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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 our large selection yet- 20!  Please see below for anticipated groups for the Fall 2016 semester and, unless otherwise indicated, most groups will begin between late September-to-mid October (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.

Anxiety Management Workshop

 Fridays Nov. 11th, 18th and Dec. 2nd, 9th from 2:30-3:30 @ CAPS

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

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

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

Alcohol, Drugs and Me

CHECK BACK IN SPRING Mondays 10-11am

Over 50% of TCNJ college students report experiencing a negative consequence from their use of alcohol and/or other drugs. In this 8 week group, we will work to understand problematic substance use and learn ways to prevent future problems.

Facilitator(s): Christopher Freeman, LPC, LCADC

Chill Out: From Anxiety to Resilience

 SOLD OUT! 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

Beating the Blues Workshop

Mondays Nov. 14th, 21st and Dec. 5ht, 12th from 3:30-4:30 @ CAPS

In 4 short weeks, learn about depression and how to keep your mood healthy.

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

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

Food, Mood and You

 SOLD OUT! 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”

Mondays Noon-1:30pm

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


SOLD OUT! Fridays 11-12pm

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

LGBQ Group

CHECK BACK IN SPRING! Mondays 2-3:15

This is a support group that will focus on issues of sexual orientation. Issues related to coming out, dealing with family and friends, intimacy, and managing work relationships will be explored. People at various stages of the “coming out” process are welcome. Open to undergraduate and graduate students of all genders. The emphasis is on support and exploration of LGBQ issues impacting personal and interpersonal functioning.

Facilitator(s):Robbin Loonan, LPC

Living Well

SOLD OUT! Wednesdays 11-12pm

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! Mondays 2-3:15 OR 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): Eileen Kurowski PsyD, and Kathy Ertel, LPC; Mark Forest, PhD

Mindful U

CHECK BACK IN SPRING! Tuesdays 11-12pm

A 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

Not the Perfect Family

CHECK BACK IN SPRING Thursdays 2-3:15pm

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

New Student Drop-in Group

 SOLD OUT Dates and Times TBD

Transitioning into college can be a challenging time for many first year students. This welcoming drop-in group will offer support as well as information about campus resources for 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(s):CAPS Staff

Parent/ Step-Parent Loss Support Group

SOLD OUT Wednesdays 5-6:30pm

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 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

Recovery Road

CHECK BACK IN SPRING Mondays 10-11pm

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

 CHECK BACK IN SPRING Tuesdays 11-12:15pm

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

Facilitator(s): Robbin Loonan, LPC

Healthy Relationships

CHECK BACK IN SPRING Wednesdays 3-4:15pm

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

Sib Support

CHECK BACK IN SPRING! Tuesdays 2-3:15pm

A group for students who have a sibling with a developmental disability. Join us to receive and give support about the unique challenges and benefits, and to learn more about your family relationships and yourself.

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


Transfer Students Drop-in Group


No doubt about it, transferring colleges can be tough. Join your peers in supporting each other, discovering resources, and connecting to campus during this time of transition.

Facilitator(s): Rebecca Meinke, MD


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 staff Ms. Ashley Denti 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.”