Many people are hesitant at first about joining a group but quickly find that sharing their concerns with others, hearing about other people's similar experiences, and giving and receiving emotional support can be very helpful. Groups provide a variety of perspectives and allow members to try new behaviors in a safe environment. Past group members shared the following about their experience:

“Group is a good place to explore your thoughts and worries with people who can listen to you, laugh with you, and help you work through your problems.”

“Group has helped me realize that I’m not the only one who is going through my situation.”

“Group therapy has helped me to grow a lot. It has helped me to see aspects of my life from different perspectives, and to see things in a new way.”


What is group therapy?

Group therapy is a type of counseling that can be very effective in helping people solve problems and feel better about themselves and their lives. Group therapy typically consists of four to ten students and two counselors who meet for about ninety minutes once a week. All participants agree to keeping confidentiality about who is in the group and what is disclosed. Groups may be the sole treatment or complement individual therapy. Groups can also be a good way to continue to benefit from services after finishing individual therapy. All potential members of a group meet with a group leader in advance for a screening interview. The process helps to find a good fit between a student and a particular group.  Learn more about group therapy "What Happens in a Therapy Group".

Why do people join groups?

Groups are effective for achieving an array of personal goals. The following is a list of items that may reflect your concerns:

- Expressing thoughts and feelings - Coping with stress
- Learning to communicate better - Supporting others
- Increasing support system - Facing fears
- Working on social skills - Controlling temper
- Decreasing social anxiety - Increasing motivation
- Improving personal relationships - Improving mood
- Learning to manage emotions - Learning to stop procrastination
- Getting better at making decisions - Improving academic performance
- Becoming more independent - Reducing anxiety and worry
- Becoming more confident - Talking about family problems
- Learning more about oneself - Learning to make and keep friends

If any of these items reflect your reasons for seeking therapy, then group therapy may be the best option for you!


Summer Workshops Series 2017




Top Ten Ways to Reduce Stress

Tuesday, May 30

4:00 - 5:00 P.M.


Top Ten Ways to Reduce Stress

Tuesday, June 6

4:00 - 5:00 P.M.


Top Ten Ways to Reduce Stress

Tuesday, June 13

4:00 - 5:00 P.M.


Test Taking

Monday, June 19

3:00 - 4:00 P.M.


Emotional Regulation & Mindfulness

Thursday, June 22

10:30 - 12:00 P.M.


Top Ten Ways to Reduce Stress

Tuesday, June 27

4:00 - 5:00 P.M.


Top Ten Ways to Reduce Stress

Tuesday, July 11

4:00 - 5:00 P.M.


Top Ten Ways to Reduce Stress

Tuesday, July 25

4:00 - 5:00 P.M.


Time Management

Monday, June 5

3:00 - 4:00 P.M.



Monday, June 12

3:00 - 4:00 P.M.


Distress Tolerance & Mindfulness

Tuesday, June 15

10:30 - 12:00 P.M.


Top Ten Ways to Reduce Stress

Tuesday, June 20

4:00 - 5:00 P.M.



Monday, June 26

3:00 - 4:00 P.M.


Interpersonal Effectiveness & Mindfulness

Thursday, June 29

10:30 - 12:00 P.M.


Top Ten Ways to Reduce Stress

Tuesday, July 18

4:00 - 5:00 P.M.


Top Ten Ways to Reduce Stress

Tuesday, August 1

4:00 - 5:00 P.M.

All workshops are located at 225 Calhoun Street, UC CAPS location

For more information call: 513-556-0648


Types of groups at CAPS

Understanding Self & Others

Mondays, 1:00-2:30 pm

The Understanding Self and Others Group provides a warm and supportive environment in which you can experiment constructively with new ways of relating to others, share personal experiences, express fears and concerns, and get support and feedback.

Mindful Eating

Tuesdays 1:00-2:30pm

Mindful Eating Group offers an opportunity to learn and apply mindfulness skills to food preparation and consumption.

Understanding Self & Others (First-Year USO)

Thursday 2:30-4:00pm

The First-Year USO Group provides a supportive environment for first year students having difficulty transitioning to college.

Recovery Effective Meeting (REM) "Sober Happy People Laughing"

Tuesdays 3:00-4:00pm

R.E.M Group offers support to students who are curious about changing their use of alcohol and other substances.

Bearcat Brothers

Wednesdays 1:00-2:30pm

The Bearcat Brothers Group offers a place for men to come together and discuss their problems in a fun and dignified way.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Wednesdays 3:00-4:30pm

CPT Group offers students diagnosed with PTSD related to past traumatic experiences a safe environment to explore the impact of past traumatic experiences on belief systems and overall life.

CPT is a structured 12-Session cognitive behavioral based group.

Graduate Student Group

Thursdays 1:00-2:30pm

The Graduate Student Support Group promotes discussion about common stressors for graduate students or other non-traditional students.  Common topics include problems related to anxiety, burn-out, loneliness, relationship concerns, balancing multiple roles, and feeling overwhelmed or depressed. This is a process group aimed at helping members work through their struggles by recognizing emotions in the "here and now" and exploring interpersonal patterns with other group members.

Healthy Relationships

Fridays 10:30-12:00pm

The Healthy Relationship Group offers a safe space in which women can experiment constructively with developing new, healthier relationships.

Hope & Healing

Fridays 2:00-3:30pm

The Hope & Healing Group provides a safe and empowering space to process traumatic experiences, learn skills to help manage emotional distress, and better understand the impact of trauma on one’s life.

Mindful Self-Compassion

Tuesdays 10:30am-12:00pm

The Mindful Self-Compassion Group provides a space to learn to manage stress more effectively, bounce back from challenges more quickly, decrease perfectionism, and increase self-kindness.


All groups are free to UC students. For more information, please call 513-556-0648.


An Introduction to Group Therapy" by Darius Campinha-Bacote

The video was his dissertation project at the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University and is used here with their permission.


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