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Group & Workshop Program Schedule

Thank you for being interested in CAPS groups and workshops!  Please see below for the  groups for the Spring 2016 semester and, unless otherwise indicated, most groups will begin between early-to-late February (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

Thursdays 2/4-2/26 from 10-11am at CAPS in Eickhoff Hall Room 107 OR Fridays 3/11-4/8 from 1:30-2:30 in Forcina Hall Room 308

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 Fall! Thursdays 11-12pm

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

Special Instructions: EMAIL Mr. Christopher Freeman at to sign up

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

Introspection 101

Thursdays 1:30-2:45pm

Join us for a series of TED Talks, readings, and short videos that will guide discussions focused on a journey of self-discovery. A weekly opportunity to take time to reflect on yourself, learn from others, and encourage personal growth.

Facilitator(s):Kathy Ertel, LPC

Food, Mood and You

sold-out Wednesdays 11-12:15pm

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 and Robert Holloway, BA

Healthy Relationships

Wednesdays 3-4:15pm

This group is for students who wish to develop more intimate, satisfying, and nourishing relationships.

Facilitator(s): Kathy Ertel, LPC

LGBQ Group

Check back in Fall! Mondays  3-4pm

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

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, and Margarita Leahy, NCC, LPC, LCDAC

Mindful U

sold-outTuesdays 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): Mark Gross, PsyD

Not the Perfect Family

Tuesdays 2-3:15

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): Eileen Kurowski, PsyD


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 and Brienne Jennings, BA

Perfectly Imperfect

sold-outWednesdays 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

Race, Culture and Identity

Check back in Fall! Wednesdays 1:30-2:45

Do any of these statements apply to you?

-Cultural values and experiences different from your peers

-Feel like you’re straddling two different worlds (at school and at home)

-Struggle fitting into one racial/ethnic category

-Frustrated that nobody quite understands your experiences or concerns

-Family pressure to succeed academically

P-Involved in an interracial or interfaith relationship

-Concerned about others judging you only by your skin color

This confidential support group will explore how such experiences may affect various aspects of one’s personal, academic and social life.

Facilitator(s): Hue-Sun Ahn, PhD

Recovery Road

Check back in Fall! Mondays 11-12pm

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 Tuesdays 12:30-2pm


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


Transfer Students Drop-in Group

Fridays 11-noon

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.

  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.”