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Group Counseling

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads around the world, U.S., and Houston area, the CAPS team has been diligently working to make systemic changes that protect students, staff, and faculty, while also providing services to meet current needs. Social isolation is a common concern for many during this time and group counseling may be a good option for you to consider. For the fall 2020 semester, our groups have gone virtual!

Group counseling is a popular and beneficial CAPS service. Individuals meet online weekly with other group members and one or two clinicians to explore new ways of coping, behaving and interacting with others. Understanding Self and Others groups are our most utilized groups and are interpersonal process groups that focus on a variety of common concerns. There are no fees for students to participate in a group if they are currently enrolled in classes at the University of Houston.

One beneficial aspect of the CAPS group program is the opportunity for students to participate in ongoing groups during the academic year. The majority of our groups will stay on the same day, same time, and have at least one of the same co-leaders from fall to spring semesters. This enables a student to participate in the same group for a longer period of time, if desired, in order to continue to work on their goals. This consistency regarding the group offerings will also allow students to prioritize the day and time of their desired group when scheduling classes for the following semester.

If you are interested in more information about group counseling please contact your individual CAPS clinician or call CAPS for an initial appointment and ask about group counseling.

Below are descriptions of our currently offered groups

General Process Group Description

Understanding Self and Others
This group is a good fit for those who may feel socially isolated, have difficulties connecting with others, suffer from excessive self-criticism, or have problems asserting themselves in relationships. In this group, members give feedback to each other by expressing their thoughts and feelings about what others say or do in a group. Members also share about themselves and relate to each other's experiences, enabling members to provide much-needed support to one another. One unique feature of this experience is that facilitators try to make it safe for members to try out new behaviors such as increasing assertiveness or improving communication skills. Members are also encouraged to ask other members for feedback in order to learn more about themselves and how others might perceive them. The main goal is for group members is to determine possible changes that might improve their connections and interactions with others and themselves and then begin making these changes. Understanding Self and Others groups are a good match for those wanting a mixture of support and feedback regarding their goals and how they relate to others.

Fall 2020 Group Offerings

Tuesday 3:00pm – 4:30pm Understanding Self and Others
Wednesday 11:00am – 12:30pm Understanding Self and Others
Wednesday 2:30pm – 4:00pm Understanding Self and Others
Thursday 10:00am – 11:30am Understanding Self and Others