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.

In an effort to protect the health of our students, faculty, staff, and Cedar City neighbors, we are temporarily suspending face-to-face visits through the CAPS department. Due to this change some of our groups have been temporarily put on hold. We now have some new remote groups available! You can find the descriptions and links for these new groups below. 

SUU Student Hangout - 

Hosted By CAPS Staff

Thursdays at 2:00 PM.

To help folks stay connected during the times of COVID 19 CAPS will be hosting hangout sessions.  These are 50 minute drop-in meetings to connect with other students. 

Click on a link at the appointed time to join the group. Return as many times as you like. No registration or RSVP is required.

Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/91120363380

If you are having technical difficulty and would like to access this group via telephone.

  • Call 1 253 215 8782
  • When prompted for meeting ID enter 911 2036 3380
  • When prompted for user ID press the star key. 

A good Wi-Fi connection is required; capability for video chat is recommended. This is for SUU students only, a group like this is based on members’ integrity. Registration is not required. This will be a moderated group. These meetings are not therapy or psychological treatment. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact 911 or an emergency mental health service in your local community.

 

Open Enrollment Groups: 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

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 Regulation.  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 click on this Google Classroom link.
 https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/MTAxMDAwNzE5MTU1

 

Therapy Groups: (please call about availability)


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 Poetry Therapy

Our new Zoom-Based* Poetry Therapy group is a 6 week group co-facilitated by Andrea Donovan, LCSW, and Chelsea Gambles, LCSW. Limited spaces available, if you are interested in this group please email Chelsea at chelseakunz@suu.edu

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

  • 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 honour 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 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.

Trauma Support Group

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.

Connections

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.

 

Community Support Groups:

LGBTQIA+ Community

Tuesdays 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM, This group will resume regular meetings on the third week of class in the fall semester. 

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.