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Group Descriptions

Groups meet weekly. For more information about a group or to arrange a group orientation, please contact CAPS at (765) 494-6995.
Confidentiality is fully discussed in all groups.

Understanding Self and Others (USO) Therapy Groups

Our general therapy groups are named Understanding Self and Others primarily because they are designed for students who wish to increase self-understanding, self-esteem, and intimacy in relationships, as well as address their interpersonal style and relationship-building skills. Group members come together with others who are also struggling with something about themselves or life with which they are not happy. The group provides a private, warm and supportive environment in which you can constructively experiment with new ways of relating to others, share personal experiences, express fears and concerns, and get support and feedback. A one-time group orientation is required for group membership and is usually scheduled one-half hour before the start of your first group meeting or other convenient time that fits your schedule. Groups can be joined at any time in the semester.

Graduate Student Groups

Graduate students entering these Understanding Self and Others graduate groups will have the opportunity to explore personal issues and dynamics that are affecting their personal life, performance, and well-being while at Purdue. Group members will support each other around graduate school and interpersonal concerns and will explore and process how their interpersonal styles are related to their grad school experiences and life in general. The dynamic interactional patterns that occur within the group will be discussed and processed for the therapeutic benefit of group members. A one time group orientation for new members is required for group membership.

Skills Group for Disordered Eating

The Skills Group for Disordered Eating is a group is for students experiencing difficulties with eating behaviors, particularly with binging behaviors, as well difficulties regulating emotions. This is a structured group that provides skills to help tolerate distress, regulate emotion, and manage eating behaviors in a healthful and thoughtful manner. Members will also gain insight into the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors associated with eating disorders and body image issues. The goal of the group is not focused on weight loss but rather cultivating thoughtful eating behaviors. A one-time group orientation is required for group membership as well as concurrent individual therapy in most cases.

Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group

The Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Group is for students whose coping skills are no longer working, resulting in their having difficulty controlling emotions and experiencing chaotic friendships and relationships. Students will learn a variety of skills to help control where they focus their attention, understand and reduce painful emotions, navigate relationships successfully, and tolerate distress in a skillful way. One-time group orientation and concurrent individual therapy are required for group membership.

Substance Recovery Group

This group is recommended for students who are actively seeking change regarding their substance use. This is not a 12-step program but may help with recovery maintenance for students who have completed an intensive outpatient program. Students will be asked to complete an AOD evaluation at no charge prior to entry into the group to assess readiness for group and at minimum are asked to attend a 30 minute orientation meeting with the co-facilitators. The substance recovery group is offered based upon student population needs. This group cannot substitute for University or legally mandated treatment.

Support Groups


The Quick Start group is a great place for students to learn some basic coping skills that will help them better manage their emotions and their relationships. There are five topics for these groups that will rotate throughout the semester, thus allowing students to enter the group at any time and then complete the whole five session series. The main topics include: Mindfulness, Mind-Body Connection, You Are What You Think, Healthy Relationships, and Personal Empowerment. Each group has a topic and assigned activities though there is flexibility to allow for processing experiences, difficulties, and questions regarding these topics.


The Thrive Hour is a highly experiential venue for self-care and empowerment. Its primary purpose is to help you take care of yourself, let go of your stress, and enable you to get in touch with your inner strength and resources. Every session begins and ends with a Mindfulness activity designed to draw your attention to the present moment, allowing you to calm your mind and body and relieve your current stress. Each session will focus on a resiliency strategy that will assist you in cultivating a positive sense of self. Through the use of TED talks, group discussion, and didactic learning, we will help you identify your resiliency and strengths, and offer you alternatives that can change your mindset and your overall sense of well-being.


The OCD Support group is a chance to talk openly about obsessive worry (germs, safety, scary thoughts) and compulsive behaviors (checking, cleaning, asking for reassurance). The group is an opportunity to do exposure to feared thoughts and situations in a supportive environment. This group meets every other Tuesday evening.


This is a confidential and supportive group for international students to explore and discuss various multicultural issues. Numerous topics may be discussed, including but not limited to, acculturation, adapting to a new educational system, coping with being away from family and friends, or breaking down language and cultural barriers.


This group experience is designed to promote growth and independence by helping students with ADHD overcome the performance and self-management difficulties inherent in ADHD through the development of more effective habits and routines. Members will identify goals and track their progress throughout the semester. Orientation to the group is required prior to your first group meeting.

GAME (Group of ASDs Making Experiences)

We get together so that you, college students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or those with similar tendencies, can have a safe space to discuss and understand your experiences while at Purdue. In this group you will meet people who "get" you and who will provide honest feedback and genuine support. You will also have opportunities to try out and to practice social skills and to build friendships with fellow group members. What you learn here you can take to your everyday life outside of group. The activities and discussions will center on specific themes that come up regularly in college life. Another goal is for group members to have fun, positive social experiences with leaders and other group members that will build confidence.


The Anxiety Solutions group is a psycho-educational experience designed to develop your understanding of and skill at managing anxiety and panic. Explore the seven levels of contributing causes of anxiety and panic. Practical techniques, such as relaxation, thought stopping, coping, positive self-talk, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, action planning, creative visualization, and mindfulness will be covered during the semester. Students are referred to the group from their initial contact with CAPS, the Disposition Team, or a CAPS clinician.

Mandarin Speaking International Student Support Group

This is an opportunity for Mandarin speaking international students to talk about your struggles and concerns regarding your adjustment to life and school at Purdue/ in the U.S. In this group, members help each other by sharing experiences and providing feedback and the professional staff from Counseling and Psychological Services will facilitate the discussion and provide resources and information when needed.

Meditation Hour

The meditation hour is drop-in group that meets once a week to focus on building relaxation and meditation skills. Through discussion and practice students will leave the hour feeling calmer, more relaxed and ready to take on the day!