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Due to the inclement weather, all classes after 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, have been canceled. Administrative offices will close early at 4:00 p.m. Evening events will not be held.

Alert Posted on November 15th, 2018 at 3:51 pm

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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 Fall 2018 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: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

October 23rd – November 13th,

November 27th – December 11th

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


Art Therapy

Check back in the Spring Tuesdays 1:00pm – 2:15pm

October 2nd through October 23rd

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 1:30pm – 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?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Join us in this weekly group!

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


Comedy Improv Group: For Stress, Anxiety, and Shyness

Wednesdays: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

NO IMPROV EXPERIENCE NEEDED. NONE! ZILCH! Go at your own pace. Designed to teach the basics of Improvisational Comedy while being supportive in improving confidence and reducing social anxiety.


Fit to a “T”

Wednesdays: 11:00am-12:00pm

A support group for transgender, gender fluid, genderqueer, non-conforming, and gender questioning students. Connect, support and learn  in a confidential and safe environment.

Facilitator: Melody Willoughby, PhD


Food, Mood and You

 SOLD OUT 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(s): Hue-Sun Ahn, PhD



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(s): Jon Murakami, PsyD



Mondays: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

This is a support group that will focus on issues of sexual orientation. Issues related to coming out, dealing with family and friends, intimacy, self– esteem, and 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): Melody Willoughby, Ph.D.


Living Well

Thursdays 12:45pm-1:45pm

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


Moderate Your Mood

SOLD OUT Mondays: 3:30pm – 4:45pm

An opportunity to learn about stress management and coping skills.

Facilitator: Alex Turpin, LCSW


Not the Perfect Family

SOLD OUT Thursdays: 3:00pm – 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): Jon Murakami, PsyD


New Student Drop-In Group

Check back in the Spring 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

Thursdays: 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(s): Robbin Loonan, LPC


Race, Culture and Identity

Check back in the Spring Wednesdays: 3:00pm – 4:15pm

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


SAFE (Survivors of Sexual Assault Feeling Empowered) Group

SOLD OUT Wednesdays 1:00-2:15pm

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(s): Robbin Loonan, LPC


Sleep Management

Check back in the Spring Wednesdays: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

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(s): Jon Murakami, PsyD


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 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.”