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Groups and Workshops

CAPS Groups and Workshops

CAPS, as part of its clinical service delivery, offers a variety of therapy/support groups to assist Clemson University students. The group modality allows us to capitalize on the fact that many of the issues with which college students contend, occur in a social setting; thus, group therapy is an ideal form of therapy. In addition, students can participate in workshops to learn specific skills for managing depression and anxiety. CAPS is very responsive to students’ needs and can develop other groups as needed. We are open to suggestions.


The group provides education, practice, and application of introductory to intermediate mindfulness skills to fit the everyday needs of the student population. A combination of psychoeducation, skill building, experiential exercises, and group process will be utilized. There will be an emphasis placed on practice and application.

WHEN: Wednesdays from 5:15–6:45 p.m.

WHERE: Brackett 303-D of the Gantt Multicultural Center

CAPS would like to invite undergraduate and graduate students of minoritized racial/ethnic groups to MOSAIC. The purpose of this support group is to provide a safe place of support for students of minoritized backgrounds to meet and openly discuss concerns and topics of choice (e.g., recent local and national socio-political events, common stressors for minoritized students in higher education, effects of stressors on mental health, coping strategies, etc.). During the first meeting of each semester and at the beginning of each meeting, we typically discuss the needs and desires of those that attend and discuss ways in which the CAPS staff can provide for those needs. If needed, more than one group can be formed.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Sims, Ph. D. at lsims2@clemson.edu.

In this group, we will practice breathing techniques, yoga postures and deep relaxation to help integrate the mind and body, creating an increase in energy and calming of the nervous system. The group creates a safe space to explore on a physical and emotional level with the opportunity to share, learn and grow together. No yoga experience is required.

This therapy group offers participants the opportunity to work on their individual concerns in a group setting. Each group member defines their desired area of growth and the group setting lends itself for participants to learn and practice emerging skills, share experiences, take risks and gain confidence. One learns to trust and be trusted. Care is taken to challenge group members while providing much support. 

Grief and loss are natural processes. It can take many forms. However, coupled with the rigors of being a student and the possible increased roles expectations of families and social groups handling loss can be complicated and overwhelming. Connecting with others who are also dealing with loss can provide a shared experience where all can be validated and understood as you journey the grief process together. Group is open to various types of loss, not only death.

The name F.I.N.E. is an acronym to help describe the purpose of the group in that it is a support group developed to focus on the grief and loss of various relationships and friendship, intimate, non-dating endings. These losses cause grief symptoms and the focus of this group is to discuss these losses and learn from one another in the midst of the grief process. Connecting with others is a valuable experience in dealing with loss and it often helps to know that one is not alone in the grief. The focus of the sessions will be how to deal with the grief and relationships in a healthy manner.

Identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered can be challenging at times. Are you worried about telling others or having others find out? If you are experiencing any problems or concerns related to being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, or questioning and would like to talk to others dealing with similar issues in a safe environment, this support group can help.

Skills learning is the focus of this group. Through a series of four modules, you will systematically learn skills that will help you accept yourself while challenging yourself to change. You learn skills in mindfulness and skills to tolerate emotional distress without letting it overwhelm you. Then, you learn skills to regulate your emotions and to increase your interpersonal effectiveness. Students in this group will also be involved in individual therapy concurrently. The time commitment in session is 2.5 hours/week. 



Choices is a group for students whose use of alcohol or other drugs has impacted their life functioning or interfered with accomplishing their goals. This group provides information and promotes dialogue about substance use and making responsible choices.



Catalyst is a group for students who drug use has resulted in problems in their life on an academic, personal and/or judicial level. Group sessions focus on triggers to using, increasing social support and positive activities, and decreasing risk of future problems.



Changes is a group for students whose use of alcohol and/or other drugs has resulted in problems in their life on an academic, personal and/or judicial level. This group involves discussion about how the use of alcohol and/or other drugs impacts their lives, how to abstain or moderate from their use.  Issues related to personal growth and wellness are also addressed.

Discussion Groups

This group is designed for military veterans and active service members to have an opportunity to discuss how experiences in the military may impact a quality university experience. The goal of the group is to support successful navigation of new roles and to promote attainment of educational, professional, and personal objectives


Structured workshop designed to assist new, incoming students with acclimating to campus and to college life at Clemson. This will include discussion of common difficulties that many students face such as adapting to an unfamiliar environment, adjusting to new living arrangements, and developing new relationships. The workshop focuses primarily on the social acclimation of life, including how to make new friends and specific ways to get involved on campus such as with a new group or organization (not just encouragement to do so, but the how to do so, even when they feel anxious about it).

This workshop is designed to help college students develop healthy coping patterns to regulate anxiety symptoms. Students will increase self-awareness of underlying causes, triggers, and symptoms of anxiety. Students will be taught new skills and practice learned skills to aid in building self-mastery & confidence.

This workshop is designed to help college students develop healthy coping patterns to regulate depression symptoms. Students will explore underlying causes, triggers, and symptoms of depression. Students will be taught new skills and practice learned skills to aid in building self-mastery & confidence.

Relaxation exercises are easy to learn and implement, and can be effective in addressing worry, stress, test anxiety, obsessive thoughts, phobias, and emotional distress. In this 50 minute ‘drop in group’ you will practice various strategies (e.g., visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, mindfulness meditation) to manage the physical and emotional manifestation of distressing emotions in the moment.