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Group & Workshop Program Schedule

Thank you for being interested in CAPS groups and workshops. We are so excited to be offering nearly 20 groups this semester!  Please see below for anticipated groups for the Spring 2017 semester and, unless otherwise indicated, most groups will begin between late February- early March (groups begin as soon as there is an adequate amount of members).  As a reminder, we must meet with all new potential group members before joining a group unless it is a Drop-In Group or Workshop.

Athletes Den

CLOSED- CHECK BACK IN FALL Thursdays 11-12pm

A group intended for student-athletes seeking to achieve peak performance and manage stressors both inside and outside of sport. In this group student-athletes will learn the psychology of enhancing human performance with an emphasis on the evidence-based strategies and techniques used for performance enhancement.

Anxiety Management Workshop

Thursdays: (February 9th – March 2nd; March 23rd – April 20th; April 27th – May 11th) from 11-12pm @ CAPS

Learn how to manage anxiety so IT isn’t managing YOU! Join us for one of the 4 week sessions.

Facilitator(s): Margarita Leahy, NCC, LPC, LCDAC

Special Instructions: EMAIL Ms. Margarita Leahy at to sign up


Chill Out: From Anxiety to Resilience

 SOLD OUT- CHECK BACK IN FALL Wednesdays 1:15-2:45pm

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(s): Carol Evangelisto, LPC

Food, Mood and You

SOLD OUT- CHECK BACK IN FALL Wednesdays 1:30-2:45pm

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.

Facilitator(s): Hue-Sun Ahn, PhD

Fit to a “T”


A Support Group for Transgender and/or Questioning Students. Come together with other students and a facilitator to connect with each other, to give and get support, and to share tears and laughter in a safe environment.

Facilitator(s): Carol Evangelisto, LPC



iThrive is designed for college students struggling with both anxiety and depression. In this group you will learn proven strategies and techniques to break self-defeating habits, reduce stress and worry, overcome fear and self-doubt, and handle painful feelings more effectively on your way to creating a rich, full, and meaningful college experience.

Facilitator(s): Mike Gross, LPC, PsyD

Living Well

 SOLD OUT- CHECK BACK IN FALL Wednesdays 11:15-12:15pm

A safe and confidential space to gather and give and receive support. Open to all students with life impacting, chronic medical illnesses and/or disabilities, both visible and invisible.

Facilitator(s): Rebecca Meinke, MD


Making Connections


Do you have difficulties “reading” people? Find it hard to start and keep relationships? Struggle with nonverbal communication? If yes, this 6 week group offers the chance to learn and practice new interpersonal skills.

Facilitator(s): Eileen Kurowski, PsyD


Moderate Your Mood: A Skill Development Group

SOLD OUT- CHECK BACK IN FALL Tuesdays 3:30-4:45

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.

Facilitator(s):  Mark Forest, PhD and Lauren Carino, MA

Mindful U

DROP-IN: Every Tuesday from 11-12pm

A drop-in group for those searching to manage the often stressful journey of college life. Mindfulness entails a way of being that can open the door to a whole new way of experiencing and responding to the inevitable “ups and downs” of life. Benefits of mindfulness include more positive emotions, less worry, reduced stress reactivity, and improved overall health.

Facilitator(s): Mike Gross, LPC, PsyD


Moving On

Fridays 11-12pm STARTING FEBRUARY 24th

SENIORS: Wondering about life after graduation? Have concerns about your future, career, or grad school plans? Just want to talk about what post-college will be like? Come to this weekly drop-in group for support entering the next phase of  life

Facilitator(s):Rebecca Meinke, MD

Not the Perfect Family

Wednesdays 3-4:15pm

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.

Facilitator(s): Kathy Ertel, LPC and Laura Grossi, MA

Parent/ Step-Parent Loss Support Group

SOLD OUT- CHECK BACK IN FALL Thursdays 3:30-5pm

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.

Facilitator(s): Carol Evangelisto, LPC

Perfectly Imperfect

SOLD OUT- CHECK BACK IN FALL Wednesdays 3-4:15pm

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.

Facilitator(s): Eileen Kurowski, PsyD and Lauren Carino, MA

Race, Culture and Identity

SOLD OUT- CHECK BACK IN FALL Wednesdays 11-12pm

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

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

Facilitator(s): Hue-Sun Ahn, PhD

Recovery Road

ON-GOING Wednesdays 5-6pm

The journey of recovery from an addiction requires support. The goals for this group are to help prevent relapse, build life skills, develop relationships, and enhance health and wellness. Consider this your weekly “tune up.”

Facilitator(s): Christopher Freeman, LPC, LCADC

Survivors Group

SOLD OUT- CHECK BACK IN FALL Wednesdays 10-11am

If you have had an unwanted sexual experience, or have experienced a sexual trauma, there is support for you. This confidential group will provide a safe place to help you to cope with difficult feelings, give you the chance to feel supported, and help you connect with others who also feel alone.  Trust, safety, relationships, and balancing these issues with other facets of life will be covered. Please reach out to discuss if this group is right for you.

Facilitator(s): Robbin Loonan, LPC

Healthy Relationships

Thursdays 2-3:15pm

This group is for students who wish to develop more intimate, satisfying and nourishing relationships.  Through introspection, sharing, and learning, members will gain a deeper awareness of themselves and their relationship patterns with close friends, roommates, romantic partners and/or family members.

Facilitator(s):Kathy Ertel, LPC


Think you may want to join a group?

For Groups (that are not labeled Drop-in OR a Workshop): Please fill out the Request for Group Services form (RFGS) which is explained here WHEN you arrive on campus for the Fall semester (the RFGS will not be available to be filled out until closer to the Fall semester).

  1. 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.
  2. New group member? Please Email CAPS front desk 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, and decide if your interests and the group “match.”