Group counseling is often the most beneficial option for addressing many student concerns. This is particularly true for students wanting to better understand themselves, aspects of their identities, and how they relate to others. CAPS group services are free and unlimited. Please see individual group sections and descriptions for more information about how to join.
The groups listed below will meet weekly throughout the semester and typically consist of 5-10 students. For most groups, an informational pre-group meeting with the group facilitators is scheduled before you join the group. Please check individual group descriptions for details about format and instructions for joining.
Tuesday | 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM In Person
Jalisa Lewis, LCSW & Myya Singletary, MA
Wednesday | 3:03 PM - 4:30 PM In Person
Shaakira Jones, PhD., LCSW & Phylicia Currence, LCSW,
This group will discuss issues of cultural uniqueness and the impact that it has on the balance of work/academic/personal relationships. Discussions include perceptions of competence, disparities, and identity development as they relate to physical and emotional health. Prior to participating in the group, students complete a brief pre-group meeting with group facilitators to discuss their goals and how to get the most out of group period. Please call CAPS at 704-687-0311 to schedule.
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This group will provide a space for conversation among graduate students about various aspects of work, academic, cultural, and personal life. Students will support each other and discuss collective wisdom around different challenges in the complexities of life at UNC Charlotte. The focus of discussion will evolve from the present concerns of members.
Tuesday | 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (In Person)
Alex Alvarez-Rivas, LCSW & Diana Gonzalez, PsyM
This group is designed for women (or those socialized as women) who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or other People of Color) or who have minoritized racial/ethnic identities. In this supportive and empowering environment, we will discuss issues of cultural, racial, and ethnic identity and the impact they have on relationships, academics, and work. We will explore how identities impact issues related to power, privilege, and oppression. Discussions may include self-worth, families, disparities, perceptions of academic success, and identity development as they relate to physical and emotional health.
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This therapy group is for woman-identified students who are interested in seeking support from others as they journey through recovery from sexual trauma. This group will include learning how to cope with emotions surrounding trauma, helping members feel less alone in their journey, and providing support as members process feelings and beliefs associated with their trauma.
For individuals identifying as men or other gender identities who are interested in a similar service, please contact Renita Sengupta (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wednesdays | 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (In Person)
Erin Albert, Ph.D. & Nate Bitecofer, MA
This drop-in style support space is designed for individuals who identify within the LGBTQ+ community, who use other labels, or choose not to identify with a label to express their sexual or gender fluidity. Together we will create a safe place to discuss intersecting identities, community, coming out, self esteem, relationships, sexuality, the "isms", and other topics of interest to group members.
Students are welcome to attend as often as they can and want but are not required to attend weekly. To participate in the group, students must sign up by calling 704-687-0311. If students have questions, they can email Erin Albert, Ph.D. at email@example.com.
Wednesday | 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (In Person)
Erica Lennon, PsyD & Diana Gonzalez, PsyM
Thursday | 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (In Person)
Renita Sengupta, PsyD & Nate Bitecofer, MA
These therapy groups are designed for students who are interested in understanding themselves and their relationships, learning to communicate more effectively with others, and gaining support from peers. Through building a caring, supportive, and collaborative environment, these groups help members learn more about the ways they interact with others, while also developing greater self-awareness and a healthy self-concept. Prior to participating in the group, students complete a pre-group meeting with group facilitators to discuss their goals and how to get the most out of group. Please call CAPS at 704-687-0311 to schedule.
Wednesday | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (Student Union 266)
Nic William, Ph.D. & Terrence Harper, Ph.D.
This group will discuss the impact of identity (including how we understand ourselves and how we are understood) on wellbeing. Typical issues discussed include societal expectations, relationships and isolation, perceptions of strength, spirituality, sexual identity, intra-racial diversity, power/oppression, dealing with pressures, and coping with racism. In developing awareness of the multiple impacts on Black masculinity, this group endeavors to empower students to define for themselves how they hope to move in the world.
If you are interested in participating in this group, please email Dr. Nic Williams directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The community drop-in spaces below provide monthly, drop-in support for students with shared identities or experiences. These drop-in spaces do not require any pre-group meeting, registration, or prior contact with CAPS. Simply show up at the designated in-person location, or click the zoom link to join on the specified date and time.
Thursday | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (In Person)
Eva Gonzalez, LCSW & Heather Webb, LCSW
09/14/2023, 10/19/2023, 11/16/2023, 12/14/2023
The First Gen Niners support group is a welcoming and nurturing space for conversation amongst first generation college students about various aspects of navigating academics, family, and life at UNC Charlotte with others who “get it.” Members will give and receive support and work toward becoming successful academically, professionally, and personally. Starting on September 14th, join the First Gen Niner family monthly from 3-4 PM at the following dates as we foster relationships and cultivate community at Charlotte: Sept. 14th, October 19th, November 9th, December 14th. (Located in the CAPS Building). No pre-group meeting or registration required
Tuesday | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (VSO Lounge - Barnard 108)
Libby Malone, PhD.
9/26/2023, 10/31/2023, 11/21/2023, 12/5/2023
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Wednesday | 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (Union 265)
Multicultural Mental Health & Equity Initiative clinicians and CAPS guest facilitators
9/13/2023 - 10/04/2023, 10/18/2023 - 11/8/2023
This 4-week drop in community space is designed for students of color to engage in radical soul care while exploring creative outlets in community. Each week, students will engage in guided dialogue and skill building focused on (1) Rest: exploring concepts and skills around utilizing rest as resistance, (2) Relaxation: learning methods to ground the body through the senses, (3) Relate: exploring healing through connectedness and community, and (4) Release: learning how to practice boundary setting and reducing people pleasing tendencies.