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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!

Aiming High

Thursdays 3:30-4:50

For many of us, there comes a time when it is helpful to have a sympathetic ear, some shared wisdom, and the benefit of others’ experiences. This group is designed to provide that opportunity for those with the drive or desire to tackle challenges they face. Aiming High is a safe, supportive, yet stimulating environment to help you take it to the next level in your life.

Facilitator: TBD

Anxiety Alternatives

Tuesdays 3:30-4:50 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: LBD

Chill Out: From Anxiety to Resilience

Wednesdays 5-6:30

Do you worry too much about what other people think?

Does meeting new people make you uneasy?

Do you find ordering at Starbucks to be overwhelming?

Does your anxiety keep you from doing things you enjoy?

This informative WORKSHOP SERIES may be for you!

Facilitator: Carol Evangelisto, LPC

First Gen

Thursdays 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

Race, Culture and Identity

Wednesdays 1:30-2:45

Do any of these statements apply to you?

 -Cultural values different from your peers

-Struggle fitting into one racial/ethnic category

-Frustrated that nobody quite understands your concerns and experiences

-Family pressure to succeed academically-

-Involved in an interracial or interfaith relationship

-Concerned about others judging you only by your skin color

Interested in meeting other students like you?

 This support group will explore the impacts of personal, family & cultural dynamics on members’ sense of self and on their relationships.

Facilitators: Hue-Sun Ahn, PhD and Ivonne Cruz, MA

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 11-12

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 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 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.