CAPS provides various support and counseling groups for the Saint Mary's College campus community.
We have offered (and will continue to offer) groups on various topics including Issues Related to Food and Body Image, Coping with Grief and Loss, Adult Children of Alcoholics, Issues Related to Alcohol and Drug Use, Relationships, Stress Management, Coping with Life Transitions, and Cultural Diversity and Interpersonal Communication.
If a particular need arises on campus, we will organize a group on a particular subject area or for a particular group of students or staff members. Groups take place at the Counseling Center or may be organized at another campus location.
Why Participate In Group?
- Group can provide a space for you to work on interpersonal issues in the context of many supportive and reliable relationships.
- Group therapy helps to establish a sense of belonging and connection that you may be seeking in your life.
- Group can help you to attain your goals by providing supportive and challenging feedback from members and trained facilitators.
- Group can be a great option for getting longer-term services.
EXAMPLES OF GROUP OPPORTUNITIES
FIRST IN THE FAMILY
Are you the first in your family to attend college? Are you the first to move away from home? Unsure of the "hidden rules" of college? Come share your experience and gain support surrounding feelings of excitement and anxiety, responsibility, pride, guilt and confusion.
SENIORS, READY FOR THE "REAL WORLD???"
Are you excited to graduate into your next phase of life? (job? graduate school? ... ) Terrified as you anxiously anticipate stepping into the unknown? Sad to say goodbye? These mixed emotions can be confusing and overwhelming to sort through on your own. Come join our group to share your feelings with other like minded, stressed out seniors.
This group will provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to explore grief. Have you lost someone close to you? Are you struggling with the terminal illness of a loved one? Are you feeling lost in the loss? At the Counseling Center, there is help and hope.
UNDERSTANDING ANXIETY AND STRESS
This group is for those who want to better understand the source(s) of their anxiety and stress. The group will offer a safe, confidential space to explore issues related to anxiety including: general worrying, panic, social and performance anxiety.
SURVIVORS: RAPE & SEXUAL ABUSE
Have you endured an unwanted sexual experience? You don’t have to suffer in secrecy, silence, shame. Break the SILENCE. Join us: Unlock the secrets that weigh you down. Connect with others to know you are not alone.