:00pm at CAPS
  • Graduate student group: Tuesdays 1:30-2:30pm at the GSSC (MU 203)
Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, Non-binary & Gender Questioning Support Group 

Engage in community formation and identity exploration for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Wednesdays 5:00-6:30pm at CAPS. Contact Beth.Zimmermann@oregonstate.edu before attending.

Asexual, Aromantic, and Questioning Ace & Aro Support Group 

Thursdays 2:30-4:00pm at CAPS. Contact Beth.Zimmermann@oregonstate.edu before attending.

Gay, Bisexual, and Queer & Questioning Men's Support Group

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 5:00-6:00pm at CAPS. Contact Jim.Gouveia@oregonstate.edu before attending.

Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer & Questioning Women's Support Group

Tuesdays 4:30-6:00pm. Contact Beth.Zimmermann@oregonstate.edu or Shaznin.Daruwalla@oregonstate.edu before attending.

Circle of Support: A support group for survivors of IPV

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. Wednesdays 3:30-5:00pm at the SARC Resource Room (Plageman 311), starting October 11th. Questions? Contact Jennifer.Munch@oregonstate.edu.

 

WORKSHOPS (No PRe-group meeting required)

Coping

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. Two sections available:

 

OUTREACH SUPPORT GROUPS (DROP-IN; NO PRE-GROUP MEETING)

Multiracial Student Connection

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.  Tuesdays 12:00-1:00pm at the APCC. Questions? Contact Stephanie.Shippen@oregonstate.edu.

Beavers on the Mend

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. Tuesdays 5:00-6:30pm in Gill 64. Questions? Contact Fred.Tedeschi@oregonstate.edu (Athletics) or Fernando.Frias@oregonstate.edu (CAPS).

International Women’s Conversation Hour

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. October 25th & November 8th 5:30-6:30pm in ILLC 349. Questions? Contact Shaznin.Daruwalla@oregonstate.edu.

Student Autism Community

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. Thursdays 11:00-am-12:00pm at Beth Ray Center 223. Questions? Contact Emi.Sumida@oregonstate.edu.

Brain Injury Support Group

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. Every other Thursday, starting October 5th 5:00-6:00pm at CAPS. Questions? Contact Jim.Gouveia@oregonstate.edu.