Need Help Now?

If you would like to speak to a clinician immediately, please call CAPS at 805-437-2088. If you reach the voicemail, select option 1 to access 24/7 phone counseling.

To enroll in the group and schedule a brief group prescreening, please submit an online Group Interest Form.

The purpose of the pregroup screening is to provide you with more information about the group and to assure it is a good fit for you. All groups require a prescreening in order to participate, please do not just show up for the group.

Group Offerings for Fall 2018!


Interest forms must be completed prior to attending the Support Group.  (Please submit the online Group Interest Form).

Anxiety Support GroupWednesday 9/26 - 11/72:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.BTE 1867Complete the interest form.
 Mindfulness for Wellness Tuesday 9/18 to 10/233:00 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. BTE 1867
Complete the interest form.
Mindful Relationships: Creating Healthier Connections Tuesday10/2 to 11/61:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. BTE 1867
Complete the interest form.
Working Through Grief and LossMonday10/15 to 11/261:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. BTE 1867
Complete the interest form.
Latinx Support Group Group availability based on student interest.
Time to be announced.
 Complete the interest form.
Rainbow Café - Support Group Group availability based on student interest.
Time to be announced.
 Complete the interest form
Transforming the Self:  A Therapeutic Support
Group for Students of African Heritage
 Group availability  based on student interest.
Time to be announced.
 Complete the interest form
Healing After Sexual Assault Group availability  based on student interest.
Time to be announced
 Complete the interest form


Anxiety Support Group

Wednesdays |9/26/2018 - 11/7/2018 |2:30 p.m to 4:00 p.m.| BTE 1867

Stressed about grades, money, your relationships and/or the future in general? Feeling nervous and panicky more than you would like? Learn how to help yourself cope with stress, panic attacks and anxiety. Come and practice skills that you can use to optimize your success.


Mindfulness for Wellness

Tuesdays | 9/18/2018 - 10/23/2018| 3:00 p.m. to 4:20p.m.|BTE 1867

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. Mindfulness of thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations, combined with cognitive interventions such as making changes to ineffective patterns of thinking, are useful tools for managing distress. Group members will learn mindfulness practices designed to calm the mind and relax the body.

Mindful Relationships Creating Healthier Connections 

Tuesdays |10/2/2018 - 11/6/2018| 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.| BTE 1867

Whether you are struggling with a specific relationship or desire for a relationship with parents, significant others, friends, co-workers, or roommates, this six-week group offers a safe and confidential space to discuss your concerns. The goal of this supportive group environment is to assist you with developing better communication skills, improve awareness, and find satisfaction in healthy relationships.


Working Through Grief and Loss

Mondays |10/15/2018 - 11/26/2018| 1:30 p.m. to 2:46 p.m.| BTE 1867

Coping with the loss of a loved one can feel overwhelming and isolating. However, you are not alone on this journey. Sharing your own experience with others suffering from a similar loss may provide a special type of understanding and interpersonal connection. While we understand that you may feel like you can never return to the way you were, this six-week group can assist in your healing as you discover your new “normal.”

Latinx Support Group

TBD |Complete the Interest Form!

What does it mean to be a Latinx student at CI? College life can be exciting, difficult and scary all at the same time. Juggling real life issues while trying to stay school-focused can feel overwhelming! Let’s talk about family, aspirations, relationships, and daily challenges in an environment that is encouraging and nurturing.

Rainbow Café – Support Group

TBD| |  Complete the Interest Form!

The Rainbow Café is a support group for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, transgender, intersex, queer, gender queer, and questioning. Come and experience a unique environment where individuals can connect with one another and explore challenges, celebrate successes, and build community.

Transforming the Self: A Therapeutic Support Group for Students of African Heritage 

TBD | | Complete the Interest Form!

In a confidential setting, explore how you relate to yourself and others. Gain a greater perspective for your overall well-being. Learn self-acceptance and recognize the strength that lies within. Topics: discovering the self, accepting the self, nurturing the self, and transformation.

Healing after Sexual Assault 

TBD | | Complete the Interest Form!

Healing doesn’t have to happen on your own. Find comfort in this supportive and safe environment for women who have experienced sexual assault. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with others, share experiences, and receive support in regaining a greater sense of control and empowerment in their lives. The group will focus on exploring common reactions to assault and the ways in which it can impact one’s life, developing skills for improved coping, and working through common challenges in the healing process.

Benefits of Group Counseling

By nature, human beings are social and talking in a group can provide you with learning opportunities not achievable in individual treatment. CAPS is pleased to share opportunities for you to get together with your peers to talk in confidence about what disruptive life experiences you are having and how to help yourself overcome them.

  • Joining a group of strangers may, at first, sound intimidating yet you will quickly experience the benefit of the members’ support.
  • Regularly talking and listening to others helps put your own problems in perspective. You can realize that you are not the only one struggling, and you discover creative solutions that worked for your peers.
  • The group leader, a licensed clinician with specialized training, will provide you with research-based strategies for managing specific problems.
  • Groups have been especially successful in helping students who struggle with stress, eating concerns, problems of intimacy, and bouts of unhappiness or hopelessness.
  • Groups have demonstrated success in promoting assertiveness, building community, resolving feelings associated with the death of a loved one, and gaining greater appreciation for all that life offers.

Any questions about the Group program can be directed to Angela Timmons, LCSW, who serves as the CAPS Group Coordinator. She can be reached at 805-437-2088 or