Counseling and Psychological Services

CAPS Groups

At CAPS we are striving to meet the mental health needs of our students so that they can achieve their educational, career and personal goals. Group is a very powerful and effective way to bring about meaningful change. We encourage you to invite students to utilize these services. Students can contact us at 865-8621 to make an appointment with a counselor who will help them determine appropriate group services.

*Available groups change each semester. Please speak with our office staff to find out which groups are being offered this semester.


Pre-Counseling Workshops:

Mindful Self-Compassion Group

Mondays 12:00pm-1:00pm

Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling but find it much harder to feel compassion for ourselves when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. This group will provide an introduction to mindful self-compassion, a way of approaching our present suffering with more openness, acceptance, and care. Through psychoeducation, written exercises, and meditations, group members will begin to incorporate mindful self-compassion into their lives.

Navigating Distress

Wednesdays 2:00pm-3:00pm

This workshop focuses on building personal understanding of your challenges and teaching new skills to cope with them. It focuses on identifying and clarifying what is important and meaningful in our lives and teaching skills to manage painful experiences. Concepts in this workshop can be used in creating a foundation of language and experience for individual or other group counseling experiences. Exploration of mindfulness, cognitive flexibility and value is incorporated into the workshop.

Anxiety Workshop

Tuesdays 2:00pm - 3:00pm

This workshop is a place where you can learn skills, strategies, and tools to help manage unwanted and/or problematic anxiety symptoms.


Open Enrollment Groups:

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Tuesdays or Thursdays 12:00pm-1:00pm

DBT is a skills based group designed for students who experience intense emotions and mood swings or whose emotional pain may lead to angry outbursts, relationship turmoil, or self-injury. Sometimes self-defeating behaviors seem to offer short-term relief, but end up causing problems that make life even more difficult. DBT is a confidential group for men and women that helps group members target the issues that cause distress and teaches skills to deal with these problems without resorting to unhealthy behaviors. Group members complete workbook assignments during the course of the group. Homework topics that correspond with the skill topics discussed in group are routinely assigned and reviewed.


Therapy Groups:

Understanding Self and Others (USO)

The USO group tends to focus on relationships, emotional intimacy, boundaries, self-awareness and other components of interpersonal process. It provides an opportunity to practice new behaviors within a safe, confidential, and supportive environment where group members learn to interact in a more honest and genuine manner. Students dealing with a variety of personal concerns are appropriate for this group.

Trauma Support Group

Tuesdays 3:30pm-5:00pm

This is a 9 or 10 week psychoeducational group facilitated by SUU CAPS Therapists who have experience working alongside folks who are recovering from trauma. This group is an opportunity to learn and talk about trauma in a supportive and structured environment.

The purpose is to honor the path each participant walks in their journey with the awareness that what survivors of trauma know and do to live lives of courage, beauty and strength, while individual, may be shared in a group setting to create spaces of support, learning and healing.

The group recognizes strengths in a community of care that nurtures and promotes the sharing of experiences and wisdoms and the addition of new skills and new perspectives. Our objective is to recognize and celebrate/explore folks’ strengths and their responses to trauma in the context of learning about trauma and trauma recovery. This group is designed to share knowledge about how trauma impacts folks and some reasons why it does, to engage folks who have experience trauma in discussion, to support the sharing and development of resources, and to combat isolation by creating connections.

Men's Group

This is a general process group specifically designed for male students. This group is designed to explore assumptions and concepts of masculinity and other men’s issues that are both constructive and destructive to daily functioning. Roadblocks to healthy male/male and male/female relationships will be addressed, with focus on making and maintaining interpersonal connections.

Bereavement Education

This 6-week psycho-educational group is open to SUU students who have experienced the loss of a loved one. This group provides information about reactions to loss and the process of healing grief. Members will learn coping strategies for the type of difficulties that are often experienced by those going through the grieving process. Often others’ attempts to help us through a loss seem hollow. Join others who have “been there” to share support and gain strength and hope.


Connections Group is a 12-14 week group. (Connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.) The group takes a multifaceted approach, developed to address issues relating to shame, and to facilitate the development of shame resilience. The three main areas of focus are Authenticity, Love and Belonging and Creating a Resilient Spirit. The group can feel intense whereas members learn to speak and stand with their shame. The book “I Thought It Was Just Me” by Brene Brown (CAPS has the books for $12) is required reading, there are weekly homework assignments that will be provided by group leader.

Faith Group

The faith group will discuss religion, spirituality faith, morals and values. Members will be presented with information about ways to understand and differentiate these concepts and provided the opportunity to explore their personal relationship with then. The goal of the group will be to gain increased personal insight through safe exploration while minimizing any need to self-identify, label or define personal experience. Group will have a clear structure and question/answer format. It will be educational without being didactic.
It will be split into three sections: 1) Religion 2) Morals, Ethics and Values and 3) Spirituality.


Community Support Groups:

LGBTQIA+ Community

Tuesdays 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM, located in the Library Room 201

Southern Utah University Allies on Campus hosts an open weekly community group. This group is an opportunity for LGBTQ students, faculty, staff, and Allies to get together, learn from, and support each other. Pertinent issues such as coming out to parents, the challenges or balancing academics and dating, relationship challenges, discrimination and advocate burn out are discussed. Anyone seeking support or safety is invited to attend at any time throughout the semester. This group is co-sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services.