iCare Gatekeeper Training

The SJU-iCare Gatekeeper training program teaches participants to effectively recognize and respond to emotionally distressed individuals who may be at risk for suicide. In an interactive format attendees will learn:

  • How to identify warning signs of severe emotional distress and suicide
  • The myths about suicide that can impede an effective response
  • How to skillfully engage a distressed person and ask about suicide
  • How to persuade a person to seek help and refer to appropriate resources

Gatekeeper trainings typically run for 75 minutes. Interested participants can register for a scheduled training.   Student groups that request a training will be contacted to set up a mutually convenient time & date.  Trainers include SJU professional staff from Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Outreach and Support and Student Disability Services.

Register or request a training here.

New CAPS offerings

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is pleased to offer several group options this semester. Groups meet weekly and are a great way to gain support, improve understanding of self and others, and learn new skills. Please contact the leader of the group for more information, including date and time of the first meeting.

Bereavement Support Group

For any student who has lost a loved one or friend recently or in the past.  We will explore the evolution of emotions and coping through the grief process, as well as foster  connections within the group as a source of support.

Thursdays Free Period-beginning 9/14- email or call for location on main campus Maguire side

Dr. Natalie Petyk-Barnes (npetyk@sju.edu ) or 610-660-1090

Interpersonal Support Group

Provides a supportive environment for students to explore and learn ways to improve their ability to connect with others, thus paving the way for deeper and more satisfying relationships.

You may choose between two offerings: Wednesdays or Thursdays from 5 – 6pm at Merion Gardens

Dr. Ernie Hermosisima (ehermosi@sju.edu.) or Dr. John Machalaba (jmachala@sju.edu)

Anxiety and Stress Relief Workshop Series 

Mindfulness & Self-Compassion A 6 session group to learn the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion; powerful tools for taming your inner critic and building emotional resilience.

Begins after Fall Break.

Dr. Greg Nicholls (gnicholl@sju.edu) or 610-660-1090

Medical Illness Support Group

A supportive space to explore the unique emotional and social challenges that may come with being a college student with a significant, life-altering medical illness.

Date and time TBD

Dr. Amanda Jones (ajones@sju.edu) or 610-660-1090

Freshmen Funk

Join other first- year students who struggling with the emotions of college adjustment. You’re not alone.

Tuesdays Free Period- LaFarge Residence Center Lounge 11:15-12:15- Accepting new students weekly

Dr. Natalie Petyk-Barnes (npetyk@sju.edu) or 610-660-1090