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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.

General 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. A one time group orientation for new members is required for group membership.

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.

Eating Disorders/Body Image Therapy Group

The Eating Disorders/Body Image therapy group is for students whose concerns with eating, weight, and body image interfere with their lives. The groups will provide an opportunity for students to explore their feelings and emotions with others who struggle with similar concerns, while gaining insight into patterns of distorted thinking and other challenges. Group members will also develop coping strategies and learn more about the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors associated with eating disorders and body image issues. A one-time group orientation is required for group membership.

Substance Recovery Group

This group is recommended for students who are actively seeking change regarding their substance abuse. This is not a 12-step program but it may be useful as 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. This option is offered based upon student population needs. This group cannot substitute for University or legally mandated treatment.

Support Groups


THE QUICK START PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL GROUP

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.



OCD SUPPORT GROUP

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.



INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP

This is a confidential and supportive group for international students to explore and discuss various multicultural issues. Numerous topics may be discussed, including by 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.



SOLUTIONS GROUP FOR STUDENTS DIAGNOSED WITH ADHD

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 Aspergians Making Experiences)

We get together so that you (college students with Aspergers or many tendencies) can have a safe space to discuss and understand your experiences with ASD at Purdue. In this group you will have people who "get" you and who will provide honest feedback and genuine support for one another. 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. Another goal is for group members to have fun, positive social experiences with leaders and other group members that will build confidence.



MOCHA SUPPORT GROUP

Mocha Support Group is a confidential and supportive group for undergraduate and graduate women who identify as being Black. Group members will explore and support each other around personal and shared experiences and concerns. Numerous issues may be discussed in the group including, but not limited to: unmet personal needs on campus; academics; cultural identity; relationships; career concerns; self-esteem; race relations; health & wellness; and religion/spirituality.