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Current Groups Offered at CAPS

GROUP THERAPY PROGRAM: FALL 2020

Please note that all group therapy will be held virtually during the fall semester:

  • 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. During the Fall of 2020, 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 is required to join this group.
    • Group co-leaders: Lenny Carter, LPC, and Kelley Midkiff, NP, CS
    • Fridays, 1:00pm - 2:00pmpm EST (VIRTUAL)
    • Open to UVA students who currently reside in Virginia
    • To join, call CAPS at (434) 243-5150 to schedule a brief screening.
       
  • Black Student 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.
    • Group co-leaders: Nicole L. Fischer, PhD, ABPP and Bea Palma, PhD
    • Tuesdays, 11:00AM-12:00PM EST (VIRTUAL)
    • Open to all UVA students
    • Begins Oct. 6th. Pre-register here.
       
  • Care and Connection During COVID-19: This 4-week-long group focuses on self-care and staying connected with others during Covid.  This virtual group of 8-10 students will come together to talk about COVID-19 related changes and what helps to address them. Themes addressed in this group include dealing with anxiety, relationships, fears, motivation, loneliness, and navigating online school, among others.  Group members will develop skills to help decrease feelings of isolation while increasing self-care.
    • Group leader: Jennifer McArtor, LCSW 
    • Mondays, 3:30-4:30PM EST (VIRTUAL)
    • Open to all UVA students
    • To join, contact Jennifer McArtor at jfm2vw@virginia.edu
       
  • DBT-Based Skills Group: This is a closed group, designed as an adjunct to individual therapy/psychiatry treatment at CAPS. Our DBT Skills Training focuses on 2 major areas: (1) Mindfulness—skills to help you develop awareness to the present moment, reduce self-judgment, and decrease unwanted or ineffective coping behaviors and (2) Distress Tolerance – skills that help you tolerate and survive emotional crises without making things worse. Upon completion, you will have your own toolkit to pull from when you have difficult life circumstances. Practicing DBT skills can help with greater control of emotions, engaging in safety-focused behaviors, and managing emotional crisis. A pre-group screening with the facilitators is required to join this group.
    • Group leader: Karen Painter, LPC & Jeremy Eberle, MA
    • Mondays, 3:00 - 4:30pm EST (VIRTUAL)
    • Open to UVA students who currently reside in Virginia
    • To join, call CAPS at (434) 243-5150 to schedule a brief screening.
       
  • 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.
    • Group leader: Belinda Overstreet, PhD
    • Fridays, 3:00 - 4:30pm EST (VIRTUAL)
    • Open to UVA graduate/professional students who currently reside in Virginia
    • To join, call CAPS at (434) 243-5150 to schedule a brief screening.
       
  • 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. The group focuses specifically on: providing a safe and supportive space for connection; discussing common issues during international students’ initial and on-going process of cross-cultural adaptation; 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; and facilitating personal and cultural growth and academic success.
    • Group co-leaders: Baozhen Xie, PhD & Caren Freeman, PhD
    • Fridays, 1:15 - 2:30pm EST (VIRTUAL)
    • Open to all UVA students as well as exchange students, postdoctoral researchers, medical residents and international scholars
    • To join, contact Dr. Xie at bx2w@virginia.edu or Dr. Freeman at cwf8q@virginia.edu
       
  • 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.
    • Mondays, 3:00-4:30pm EST (VIRTUAL)
    • Group co-leaders:  Laura Wagner, PhD, & Libby Gioia, MS
    • Open to UVA students who currently reside in Virginia
    • To join, call CAPS at (434) 243-5150 to schedule a brief screening.
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    •  Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00pm EST (VIRTUAL)
    • Group Leader: Nicole Ruzek, PhD
    • Open to UVA students who currently reside in Virginia
    • To join, call CAPS at (434) 243-5150 to schedule a brief screening.
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    • Wednesdays, 3:00 to 4:30pm EST (VIRTUAL)
    • Group co-leaders: Nicole L. Fischer, PhD, ABPP and Cameron Massey, MA
    • Open to UVA students who currently reside in Virginia
    • To join, call CAPS at (434) 243-5150 to schedule a brief screening.
  • 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 is required to join this group.
    • Group co-leaders:  Katie Richard, LPC, & Elliot Spengler, MA
    • Fridays, 1:00 to 2:30 pm EST (VIRTUAL)
    • Open to UVA students who currently reside in Virginia
    • To join, call CAPS at (434) 243-5150 to schedule a brief screening.
       
  • Maintaining Well-Being: This 5-week-long group 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 group of 4-8 students will address educational topics such as anxiety management, mindfulness, and self-compassion. Group members will practice strategies in real-time together and suggested self-led activities between meetings are offered to encourage healthy habits throughout the week.
    • Group leader: Sarah Cooper, LCSW
    • Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am EST (VIRTUAL)
    • Open to all UVA students
    • To join, contact Sarah Cooper at sc9fj@virginia.edu
  • Maintaining Well-Being during Isolation/Quarantine: This rotating 3 week group focuses on building skills for coping while in quarantine and/or isolation. Students will develop tools to better manage stress and cultivate positive coping skills and habits that promote overall wellbeing. Themes addressed include anxiety management, challenging thoughts, mindfulness, and self-compassion. Group members will practice strategies in real-time together and suggested self-led activities between meetings are offered to encourage healthy habits throughout the week.
    • Group leader: Sarah Cooper, LCSW
    • Thursdays at 10:00 EST (VIRTUAL)
    • Open to all UVA students who are quarantining/isolating
    • To join, contact Sarah Cooper at sc9fj@virginia.edu
       
  • CSC/CAPS Mindfulness Groups: 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 groups this fall semester. The groups 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 groups 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:
  • Recovery Support Group for Eating Disorders: This is an 8-week-long support group designed for students who struggle with binge eating, purging, food restriction, excessive exercise, body image concerns, and other related issues. The group will be structured around a different topic for each of the sessions. Topics that will provide the focus for discussion may include self-worth, perfectionism, anxiety, emotion regulation, effective communication, self-criticism, academic pressure, and self-care. Weekly attendance is expected. A pre-group screening with the facilitators is required to join this group.
    • Group leader:  Deepti Athalye, PhD, & Erin Tracy, PhD
    • Fridays, 3:00 - 4:30pm EST (VIRTUAL)
    • Open to UVA students who currently reside in Virginia
    • To join, call CAPS at (434) 243-5150 to schedule a brief screening.
       
  • Staying Connected While in Isolation/Quarantine: This drop-in group focuses on creating a space of support and connection for students who are in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. Themes addressed in this group include, but are not limited to, feelings and thoughts that being in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19 might bring up for students, behavioral challenges related to quarantine/isolation (e.g., cannot exercise outside, physical distancing), improving self-care, academic challenges, and learning about resources on Grounds.
    • Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm EST (VIRTUAL)
    • Group Leader: Lillian Mezey, MD
    • Open to all UVA students
    •  To join, contact Lillian Mezey at lm4p@virginia.edu
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    •  Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00pm EST (VIRTUAL)
    • Group co-leaders: Gina Condi, NP, & Sarah Coe-Odess, MA
    • Open to all UVA students
    • To join, contact Gina Condi at gc8ny@virginia.edu or Sarah Coe-Odess at sjc5ps@virginia.edu
       
  • 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.
    • Group leader: Deepti Athalye, PhD
    • Mondays, 1:00-2:00PM EST (VIRTUAL)
    • Open to all UVA students
    • Begins week of Oct. 5. Pre-register here.
  • Understanding Body-Based Healing: This five-week long self-care series introduces students to various options for body based complementary healing techniques. 4-8 participants will meet virtually to discuss the relationship between the body and mental health, and explore options for self-soothing practices. Topics include: identifying emotions present in the body, nervous system regulation, applied yoga therapy, interpersonal boundaries, and changing the brain with the mind. 
    • Group leader: Jamie Driver
    • Mondays, 4:00-5:00PM EST (VIRTUAL)
    • Open to all UVA students
    • To join, contact Jamie Driver at jamie@healersandprotectors.org