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. 


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.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

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.

Mindful Self-Compassion Group

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.

Trauma Recovery & Empowerment

The Trauma Recovery & Empowerment group is for women with histories of abuse or trauma. This group provides a safe and supportive environment to:

  • develop skills to deal with current life problems that may be related to past trauma
  • understand how to set healthy limits in relationships and how to say "no"
  • understand what abuse is and how it may have affected you
  • develop more self-confidence

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 and members of the Cedar City community 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.

LGBTQIA+ and Allies 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.