Counseling and Psychological Services

Groups for Spring 2016

At CAPS we are striving to meet the mental health needs of our students so that they can achieve their educational, career and personal goals. Group is a very powerful and effective way to bring about meaningful change. We encourage you to invite students to utilize these services. Students can contact us at 865-8621 to make an appointment with a counselor who will help them determine appropriate services.

Understanding Self and Others (USO)

This group is held on Tuesdays 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM or Wednesdays 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The USO group tends to focus on relationships, emotional intimacy, boundaries, self-awareness and other components of interpersonal process. It provides an opportunity to practice new behaviors within a safe, confidential, and supportive environment where group members learn to interact in a more honest and genuine manner.  Students dealing with a variety of personal concerns are appropriate for this group.  

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Group

This group is held on Tuesdays 12:00 PM -12:50 PM

DBT is a skills based group designed for students who experience intense emotions and mood swings or whose emotional pain may lead to angry outbursts, relationship turmoil, or self-injury. Sometimes self-defeating behaviors seem to offer short-term relief, but end up causing problems that make life even more difficult.  DBT is a confidential group for men and women that helps group members target the issues that cause distress and teaches skills to deal with these problems without resorting to unhealthy behaviors.  Group members complete workbook assignments during the course of the group.  Homework topics that correspond with the skill topics discussed in group are routinely assigned and reviewed.

Trauma Recovery & Empowerment

This group is held on Thursdays 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM

The Trauma Recovery & Empowerment group is for women with histories of abuse or trauma.  This group provides a safe and supportive environment to:

  • develop skills to deal with current life problems that may be related to past trauma
  • understand how to set healthy limits in relationships and how to say "no"
  • understand what abuse is and how it may have affected you 
  • develop more self-confidence

Bereavement Education Group

This group will be held on Thursdays 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

This 6-week psycho-educational group is open to SUU students and members of the Cedar City community who have experienced the loss of a loved one.  This group provides information about reactions to loss and the process of healing grief.  Members will learn coping strategies for the type of difficulties that are often experienced by those going through the grieving process.  Often others’ attempts to help us through a loss seem hollow.  Join others who have “been there” to share support and gain strength and hope.

Mindful Way Through Depression

Tuesdays 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Depression hurts. Most of us experience symptoms of depression at some point during our lives. In this group we will examine how the mind, body, and emotions work together to compound and sustain depression and how to break out of the downward spiral that often accompanies depression. Using new research and techniques we will address and learn new ways to manage the symptoms of depression using a classroom type setting integrated with experiential learning.


LGBTQ and Allies Community Group

This group is located in the Library, RM 201A on Tuesdays 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Southern Utah University Allies on Campus is hosting a weekly LGBTQ and Allies community group. This group is an opportunity for LGBTQ students, faculty, staff and Allies to get together, learn from, and support each other. Pertinent issues such as coming out to parents, the challenges or balancing academics and dating, relationship challenges, discrimination and advocate burn out are discussed.  Anyone seeking support or safety is invited to attend at any time throughout the semester.  This Group is co-sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services.