Group Counseling

Group therapy is often a treatment of choice for many of students’ concerns. CAPS offers a wide variety of groups to help students find supportive communities, learn life-enhancing skills and strategies, improve interpersonal relationships, and expand self-awareness. By engaging in group therapy, students can expect improved overall well-being and connection to others. 

CAPS group room

 

Group offerings vary each semester and are updated at the beginning of the semester. Please see our group listings below for up-to-date information concerning our current group offerings.

Groups are free and confidential for all UC enrolled students. All potential group members must attend an initial consultation and group screening prior to joining a group. For additional information, including how to join one of our groups, please contact us at 513-556-0648. 

Spring 2019 Group Therapy Services

Skills Groups

Mindful Self-Compassion

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Learn effective strategies for a compassionate way to view yourself and others that improves mood, reduces stress and builds healthy relationships.

Stress and Anxiety Management Group

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Learn mindfulness skills and other strategies to cope with anxiety in a supportive, peer environment. 

ACT for Anxiety 

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This therapy group is for students who want to learn skills and techniques for managing anxiety. The group will provide a supportive place to get unstuck from the struggle of anxiety and learn new and flexible ways of engaging in life. 

Support Groups

DistrAction Group

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This support group provides a rare opportunity to meet other students with ADHD and to learn strategies to manage the unique challenges of having an ADHD diagnosis.

Safe Spaces

This therapy group is for LGBTQ+ students seeking a non-judgmental and collaborative safe space to explore topics that may include, but are not limited to: relationships, identity, coming-out, homophobia/biphobia, sexism, discrimination, building community support, family issues, and/or religion.

T-Time

This therapy group is for transgender, gender variant, two-spirit, gender non-conforming, intersex, and gender questioning students seeking a safe and affirming space to build community, share, and learn while discovering resources they may need.

International Student Support Group

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This group is created to provide a place of support and connection for international students attending UC.  We will discuss challenges that arise for international students, share resources, and celebrate our differing background and experiences.  Themes that may emerge include cultural differences and adjustments, forming friendships and managing loneliness, experiences of academic pressures and family pressures, and experiences of discrimination.  

#WeGotUs

This support group is a space where students of color can come and find community, support, and develop a sense of belonging while discussing topics such as: relationships, identity, race and diversity, being a minority on campus, current events, and family.

Co-op Support Group

This support group is for students who are preparing to go on co-op, are already on co-op, or want to process a co-op experience. This group will help you facilitate and process challenges and triumphs of co-op.  

Bearcat Brothers

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This therapy group offers male-identified students a non-judgmental and supportive space to gain a better understanding of relationships, emotions, life-transitions, sexuality, gender expectations, and how to manage them.

Counseling Groups

Smart Steps

This therapy group is designed for students exploring their use of alcohol, drugs, and other potentially addictive behaviors. Group members will identify how substance use and addictive behaviors may be interfering with personal goals, relationships, and academic performance.

Understanding Self and Others - Undergraduate Students

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This therapy group is for students who wish to increase self-understanding, self-esteem, and intimacy in relationships, as well as addressing their interpersonal style and relationship-building skills. This is an opportunity to receive support and feedback from other students in a safe environment while developing your ability to understand and express yourself. 

Hope and Healing

This therapy group is for female-identified survivors of sexual and/or relationship violence. Hope and Healing provides a safe and empowering space for women to process past experiences,  connect with other survivors, and better understand the personal impact of sexual and/or relationship violence.

Survivor Pride

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This gender-inclusive therapy group is for all survivors of sexual and/or relationship violence. Survivor Pride provides a safe and empowering space for group members to process past experiences, connect with other survivors, and better understand the impact of sexual and/or relationship violence. 

Family of Origin

This therapy group is for those who grew up in a household with an alcoholic parent, narcissistic parent, or experienced emotional, physical abuse or domestic violence.  The format of the group is part psycho-educational in order to better understanding of growing up in a household with those issues and how it still impacts daily functioning.  

Understanding Self and Others - Graduate Students

This therapy group is for students who wish to increase self-understanding, self-esteem, and intimacy in relationships, as well as addressing their interpersonal style and relationship-building skills. This is an opportunity to receive support and feedback from other students in a safe environment while developing your ability to understand and express yourself. 

Group FAQ's

All of our groups are free to currently enrolled students at the University of Cincinnati. 

All of our groups require weekly 90 minute meetings. Groups typically meet for the duration of a semester for an average of ten meetings per semester. 

Group membership can vary by topic and semester. Groups typically include 5-8 student group members with one to two CAPS clinicians acting as group facilitators. If you are interested in the exact number of group members of a specific group, feel free to ask the group facilitator for the group you intend to join. 

Absolutely! It is normal to feel nervous about starting a new group. Most new group members experience fears of rejection and embarrassment when starting group. Fortunately these feelings typically subside within a few sessions. You will never be forced to share anything you do not want to share. 

We understand that it can be awkward to have a friend, roommate, or acquaintance in your group. If this would occur, you could inform your group facilitator(s) of the situation. The group facilitator(s), in conjunction with group members, would attempt to find a solution that maximizes the benefit and minimizes the risks for group members. In some cases, both group members may remain in the same group. In other cases, one group member may be asked to join another group.