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COVID-19 Update

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has modified practice procedures and will be providing all services by secure Zoom or telephone. Please call the reception desk at 509-335-4511 during regular business hours to access services, whether you are a current counseling client, current psychiatry client, or a student who wants to start counseling or psychiatry.


Spring 2021 Groups & Workshops

CAPS offers a wide 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 has consistently shown that groups are as effective as (and sometimes more effective than) one-on-one counseling.  Although there may be some initial hesitation about participating in a CAPS group or workshop, the majority of WSU students who engaged with groups at CAPS, reported having 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.

Note: All CAPS groups will be offered via Zoom during the Spring 2021 semester.

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 learn more about groups and workshops.

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: Wednesdays, 3:10-4:30 p.m.

This semester-long 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: Mondays, 1:10-2:30 p.m.

This semester-long 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 Interpersonal Violence: Wednesdays, 3:10-4:30 p.m.

This 10-12 week group is appropriate for survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and childhood physical/sexual abuse, 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.

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): Fridays, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

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

International Student Support Group: Wednesdays, 1:10-2:00 p.m.

This group is for appropriate for international students graduate and undergraduate currently residing in Washington. 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

CBT Anxiety: Mondays,11:10 a.m.-noon; Thursdays, 1:10–2:00 p.m.

This 6-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.

Mood Management: Tuesdays, 1:10-2:00 p.m.

This 7-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.

Mindfulness: Tuesdays, 1:10–2:00 p.m.

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.