Group counseling is often the best treatment choice for many of the issues that students face, either in lieu of or as a supplement to individual counseling. Our groups are facilitated by one of our licensed counselors. CAPS offers a variety of group formats including drop-in groups, theme groups, and personal exploration groups. All groups are free and confidential. There is typically no limit on the number of groups or group sessions a student is eligible to attend. Although many students are initially hesitant to join a group, they consistently find group counseling to be a very beneficial and positive experience. We invite you to consider how our group offerings might be a powerful way to address your concerns and contribute to personal growth.
Group offerings change each semester, so check back regularly! If you have any questions about our groups or are interested in participating, please call 303.492.6766 for more information. You may also utilize our walk-in services from 10 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday, to meet with a counselor and discuss how a group may meet your needs.
Most individuals are pleasantly surprised at how much they gain from participating in group. Unlike individual counseling, group counseling provides invaluable opportunities for you to connect with others who might have similar problems, practice new interpersonal skills in a group context, and gain multiple perspectives on your concerns from different group members.
Groups vary significantly in session format. Many groups are structured or semi-structured; our Theme groups are somewhat similar to experiential workshops in that most group sessions focus on a particular topic. Each session usually consists of brief lectures by the group leaders, group discussions, and experiential activities. CAPS also offers Personal Exploration groups that are typically much less structured. There isn’t necessarily a specific topic for each group session. Members are welcome to bring any issues to the group that feel are important, and the primary focus of therapy in the group is on the interactions among group members. This occurs as members give each other feedback on their interpersonal styles and identify ways in which they feel more connected to one another.
Most groups have between 6 -10 students; however, each group varies. Feel free to ask the group facilitator how many members will be in the group you intend to join.
Only CU students are eligible to join our groups. Students who join our groups do so with different needs and concerns. In our Theme groups, group members usually identify with a specific concern related to the group theme. Our Personal Exploration groups are made up of members with a variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and self-esteem issues.
Group leaders guide and facilitate self-exploration, give feedback and support, provide comments on interpersonal issues in the group, and encourage group cohesion. In our structured groups, group leaders take a more active role ups by providing instruction on specific topics related to the group theme.
No, you don’t have to do that! You decide how much you want to share and no one can force you to reveal your secrets or feelings. Most group members tend to share more about themselves when they feel safe in the group. While we recognize that sharing can sometimes be uncomfortable, we also know that many members report getting more out of group when they decide to share more personal aspects of themselves. We encourage you to be aware of your pace for group involvement and to share when you feel comfortable doing so.
Figuring out how to get your needs met in group is a very common concern among members. If you find yourself needing more time in the group, we recommend that you bring it up within the group or with the group facilitator. Group is an excellent place to work on assertiveness!
That’s really ok. It’s normal that some members will talk less than others in the group. You can tell the group that you’re shy. We encourage group members to be respectful of individual differences. You can take your time to open up to the group.
Yes, it’s possible to leave the group if you’re uncomfortable with it. We know that group is often uncomfortable at the beginning – if you feel this way, you are not alone! We also know that group members report feeling more comfortable after a few sessions, so most group leaders encourage their members to remain in the group for at least a few sessions before they decide to leave.
We recognize that it might be awkward to be in the same group with a friend/classmate. Please let group leaders know immediately if you have an existing relationship with someone else in the group. If that happens, the group leaders, in consultation with the group members, will decide how best to resolve this situation. It may work out to have both of you stay in the same group, or it may be best to have one of you find a different group to join. In the latter case, leaders will consult with you or your friend/classmate and do our best to find another appropriate group that matches your needs and schedule.