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 435-865-8621 for 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 for an orientation into the group and to discuss expectations.

In an effort to protect the health of our students, faculty, staff, and Cedar City neighbors, we are working towards a hybrid based model for our services. Some groups will be conducted via Zoom while others will be conducted in person with necessary precautions taken per CDC recommendations. For more information, please contact our front desk at (435) 865-8621.

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.

Therapy Groups

Weekly

Day: Tuesday   Time: 11:30AM-1:00PM

OR

Day: Wednesday  Time: 12:15PM-1:45PM

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.

Days/Times: Friday, December 15th, 2022 3:00PM-4:30PM
These are one session Poetry Therapy groups that have limited spaces available  –  you can sign up for as many sessions as you want to. Call the CAPS Office to register for a session. 
 
If you are new to CAPS, you will be invited to fill out a request for services and then the Administration Team can register you in the session (s) you choose. If you are a current client working at CAPS,  please call our office to register and let our Administrative team know you are a current client and they can register you.

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

  • To share an opportunity to connect with others in therapeutic 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 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 appreciation of one another’s work and process.

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




Days: Thursdays
September 15th, 2022-October 20th, 2022
Time: 4:00PM-5:30PM

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: Wednesdays
November 2nd, 2022- December 7th, 2022
Time: 12:00PM-1:30PM

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: 5:30PM-6:30PM
 Starts June 28th, 2022

This is an open support group for women who are SUU students or Cedar City community members residing in the state of Utah who have experienced or who are experiencing any form of violence such as (but not limited to) rape, sexualized assault, dating violence, intimate partner violence, family violence, and/or harassment.

We, as a group, gather to:

  • Honour the path each participant walks in their journey. We do this with the awareness that what those who have experienced or are experiencing violence 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;
  • 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;
  • Connect women who have or are experienced/ing violence and/or isolation through discussion, sharing stories, developing resources, and group and individual learning and healing.

While the group is an opportunity to discuss challenges and successes, share stories, resources and other experiences in a confidential, supportive environment. This group does not always only address our experiences of violence, it is also a space to grow a community of care among women who are interested in recognizing strengths and challenges - and all the spaces in between - in connection with other women who have also experienced or who are experiencing abuse, violence, maltreatment.

We recognize that violence against women is structural, personal and occurs diversely among the many intersections of our social locations and subjectivities that make up our identities. We reserve the right to name ourselves in many ways and to identify in ways we know are right for us including, but not limited to: survivors, victims, resistors, thrivers etc…    

This is a Zoom-Based* ongoing weekly group that is shaped by supportive group discussion. Two therapists from SUU CAPS work to hold confidential space alongside group members.

Women seeking community are invited to attend at any time throughout the semester. Consistent weekly attendance is not required. While the group is open to attendance each week, SUU CAPS requires that participants complete a very brief request of services prior to joining the group in order to meet best practices in safety.

If you are interested in this group please call CAPS to complete a request for services. If you are a current client at CAPS, please call our office to register at 435-865-8621.

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

Days: TBD
Time: TBD

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.

Support Groups

Days: Wednesdays
Time: 4:00PM
 

DRC group is a place for students who are managing disabilities to come and work on skills, talk about challenges and get support from others. The group meets weekly for one hour. This workshop is an opportunity for individuals to get together, learn from, and support each other. This is a safe place to learn about new skills and pertinent issues such as time management, test taking, mindfulness, stress management, perfectionism, self-advocacy, dating, professional relationships and self-compassion. Students may attend at any time throughout the semester. This group is sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services.

Join with the following meeting ID: https://zoom.us/j/92632583546 

Days: Thursdays
Time: 12:00PM
 

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.

Days: TBD
Time: TBD

 

This is an open and ongoing support group for SUU students who have experienced the loss of a loved one.  Students can drop-in to this group when it serves without commitment to continue attending.  When you attend, you will be provided with a bereavement manual covering various facets of grief and loss.  This group will incorporate some psycho-education as it serves, including 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.

Join via Zoom 

Days: Mondays
Time: 3:00PM

DBT or Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy is a skills-based group. Group members will learn skills related to Core Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. A workbook will be provided to increase skills (homework assignments), personal insight, and accountability. The group is held weekly in the CAPS office and is 50 minutes long. We recommend that group members commit to one hour per week of homework assignments and skill practice/development. This group will be in person. 

Workshop space is reserved for SUU students. It is NOT open to benefits-eligible SUU employees.

Along with our groups, we also offer workshops. Be sure to get more information on those on our workshops page. 

If you are in need of a place to attend group from, check out any of the following...

SUU Police DepartmentMonday through Friday 9:00 to 4:00 (be advised the building is very busy on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons). If you hope to use this space, please notify your counselor so they can communicate your intention with the police department. (Check in with front desk staff. A computer is available so arrive early to login. Campus wifi is also available.)

The below rooms are available to be used by students to attend zoom appointments.

**PLEASE NOTE ALL ROOMS ARE ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVICE BASIS.**

If you are in need of a device to attend via Zoom a ChromeBook can be check out from the library.

Sherratt Library:There are a select number of study rooms available. Check in with front desk staff to be directed to room if available.

Wellness Center Confidential Room: Room available any time center is open and room is not otherwise occupied.