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Groups Schedule

Thank you for being interested in CAPS groups! Below you will find the anticipated groups for the Fall 2014 semester. At the end of the page we include the steps to take to find out more about group. Groups fill up fast, so we encourage you to sign-up as soon as possible. As a reminder, we must meet with all new potential group members before joining group. Unless otherwise indicated, most groups will begin during early to mid October. We hope to see you soon!

Anxiety Alternatives

Tuesdays 3:30-4:45 pm

This group is for students who want to understand and manage their anxiety.  The group will help develop assertiveness, use relaxation techniques, improve self-management skills, and build confidence.

Facilitators: Mark Forest, PhD

Moderate Your Mood

Wednesdays 1:30-2:30

In this group you will have opportunities to learn about stress management and coping skills to increase your tolerance for distressing feelings, and to improve your ability to cope with strong feelings. In this skills based group you will learn to identify and improve your interpersonal skill set and gain an increased capacity to appreciate your emotional world as a guidepost rather than a barrier. The format of this group involves education and training in four areas of concern to many students: (1)Managing emotions and (2)regulating strong feelings more effectively; Learning how to become more (3) Interpersonally effective; and (4) learning Mindfulness skills, combined with discussion. Between meetings you will have the chance to practice the skills and to report back to the group on your challenges and successes.

Facilitators: Mark Forest, PhD and Eileen Kurowski, PsyD

First Gen

Tuesdays 3:00-4:15

A support group for those students whose parents have not obtained a college degree (first generation college students). This group will encourage participant connections that can help maximize your experience and performance while attaining your degree. Join us as we provide opportunities to share challenges, hopes, and successes and help each other build resilience and resourcefulness.

Food, Mood and You

Thursdays 1:30-2:45

This support group provides an opportunity to talk about and better understand how thoughts, feelings, one’s sense of self, and relationships with others affect eating, body image, and exercise. Group members will gain insights into the triggers for their unhealthy patterns and learn coping skills to improve their eating and body image.

Facilitators: Hue-Sun Ahn, PhD

Healthy Relationships

Tuesdays 2:30 – 3:30

A group for Women who have been in an unhealthy dating relationship.  Goals include: developing a better understanding of healthy relationships; recognize early warning signs that your relationship might be in trouble; learn ways to protect yourself emotionally & physically.  Please join us in this safe, supportive, and confidential group to begin to heal from the negative impact of hurtful relationships.  We will explore coping skills, overcoming guilt and shame, and learning how to regain a sense of control and emotional well- being. This group is run through the Anti-Violence Initiatives (AVI) office, located in 308 Forcina Hall.

Facilitator: Robbin Loonan MA, DVS, LPC

*Please note: This particular group is gender- specific, as it is designed to be sensitive to group participant issues regarding safety and trust.  Future plans include facilitating “Healthy Relationships” groups for men who have been impacted by power- based personal violence.

Not the Perfect Family

Mondays 3:15-4:30

An opportunity to share with and get the support of others who have been raised in families with circumstances that prevented healthy family functioning (i.e. addiction, divorce, physical and/or mental illness, controlling behavior, abuse, etc.). Self-esteem, current relationships, self-confidence, and comfort in social settings can be negatively affected; the group offers a chance to choose a more positive approach, to others and to yourself.

Facilitators: Eileen Kurowski, PsyD

Parent Loss Support Group

Wednesdays 1:30-3

Are you a TCNJ student who has experienced a death of a parent or step-parent? In this group you will receive support from, and give support to, fellow students who have lost a parent or step-parent by talking, listening and learning that your feelings matter, your reactions are normal…and that you are not alone in your grief.

Facilitators: Carol Evangelisto, LPC

Perfectly Imperfect

Wednesdays 3-4:15

Do you often experience feelings of anxiety, shame, guilt, and/or self- doubt?   Do you fear that others will judge you?   Does perfectionism control your life?  Through a self- exploration journey that recognizes that we are all “works in progress”, participants in this group will increase their confidence and learn to manage their anxiety.  Please join us in this safe, supportive and encouraging setting.

Facilitators: Eileen Kurowski, PsyD

Serenity Group

Fridays 2-3

Are you a student who is coping with an alcohol and/or other drug addiction? Do you have the desire to live a lifestyle of recovery? JOIN US! In this group you will connect with fellow students who are also in recovery to give and receive support. Education and resources are available each week. This group is run through the Alcohol and Drug Education Program (ADEP).

Facilitators: Joe Hadge, MA, SAC, CPS, LCADC; Dana Landesman, and Leah Savadel

Survivors Group

Fridays 1-2

A group for men and women who have survived sexual abuse. You are not alone. Please join us for this confidential, healing group.

Facilitator: Robbin Loonan MA, DVS, LPC

Transitions: Adjusting to College Life

Mondays 3-4:15

Transitioning into college can be a challenging time for many first year and transfer students. This group will work through a number of issues including but not limited to: homesickness, self-care, becoming connected to campus, managing and creating new friendships, and adjusting to college level work to help you achieve success.

Facilitator: Kathy Ertel, LPC

What’s Next for Seniors

Thursdays 3-4:15

This weekly group provides support for seniors who have concerns about entering the next phase of their life.

Facilitator: Kathy Ertel, LPC

Think you may want to join a group? Please take one of the next set of steps below to find out more.

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 (RFGS) found here.

i. Were you a previous group member for that particular group? Chances are you do not need to meet for another pre-group appointment and you will just be contacted regarding the start date of the group.

ii. If you’ve never been in that particular group before, please contact CAPS. Email Group Counseling Coordinator Dr. Eileen Kurowski at kurowske@tcnj.edu 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 contact CAPS. Email Group Counseling Coordinator Dr. Eileen Kurowski at kurowske@tcnj.edu 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.

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