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Cougar Health Services

Spring 2018 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.

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: Mondays 3:10 to 4:30 or Thursdays 3:10 to 4:30

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

Graduate USO: Mondays 2:10 to 3:30

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.

Topic-Focused

True Selves (LGBQ): Fridays 10:30 to 12:00

This group provides a safe place for those interested in exploring dating relationships & intimacy, life transitions, and identity concerns related to sexual orientation. It addresses common issues such as coming-out, homophobia and heterosexism, and intersectionalities between sexual and ethnic/religious identities. This group remains open and continues to accept new members throughout the semester.

Support Groups

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

Bipolar Support: Tuesdays 2:40 to 3:30

This group is for students who have bipolar disorder. They might be struggling with managing symptoms, treatment, or stigma related to their diagnosis of bipolar disorder. It is an open group that continues to accept new members throughout the semester.

Survivors of Sexual Assault: Fridays 3:10 to 4:30

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.

Trans*cend (Gender Diversity Support): Fridays 4:10 to 5:00

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: Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:20 or Tuesdays 3:10 to 4:00 or Wednesdays 3:10 to 4:00

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 to 12:00 or Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:20 or Thursdays 3:10 to 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: Wednesdays 1:10 to 2:00 or Thursdays 1:10 to 2:00

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.

Mindfulness: Thursdays 3:10 to 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.

Mindfulness for Depression: Fridays 3:10 to 4:30

This 6-week group helps students struggling with depression learn mindfulness skills to cope with experiences through kindness, self-hatred, etc). This will be accomplished through psychoeducation, discussion, and experiential practices.

Healthy Relationships: Tuesdays 1:10 to 2:00

This 5-week group is for students who want to connect in a deeper and more meaningful way with friends, family members, and romantic partners. Students will learn how to identify healthy and unhealthy patterns of interaction, understand the philosophy of emotion within their family of origin and how this influences relational styles, and acquire new tools to communicate more effectively.

Emotion Regulation: Varying days and times

This one hour workshop is built primarily for students who see emotions as a nuisance or obstacle to be avoided or gotten rid of. Students and facilitator will unpack maladaptive or unworkable beliefs about emotion, explore appropriate ways to experience and express emotion, and challenge the assumption that emotion and logic are inherently opposed. Students will also learn basic REBT skills, including identifying and challenging distorted cognitions that contribute to unpleasant emotion.