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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.


Fall 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 Fall 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. Students must join the group Zoom session from the state of Washington.
  • 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, 3:10-4:40 p.m.; Thursdays, 3:30-5:00 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 Student Therapy Group: Fridays, 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: Mondays, 3:10-4:40 p.m.

This semester-long group is appropriate for survivors of interpersonal violence including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, or childhood emotional/physical/sexual abuse. This group will focus on providing support to survivors, including establishing a “new normal” and enhancing compassion towards self.

Social Anxiety Therapy Group: Tuesdays, 2:10-3:30 p.m.

Treat social anxiety through structured social exposure. Learn techniques to cope with anxiety and be given the opportunity to practice while being supported by peers with similar anxieties and professionals.

Living with Depression: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

This group is for students who experience symptoms of depression and/or who self-identify as “depressed.” The group is a place to receive and share support with others who experience depression, explore ways to manage your symptoms, discuss the impact symptoms have on your life, and feel less alone. Group topics will also include other things in addition to depression (e.g., anxiety, social relationships, academic struggles, interpersonal skills, etc.). The group is unstructured which means that the group members will have the opportunity to discuss whatever issues are emerging for them both inside and outside the group.

Trans*cend (Gender Diversity Support): Fridays, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

This semester-long group provides a safe and welcoming space for students who identify as trans*, non-binary, intersex, gender-nonconforming, gender fluid, and/or gender questioning. The group is discussion based with topics brought up by group members and opportunities to share experiences, give advice, and offer support. This group remains open and continues to accept new members throughout the semester.

Common Connection: Wednesdays, 3:10-4:00 p.m.

This group is for international students (undergraduate and graduate) on F and J visas (residing in Washington) to explore and discuss their experience being in the U.S. 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: Tuesdays,1:10-2:00 p.m.; Wednesdays, 3:10–4:00 p.m.; Thursdays 11:10 a.m.–noon

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.

Healthy Sleep: Mondays, 3:10–4:00 p.m.

Having difficulty falling or staying asleep? The behavioral health team is providing a 4-session behavioral group intervention targeting sleep behaviors. This group is ideal for individuals struggling with insomnia or sleep difficulties related to other mental health concerns.

Mindfulness: Mondays, 4:10–5:00 p.m.; Thursdays, 3:10-4:00 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.

Mood Management: Mondays, 2:10-3:00 p.m.; Tuesdays, 2:10-3:00 p.m.; Wednesdays, 11:10 a.m.-noon

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 at any point depending on their interest in particular topics covered in this group.

Getting Unstuck (Get Out of Your Mind and in to Your Life): Thursdays,1:10–2:00 p.m.

This 6-week group helps students “get unstuck” by teaching you skills to manage difficult thoughts/feelings/behaviors (e.g., anxiety, perfectionism, shame, procrastination) through acceptance and mindfulness strategies. These skills serve as a roadmap to help you identify what is important to you and actively create a meaningful life. Each week is a new skill/topic and students can join at any time.