Virtual Groups/Workshops – Spring 2021:
Groups can help you gain support, share experiences and struggles, receive feedback about how others experience you, learn about yourself, try out new behaviors and develop more satisfying ways of relating to others.
Types of Groups
There are three basic types of groups offered at CAPS: therapy groups, drop-in groups and workshops.
Therapy groups are issue-specific groups. These groups address one particular issue, such as eating disorders, sexual assault, or graduate women’s issues. You are usually referred directly to one of these groups by your clinician, and there is usually a group screening before you become a participant in the group. Complete the on-line form in order to express your interest in a group, and the group leaders will contact you.
CAPS now has an exciting new initiative in group therapy. We are offering at least one co-ed Interpersonal Growth Group (IGG) every day. In these groups, 7-10 students meet weekly with 2 therapist leaders. Group is a great place to share your concerns, get support, and learn from others. Students who participate in group therapy feel less isolated, more self-aware, and more connected to others as a result of being in group. The true power of Interpersonal Growth Groups lies in the interactions among members, their reactions to each other, and what they learn about themselves as a result. Interpersonal Growth Groups provide an opportunity to learn about how others experience you, to study your own style of relating, and to learn how that style may interfere with developing satisfying relationships. In group, you can experiment with being different.
Workshops include Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness Skills Workshop, Penn Engagement, International Experience Series, ACTIVATE, and others. For these events, you can register for all sessions or for specific sessions, depending on the workshop.
Group sessions are confidential. Group members are bound ethically not to disclose information about the group.
Regular and timely attendance is necessary for relationships to develop and for you to have sufficient continuity to get as much as you can out of group. If you truly must miss group, please let the leader(s) know as soon as possible. Most groups have an initial commitment of several sessions. It usually takes a few sessions to open up and get enough of a sense of the group to decide if it is a good fit for your needs.
If after the initial commitment the group does not feel like a good fit or at some point you feel as though you have gotten all you need from the group, it is important that you inform the group and give the other members the opportunity to say goodbye.
You are encouraged to take your own pace in group. However, you get more out of group if you work on the concerns that brought you to CAPS through active participation. It is expected that it will take time to work up to taking risks and stretching yourself in ways that will help you make the most of your group experience.
You may be referred to group during the Initial Assessment call or at Intake if the intake counselor believes that your needs would be best met in a group setting. This may be based upon matching your concerns with a group that focuses specifically on those concerns. Also, groups are perfect for students who are dissatisfied with their friend or romantic relationships. To ensure the best decision, most group leaders prefer to conduct a group intake in which one or both leaders meet with you to learn about what you’re looking for, to give you specific information about how the group works, and to help you decide if the group seems like a good fit