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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.

Support Groups


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.

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!