Crisis Information

Emergencies: 911

CAPS (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm):
(814) 863-0395

Penn State Crisis Line (24/7):
(877) 229-6400

Crisis Text Line (24/7):
txt "LIONS" to 741741

CAPS Locations

- Student Health Center (SHC)
- Bank of America (BoA)
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Group Therapy and Discussion Groups

Spring 2017 Groups

Call 814-863-0395 or stop by 501 Student Health Center to schedule an appointment.

Eating Disorder Recovery Groups (pre-group meeting required)

Eating Disorder Recovery

These groups are designed for students who have difficulties with bingeing and purging, anorexia, and other eating disorder issues. The group focus is on understanding and controlling dysfunctional patterns with food as well as dealing with feelings and issues that “eat” at you. Stress, body image, self-esteem, self expression, relationships and academic pressure are all possible topics for group. This is not a structured group. Weekly attendance is expected.

Mondays, 3:35-5:05 PM

Tuesdays, 2:35-4:05 PM

Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00 PM

Graduate & Returning Students Process Groups (pre-group meeting required)

Graduate Students & Returning Students Process Groups

These groups are designed for personal growth and self-awareness for students who are older than the typical 18-22 year old undergraduate population. Issues that will be addressed include relationships, life transitions, family of origin issues, dealing with problems and stresses in academic life, and how these issues affect feelings about ourselves and others. These groups run throughout the summer and continue into the fall.

Wednesdays, 1:30-3:00 PM


Thursdays, 1:30-3:00 PM


Thursdays, 2:30-4:00 PM

Fridays, 9:00-10:30 AM

Women's Therapy

This therapy group is intended for graduate women interested in gaining understanding of themselves and ways of relating more comfortably to others. Issues regarding assertiveness, intimacy, self-acceptance, family of origin issues, and expressing feelings are examples of the concerns this group may cover.

Mondays, 1:30-3:00 PM

Skills Oriented Groups (pre-group meeting required)

Mindful Mood Management

This 4-session clinic will help members develop emotion-regulation skills, allowing them to more effectively navigate difficult or overwhelming emotions, increase distress tolerance, and cultivate self-compassion. Members will be introduced to the practice of mindfulness, which has been described as "paying attention, in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally" (Kabat-Zinn, 1994). Mindfulness can help with depression, anxiety, social discomfort, self-critical thoughts, anger, and other distressing emotions. Members will engage in guided, experiential practice in group and some between-group practice will be encouraged.

Wednesdays, 3:00 PM-4:30 PM

Anxiety Clinic

These clinics are designed for students who are struggling with various forms of anxiety. Students will learn more about symptoms of anxiety, how anxiety impacts daily functioning, how anxiety works in the body, and learn ways to manage and reduce anxiety. The clinic will also provide an opportunity for students to talk with and receive support from other students who have similar difficulties with anxiety. 3-4 sessions in length.

Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30 PM



Perfectionistic tendencies can be both helpful and unhelpful in our daily lives. This 4-session clinic will help participants increase their awareness and insight into their perfectionism, as well as learn strategies for coping with perfectionism. We will explore the origins of perfectionism, the impact of perfectionism in daily life, and learn to identify and intervene with thoughts and behaviors that maintain perfectionism.

Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30 PM

Exploring Interpersonal Relationship Groups for Undergraduates (pre- group meeting required)

Women's Therapy

This therapy group is intended for undergraduate women interested in gaining understanding of themselves and ways of relating more comfortably to others. Issues regarding assertiveness, intimacy, self-acceptance, family of origin issues, and expressing feelings are examples of the concerns this group may cover.

Mondays, 4:00-5:30 PM


Men, Talking

This therapy group is open to both undergraduate and graduate male students. The purpose of this group is simply to get men together talking about different issues that may be impacting their life as a student at Penn State. Topics can vary from week to week and are based on group member needs, sample topics include school and personal stressors, relationship issues, understanding and healthy expression of emotions, and dealing with the pressures associated with masculine ideals and stereotypes.

Fridays, 1:30-3:00 PM

Understanding Self & Others

These groups are for undergraduates who are interested in gaining greater understanding of themselves and ways of relating more comfortably to others. These groups are designed to help students learn to deal with a variety of concerns involving feelings of depression and anxiety, resolving relationship issues, and other
personal concerns.

Mondays, 1:30-3:00 PM


Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00 PM

Drop-In Support Groups (no pre-group meeting required)

Women of Color Empowerment

This is a bi-weekly, open discussion group for Women of Color. This is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. The goal is to provide a supportive space for Women of Color on a majority white campus to explore what this means for them (with regard to identity, relationships, and more), to empower and enhance their voice, and to fully embrace their Penn State experience through academic excellence and relationship-building. This group is held at the MRC in Grange Room 217.

Wednesdays (Bi-weekly), 4:30-6:00 PM


What's in Your Solo Cup?

This weekly open discussion group is for PSU students interested in a safe, open dialog on how to reduce risk associated with alcohol or other drug use. This group takes a non-abstinence based approach (though abstinence is not discouraged), encouraging participants to look at their relationship with alcohol and other drugs, and to make informed, empowered choices regarding their own substance use. Various topics are presented and discussed such as Using a Decisional Balance, Goal-setting, Urge-Surfing and Mindfulness, Identifying and Paying Attention to Feelings, and How our Brains Thrive on Habit. No reservation or commitment needed. This group is held at the HUB room 235.

Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00 PM

RA Retreat: Life Outside the Fishbowl

This group provides a break from the unique stressors of being a Resident Assistant by providing an opportunity to connect while offering and receiving support with other RAs. This is offered to all RAs with no long-term commitment required. This group is a safe and confidential space to process the both challenging and stressful parts of the job, as well as the unique, fun, and memorable experiences of being an RA. This group is held in the HUB Room 322.

Mondays, 3:00-4:30 PM

Support Groups (pre-group meeting required)

Women's Empowerment Group

This is a semi-structured support group for women utilizing various mediums of expression (painting, mixed media, music, metaphor, etc.). This group is for female undergrad students who have some history of exposure to interpersonal abuse and/or trauma (i.e. child maltreatment, bullying, exposure to domestic violence as a child, sexual assault, partner relational violence, emotional abuse, etc) with the common underlying and unifying theme of having had experience(s) where their sense of power and control was taken from them. The goals of this group are to empower the members to find their voice, express themselves, increase self-worth, strengthen sense of self/identity, increase agency, and process through and challenge negative societal messages, pressures, and influences. 

Mondays, 3:05-4:35 PM


Fridays, 2:00-3:30 PM

International Student Support

his therapy group for international students will provide a safe, supportive environment where members can address the common issues and concerns faced by international students while living and studying in a foreign country. The group will focus on issues such as, but not limited to cross-cultural adjustment, academic stress, relationships (with professors, friends, other students, and family), future goals, and other individual concerns (i.e., low mood, anxiety, self-esteem, and assertiveness).

Tuesdays 1:15-2:30 PM

Penn State Students on the Spectrum

This is a weekly support group for undergraduate and graduate students at University Park who have been diagnosed with or identify as having autism spectrum disorder. In the group, members will gain increased social contact and can work on interpersonal skills in a relaxed, non-judgmental environment, as well as learning other new skills through both structured and unstructured discussions/activities.

Fridays, 3:30-5:00 PM

Loss Group

This group is for students who have experienced the death of a friend, relative, or close association. It is also appropriate for those who continue to struggle with painful memories of the death of a loved one. The group will focus on adjustment to the loss and reduction in feelings of guilt, anger, depression, and powerlessness.

Mondays, 3:30-4:45 PM


Interpersonal Mindfulness

This therapy group is for both undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in using mindfulness to increase self-acceptance and relate more comfortably to others. Sample topics include working with social anxiety, self-critical thoughts, mindful communication, and present-centered awareness. Previous attendance at CAPS mindfulness workshop, group, or other introductory session is recommended.

Thursdays, 3:00-4:30 PM


Social Anxiety

Students with social anxiety often experience fear of being negatively judged by others, worry about embarrassment in social situations, and discomfort interacting with others. In this structured group students will be educated about the origins of social anxiety and learn methods for tolerating and managing the distress that results from anxiety provoking situations. Students will also have the opportunity to receive validation and support by others who share difficulties coping with social anxiety.

Mondays, 1:30-3:00 PM


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