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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 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

Thursdays: March 29th-April 12th

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


Chill Out: From Anxiety to Resilience

SOLD OUT Wednesdays 1:30-2:45pm

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): Carol Evangelisto, LPC


Chill Out: From Anxiety to Resilience GROUP #2

NEW TIME: Thursdays 3-4:15pm

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(s): Jonathan Murakami, PsyD

Comedy Improv Group

Wednesdays from Noon-1pm

For Stress, Anxiety, and FUN! No Improv experience needed- ZERO- ZILCH! Go at your own pace. Designed to teach the basics of Improvisational Comedy while being supportive in improving confidence and reducing social anxiety. Perfect for making new friends, putting some FUN in your day, breaking through shyness and self-doubt, reducing stress and self-doubt, gaining confidence, and getting straight A’s (ok, that one’s fake news). Space is limited!

EMAIL to sign-up. Facilitated by Neal King, LCSW

Expressions: A Process Group

 Fridays 1-2:15pm (in Roscoe West Hall, Rm. 201)

Practice how to cope with issues of diversity and culture, learn proactive communication, and Talk it out & Work it out! This process group will provide a safe and welcoming space for group members to share and discuss diversity, culture, and social issues that are experienced in the classroom, on campus, and with peers.

Facilitator(s): Sherritta Hughes, PhD

Food, Mood and You

 Wednesdays 3-4:15pm

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


Friendship and Intimacy Process Group

SOLD OUT Mondays: 11-12:15

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): Sherritta Hughes, PhD

Fit to a “T”

CHECK BACK IN THE FALL Mondays 3:30-5pm

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



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): Robbin Loonan, LPC

Living Well

BY APPOINTMENT: contact us at

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: A Skill Development Group

SOLD OUT 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): Margarita Leahy, NCC, LPC, LCDAC

Mindful U

CHECK BACK IN THE FALL Tuesdays: 11-12pm

A drop-in 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 THE FALL Thursdays 3-4:15pm

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

Parent/ Step-Parent Loss Support Group

SOLD OUT Thursdays 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

CHECK BACK IN THE FALL 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): Jonathan Murakami, PsyD

Race, Culture and Identity

NEW TIME! FRIDAYS 9:30 – 10:45AM

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

Wednesdays 1-2:15pm

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


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.”