Group Counseling & Support Spaces
Led by our licensed clinicians, our groups and support spaces help you improve your relationships, learn about yourself and others, enhance your communication skills, and reduce isolation within a supportive, normalizing environment of peers.
At GW CAPS, we offer group therapy as a valuable opportunity for self-discovery and addressing concerns in a supportive and collaborative environment. Our group sessions typically consist of 4-10 students who meet weekly throughout the semester, all under the expert guidance of our GW CAPS clinicians. Joining a group allows you to gain valuable insights into yourself and others, fostering personal growth and understanding in a nurturing setting. Take advantage of this transformative experience by participating in our group therapy sessions.
- The Journey: A Grief and Loss Group
The Journey is a weekly, in-person, grief and loss group for GW students who have experienced the death of a family member (i.e. parent, guardian, grandparent, spouse/partner, siblings, and/or extended family members). Grief is a natural response to loss. There is no right way to grieve and no set timeline. This group provides a safe environment where students can explore their story and express difficult feelings freely in a supportive environment. The group provides a place for establishing a connection with others with similar experiences in order to decrease the feelings of isolation that come with loss. It’s also a forum for understanding common myths about what grief is and how to grieve in a way that heals. If you have experienced the death of a loved one, this group may be the support you are looking for.
You can request to be scheduled for a pre-screening by talking with a SHC CAPS clinician during a virtual consultation by calling (202) 994-5300 (Monday through Sunday) from 12-4 pm, or you can request more information by contacting the group facilitator, Dr. Vaughn Miller, PsyD at [email protected]
Location: Student Health Center / Counseling and Psychological Services
Time: Tuesdays from 4 - 5:15 pm
Support Spaces are no-commitment spaces where students can receive assistance, encouragement, and guidance from from peers with the support of mental health professionals. These spaces are designed to be non-judgemental and empathetic, fostering a sense of trust and community
NEW - Affinity Support Space
- What is an Affinity Support Space?
Affinity Support Spaces are an informal way for students to connect, share, and process their experiences in a safe and understanding environment of others with common interests and/or experiences. Affinity Support Spaces are offered across campus by GW CAPS clinicians in collaboration with campus partners. Previous spaces include: “First In The Family” (First Gen Students), “Kaleidoscope” students identifying as Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), and “The In, Out and In Between” ( LGBTQIA+ students)
- How are Affinity Support Spaces formed?
Affinity Support Spaces are formed based on shared characteristics, experiences, or identities. For example, there could be spaces for racial/ethnic minorities, LGBTQIA+ individuals, survivors of trauma, individuals dealing with chronic illness, First Gen, or Veterans. Each space defines how they want to be in a community with one another and reflect on the experiences students’ intersectional identities.
- How can I set-up an Affinity Support Space?
Students can request Affinity Spaces through various channels:
- Requesting them through the CAPS Outreach Request Form.
- Coming through CAPS 12-4pm hours and speaking with a CAPS clinician.
- Emailing [email protected] for additional information.
We ask students to request this space at least three weeks in advance with time and date flexibility to help ensure the success of the space. We will do our best to accommodate student preferences of clinician identities in the space as well.
NEW - Community Comfort Zone: Post-Crisis Support Space
CAPS Clinicians are available to provide support and Psychological First Aid* to GW students following impactful, traumatic, or tragic events that occur on campus or community events that have greatly impacted our students' well-being. This support can include talking with groups on campus (e.g., student organizations, departments, classes) about coping with unjust, violent, or traumatic situations, grief/loss, and/or facilitating conversations about current emotions. Please call us directly at (202) 994-5300 for more immediate assistance if your request is related to a crisis or urgent situation.
Examples of Critical/Urgent Situation:
- Death of a student, faculty, or staff member
- Aftermath of natural disasters or terrorism events
- Impactful world events (ie: Social Injustice and Racial Tensions, Political Unrest)
Additionally, if you or your department/organization are planning an activity or other response to recent tragedies or events, CAPS can provide collaboration, presence, and/or resources to support your activity.
THIS IS NOT MEANT TO BE A REPLACEMENT FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES. If you are or someone else is in crisis or experiencing a life-threatening emergency please call GWPD at 202-994-6111, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room.
*As defined by the American Psychological Association, Psychological First Aid (PFA) is “an initial disaster response intervention with the goal to promote safety, stabilize survivors of disasters and connect individuals to help and resources. PFA is delivered to affected individuals by mental health professionals and other first responders. The purpose of PFA is to assess the immediate concerns and needs of an individual in the aftermath of a disaster, and not to provide on-site therapy.”
Support Spaces are offered by GW CAPS clinicians, in collaboration with campus partners. Support Spaces are not group therapy, but a space to be utilized for support, resources, and community building with the support of a licensed clinician.