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Counseling and Psychological Services
1105 Sunset Ave, Rm 101
Manhattan, KS 66502

Monday - Friday: 
8 am - 5 pm

866-793-8010 (fax)

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Groups at CAPS

CAPS offers two different types of groups.

  1. Interpersonal process groups focus on improving relationships. They provide a safe and supportive environment for members to talk and learn about how they interact with one another and the group as a whole. Process groups also help members explore new ways of behaving in relationships. They do not have a specific theme or topic for discussion. Instead, they allow members to talk about difficult areas of their lives and reflect aloud on how their relationship patterns are connected to those difficulties.
  2. Skills groups are more structured and include instruction from a group facilitator to help students develop skills. There is a strong teaching component in these types of groups, often focused on a particular topic. However, discussions and vulnerability are encouraged. It is important to note that members must practice between sessions to achieve the full benefits of skills groups.
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Groups Offered at CAPS: Interpersonal Process Groups

Understanding Self & Others

A general process group typically attended by undergraduate students.  This group focuses on improving student's relationships with themselves and others. This group is for any clients with relational concerns (e.g., shame, low self-esteem, difficulty opening up to or trusting others, social anxiety, fear of disappointing others, difficulty expressing their needs to others, difficulty setting boundaries, feeling that they’ll be a burden if they share with others thus, they are depressed & isolated).

Graduate and Non-traditional Student Understanding Self and Others Group

This group is focused on providing support with academic and life stressors and will help students increase their understanding of how they relate to themselves and others.  This group is for graduate or non-traditional students with relational concerns (e.g., shame, low self-esteem, difficulty opening up to/trusting others, social anxiety, fear of disappointing others, difficulty expressing their needs to others, difficulty setting boundaries, feeling that they’ll be a burden if they share with others thus, they are depressed & isolated).


This interpersonal process group is a safe space for students who are part of the community or exploring their LGBTQIA identity, to receive support and discuss a range of topics.

Men's Engagement Group

This group is a semi-structured space for men who need support around issues such as relationships, stress, achievement, and emotions. Many times, the cultural norms of masculinity and what it takes to be a man can leave folks feeling depleted and isolated or create barriers to connection. This group is a place to gain greater insight into the expectations that have been placed on students so they can decide which ones they want to enact and which they want to leave behind. The culture of the group is to work together to cultivate autonomy and agency, so students can go confidently toward their goals.

Groups Offered at CAPS: Skills Groups

Taming Your Anxious Mind

This skills group is open to all students.  Members will learn about anxiety and its purpose as well as skills to manage anxiety.

Calming the Storm

This group is open to all students and is a structured group focused on building coping and communicating skills.  Skills include mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Restoration Journey

Restoration Journey is a skills-based group that addresses symptoms related to trauma that impacts current functioning.  It provides psychoeducational regarding safety, awareness of the impact of trauma on emotions and thoughts, and the physical impact of stress, and how trauma can impact health and relationships.  The skills that will be implemented are awareness of trauma symptoms, mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and relationship management.


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Additional information for CAPS groups

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  • Groups are offered during Fall, Spring, and most Summer semesters.
  • Groups are open to all currently enrolled K-State students who have paid the Student Services Fee.
  • Group sessions are free and there is no limit on the number of group sessions a student can attend.
  • Groups typically include 4-9 members and 1-2 leaders.
  • All group members sign a confidentiality agreement before starting group therapy.

For additional information on confidentiality in group as well as other responsibilities for group leaders and members, see our Group Participation Form PDF file

Benefits of Group Therapy
  • As effective, if not more so, than individual therapy
  • Provides multiple perspectives/ideas
  • Decreases feelings of loneliness and isolation
  • Increases feelings of connection by seeing how others have similar concerns to yours
  • Provides an opportunity to learn new relationship skills
  • Provides a secure environment to practice those new relationship skills
  • Provides a chance to help others
  • Provides opportunities to give and receive honest, respectful feedback to learn new relationship patterns
  • Allows you to go at your own pace
  • Is an opportunity to practice building fulfilling, connected relationships with peers
Typical Concerns Among Students in Group:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Discomfort in social situations
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Difficulty making friendships
  • Difficulty dating
  • Individuation – figuring out who you are
  • Identity development
  • Low self-esteem and confidence
  • Shame
  • Academic stressors


Please contact CAPS (785-532-6927) if you have questions or to schedule an appointment to see if group therapy is a good fit for you.