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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 over 15 groups this semester!  Please see below for anticipated groups for the Spring 2019 semester and, unless otherwise indicated, most groups will begin approximately four-six weeks into the semester (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

Tuesdays: 3:30-4:30pm

Session 1: Feb. 26th, Mar. 5th, 12th and 26th

Session 2: Apr. 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd
Session 3 (Abbreviated): Apr. 30th and May 7th


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

Facilitator: Jon Murakami, PsyD

Special Instructions: EMAIL Dr. Jonathan Murakami at to sign up.

Art Therapy

Check back in the Fall   Time and Date: TBD

Creating art is a great way to reduce stress, express yourself, & improve self-esteem. You do not need to be Picasso! No training, experience, or artistic talent necessary. Please come join us for this 4-week workshop.. Open to students will all levels of artistic ability.

Facilitator: Robbin Loonan, LPC

Special Instructions: EMAIL Ms. Robin Loonan at to sign up.

Chill Out: From Anxiety to Resilience

SOLD OUT Wednesdays 1:00pm-2:15pm

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?                                                                                                                                                                        Join us in this weekly group!

Facilitator: Margarita Leahy, NCC, LPC, LCDAC

Fit to a “T”

Wednesdays: 11:00am-12:00pm

A support group for transgender, gender fluid, genderqueer, non-conforming, and gender questioning students. Come together with other TCNJ students and an experienced facilitator in a safe and confidential environment to explore the many aspects of gender identity, give support to others, and get support yourself. Whether you know for sure or are questioning, you are invited to join!

Facilitator: Melody Willoughby, PhD

Food, Mood and You

Wednesdays: 11:00am-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: Hue-Sun Ahn, PhD

Good Grief

Tuesdays: 11:00am-12:00pm

The pain of loss and bereavement often goes unspoken. Many people do not know how to discuss these difficult topics, and their avoidance can leave you feeling isolated in your grief, compounding your suffering. In group therapy, you are able to openly express these emotions with others who share your sense of loss and know what you are going through. This group is designed to support those who are managing the grieving process while also trying to maintain their identity as a student.

Facilitator: Babayemi Aiyegbo, LCSW


SOLD OUT Fridays: 11:00am-12:00pm

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: Jon Murakami, PsyD


SOLD OUT Fridays: 12:50pm – 1:50pm

Bi-negativity got you down? Tired of heterosexism? Wish you could connect with more LGBQ+* people on campus?

This confidential support group primarily focuses on exploring and managing issues related to sexual orientation such as coming out, dealing with family and friends, intimacy, and self–esteem. People at various stages of the “coming out” process are welcome. Open to students of all genders. The emphasis is on support and exploration of LGBQ+ issues impacting personal and interpersonal functioning.

Facilitator: Melody Willoughby, PhD

Living Well

Wednesdays: 10:30am-11:30am

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: Rebecca Meinke, MD

Moderate Your Mood

SOLD OUT Tuesdays: 2:00pm-3:00pm

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. You can expect to identify and improve your interpersonal skill set and gain ways to appreciate your emotional world as a guidepost rather than a barrier. The format of this group involves DBT-informed education and training combined with discussion. Between meetings you will have the chance to practice skills and report back to the group on your challenges and successes.

Facilitator: Alex Turpin, LCSW

Not the Perfect Family

SOLD OUT Wednesdays: 3:00-4:15pm

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: Jon Murakami, PsyD

New Student Drop-In Group

Check back in the Fall   Wednesdays: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Freshmen and transfer students are welcome to stop by and join this group for students working to adjust to college. No screening necessary!

Facilitator: Rebecca Meinke, MD

Parent/ Step-Parent Loss Support Group

Check back in the Fall  Tuesdays: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

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: Robbin Loonan, LPC

Perfectly Imperfect

SOLD OUT Thursdays: 1:30pm-2:45pm

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 stress.  Please join us in this safe, supportive and encouraging setting.

Facilitator: Hue-Sun Ahn, PhD

Race, Culture and Identity

Check back in the Fall  Wednesdays: 3:00pm-4:15pm

Ever wondered how someone different from you navigates through daily life?  Have you or someone you’ve known ever struggled to fit into a race or ethnic category?  Maybe you’re frustrated that nobody quite understands your concerns.  This may be a group for you.  If you are, or were involved in an interracial or interfaith relationship, this may be a group for you.  Come and let’s explore those vibes.  This is a safe space to talk about how race, culture, and identity have shaped your life and college experiences.

This confidential support group will explore the contrasting impacts of personal, family, & cultural dynamics on members’ authenticity and well being.

Facilitator: Babayemi Aiyegbo, LCSW

SAFE (Survivors of Sexual Assault Feeling Empowered) Group

SOLD OUT Wednesdays: 1:00pm-2:15pm

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: Robbin Loonan, LPC

Sleep Management

Date and Time: TBD

Are you worried about your sleep schedule?  Does the idea of going to sleep up bring up worry and concern about tossing and turning, sometimes for hours on end?  This 4-week sleep management workshop offers  information on healthy sleep habits and hygiene as well as techniques that may help students improve their sleep schedule.

Facilitator: TBD

Understanding Self and Others

Check back in the Fall  Mondays: 3:00pm-4:00pm

This group is for students who wish to increase self-understanding, self-esteem, and intimacy in relationships, learn to communicate more honestly and effectively with others, and gain support from their peers. What group members talk about and when they share is up to each individual. Most find that once they feel comfortable in the group, they benefit from discussing issues that led them to counseling such as trust, intimacy, anger, and assertiveness.

Facilitator: Alex Turpin, LCSW


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 Spring semester (the RFGS will not be available to be filled out until closer to the Spring 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.
  1. New group member? Please email the CAPS program assistant 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.”