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Current Groups Offered at CAPS

GROUP THERAPY PROGRAM FALL 2018

Sometimes a problem is better addressed through group counseling than individual therapy. Talking to other students who have similar experiences provides support and perspective. A counseling group can be powerfully healing and for some students, one of the most rewarding experiences during their years at UVa.

CAPS will offer groups and workshops this year. All of these groups are confidential and free of charge to full-time UVa students. In order to join a group, students must first participate in a Brief Screening or Intake Assessment with a CAPS therapist. For more information about group therapy or to schedule an initial appointment at CAPS, please call 434-243-5150.

BIPOLAR DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP

This on-going support group is open to those previously diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It will provide a safe and confidential setting where members can explore experiences of living with unstable and unpredictable mood states, changing energy levels and variable functioning. The group offers support and can assist members with coping skills pertaining to mood instability, medication issues, life planning and managing the complexities of relationships from a “bipolar perspective.” A pre-group screening with the facilitator is required to join this group.
Lenny Carter, LPC and Kelley Midkiff, NP, CS
Friday 1:00-2:15
CAPS Large Group Room

 

RELAPSE PREVENTION GROUP

Are you looking to build community and support that is more recovery (sober) focused?  This group uses evidenced based relapse prevention practices from Terence Gorski and the MATRIX program to help students who are invested in becoming clear and sober. We recognize that relapse doesn’t occur suddenly, so it is important to recognize the warning signs and to know what to do about it.  Together, you can gain support and accountability from your peers who are also working alongside with you to maintain the best version of themselves, while also paying attention to your own physical and emotional wellbeing. Along the way, you can learn additional skills to help you cope with relapse and  difficult emotions that sometimes arise, and develop skills to navigate social situations and relationships that matter to you.
Karen Painter, LPC, and Gina Condi, NP
Wednesday 3:00 – 4:30
Student Health - L010

 

DBT-BASED SKILLS GROUP

This is a structured group designed for students who want to address problems of emotion dysregulation, unhelpful coping patterns, and negative self-image. Based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), this 6 week course will help students learn and practice mindfulness, manage emotional crises, and effectively address problems in daily life-particularly in this challenging academic environment. This group focuses on 2 major areas: (1) Mindfulness – skills to help you live your daily life with awareness to the present moment. Mindfulness skills help you reduce self-judgment, identify emotions, and address the present problem effectively. This can help reduce unwanted behaviors such as substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, emotional eating and other mood-dependent behaviors. And (2) Distress Tolerance – crisis survival skills that help you get through painful life situations in the short term without engaging in impulses or unwanted behaviors. After the 6 weeks you will have your own toolkit to pull from whenever you have difficult life circumstances. By learning and practicing DBT skills, participants will experience healthier, fulfilling relationships, and embody the freedom and success of living more fully in the present. A pre-group screening with the facilitators is required to join this group.
Deepti Athalye, PhD, and Karen Painter, LPC
Friday 10:30 – 12:00
Student Health - L010

 

EATING DISORDER RECOVERY GROUP

This group is designed for students who struggle with binge eating, purging, food restriction, excessive exercise, body image concerns, and other related issues. The interpersonal focus of the group allows members to explore relational and emotional patterns underlying their unhelpful behaviors. Members can use the group to increase awareness of their triggers, identify emotional needs, practice authentic communication, and learn more effective coping. This is not a structured group, and group members are encouraged to bring in and discuss issues relevant to their own struggles with eating, exercise, and body image. Self-esteem, relationships, self-expression, anxiety, perfectionism, self-criticism, and academic pressure are among the topics that may be discussed. Weekly attendance is expected. A pre-group screening with the facilitators is required to join this group.
Erin Tracy, Ph.D. and Deepti Athalye , Ph.D.
Friday 3:00 – 4:30
Student Health - L010

 

ENHANCE

This is a 10-week group-based program designed to raise well-being, which focuses primarily on positive habits and skills, as well as positive attitudes.  A new module/skill is introduced each week, which students will practice and then write about their experience over the week.  Examples include identifying your values and strengths, learning mindfulness, dealing with negative emotions, and cultivating positive relationships.   In this program, you will learn how to overcome challenges you may have faced to building a life of well-being and happiness in order to achieve more sustainable well-being by:

  1. Learning 10 principles of sustainable well-being.
  2. Engaging in activities that apply these principles.
  3. Developing habits that integrate these principles into your daily life.

Results from initial randomized controlled trials have shown this program to improve life satisfaction and positive feelings in participants over the course of the program and at follow-up.  This group is ideal for those seeking an active approach with practical exercises to help you build a greater sense of well-being in your life.

Jeff Jennings, P.hD.

Thursday, 1-2:30 (starts 9/27/18)

CAPS Large Group Room

 

GRADUATE STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP

This on-going group is open to graduate students and students of professional schools. Members will strive to provide a safe and confidential setting where the experiences of being a graduate/professional student can be freely discussed and support as well as coping strategies provided. A meeting with the group facilitator is required prior to joining the group.
Belinda Overstreet, Ph.D.
Friday 3:00-4:30
CAPS Large Group Room

 

HOOS STRESS LESS 

Hoos Stress Less is a 6-week coping skills group designed to reduce symptoms of anxiety and stress (nervousness, worry, panic, racing thoughts, avoidance, and tension). This structured group presents the evidence-based skills and strategies needed to effectively reduce anxiety and stress-related symptoms. A meeting with the group facilitator is required prior to joining the group. 

Monday 12:30-2:00
Student Health - L010
Beth Eriksen, MA, MT-BC
Wednesday 12:30-2:00
Student Health - L010
 

INTERPERSONAL PROCESS GROUP: UNDERSTANDING SELF AND OTHERS

This interpersonal process group is for students who want to explore their own identity and self-worth, find new ways to connect and communicate with others, and also understand what may be getting in their way of achieving these goals. Students can use the interpersonal interaction of the group to learn about themselves, identify and expand their own interpersonal patterns, try new behaviors and clarify confusing feelings within a supportive and growth producing atmosphere. A pre-group screening with the facilitator is required to join this group.

Monday 3:00-4:30
CAPS Large Group Room
 
Nicole Ruzek, Ph.D. and Jackie Woods, Ph.D.
Tuesday 3:30 – 5:00
CAPS Large Group Room
 
Laura Wagner, Ph.D. and Jared Ramos, M.Psy.
Wednesday 3:00 – 4:30
CAPS Large Group Room
Bea Palma Orellana, PhD and Natalia Wannon, M.A.
Thursday 3:00-4:30
CAPS Large Group Room

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP

This is a weekly support group for international students to discuss common issues as they adjust to the culture in the U.S. and on UVa Grounds. International students often face multiple challenges, including language, communication, social, and academic stressors in a culturally new environment. This group is focused on:

  • Providing a safe and supportive place for connection
  • Discussing common issues during international students’ initial and on-going process of cross-cultural adaptation
  • Learning about resources and coping strategies
  • Discussing challenges and rewards associated with living, learning and working at UVA
  • Facilitating personal and cultural growth and academic success

This group is open to UVA undergraduate and graduate students as well as exchange students, postdoctoral researchers, medical residents and international scholars

Baozhen Xie, Ph.D.
Friday 3:00-4:15
1515 University Avenue, Room 200A

 

LGBTQ+ SUPPORT GROUP

This is a support group for students who want to become more comfortable within themselves, and with their gender identity and sexuality. This inclusive group welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender/gender non-conforming, queer, asexual, and intersex students. Members of the group include those who are fully out to others, those who are out to only a few chosen people, and those who are only just coming out to themselves. The group provides a confidential and safe space in which LGBTQ+ students can explore questions related to gender and sexuality, and also discuss issues related to societal and personal values, relationships, choices, self-esteem, and self-care. This is not thought of as a therapy group because we do not believe that LGBTQ+ identities are indicative of psychopathology. Instead, this group is designed to foster healthier adjustment and self-development in its participants by providing the opportunity to share, and reflect on their experiences, thoughts, and emotions in some depth in an atmosphere that is non-judgmental and supportive. A pre-group screening with the facilitator is required to join this group.
Katie Richard, LPC
Friday 12:30-2:00
Student Health - L010

 

MINDFULNESS GROUP

Have you been curious about meditation? Wondered how this practice might help you quiet your mind and bring you more fully into the present moment? This 8-week skills group will provide an introduction to mindfulness, the foundation underlying ancient and modern meditative practices used to promote self-awareness, acceptance of emotions, and more flexible approaches to thinking and behaving. Students will learn different ways to engage in mindfulness (meditation, mindful eating, and mindful walking) and how to incorporate these practices into their busy lives. No previous experience is necessary, just a curious mind and an openness to learn. A pre-group screening with the facilitator is required to join this group.
Baozhen Xie, Ph.D.
Monday 10:30-11:45
CAPS Large Group Room

 

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION HOUR

This group is for students who have had some prior experience with meditation or mindfulness and are looking for a way to continue their practice in a safe and supportive space. Group will meet on Fridays at 11am. The session will begin with a short didactic introduction, followed by meditation practice and debriefing. No in-person screening required; however, interested students must contact the facilitator before joining. If you are interested, please contact Nicole Ruzek, Ph.D.
Nicole Ruzek, Ph.D.
Friday 11:00 - 12:00
CAPS Large Group Room