Fall 2021 CAPS group offerings will include both virtual and in-person options. CAPS will follow University guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety protocols. Please check this webpage for any changes in group operations.
Interpersonal Process Groups:
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.
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 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(s) is required to join this group.
Interpersonal Process Group - Graduate Students: This interpersonal process group is for graduate/professional 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(s) is required to join this group.
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 will focus on education so participants can better understand their moods, learn coping skills pertaining to mood instability, learn about medications, hear about new research, as well as develop life planning skills and how to manage the complexities of relationships from “bipolar perspective.” A pre-group screening with the facilitator(s) is required to join this group.
Graduate Students 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.
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, non-binary, 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(s) is required to join this group.
CSC/CAPS Mindfulness Spaces: Open to all UVA students. In order to help students engage in ongoing self-care during this time, the Contemplative Sciences Center and Counseling and Psychological Services are offering a number of mindfulness meditation hours this fall semester. The meditation hours are open to all UVA students looking for a way to engage in mindfulness practices in a safe and supportive space. No previous experience required. The sessions will begin with a brief introduction, followed by mindfulness practice and debriefing. All meditation hours are VIRTUAL and a Zoom link will be provided. If you are interested in participating, contact the person(s) listed by your preferred time(s) below. More options to come!
DBT Skills Group: Would you like to work on creating emotional balance and get off the emotional roller coaster? Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training group is a six to nine week course to provide an engaged and safe environment to learn and practice skills that will help you be more mindful, manage your emotions, and develop healthier relationships. At the end of skills training, you will have your own toolkit to pull from whenever you have difficult life circumstances. Students must be in individual treatment at CAPS or another UVA-affiliated clinic in order to participate in this group. Information about DBT resources in the community will be provided for all other interested students. A pre-group screening with the facilitator is required to join this group.
Maintaining Well-being: This five-week-long space focuses on building skills for coping during these challenging times. Students will learn to identify the impact of stress on everyday life and cultivate positive coping skills and habits that promote overall wellbeing. This virtual space of four - eight students will address educational topics such as anxiety management, mindfulness, and self-compassion. Participants will practice strategies in real-time together and suggested self-led activities between meetings are offered to encourage healthy habits throughout the week.
Spaces for Connection/Support:
Black Students Support Circle: This is a weekly support space for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who identify as Black, African American, or African. This support space provides a safe and affirming opportunity to make connections, give and receive support, and engage in open dialogue about lived experiences at a PWI. We will discuss topics including but not limited to: academic stress, relationships, socio-political climate, community, racial in/justice, resilience and belongingness.
International Students Support Circle: This is a weekly support space 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 those associated with the nuances of language, interpersonal communication, navigating social relationships, and adapting to a new academic culture, among others. The uncertainties associated with COVID, travel/immigration restrictions, and U.S. political turmoil can potentially heighten international students’ anxiety and feelings of isolation. This support circle provides international students with the extra support they need to strengthen their capacity for resilience and deepen their sense of belonging. We will focus on: providing a safe and supportive space for connection; discussing common issues of cross-cultural adaptation encountered at various stages of the student life cycle, from first arrival to graduation; discussing COVID-19’s impact on various aspects of international students’ life and their stress; learning about resources and coping strategies; discussing challenges and rewards associated with living, learning and working at UVA.
Students of Color Support Circle: This is a weekly support space for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who identify as people of color and/or have bi/multicultural identities. This support space provides a safe and affirming opportunity to make connections, give and receive support, and engage in open conversations and self-exploration. We will discuss topics including but not limited to: relationships, culturally unique expectations and demands, self-care and resilience in dealing with racial stress, intersection of identities, and belongingness.
More group information coming soon!