Current and Future Groups and Dissertation Studies

Current and upcoming parent and child groups and dissertation studies the CAPPS Clinic is running


The Social Circle

The Child & Parent Psychotherapy Services Clinic is offering cognitive behavior therapy in a group format for children and adolescents ages 13-18 who have difficulty in social situations. The Social Circle will be meeting via Zoom one evening per week for 10-12 weeks beginning in November 2020. Using Anne Marie Albano’s evidence based program, Stand Up Speak Out, the Social Circle will provide psychoeducation about social anxiety and coping skills to perform in social settings. We teach participants useful social skills which are relevant to their age group, as well as target the individual needs of each member. Examples of areas that may be targeted include participating in class, starting, joining in on, and maintaining a conversation, making plans with friends, talking to adults or asking for help, and more. For more information regarding the Social Circle, please email


DBT Skills and Parent Management Training Group

Currently seeking parents of children aged 5-12 with difficult to manage behaviors such as oppositionality, impulsivity, hyperactivity, or temper outbursts. Parents appropriate for the study should currently be struggling to regulate their own emotions which may include high levels of anxiety, depressed mood, anger, low frustration tolerance, high levels of stress, eating disorders, or history of self-harm (not including active suicidal intent or ideation). Appropriate parents will participate in 8 weeks of Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills which provide parents with skills to cope with challenges related to parenting and 8 weeks of Parent Management Training which provides parents with skills on responding to difficult child behavior effectively. Recruiting for group beginning early 2021 for dissertation research. If interested, please email


Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Children’s Emotion Regulation

Seeking parents of children aged 3-7 who exhibit oppositional behavior and difficulty regulating emotions (e.g., low frustration tolerance, prone to anger outbursts/tantrums, difficulty calming down when upset). Eligible parents and children will be enrolled in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an evidence-based treatment for children with oppositional and disruptive behavior. Treatment will consist of approximately 12 weeks of sessions. Parents will be asked to complete weekly forms assessing child’s oppositionality and emotion regulation. Sessions will be free of charge as compensation for participating in the research. Recruiting participants for dissertation research on Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) beginning early 2021. If interested, please email


Camp CHAT Weekly Exposure Group

Camp CHAT hosts weekly or biweekly 1-hour exposure groups for children with selective mutism throughout the school year. This group allows children the opportunity to engage in exposures in a therapeutic setting with peers. The cost of group is $15 per session. Group will restart Fall 2020. Please reference your interest in participating in the Camp CHAT Weekly Exposure Group in your referral form.


Camp CHAT Intensive Program

Camp CHAT (Challenging High Anxiety of Talking) is an intensive therapeutic 1-week program for elementary school-age children with selective mutism. The program employs exposure response prevention techniques, cognitive behavioral principles, mindfulness skills, and PCIT-SM strategies to target children’s fear of talking. The environment of Camp CHAT is modeled after the traditional school setting, and children are provided continual positive reinforcement for their engagement in brave behavior and use of brave voices during “CHAT Challenges.” The program was first implemented in-person during August 2019 and was hosted virtually during August 2020. Camp CHAT will be held once again during August 2021. Please reference your interest in participating in the Camp CHAT Intensive Program in your referral form.