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Spring 2020 Groups & Workshops

CAPS offers a variety of groups and workshops to help students address personal issues in a safe, supportive space with peers who may be experiencing similar challenges. Research consistently shows that groups are as effective as (and sometimes even better than) one-on-one counseling. Although there may be some hesitation about participating in a CAPS group or workshop, the majority of WSU students who do, report a positive experience and would recommend it to a friend. The benefits of group counseling include alleviating distress, learning skills, increasing hope, feeling connected, and trying out new ways of approaching challenges.

How to Join a Group or Workshop

  • Groups are open to all currently-enrolled WSU students who have paid the student health fee.
  • All potential group members will be asked to complete paperwork and meet with a counselor in order to determine if a group is the right fit for them.
  • For skill-building groups/workshops: upon meeting with a counselor, students will be placed in a workshop of preference without going through a pre-group screening/orientation.
  • For counseling/support groups: upon meeting with a counselor, students will also meet with the group facilitator for a pre-group screening/orientation to find out more details about the group, discuss any concerns or questions about joining group, and review group agreements.
  • For more information, please call 509-335-4511 or visit our office located in Washington Building, Room 302.

Counseling Groups

  • Share experiences and broaden your perspective
  • Receive support and feedback from other group members
  • Identify new ways to have better relationships with self and others

Interpersonal Process “Understanding Self & Others” (USO)

Undergraduate USO: Monday 3:10-4:30 PM and Tuesday 3:30-5:00 PM, Thursdays 3:10-4:30 PM

This 8-10 week group is appropriate for students with a wide range of concerns such as dissatisfied relationships, loneliness/social isolation, low self-esteem/confidence, or concerns with “not good enough” or judgment.

Graduate USO: Wednesday 3:10 – 4:30 PM

This 8-10 week group is a good fit for graduate students facing challenges related to academics and personal and professional relationships, self-esteem/confidence, identity development, and career issues.


Survivors of Sexual Assault: Fridays 11:10 AM – 12:30 PM

This 6-8 week group is appropriate for survivors of sexual assault, including recent as well as historic instances of assault or abuse. This group will focus on providing support to survivors, including establishing a “new normal” and enhancing compassion towards self.

Express YourSELF Art Therapy: Fridays 1:10-2:30

This group focuses on developing greater self-esteem, self-awareness, and resilience through a variety of expressive art forms such as poetry, painting, and mixed media. This group is particularly helpful for those struggling with perfectionism, negative self-talk, and shame. Each session will focus on a common theme that group members may choose to explore more deeply as individual and as a group. Previous art experience is not needed to benefit from this creative group.


Support Groups

  • Increase commitment to self-exploration and growth with regards to identity development
  • Find affirmation, validation, empowerment, and comradery

Trans*cend (Gender Diversity Support): Friday 4:10-5:00 PM

This group is for students who identify as trans*, intersex, or gender non-conforming. This group remains open and continues to accept new members throughout the semester.

Skill Building Groups/Workshops

  • Learn and practice new skill to ease distress, decrease the habit of reacting to unwanted thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations, and shift focus to what matters most in life

Navigating Distress: Wednesdays 12:10 – 1:00; Thursdays 1:10 – 2:00

This 3-week workshop focuses on identifying values and learning skills to manage painful experiences and promote actions that support and inspire meaningful living congruent with personal values. It covers three main topics: “be present”, “be open”, and “do what matters”. It’s well-suited for students who are motivated to learning new skills without feeling pressured to share deeply personal information. Members are expected to attend all three workshops in order and practice the exercises in between sessions.

Mood Management: Mondays 11:10 – 12:00; Tuesdays 12:10 – 1:00; Thursdays 3:10 – 4:00

This 6-week group focuses on balancing wisdom from logic and emotions, shifting focus from autopilot, increasing distress tolerance, and improving relationships while acting congruently with values. It offers both information and discussion components and is ideal for students struggling with anxiety, depression, and emotional dysregulation. It is a drop-in group, meaning students can choose to join or discontinue participation at any point depending on their interest in particular topics covered in this group.

CBT Anxiety: Mondays 1:10-2:00; Thursdays 1:30 – 2:20; Fridays 11:10 – 12:00

This 5-week group utilizes cognitive-behavioral treatment that focuses on helping students challenge unhelpful thoughts and learn CBT skills and relaxation techniques to more effectively cope with anxiety. It is best suited for students having issues such as test anxiety, generalized anxiety, social anxiety/public speaking, panic disorder, and other depressive or adjustment disorder with anxiety features.

CBT Depression: Tuesdays 1:10 – 2:00

This 6-week group utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy to help students address unhelpful thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that maintain depression. It also teaches skills to help students cope more effectively with depressive symptoms and increase positive emotions. This group is designed to meet the needs of students who are experiencing currently experiencing symptoms of depression.

Mindfulness: Mondays 3:10 – 4:00; Tuesdays 3:10 – 4:00

This 6-week group helps students learn mindfulness techniques (e.g., mindful breathing, body scan, meditation, and gentle yoga) to relieve stress and worry, find a sense of calm, improve concentration and clarity, and increase self-compassion. It is well suited for students with concerns relating to stress, anxiety, and depression.

Body Positive: Tuesdays 2:10 – 3:00

This 6-week group for female-identified students will focus on identifying where body-related messages come from, counteracting harmful messages, and building an appreciative and compassionate view of their bodies. The group will include topic-focused discussions, psychoeducation about body image, and establish methods for group members to continue their progress outside of group.

Motivation: Wednesdays 1:10 – 2:00

Feeling unmotivated? This 6-week group will teach students to enhance or bypass motivation so they can move toward their goals. Students will discuss, practice, and learn about concepts such as using routine, cultivating inspiration, increasing self-efficacy, finding balance, and more!

Other Groups TBA

We may be offering other groups at other times as additional student needs arise.  If you have need or interest in another type of group, please inquire or offer a suggestion with your clinician or front desk staff.  Suggestions are welcome.