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CAPS Groups for Summer 2022

Most groups and clinics have openings for 6 members and will close once filled. Learn more about group therapy at CAPS and how to get started.


Faculty and staff with questions about our groups can contact CAPS.

 

Topic-Based Groups

Pre-group meeting required. 

 

Women's Empowerment Group

This is a semi-structured support group for female students who have some history of exposure to sexual abuse and/or trauma. The group aims to empower the members to find their voice, increase self-worth, strengthen sense of self, and process through societal messages, pressures, and influences.

Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

  • MaryBeth Grove, Doctoral Intern
  • Alexis Leca, Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Eating Disorder Recovery Groups

Pre-group meeting required. These groups are designed for students who have difficulties with binge eating, purging, anorexia, and other eating disorder issues. The group focus is on understanding and managing dysfunctional patterns with food, as well as dealing with difficult emotions. Stress, body image, self-esteem, self-expression, relationships and academic pressure are all possible topics for the group. This is not a structured group. 

Eating Disorder Recovery Process Groups

Wednesdays, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

  • Laurie Meguro, Psychologist
  • Sarah Hamrick, Clinical Services Provider
Interpersonal Process Groups for Undergraduates

Pre-group meeting required. 

 

Understanding Self & Others

These groups are for undergraduates who are interested in gaining a 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, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

    • Laura McGuigan, Doctoral Intern
    • Ray Schagen, Doctoral Intern
       

    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.

    Tuesdays, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

    • John Mitchell, Psychologist
    • Ben Darling, Psychologist
    Interpersonal Process Groups for Graduate & Returning Students

    Pre-group meeting required. 
     

    Graduate Interpersonal Process

    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, managing stressors both in and outside of academic life, and how these issues affect feelings about ourselves and others. 

     

    Tuesday, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

    • Stephanie Stama, Psychologist
    • Laura McGuigan, Doctoral Intern

    Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

    • John Mitchell, Psychologist

    Thursdays, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

    • Jill Hranicka, Psychologist
    • Ray Schagen, Doctoral Intern

       

         

        Interpersonal Mindfulness

        This is for graduate students 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 experience with mindfulness encouraged, but not necessary to join.

        Mondays 1:30-3:00 p.m.

        • Caitlin Chun-Kennedy, Psychologist
        • MaryBeth Grove, Doctoral Intern

         

        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.

        Tuesdays, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

        • John Mitchell, Psychologist
        • Ben Darling, Psychologist
        Skills Clinics

        These structured clinics typically run for four to six consecutive weeks with a focus on education about and development of skills for improving your mental health and wellbeing. A pre-group meeting with the clinic facilitators is required.

         

        Steady: Emotional Balance and Success

        This group is intended for students who want to improve mood management and interpersonal success by learning skills to promote distress tolerance, mindfulness, and emotional regulation. Learn to deal with stress without losing control or engaging in destructive behaviors but instead, by showing more self-compassion and gaining the ability to learn and practice ways to prepare yourself for life’s challenges.

        Thursdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

        • Alex Kinder, Psychologist
        • Alison Reese, Postdoctoral Fellow

         

         

        Penn State Student Affairs
        Counseling & Psychological Services
        Main Location

        501 Student Health Center
        University Park, PA 16802

        Additional Locations

        3rd Floor Bank of America Career Services Building
        University Park, PA 16802

        Allenway Building (Downtown)
        315 S Allen Street
        State College, PA 16801