Groups/Workshops

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers free Personal Growth Group Counseling, Living Emotionally Healthy workshops, and Mindfulness workshops for George Mason University students.  If you are interested, please contact CAPS at (703) 993-2380 to schedule an initial consultation where you can express interest in groups and discuss which ones might be most helpful for you. You do not need to contact our office to register for and attend Mindfulness or Living Emotionally Healthy Workshops .

A list of the groups offered for Spring 2017 follows the listing for this semester’s Mindfulness Workshops.

Workshops

Mindfulness: Stress Less for Increased Success

Does it seem like you are always anxious about the future or get stuck dwelling on the past? Do these worries get in the way of relationships or contribute to stress in your life? The Mindfulness Workshops will teach you skills to live in the present moment and increase your enjoyment in life by learning ways to cope with stress and deal with relationship challenges.

Mindfulness workshops are one hour long and open to all Mason students. No initial consultation at Counseling and Psychological Services is necessary. Each session has different content and you may attend one, many, or all. Registration is preferred. Go to the link below to register.

Eventbrite - Mindfulness: Stress Less for Increased Success

Living Emotionally Healthy

This is a workshop recommended for students who may feel overwhelmed by circumstances in their lives and experience difficulties managing their emotions. Attending this workshop will help students who have a tendency to feel overwhelmed learn to cultivate self-awareness and regulate their emotions more effectively.

Living Emotionally Healthy workshops are one hour long and open to all Mason students. No initial consultation at Counseling and Psychological Services is necessary. Each session has different content and you may attend one, many, or all. Registration is preferred. Go to the link below to register.

Eventbrite - Living Emotionally Healthy

Sleep Better

In this workshop, you will learn about the negative effects of poor sleep and discover how to improve your “sleep hygiene.” You will also learn relaxation techniques specifically designed to calm the mind at night and improve sleep quality.

Sleep Better workshops are one hour long and open to all Mason students. No initial consultation at Counseling and Psychological Services is necessary. Registration is preferred but not required.

Eventbrite - Sleep Better

 

Groups

Would you like to explore how you feel, think about, and manage these issues:

Handling past difficult events?
Your relationships with others?
Confidence and feeling worthwhile?

Group therapy is a very effective way to understand how to cope with life challenges and difficult emotions. As you consider participation in a group, you may have a number of questions. Please feel free to call Counseling and Psychological Services if you have any questions or would like to discuss your interest in one of our groups. Personal growth groups will be open for the semester until filled. All group participants must first see a clinician at CAPS before being referred to a therapy group.

 

Skill Building Group

Skill Building Groups are a helpful way to develop skills for navigating distress and common concerns faced by university students. In order to join one of these groups, students must first speak with a clinician at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) who can share more information about the group. Skill Building Groups will be offered with varying start dates throughout the semester, so please feel free to call our office and discuss your interest with a clinician. You are welcome to participate in the group as many times as would be helpful for you.

  • Mondays 1:00pm – 1:50pm
  • Tuesdays 3:00pm – 3:50pm
  • Wednesdays 3:00pm – 3:50pm
  • Thursdays 2:00pm – 2:50pm

Skill Building Group Description

This three-session structured group series is designed to support students in developing awareness of their emotional experiences and identifying skills to navigate distressing situations. The series is scheduled as once per week group sessions weekly for three consecutive weeks, and the sessions each last for a duration of 50 minutes. The structure of group is both didactic and experiential, so students will learn information while also having the opportunity to practice skills in sessions. Since the sessions build upon each other, we ask students arrive on time and attend the three sessions in consecutive order. Students will also receive a workbook to practice discussed skills between sessions to improve their overall well-being. At the conclusion of the series, students will have the opportunity to meet with the group facilitator to discuss their experience in group and any additional support they would like to receive.

 

Sexual Assault Survivors Group

Mondays, 3:00-4:30pm

Iren Valentine, Psychologist & Ciera Scott, Clinician

This is a group for self-identified women seeking support in their journey towards healing after having survived sexual assault that occurred during adolescence and/or adulthood. This group is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. This group will provide students with an opportunity to explore concerns such as difficulties with emotional/physical intimacy in personal relationships, struggling with trusting oneself and/or others, coping with emotional/physical triggers related to their sexual assault, managing self-blame/guilt following their sexual assault, amongst many other topics. Students will not be expected to self-disclose specific details about their sexual assault within group. This group will provide students with the opportunity to connect and relate with other women who share similar experiences, and realize that they are not alone, in an authentic, affirming, and confidential space.

 

Men’s Group

Tuesdays, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Steve Spatz, Counselor; Alex Harrison, Counselor; & Josh Gonsher, Doctoral Intern

This is a support group for undergraduate and graduate self-identified male students. Members will have the opportunity to build community, support each other, and improve self-understanding while being in a confidential and non-judgmental environment. Discussion topics may include establishing healthy relationships, stress management, communication, academic stress, and masculine identity. Students may be surprised to find that other members in the group struggle with some of the same problems they do.

 

LGBTQA Group

Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30 pm

Allie Minieri, Psychologist & Tara Parra, Doctoral Intern

This group offers a safe space for members and allies of the LGBTQA* community to learn more about yourself, relationships with others, and your coping strategies. In group, members will have the opportunity to share life stressors, give and receive feedback, as well as gain support from one another.

*LGBTQA is intended to be an inclusive umbrella term including those identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual, gender non-conforming, intersex, pansexual, and those questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation.

 

Graduate Student Group

Wednesdays, 3:00pm-4:30pm

Ciera Scott, Clinician & Melanie Soilleux, Counseling Extern

This is a group for graduate students seeking an opportunity to explore concerns related to being a graduate student. Discussion topics may include balancing multiple identities and responsibilities, successfully finishing their thesis/dissertation, managing perceived roadblocks in their program of study, emotional distress related to applying for internships and/or employment, and burnout. This group will provide students with the opportunity to connect and relate with other graduate students who share similar experiences in an authentic, affirming, and emotionally-safe therapeutic space.

 

Understanding Yourself, Understanding Others

Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30 pm

Jennifer Kehoe, Clinician & Meg Blattner, Doctoral Intern

This group is designed to help students explore issues and dynamics that are affecting their personal life. Specific areas of focus are generally determined by group members and may include relationships, intimacy, boundaries, communication, and self-awareness. The group also provides an opportunity for students to practice new ways of behaving within a safe and encouraging environment where they can receive and provide feedback and support.

 

Understanding Yourself, Understanding Others

Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 pm

Brooke Kahn, Psychologist & Leah Rothschild, Counseling Extern

This group is designed to help students explore issues and dynamics that are affecting their personal life. Specific areas of focus are generally determined by group members and may include relationships, intimacy, boundaries, communication, and self-awareness. The group also provides an opportunity for students to practice new ways of behaving within a safe and encouraging environment where they can receive and provide feedback and support.

 

Understanding Yourself, Understanding Others

Thursdays, 3:00-4:30 pm

Valerie Ward, Clinician & Sam Aviles, Counseling Extern

This group is designed to help students explore issues and dynamics that are affecting their personal life. Specific areas of focus are generally determined by group members and may include relationships, intimacy, boundaries, communication, and self-awareness. The group also provides an opportunity for students to practice new ways of behaving within a safe and encouraging environment where they can receive and provide feedback and support.

 

Women’s Group

Thursdays, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Allie Minieri, Psychologist & Lori Barfield, Doctoral Intern

This group offers a safe space for self-identified women to join together in conversations about relationships, assertiveness, stress management, cultural dynamics, identity development, and academics. Group members will benefit from receiving feedback and support from each other.

 

Bridging Identities Group

Fridays, 1:00pm-2:30pm

Iren Valentine, Psychologist & Valerie Ward, Clinician

This is a group for students who are experiencing challenges in navigating expectations of two or more cultures.  This group is open to undergraduate and graduate students. The group provides the opportunity to discuss, explore, and receive support with juggling family responsibilities and expectations, along with honoring each student’s individual needs and identity. Members will have the opportunity to build community, support each other, and improve self-awareness and well-being in a confidential and non-judgmental environment. 

 

Other Groups Offered at Mason

Groups at Student Support and Advocacy Center

Student Support and Advocacy Center offers groups related to reducing alcohol or drug use.  For more information about these and their other groups, go to http://ssac.gmu.edu/.

 

Groups at Center for Psychological Services

Mason’s Center for Psychological Services (CPS) is a training facility for graduate psychology students.  CPS offers groups throughout the fall and spring semesters. For more information on current groups and workshops, please visit their page.

In Crisis?

Emergency Contacts

    CrisisLink
    703-527-4077
    National Suicide
    Prevention Lifeline
    800-273-8255
    GMU 24 hour Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence Hotline
    703-380-1434
    Veterans' Crisis Hotline
    877-838-2838

Non-Emergency Contacts

    Counseling and Psychological Services
    703-993-2380
    Student Support
    703-993-3686
    Mason Police
    703-993-2810