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Current Group Offerings and Group Descriptions

Participation in a group is by appointment only.  Please contact our groups coordinator, Amy Rosechandler, by secure message in the Wellness Portal for more information.  Students need to attend a group screen appointment with the facilitator before starting group. Groups are offered through CaPS that address student concerns in a variety of areas although the needs of students determine the specific types and numbers of groups available in any given semester. The following list describes topical groups offered.


Carpe Diem! Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression

Fridays 11am-12:30pm with Jaime Castillo, LMHC, Ph.D

This group empowers students to understand and take control over their depression.  How we think and act can greatly influence how we feel. The better we understand (and challenge) thoughts and behaviors that are influenced by and contribute to depression, the more skillful and in control we feel. Learn to move away from being on “automatic pilot” and letting your depression make choices for you. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an effective, evidence-based treatment that has consistently demonstrated to have an impact against depression over the short and long-term. This group is all about being collaborative, structured, teaching skills, and practice, practice practice! Seize the day and do something about depression today!


Graduate Student Interpersonal Connection

Fridays 1:00pm-2:30pm with Toni Gauthier, LCSW-R and Will Spears, PhD.

Explore concerns that are impacting your personal life and performance while in graduate school. Topics may include achieving work/life balance, returning to school as an adult learner, roadblocks to thesis completion, and the impact of family and financial concerns on one’s experience. Students in the group will examine how their interpersonal styles are related to their experiences in school and life in general.


Leaning In To Anxiety

Fridays 1-2:30pm with Raquel Bateman, Ph.D

This group uses the power of exposure and response prevention therapy to help students learn to live with anxiety – students will learn that leaning in to anxiety, instead of avoiding it, is the key to managing anxiety, instead of feeling like anxiety is managing you.  Students will receive support from others sharing similar struggles. 


Skills Group

Wednesdays 2-3:30pm with Amy Rosechandler, LMHC

Skills group aims to support member’s insight into their emotions, behavior and thinking through discussion and activities on topics such as mindfulness skills, decision making skills and values clarification.  Members often report greater sense of acceptance, control and balance.


SMART Recovery

Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 with Toni Gauthier, LCSW-R and Maggie Reilly, PA

This science-based program using rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) and motivational interviewing helps promote individual choice and gain motivation for change. There is no sponsorship requirement and no spirituality or religious component.  The program uses hierarchy of values tool and change plan worksheet to help you move forward and create change in your life.


Social Anxiety Group

Mondays 1-2:30 with Raquel Bateman, PhD. And Sharon Mattsson, LCSW-R

For students who are ready to take on the challenge of facing their social anxiety head-on towards building their best social life, this group uses the power of exposure and response prevention therapy. This approach strongly encourages participation in group activities and practice outside of group to address fear and avoidance of social situations. Receiving support and encouragement from others sharing similar struggles is an integral part of the success of students in this group.


Understanding Self and Others

Mondays 3-4:30pm with Grace Weinstein, LCSW-R

This group will help students look at barriers to interpersonal connection and encourage practice in skills that help us understand one another. The group encourages risk-taking, reflection on what happens in group, and honest, direct feedback. Group members report gaining insight into their own relationship styles and patterns, while being able to work through emotions and try out new ways of being with others