Group therapy, like individual therapy, is intended to help people who would like to receive support, increase self-awareness, and learn new ways to cope with personal or interpersonal challenges. CAPS offers a number of groups to address student concerns in a variety of areas. Groups typically involve some combination of members sharing thoughts and feelings, giving and receiving support and feedback, and trying out new behaviors in a safe, confidential environment. A brief screening is usually required for participation in a group. All groups are confidential and free for UNC students. Please see the list below for groups being offered during Spring Semester 2013.
Courage to Heal: A Sexual Assault Recovery Group: Open to women seeking support from others as they journey through sexual assault recovery toward a new sense of wholeness. Meets Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:00 PM.
Creative Arts Relationship Exploration Group: Are you struggling with issues in your relationship with your partner? Do you feel stuck in an ineffective relationship pattern? Intimate relationships can be a source of both great happiness and significant stress. This group will provide a safe space to explore relationship dynamics, identify relationship patterns, and find support with other people facing similar issues. A highlight of this group is the use of art as a medium of expressing emotions and connecting with other people. No training, experience or expertise in any art form is required. Meets Tuesdays from 10:00-11:15 AM.
Emotional Wellness Group: The focus of this group is on learning more about emotions and improving ability to effectively manage emotions. Some examples of people who might benefit from this group are: people who experience emotional highs and lows and wish to regulate their emotions more effectively; people who act or say things impulsively when they’re experiencing anger or frustration; people who want to experience more joy and less negative emotion. Part of the group is educational (teaching skills) and part is process (sharing experiences and supporting other group members). Meets Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.
Graduate Student Support Group: This group is for any UNC graduate or professional students who are seeking support for concerns such as managing academic demands and pressure; balancing school and personal life; exploring career issues; improving relationships with advisors, professors, and fellow students; or overcoming lack of progress or productivity. This group is fairly unstructured and topics can vary from session to session depending on the needs of group members. Meets Tuesdays from 2:00 to 3:15 PM.
Grief Group: Living With Loss: Many people, in their grief, feel isolated and alone. Some wonder whether anyone else really “gets it”. In this group, we hope to promote a sense of connection and support to help you as you negotiate the intensity of your experience. Meets Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:45 PM.
Inquiry Group: Are you feeling fundamentally unfulfilled in your relationships, current work, or prospect of future work? Do you have questions about how to find a meaningful life? Are you looking to explore ways in which you can develop authentic relationships with others now and in the future? Are you struggling with how to find meaning in your current situation and how make meaning in the future? Discuss these existential questions with other students in CAPS’s Inquiry Group. Meets Fridays from 2:00 to 3:00 PM.
International Student Support Group: Many international students experience homesickness, loneliness, academic stress, language and communication difficulties, and even doubt their own abilities as they experience the normal period of adjustment to UNC. We invite any who identify as international students, as well as their eligible spouses, who seek support and connection. Meets Thursdays from 1:00 to 2:30 PM in the Student Union room 2511.
It’s All Relative: Alcohol/Drugs, Family, and You: Did you grow up in a household in which your parents/guardians actively used or were addicted to alcohol or other drugs? Do you wonder about how growing up in a home with alcohol/drugs impacts your current life as an adult? Are you facing difficulties in your sense of self and relationships with others which you think may be connected to your experience growing up in your family? Join other students who have had similar experiences to explore the impact on your life, expectations for yourself, and relationships with others. Meets Thursdays from 12:30 to 2:00 PM.
Lesbian, Gay , Bisexual, Trans*, Queer and Questioning Therapy Group: This group will present an opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer and questioning individuals to explore life challenges. It will provide a safe environment in which to address a variety of issues (e.g., coming out, spirituality, family relationships, depression, self-esteem, abuse, romantic relationships, identity development etc.). Goals of the group include: reducing isolation, finding support and making changes. Students who want to resolve specific concerns as well as those seeking personal growth are welcome. This can be a good time to get peers’ perspectives on various issues, and to recognize that you are not alone. Meets Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:00 PM.
Media Influences on Women’s Lives: In this six-session group for women, we will discuss the various ways in which the media affects us. For example, we will discuss how social media (e.g., Facebook), TV, advertising, and text messaging (and other media forms) affect mood, self-esteem, body image, and romantic relationships. In addition to looking at examples of media messages and images, we will process how media messages influence each of us personally. We will also discuss strategies for coping with the constant exposure to media influences that college women face in their day-to-day lives. Meets Tuesdays February 12, 19, 26, and March 5, 19, and 26 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM.
Mindfulness and Meditation Groups: Do you want to live more fully in the present, sharpen concentration, deal with stress effectively, and find the inner resources you need to reach your potential? Learn to meditate. Mindfulness skills, mindfulness meditation, passage meditation, and related approaches will be taught and practiced in this four session group. Anyone seeking a more positive, centered daily life is welcome. No prior experience with meditation required.
· Series 1: Meets Tuesdays February 12, 19, 26, and March 5 from 3:30 to 4:45 PM
· Series 2: Meets Wednesdays March 20, 27, and April 3, 10 from 3:30 to 4:45 PM
Military Families Support Group: Is your partner or family member in active duty or a veteran of a branch of the armed forces? Would you like to meet others who are in a similar role? If so, you may benefit from this group. This group offers a safe environment in which members can give and receive support, share experiences, and access resources. We invite all who identify as military family members or partners and who are members of the university community. Meets Tuesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 PM.
Mood and Food Group: A group for women interested in exploring the relationship between emotions and eating. Includes components of therapy, support, and education for women struggling with body image concerns, weight concerns, ineffective eating patterns, and negative self-perceptions. A safe space for discussing how culture, media, family, relationships, and personality factors affect body image and eating behaviors and for learning effective ways of managing emotional distress. Meets Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:45 PM.
Personal Exploration Group: Are you interested in improving your relationships with other people? Would you like to become more comfortable opening up to others or managing conflict? Do you experience difficulty asking for help or dealing with criticism? If you experience any of these concerns, you may benefit from this group. This group offers a safe environment in which participants can develop insight about themselves and their relationship patterns, identify and explore feelings, give and receive support and feedback, and experiment with new ideas and behaviors. Meets Fridays from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.
Sister Talk: Sister Talk is a group for women of color who would like to discuss any relational, transitional change that is impacting their ability to successfully be the best they can be. The group will discuss such topics as relationships, self-care, work/life balance, academic success, managing stress, self-image, and other topics that the group feels would be pertinent to their personal success and achievement. Feel free to bring your lunch! Meets Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.
Yoga for Stress Reduction: Feeling stressed? Get out of your head and into your body! Let the ancient teachings of yoga bring peace and stability to your whole being. Learn to connect movement and breath, practice mindfulness, and flow with nature in this life-affirming practice that cultivates strength and flexibility in body, mind, and spirit. Space is limited to 12 students so sign up early! Mats are provided. Please wear clothing that allows freedom of movement. Meets Wednesdays from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM.
For additional information about group therapy, please go to http://campushealth.unc.edu/caps/group-therapy