Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS) Graduate Student Groups

Graduate students may feel isolated and unsupported on campus, unsure of what resources are available and how to access them. They also often have different concerns than undergraduates and can benefit from services that are tailored for them. Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) at MSU is very pleased to offer the following groups specifically for graduate students.

Doin' Me

This group is for all graduate students of African descent to create a safe space forsharing, supporting, and learning from each other in a culturally affirming way. This group welcomes all genders and non-binary students. Day and time TBD. Point person is Dr. Jimmy Bruce ( or Dr. Jessica Mitchell-Corsino (

Graduate Student Support Group

This support group can help you identify and address key points of stress in your life, whether it be "creative differences" with your advisor, juggling your many roles and responsibilities, getting your dissertation or thesis done, or missing out on sleep because you have too much to do. Whatever your concerns, we can listen, offer support, or help you come up with strategies to make the most of your time in grad school. The group will be held Fridays from 9-10 am at Olin. Point person is Meg Akehi (

Make Your Experience ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

This therapy group aims to help students who experience anxiety and depression learn mindfulness skills, connect to their values, and strengthen psychological flexibility in their relationship with self and others. The group offers a mixture of support, experiential learning, and action-oriented work. The group will be held Tuesdays from 4:15-5:30 pm at the Union. Point person is Dr. Duk-Hae Sung (

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)

This support group will address life and relational issues related to romantic and sexual attraction, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Topics are based on student interests and may include: exploring identity & identity development; trust and connections; dealing with heterosexism, cissexism, internalized homophobia and/or transphobia; dating and dating technology; attraction and romance; family dynamics; faith and identity; balancing academics with life; and intersectional identities. Day and time TBD. Point person is Victor Leon (leonvict@msu.eduailto:) or Ginny Blakely (

Please contact the point person for the group for more information about group purpose, when the group will be offered (if not listed), and how to join.