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Groups Schedule

Thank you for being interested in CAPS groups!  While all our groups are currently closed for the Spring 2015 semester, reviewing our current offerings might give you an idea as to which groups to join in the future. Groups for Fall 2015 will be posted by the end of June. As a reminder, we must meet with all new potential group members before joining group.

Chill Out: From Anxiety to Resilience

Wednesdays 5-6:30

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!

Facilitators: Carol Evangelisto, LPC and Azor Hui, PhD

Moderate Your Mood: A Skill Development Group

Mondays 3-4:15 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.

Facilitators: Eileen Kurowski PsyD, and Kathy Ertel, LPC; Mark Forest, PhD, and Carol Evangelisto, LPC

Food, Mood and You

Thursdays 3:30-4:30

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.

Facilitators: Hue-Sun Ahn, PhD

LGBQ Group

Mondays 3:30-4:45

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.

Facilitators: Mark Forest, PhD and Robbin Loonan , LPC

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.

Facilitators: Eileen Kurowski, PsyD and Kate Murdaugh, BS

Parent/ Step-Parent Loss Support Group

Wednesdays 1:30-3

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.

Facilitators: Carol Evangelisto, LPC

Perfectly Imperfect

Wednesdays 3-4:15 or Thursdays 1:30-2:45

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.

Facilitators: Kathy Ertel, LPC; Eileen Kurowski, PsyD

Race, Culture and Identity

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-

-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 how such experiences may affect various aspects of one’s personal, academic, and social life.

Facilitators: Hue-Sun Ahn, PhD and Ivonne Cruz, MA

Survivors Group

Tuesdays 11-12:15

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

Facilitator: Robbin Loonan LPC and Michelle Gervasi, MA

Think you may want to join a group?

Please fill out the Request for Group Services form (RFGS) found here.

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.

New group member? Please Email CAPS Assistant Director  Dr. Eileen Kurowski 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.”