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 and to get support.

If you are interested in any of the groups listed below, please contact CAPS at 435-865-8621for more details. If you are new to CAPS, you may be invited to fill out a request for services. If you are a current client at CAPS please talk to your individual therapist about joining. Participation in any of the groups may require meeting with group leaders to discuss expectations.

In an effort to protect the health of our students, faculty, staff, and Cedar City neighbors, we are temporarily suspending face-to-face visits. All groups will be conducted via Zoom meeting or other remote service.

For both legal and ethical reasons, SUU CAPS is only able to offer Zoom based groups for SUU students physically in the state of Utah. 

Open Enrollment Groups and Workshops

Days: Asynchronous Workshop
Time: Drop-In Hours Tuesdays 8:00am-9:30am

DBT is an asynchronous group providing skills related to Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy concepts. Group members will learn about skills related to Core Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. The group format includes 30 minutes of video instruction (that can be watched at your convenience) and workbook skill assignments and personal insight and accountability challenges that take approximately 30 minutes. We recommend that group members commit to an hour per week for the group that can be accessed at your convenience.
The group facilitators offer "Drop-in hours" weekly where group members can access live zoom meetings with group facilitators to troubleshoot skill development and discuss the personal insight and accountability challenges.

To get started send your e-mail address to chelseakunz@suu.edu

Days: Thursdays
(any three consecutive weeks)
Time: 12:00pm-12:45pm
Sept. 24 - Nov. 19

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.

Follow this link to join the meeting: https://zoom.us/j/99001026474

Days: Tuesdays 
Time: 12:00pm-12:50pm
Sept. 22 - Nov. 24

This group is an opportunity for LGBTQIA+ 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 sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services.

Follow this link to join the meeting: https://zoom.us/j/94187740945

Therapy Groups

Days: TBA
Time: TBA

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.

Days: Wednesdays
Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm
12 Weekly 1.5 Hour Sessions; Beginning Sept. 23rd

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.

Days: Thursdays
Time: 12 noon - 1:30pm
6 weekly 1.5 Hour Sessions; November 5th-December 17th, 2020
(Thanksgiving week off)

Our new General Poetry Therapy group is a 6-week group with limited spaces available.

The goals of the SUU CAPS General Poetry Therapy Group are:

  • To share an opportunity to connect with others to work on mental wellness in a supportive and structured environment through the reading, discussion, writing and sharing of poetry and writing processes.
  • To recognize strengths and insights in a community of care that nurtures and promotes the sharing of experiences and the addition of new skills and new perspectives.
  • To engage folks who are working on mental health in discussion, insight through creative expression, and to respond to isolation by creating connections.

This group is designed to support the development of personal and group insight through creativity and emotional experience. Poetry Therapy is not about critiquing one another’s writing, rather it is about sharing from our heads and hearts and connecting. Unlike a composition course, we will not be offering edits or suggestions on writing, this is time we can share an appreciation of one another’s work and process.

Days: Tuesdays
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Beginning September 15th

This is an open support group for women who have or are experiencing violence such as rape, sexualized assault, dating violence, intimate partner violence, family violence, and/or harassment. The group is an opportunity to share stories, resources and other experiences in a confidential environment.

This is an ongoing weekly group that is shaped by supportive group discussion. Two therapists from SUU CAPS will work to hold confidential space alongside group members for requested or necessary safety. The role of the therapists in this group is primarily in witnessing participants create a group experience that meets group and individual needs. 

Women seeking support are invited to attend at any time throughout the semester. While the group is open to attendance each week, SUU CAPS requires that participants complete a request of services prior to joining the group in order to meet best practices in safety. Students must have this request completed the day before the scheduled group. 

This group gathers

  • To honor the path each participant walks in their journey with the awareness that what survivors 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;
  • To recognize 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;
  • To connect women who have experienced violence through discussion, to support the sharing and development of resources, and to respond to isolation by creating connections.

 

Days: Thursdays
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm
6 Weekly 1.5 Hour Sessions; Sept. 17 - Oct. 22nd

Our new Poetry Therapy group is a 6 week group with limited spaces available.

The goals of the SUU CAPS Trauma Support Poetry Therapy Group are:

  • To share an opportunity to learn and talk about trauma in a supportive and structured environment through the reading, discussion, writing and sharing of poetry and our writing processes;
  • 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;
  • To recognize 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;
  • To engage folks who have experienced trauma in discussion, to support the sharing and development of resources, and to respond to isolation by creating connections.

This group is designed to support the development of personal and group insight through creativity and emotional experience. Poetry Therapy is not about critiquing one another’s writing, rather it is about sharing from our heads and hearts and connecting. Unlike a composition course, we will not be offering edits or suggestions on writing, this is time we can share an appreciation of one another’s work and process.

 

Days: TBA
Time: TBA
 

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.

Community Support

Days: Tuesdays 
Time: 12:00pm-12:50pm
Sept. 22 - Nov. 24

This group is an opportunity for LGBTQIA+ 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 sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services.

Follow this link to join the meeting: https://zoom.us/j/94187740945

More community groups coming soon.