Group Therapy


Summer 2020 Group Therapy Schedule

CAPS is pleased to offer group therapy services to the FAU student population. Many people have stereotypes about group therapy or wonder what really happens in a therapy group. Research has shown that group therapy is as effective as individual therapy and, depending on your presenting concerns, it may be the treatment of choice. Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy, focusing on developing insight, understanding feelings and creating behavior change with peers. Four to ten clients meet with one or two experienced group therapists. Most therapy groups meet every week at the same time each week for 60 or 90 minutes.

There are three broad types of groups offered at FAU CAPS: Process groups, Support groups, and Skills-based groups. Process groups are to designed to focus on the here-and-now sharing, communication, and interaction between group members. These groups are beneficial for students with a wide-range of issues but most members feel as if they would like to improve some aspect of their social interaction. Support groups are made-up of people who share a similar characteristic who gather to relate, while giving and receiving support. Support groups help members feel as if they are not alone, which allows them to be connected within a community of individuals who may share similar experiences. Skills-based groups are designed to teach you skills that improve your mental health and be incorporated into your daily life. These groups tend to be more structured than the other groups and are mainly driven by the therapist providing the skills that group members are to practice within and outside of session.

A “pre-group screening” with the group therapist(s) is scheduled prior to a group member joining. Clients must have had an initial assessment with one of the center’s therapists prior to having a pre-group screening. During the pre-group screening, you will learn more about the group structure and how this particular group will assist your presenting concern.

Each semester CAPS offers a variety of groups. The groups are open only to FAU students. Starting dates for the groups will vary. Services offered by CAPS are covered as long as you are enrolled and have paid the Health Fee. Confidentiality in group is strictly respected.

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Process Groups

USO groups provide a safe place for students to learn more effective interpersonal skills, to become more comfortable having personal conversations with others, to learn how to give and receive honest interpersonal feedback, and to learn how to establish trusting, supportive relationships.

USO groups provide a safe place for students to learn more effective interpersonal skills, to become more comfortable having personal conversations with others, to learn how to give and receive honest interpersonal feedback, and to learn how to establish trusting, supportive relationships.

Through a process of authentic and respectful interaction with other collegiate men, members explore feelings of belonging vs. disconnection, autonomy and independence, and developing purpose, personal identity, and self-confidence as men.

Discussion topics may include personal values, intimate relationships, sex and porn, masculinity, addictive behaviors, and experiences with bullying and abuse.

The Older Student USO group is designed for students 22 years old and above who would like to improve their relationship with themselves and others. This group is member-driven, which allows for greater flexibility, openness, and personal exploration. Common themes in this group include learning how to connect with others on deeper, more genuine levels, learning how to give and receive honest feedback, learning how and when to be vulnerable, and dealing with life changes and transitions.

In this group, members get a better understanding of how eating concerns developed, the maintenance of these concerns, and how concerns impact your relationships.

There are no planned activities in this group. Instead, members to bring up what they need to talk about and give feedback to those who share, which can be a very empowering experience.

Support Groups

This is a support group for those whose parents have not earned a 4-year degree from a College or University. If you are a first-generation college student this group is a place to discuss concerns and difficult situations and get feedback encouragement and advice.

This is a support group for students of color where members discuss concerns or situations and receive and provide encouragement, feedback, and advice.

An added benefit is that this provides a safe space to discuss concerns related to being a person of color if they were to arise.

Is open to students who identify as transgender/gender non-conforming.

The purpose of the group is to provide support and explore the challenges and joys of integrating one’s gender identity. Topics may include coming out, transitioning concerns, and other relevant issues.

Is open to students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning.

This group fosters connection and emotional support while exploring themes relevant to the lives of LGBTQ students including but not limited to: relationships with friends/family/partners, coming out, being out in different contexts, and identity intersections.

Is open to students who are on the autism spectrum.

This group explores the college experience through the lens of an ASD identity. It is a safe space in which members can process potential social and academic challenges that can occur in college life, and support one another in creating and learning strategies to address those challenges. Additionally, the group will present opportunities for members to share their unique skills and strengths that result from being a person on the spectrum.

This is a group for students who have experienced trauma, such as sexual, physical, or emotional abuse. Whether the trauma occurred recently or in childhood, this group is intended to provide a safe and confidential space for students to receive support, connect with each other, and learn skills that help move them towards healing.

Skills-based Groups

This 8-session group utilizes a meditative way of being called “mindfulness” that research has shown to be effective at reducing stress, anxiety, and depression.

Individuals learn how to be more present, slow-down, and pay attention to the moment while managing their hectic lives.

In this 8-week creative mindfulness group we will use painting, drawing, creative writing and journaling, photography, music and more—as tools known to be naturally mindful practices.

If you seek a blend of concrete and expressive ways to be more present, then Art and Mindfulness is a simple way to develop your capacity to focus, concentrate, and be more at peace.

In this 6-session group, members participate in group discussions about their experiences of stress and anxiety and learn skills to handle difficult thoughts and feelings more effectively so they have less control over their lives.

We’ll also help you clarify what you want to be and learn to use these values to help you take action toward your goals.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment that is intended to help people create a life that feels more meaningful and worth living. This group meets for 8-sessions and participants learn skills to develop distress tolerance, emotional regulation, mindfulness and interpersonal effectiveness.

We will be accepting the current situation and also actively working on change.

 Last Modified 4/24/20