Group Counseling at CAPS
Group counseling is a popular opportunity for TCNJ students to experience growth and change. It is a very effective method (and sometimes the MOST effective method) for addressing issues common among TCNJ students. Here at CAPS we are so convinced of the benefits of group that all the requests for services we receive are first considered for potential group participation. But you don’t need us to persuade you- below are what some TCNJ students have shared about their own group counseling experiences:
What were some of the best aspects of the group experience?
“How very helpful, patient, and understanding both the group facilitators and the other members of the group were.” (Female, senior)
“To talk to others without having to worry about what they think and to be helped by them.” (Male, junior)
“The flow of conversation brought up things I otherwise wouldn’t have remembered.” (Female, senior)
“Being able to express things without fear of being judged.” (Female, freshman)
“Having a safe, comfortable forum with enough flexibility to talk about what we needed to.” (Female, junior)
“Meeting new people and sharing like issues.” (Male, senior)
What changes were you able to make in your life as a participant in group?
-“Become more confident.”(Female, sophomore)- “Think more positively about myself. (Male, senior)- “I am able to see my strengths rather than my flaws.” (Female, freshman)- “Task management.”(Junior, female)- “To be more open about who I am.” (Male, senior)- “Got my academics under control.” (Male, sophomore)
So come and see for yourself what participation in a CAPS group can offer! You can review our group schedule here: http://caps.pages.tcnj.edu/counseling-services/caps-groups/groups-schedule/ Ready to move forward with joining a group? Please follow the steps below: (and given group popularity, spaces are limited- so we suggest you sign-up soon!)
1. Been a CAPS client (individual or group therapy) in the past? Great!
a. Please fill out the abbreviated CAPS Request for Group Services form (GRF) found here.
i. Were you a previous group member? Chances are you do not need to meet for another pre-group appointment and you will be contacted regarding the start date of the group.
ii. If you’ve never been in the group before, please contact CAPS. Email Group Counseling Coordinator Dr. Eileen Kurowski at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment with the group facilitator(s) before the start date of the group. During this meeting, you will have a chance to discuss your interest in the group, ask questions, identify goals, and determine if group is right for you.
2. Never been a CAPS individual or group therapy client before? Let’s sign you up!
a. First, please fill out the full Request for Services form (RFS) found here.
b. Next, please email Group Counseling Coordinator Dr. Eileen Kurowski at email@example.com to set up an appointment with the group facilitator(s) before the start date of the group. During this meeting, you will have a chance to discuss your interest in the group, ask questions, identify goals, and determine if group is right for you.
For all CAPS group counseling questions, concerns, or interests, please contact the Group Counseling Coordinator Dr. Eileen Kurowski at kurowske@tcnj.EDU.