Group Therapy Schedule


Group therapy provides an opportunity for you to try out new behaviors, express feelings you have been hesitant to express, assert yourself in different ways, and experiment with novel ideas.  You’ll also learn from other members.  You must make an appointment with a CAPS staff member before joining a group unless the group is drop-in.

 Interpersonal Groups

“Understanding Self and Others” – Co-Ed

Mondays 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Tuesdays 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Thursdays 1:00 - 2:20 p.m.

“Understanding Self and Others” – Women Only

Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.


“Healing from Loss”

This is a support group for students who have experienced the death of a family member. Coping with loss can be challenging during the college years. Connecting with others who may have had similar experiences can be helpful in feeling less alone in the grief process.

Mondays 2:30- 4:00 p.m.


"Living with Chronic Illness"

This group will be open to student with a wide range of illnesses, including diabetes, lupus, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiac disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, Crohn's disease- and others, too.  The group will provide a safe, supportive place where students can give and get feedback about some of the challenges and feelings that accompany being a college student with a chronic medical illness.

Mondays 1:00-2:20 p.m.


“Living Out Loud”

This is a group for students who are in the process of coming out and who want to move toward “living out loud” rather than in silence.

Tuesdays 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.


"Recovery Room" (Drop-In Group)

Recovery Room is an informal group for students who self-identify as recovering from alcohol and other drugs.  Students seek recovery resources, network and support one another in a safe environment.  Students in need of professional counseling services will be referred to CAPS. This group is only open to Montclair State University students who are currently in recovery from alcohol or other drugs
People looking to observe in order to fulfill academic requirements or for any other reason will NOT be permitted.

Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Note:  This group meets at the Drop-In Center


"Self-Defense Training/Group Counseling for Women" (Fall semester only)

For women with a history of sexual or physical trauma, this group combines a self-defense course and group counseling in order to empower women.  For more information, contact CAPS psychologist Dr. Lisa Weinberg at 973-655-3121.

Tuesdays 5:30-9:30 p.m. (3 hours self-defense training followed by one hour group counseling)

Note:  This group meets at the Student Center


"Making Connections" (Drop-In Group)

This drop-in group is open to first year students (resident and commuter) and new transfer students interested in exploring ways of easing the transition to college.  Themes may include expectations of college life, managing stress, developing friendships, and others.  The group will combine discussion, education and experiential activities such as meditation and relaxation training.

Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Note:  This group meets at the Drop-In Center


“Women’s Empowerment Group”

This group offers counseling and support for women who have experienced sexual abuse in their lives.   

Thursdays 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.


“Connecting Across Cultures"(Drop-In Group)

This is an informal discussion/support group for students who are interested in dialoguing and connecting across cultures. Students can make connections and engage with others from different cultures, while also supporting each other and sharing experiences and challenges. 

Thursdays 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Note:  This group meets at the Drop-In Center


"Grad Student Therapy Group"

This group is open to students enrolled in graduate programs at MSU who are interested in understanding themselves and their relationships, learning to communicate more honestly and effectively with others, and gaining support from peers who understand the challenges of grad school. 

For more information please reply to this email or contact Kathleen Kallstrom-Schreckengost at 973.655.4030 or or Amanda Bordfeld Ferguson at 973.655.6851 or Interested students must be screened before entering group.

Thursdays 4:00 - 5:20 p.m.


For more information about any of these groups, ask your CAPS therapist.