Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a variety of group counseling services to students in multiple areas of focus/concern. Group therapy is offered due to its effectiveness in addressing multiple challenges individuals face in their lives as well as the unique experience it provides. CAPS runs various groups per semester to address the ever-changing needs of the WSU campus. CAPS services are available in a variety of modalities at this time. Please call to learn more about your options.

What is Group Therapy?

General Therapy Groups are a form of psychotherapy, focusing on developing insight and behavior change. Group members meet with one or two facilitators once per week throughout the semester. These small groups of students meet and share common concerns, explore personal issues, and learn new skills under the guidance of one or two group leaders. CAPS offers general therapy groups for all students, support groups for particular populations (e.g., LGBTQ+ students, Trans students), and groups for particular concerns (e.g. trauma, grief/loss). Learn more about how to get started with therapy groups and support groups at CAPS.

What is the difference between a general therapy group and a support group?

Support groups are intended to be support-focused for specific populations or particular concerns in the WSU student community. These groups do not require a referral from a CAPS provider. Students can review details on how to participate in a specific support group by looking at specific group flyers below.

How Groups and CAPS Can Help

The benefits from participating in a group are vast. Participating in groups can help you gain greater insight into your identity, thoughts, feelings, behaviors and interactions with others. Groups can also help you learn new ways to manage challenges as well as improve your school success.

Group therapy provides an opportunity where compassion, empathy, and respect for all members are the cornerstone for growth and development. Through the group process, you can grow as an individual, learn from others, and contribute to and witness another person's growth. 

Benefits to Group Therapy
  • Consistency: Weekly sessions that are free
  • Different perspectives: Opportunity to see different perspectives other than your own that challenge you
  • Camaraderie: Unlike individual therapy, you get to interact with other folks and find out you aren’t alone in your struggles
  • Confidence: The support you get from your fellow group members builds your confidence to increase changes outside in the real world
  • Reveal blind spots: You can uncover blind spots about yourself you may not realize otherwise
  • Low risk – High Reward: Group is like a “live learning laboratory” where you can take chances in a safe environment with low stakes and high reward where you develop skills that can translate to other areas of your life
  • Altruism: Opportunity to help others reach their goals which can be incredibly rewarding

Common Myths and/or Concerns About Group Therapy

I will have to disclose everything to everyone

Group members are asked to participate at their level of comfort and are not forced to disclose information they do not feel comfortable sharing with the group.

Individual therapy is better

Group therapy has been found to be just as effective as individual therapy in the treatment of mental health concerns. Additionally, group therapy offers the opportunity to receive support from peers and gain greater insight into how to relate to others.

I won't fit in

Group therapy is setup for individuals with different experiences to be able to come together in a safe, nonjudgmental environment where all are welcome.

What if I can’t afford it?

Groups provided by Counseling and Psychological Services are FREE for all students.

 

Groups Offered

Below are details of each group offered.

Spring 2023 groups plan to start mid to late February.

Interpersonal Process Groups

Understanding Self and Others (USO)

Pre-group meeting required.

These groups are for students 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.

Various sections are offered to better find a group that aligns with student schedules. 

Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 pm starting 2/21

Thursdays, 1:00-2:00 pm starting 2/29

Fridays, 3:00-4:00 pm starting 2/23

Contact CAPS for more information on joining this group at 316-978-4792.

Support Groups

Neurodiversity Peer Support Group

In Ablah Library 225
Wednesdays, 11:00-12:00 pm starting 2/21

Neurodiversity can present in many forms including but not limited to being dyslexic, ADHD/ADD, mental health conditions, ASD, etc. Facilitated in partnership with the Office of Disability Services (ODS) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), this group gives students the opportunity to connect and discuss with peers who share similar experiences in a safe setting.

No pre-group meeting is required.

For more information, contact Annette Santiago at annette.santiago@wichita.edu 

Healing from Trauma Support Group

Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm starting 2/22

 Facilitated in partnership with the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center (WASAC) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

Trauma has touched many lives in different ways. This group is an opportunity to create a safe space and a path to healing with those who share similar experiences. Members will participate in various activities and discussions. All are welcome.

Contact advocate@wichitasac.com with questions.

 

 

 

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