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Groups, Workshops, & Forums at CAPS

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Group approaches to personal growth are frequently the most effective way to explore and support changes you may wish to make in your life. Through these formats, students can gain specific skills and strategies to meet personal goals, explore areas that present personal challenges, and gain support and encouragement from other students. CAPS offers a wide range of Groups in various formats to serve the diverse needs of the UCSD Community. These formats are:

 

Psychotherapy Groups

These groups typically meet weekly throughout the quarter except where indicated. Regular attendance is expected. To join one of these groups, please contact the leader(s) to get more information.

Workshops

Workshops meet regularly. Because these workshops focus on the acquisition and practice of specific skills, these workshops typically meet for a shorter period of time (e.g., one quarter) than the other group formats. To join one of our workshops, please contact the leader(s) to get more information.

Community Forums

Community Forums are drop-in groups that meet throughout the academic year and do not require weekly attendance.

  • See and download all Group and Events flyers from our CAPS Downloads page
  • View this week's groups and events on our CAPS Calendar page

To see which groups are running this quarter, please click on the "Current Group Schedule" section on this page. To see a list and description of each group, click on the appropriate section. If you have any further questions about Groups, please contact the CAPS Central Office at (858) 534-3755. 

CAPS Calendar

CAPS Calendar of Events, Groups, Workshops and Forums

  • You can also access event information from our CAPS Calendar page.

Group Schedule

 

Fall '21: Group, Workshop and Forum Schedule

  • View this week's groups and events on our CAPS Calendar page
  • Entries in RED denote RISE Workshops
MONDAYS

SunRISE Session

Tritons Rise Together

  • Dr. Erin Bartelma & UCSD Recreation
  • 10:00-11:00am
  • In-Person! @ Natatorium Patio by the Main Gym
  • Weeks 1-10
  • Register here!
  • Flyer (PDF)

Be sure to pre-register through Recreation to save your spot as this workshop fills up! 

Sleep Reset

Tritons Rise Together

  • Dr. Rhonda Hackshaw
  • 3:00-4:00am
  • Even Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 via Zoom
  • Flyer (PDF)

Body Positivity Therapy Group

  • Sarah Bromley (858-822-2682)
  • Mondays 1:00-2:15pm, Oct 11th- Nov.15th 
  • Contact Sarah Bromley for more info 

Building Social Confidence Group

  • Dr. Tiffany O'Meara (858-534-1579)
  • 2:00-3:30 pm
  • Contact Dr. Tiffany O’Meara for more info

ADHD Support Forum for Graduate & Professional School Students

  • Dr. Christina Lambert (858-534-3035)
  • 4:30-5:30 pm
  • Oct 5- Dec 6 (no meeting Nov 22)
  • Flyer (PDF)

 

TUESDAYS

Performance Lab

Tritons Rise Together

  • Drs. Erin Bartelma and Kaitlyn Saulman
  • 1:00-2:00 pm
  • Weeks 1-10, Via Zoom
  • Flyer (PDF)

Tritons Declassified: A Graduate and Professional Student School Students' Survival Guide

APIMEDA Community Forum

Grief and Loss Support Forum for Undergraduate Students

  • Gila Cohen (858-534-3755)
  • 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Weeks 2-10
  • Flyer (PDF)

Latinx Support Forum for Graduate and Professional Students

  • Kimberly Knight-Ortiz (858-534-3755)
  • 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Oct 5 - Nov 16
  • Flyer (PDF)

Coming Out Group

  • Dr. Cathy Thompson (858-534-3987)
  • 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Weeks 1-10, Via Zoom
  • Flyer (PDF)

 

WEDNESDAYS

Mindfulness Studio

Tritons Rise Together

  • Dr. Mojgan Jahan
  • 1:00-2:00pm
  • Weeks 2-10, Via Zoom
  • Flyer (PDF)

Graduate Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Forum

  • Dr. Judy Goodman-Fermin (858-534-9799)
  • 1:00-2:00 pm
  • Contact Dr. Goodman-Fermin for info
  • Flyer (PDF)

Taming Anxiety Group

  • Dr. Tiffany O'Meara (858-534-1579)
  • 2:00-3:30 pm
  • Contact Dr. Tiffany O’Meara for more info

Black Students Community Forum for School of Medicine Students

  • Haile Wright (858-534-3755)
  • 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Start Date TBD
  • Flyer (PDF)

LGBTQ Community Forum for Graduate and Professional Students

  • Dr. Tyler Hatchel (858-534-3755)
  • 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Start Date TBD
  • Flyer (PDF)

 

THURSDAYS

Foundations of Well-Being

Tritons Rise Together

  • Dr. Scott Hansen
  • 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Weeks 2-10, Via Zoom
  • Flyer (PDF)

Connecting and Coping Forum

  • Gila Cohen (858-534-3755)
  • 2:30-3:30 pm
  • Weeks 2-10
  • Flyer (PDF)

Latinx/Chicanx Cafecito Hour

  • Irma Cano Murphy (858-534-3755)
  • 2:00-3:00 pm
  • Weeks 2-10 (no meetings Nov 11 & 25)
  • Contact Irma Murphy for more info
  • Flyer (PDF)

Advanced Building Social Confidence Group

  • Dr. Tiffany O'Meara (858-534-1579)
  • 2:00-3:30 pm
  • Contact Dr. Tiffany O’Meara for more info

Black Women's Collective

  • Dr. Cathy Thompson (858-534-3987)
  • 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Even Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10
  • Contact Dr. Thompson for more info
  • Flyer (PDF)

Outside the Box Forum

  • Dr. Cathy Thompson (858-534-3987)
  • 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Odd Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
  • Contact Dr. Thompson for more info
  • Flyer (PDF)

Interpersonal Process Group for Graduate and Professional Students

  • Dr. Sophia Chang (858-534-3755)
  • 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Sign-Up Online or contact Dr. Chang to schedule a pre-group screening (858-534-3755)
  • Flyer (PDF)

Grief and Loss Support Forum for Graduate and Professional Students

  • Dr. Christina Lambert (858-534-3035)
  • 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Oct 7, Oct 21, Nov 4, Dec 2
  • Contact Dr. Lambert for more info
  • Flyer (PDF)
Loved Ones with Serious Illness: A Support Forum for Graduate and Professional Students
  • Dr. Christina Lambert (858-534-3035)
  • 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Oct 14, Oct 2, Nov 18, Dec 9
  • Contact Dr. Lambert for more info
  • Flyer (PDF)

 

FRIDAYS

Better Balance

Tritons Rise Together

  • Dr. Alyssa Hufana
  • 1:00-2:00 pm
  • Weeks 2-10, Via Zoom
  • Flyer (PDF)

Psychotherapy and Support Groups

Psychotherapy & Support Groups

If you are interested in joining a psychotherapy group, please contact the group leader to schedule a group screening appointment. Currently psychotherapy groups meet virtually. Prior to the first group meeting, participants will need to complete the Group Virtual Consent Form and send the form back to the group leader through MyStudentChart or the MyChart app.

 

Body Positivity Therapy Group

Sarah Bromley

This 6-week therapy group is a safe, supportive, and empowering space for students to explore their thoughts and feelings related to body image. When students are preoccupied with striving towards unrealistic body ideals, it detracts from their ability to focus on larger more important goals and often causes problems with mood and self-esteem. This group aims to inspire and heal. Student will connect to others while learning strategies using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness meditation to increase self-compassion and self-acceptance.

FALL QUARTER:

  • Sarah Bromley (858-822-2682)
  • Mondays 1:00-2:15pm, Oct 11th- Nov.15th 
  • Contact Sarah Bromley for more info 

Taming Anxiety Group

Tiffany O'Meara

New for 2021! Manage stress, tame anxiety, and work on your well-being. This is a CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy) group to learn how to better manage stress and anxiety.  Topics covered include how to identify and change anxious thought patterns, reducing worry and avoidance, managing panic, improving sleep, and increasing well-being. Each week students will learn effective strategies that they can immediately apply to help tame anxiety.

FALL QUARTER:

  • Tiffany O'Meara, PhD (858-534-1579)
  • Contact Dr. O'Meara for more information
  • Time: Wednesdays, 2:00-3:30 pm
  • Location: via Zoom (contact Dr. O'Meara for more information)

Interpersonal Process Group for Graduate and Professional Students

Sophia Chang

Interpersonal process groups offer a secure environment to identify and explore feelings, give and receive support and feedback, practice new, healthier ways of relating to others, and experience authentic interpersonal experiences. Participation in such a group is a powerful way to expand self-awareness and improve relational abilities (how we connect, solve problems, respond to hurts, express ourselves, manage distress, etc. with others). It is also a place to gain comfort with vulnerability and explore the complex emotions that come up in relationships with friends, family, romantic partners, work colleagues, etc. It may also help you to improve the way you treat yourself. As members explore and process their reactions and feelings, in real time, this immediacy creates brain and behavioral change that begins to transfer to the rest of life.

FALL QUARTER:

  • Sophia Chang, PsyD (858-534-3755)
  • Thursdays, 3:30-5:00
  • Sign-Up Online or contact Dr. Chang to schedule a pre-group screening (858-534-3755)
  • Flyer (PDF)

Building Social Confidence Group

Tiffany O'Meara

Would you like to improve the quality of social interactions and the availability of social support? This group focuses on identifying fears related to social situations, reducing self-defeating coping patterns and strengthening effective social skills. It combines an educational and support approach. Topics covered are tailored for each group, and have included building conversation skills (how to start, sustain, and end conversations), assertiveness training, how to speak up in class, and how to reduce anxiety in social situations such as dating, parties, or professional meetings.

SPRING QUARTER:

  • Tiffany O'Meara, PhD (858-534-1579)
  • Contact Dr. O'Meara to schedule a pre-group screening or request Online
  • Time: Mondays, 2:00-3:30 pm
  • Location: via Zoom (contact Dr. O'Meara for more information)

Advanced Building Social Confidence Group

Tiffany O'Meara

This is a group for students who have completed one quarter of the Building Social Confidence group and would like to continue to work on reducing anxiety in social situations and increasing their self-confidence. Students get more individualized attention in this group, and topics are dictated by the group members. Come share your own experiences and challenges, and get feedback and support from a caring group of students who share similar experiences. Once you've completed one BSC group, you may join the Advanced group at any time while you are here at UCSD!

FALL QUARTER:

  • Tiffany O'Meara, PhD (858-534-1579)
  • Contact Dr. O'Meara for more information
  • Time: Thursdays, 2:00-3:30 pm (Weeks 2-10)
  • Location: via Zoom (contact Dr. O'Meara for more information)

Psychoeducational Workshops

Psychoeducational Workshops

 

Tritons RISE Workshops

Tritons Rise TogetherNew for 2021-22! Join CAPS and our partners with our RISE Performance Workshops. Based on principles from peak performance and the field of positive psychology, our RISE Workshops are here to promote you reaching your peak in all areas of your life: emotional, physical, and social. More info and flyer coming soon!

Visit our Tritons RISE page for more information.

FALL QUARTER:

  • Mondays: SunRISE Session | In-Person | Time: 10:00-11:00am | Register
  • Mondays: Sleep Reset | Virtual | Time: 3:00-4:00pm
  • Tuesdays: Performance Lab | Virtual | Time: 1:00-2:00pm
  • Wednesdays: Mindfulness Studio | Virtual | Time: 1:00-2:00 PM
  • Thursdays: Foundations of Well-Being | Virtual | Time: 3:00-4:00pm
  • Fridays: Better Balance | Virtual | Time: 1:00-2:00 PM

Emerging Leaders for Scholar Athletes

Rhonda Hackshaw

The goal of the Leadership Training Workshop series is to facilitate the development of our student-athletes’ leadership skills, in hopes to promote strong, effective leaders and success for each UC San Diego Intercollegiate Athletics Team. Following the general outline of Jeff Janssen’s The Team Captain’s Leadership Manual, the workshop highlights peak performance and mental training techniques, learning and use of effective and healthy communication, strategies to increase team cohesion and connection, and minimization/management of conflict.  Please contact Dr. Rhonda Hackshaw for more information (858-534-5981).

FALL QUARTER:

  • Rhonda Hackshaw, PhD (858-534-1579)
  • Contact Dr. Hackshaw for more information
  • Day/Time TBD

Advanced Leadership Rountable for Scholar Athletes

Rhonda Hackshaw

This workshop is tailored to Scholar Athlete leaders within Athletics. The goal of the Leadership Training Workshops is to facilitate the development of our student-athletes’ leadership skills, in hopes to promote strong, effective leaders and success for each UC San Diego Intercollegiate Athletics Team. Following the general outline of Jeff Janssen’s The Team Captain’s Leadership Manual, the workshop highlights peak performance and mental training techniques, learning and use of effective and healthy communication, strategies to increase team cohesion and connection, and minimization/management of conflict. Please contact Dr. Rhonda Hackshaw for more information (858-534-5981).

FALL QUARTER:

  • Rhonda Hackshaw, PhD (858-534-1579)
  • Contact Dr. Hackshaw for more information
  • Day/Time TBD

Community Forums

Community Open Forums

Download the current Community Open Forums Flyer (PDF)

APIMEDA Community Forum

Louie Limas

This informal drop-in group is designed to address the concerns of Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern Desi American (APIMEDA) students at UCSD in a supportive and problem-solving atmosphere. Issues such as career and academic success, family pressures, cultural identity, and relationships are common topics.

 

FALL QUARTER:

  • Louie Limas, PhD (858-534-3755)
  • Windi Sasaki (APIMEDA Director)
  • Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 pm (Weeks 1-10)
  • Register at this Link
  • Flyer (PDF)

Black Women's Collective

Cathy Thompson

Join us for an informal conversation about our experiences as Black women and connect with other Black women on campus.

ALL QUARTERS:

  • Cathy Thompson, PhD (858-534-3987)
  • Thursdays: 3:30-5:00 pm (even Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10)
  • Contact Dr. Thompson for more info
  • Flyer (PDF)

Coming Out Group

Cathy Thompson

The Coming Out group is a place to meet and gain support while discussing your sexual and/or gender Identities in a confidential setting. This group is for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, straight, or questioning folks who are coming out, considering coming out or may already be out. Topics are determined by group participants and can include stress, fear, anxiety, loneliness, family/cultural issues, excitement and celebration with regard to coming out. The group is open to new members the first 3 meetings of each quarter and then closes to maintain safe space.

FALL QUARTER:

  • Cathy Thompson, PhD (858-534-3987)
  • Tuesdays: 3:30-5:00 pm (Weeks 1-10)
  • Flyer (PDF)

Connecting and Coping

Gila Cohen

This forum will provide a supportive drop-in space for students to connect with each other and develop coping skills for managing the transition back to campus. Common themes include: stress/worry management, sustaining motivation, recovering from set-backs, developing meaningful social connections, and navigating interpersonal challenges (personal and professional).

FALL QUARTER:

  • Gila Cohen, LCSW (858-534-3755)
  • Thursdays, 2:30-3:30pm (Weeks 2-10)
  • Flyer

COVID Connection: Suport for Students in Isolation and Quarantine

Judy Goodman Fermin

A supportive drop-in space for students seeking connection because of COVID-19? Our goal here to provide a space for people to connect and talk about the stress/ worries associated with lack of in-person interaction and loneliness. Conversation will be facilitated by Dr. Wen-Hsin Chang (She/her/hers), CAPS psychologist. .

FALL QUARTER:

  • Dr. Judy Goodman Fermin (858-534-3755)
  • Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00 pm (no meetings 10/6 and 11/24)
  • Flyer (PDF)

Grief and Loss Support Forum for Undergraduate Students

Gila Cohen

This is a support forum for students who wish to work through grief and loss related to death of a loved one. The journey is different for each person; there is no single pattern for grief. Topics are determined by group participants and can include sharing, giving and receiving support, common physical and emotional reactions, selfcompassion,and emotional resilience. This is a drop-in forum and students are welcome to join each week or as it fits their needs and schedules.

FALL QUARTER:

  • Gila Cohen, LCSW (858-534-3755)
  • Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00pm, Weeks 2-10
  • Flyer (PDF)

Latinx / Chicanx Cafecito Hour

Irma Cano Murphy

Join Irma Cano Muphy (LCSW) and your Latinx/Chicanx community every week for a cafecito hour. We will discuss topics impacting Latinx/Chicanx health, wellbeing and academic success on campus and in the world. This is a space to be in community and uplift one another with collective problem solving, discussion and support. Bilingual dialogue (or even a few words en Español here and there) is welcome if it supports your wellbeing and empowerment. Irma will work with the forum each week to create an inclusive space for all folx.

FALL QUARTER:

  • Irma Cano Murphy, LCSW (858-534-3755)
  • Thursdays, 2:00-3:00pm (Weeks 2-10)
  • Raza Resource Centro
  • Flyer (PDF)

Outside the Box Forum

Cathy Thompson

This informal group is a safe space for students, faculty, and staff of mixed/multiracial/multiethnic and other non-dominant identities to share their experiences and discuss issues in an open and supportive, community atmosphere. This group is co-sponsored by the Cross Cultural Center. Please contact Dr. Thompson to sign up.

ALL QUARTERS:

  • Cathy Thompson, PhD (858-534-3987)
  • Thursdays: 3:30-5:00 pm (odd Weeks 3, 5, 7, 9)
  • Contact Dr. Thompson for more info
  • Flyer (PDF)

ADHD Support Forum for Graduate & Professional School Students

Christina Lambert

If you are a graduate or professional school student who has been diagnosed with ADHD or think you may have ADHD, you may benefit from participation in the ADHD Support Forum, a caring space to share experiences and strategies for better management of ADHD symptoms. To see if this group is a good fit for you, please contact Christina Lambert, PhD at cdlambert@health.ucsd.edu or (858) 534-3035.

FALL QUARTER:

  • Christina Lambert, PhD (858-534-3035)
  • Mondays 4:30-5:30 pm (Oct 5 - Dec 6)
  • No meetings on 11/22
  • Flyer (PDF)
  • Contact Dr. Lambert for more information

Black Students Community Forum for School of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Graduate and Professional Students

Haile Wright

This a weekly drop-in forum for Black Graduate and Professional Students to foster kinship and receive support through community conversations. Weekly discussion topics are determined by forum participants, and can include imposter syndrome, stress/anxiety, loneliness, family/cultural pressures, and social justice issues. There are even opportunities for forum participants to gain experience as moderators. This community forum embraces and celebrates the diversity of mental and physical abilities, sexual orientations, nationalities, gender expressions, body-sizes, religions, and ages among UCSD’s Black Graduate and Professional Students. Conversations will be facilitated by Haile Wright, LCSW, CAPS Mental Health Therapist and Nina Scott, Graduate and Professional Student Well-Being (GAPSWell) Associate.

FALL QUARTER:

  • Haile Wright, LCSW (858-534-3755)
  • Wednesdays: 3:00-4:00pm (Oct 5 - Nov 8)
  • Flyer (PDF)

Grief and Loss Support Forum for Graduate and Professional Students

Christina Lambert

If you are a graduate or professional school student who wishes to work through grief and loss related to death of a loved one, you may benefit from participation in this forum, a caring space to share experiences; give and receive support; explore common physical and emotional reactions; honor the uniqueness of each person’s journey; practice self-compassion; and develop emotional resilience. Conversations will be facilitated by Dr. Christina Lambert, CAPS Psychologist, Kennedy Middleton, Graduate Well-Being Associate, and Anja Payne, Graduate and Professional student Well-Being (GAPSWell)Associate. To see if this forum is a good fit for you, please contact Dr. Christina Lambert (858-534-3035).

FALL QUARTER:

  • Christina Lambert, PhD (858-534-3035)
  • Thursdays: 4:00-5:00pm (Oct 7, Oct 21, Nov 4, Dec 2)
  • No meetings on 5/31
  • Flyer (PDF)
  • Contact Dr. Lambert for more information

Latinx Support Forum for Graduate and Professional Students

Kimberly Knight Ortiz

The Graduate and Professional Students Latinx Forum is a place to meet peers and gain support while discussing the multiple experiences one has as a Latinx student here at UC San Diego. This forum is for graduate and professional students. Topics are determined by forum participants and can include imposter syndrome, stress, anxiety, loneliness, family/cultural issues, social justice concerns and excitement about being part of an awesome community. The forum is open to new members throughout the quarter. Conversations will be facilitated by Kimberly Knight-Ortiz, LCSW/CAPS Clinician and José Delgado, Graduate and Professional Student Well-Being (GAPSWell) Associate. Come as you are! We look forward to chatting and meeting with you all.

FALL QUARTER:

  • Kimberly Knight-Ortiz, LCSW (858-534-3755)
  • Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00pm (Oct 5 - Nov 18)
  • No meetings on 5/31
  • Flyer (PDF)
  • Contact Ms. Knight-Ortiz for more information

LGBTQ Community Forum for Graduate and Professional Student Forum

Christina LambertTyler Hatchel

This forum is meant to create space for community development and a sense of belonging. The content is directed by community members and is often focused on LGBTQ and/or graduate and professional student issues. Examples include personal and professional relationships, queer topics in the academic and media, intersectionality, minority stress, feeling connected during strange times, and coping with imposter syndrome. To see if this forum is a good fit for you, please contact Dr. Tyler Hatchel or Dr. Christina Lambert for more information.

FALL QUARTER:

  • Christina Lambert, PhD (858-534-3035) and Tyler Hatchel, PhD (858-534-3755)
  • Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 pm (Starting Date TBA)
  • Contact Dr. Lambert for more info
  • Flyer (PDF)

Loved Ones with Serious Illness, a Support Forum for Graduate and Professional Students

Christina Lambert

If you are a graduate or professional school student who is caring for or concerned about a loved one with a serious, progressive, chronic, debilitating, life-threatening and/or terminal health condition, including serious mental health conditions and/or substance abuse, you may benefit from participation in this forum, a caring space to share experiences; give and receive support; examine meaning of life; practice self-compassion; and explore radical acceptance. Conversations will be facilitated by Dr. Christina Lambert, CAPS Psychologist, and Anja Payne, Graduate and Professional Student Well-Being (GAPSWell) Associate. To see if this forum is a good fit for you, please contact Dr. Christina Lambert.

FALL QUARTER:

  • Christina Lambert, PhD (858-534-3035)
  • Flyer (PDF)
  • Contact Dr. Lambert for more information

 

Tritons Declassified: A Graduate and Professional Students' Survival Guide

Mojgan Jahan

A drop-in space for graduate and professional school students looking for support and connection. Topics may include imposter syndrome, stress management, academics, cultural concerns, and coping with COVID-19 related concerns. Conversations will be facilitated by CAPS psychologist Dr. Mojgan Jahan, Dr. Nava Sedaghat, and Anja Payne, Graduate and Professional Student Well-Being (GAPSWell) Associate.

FALL QUARTER:

  • Dr. Mojgan Jahan (858-246-4799)
  • Tuesdays: 12:00-1:00pm (Oct 12 - Nov 30)
  • Flyer (PDF)

Graduate Women in Science & Engineering (WISE)

Judy Goodman

This is a support space for graduate women in the hard science and engineering fields where women are under-represented. Our goal is to foster a sense of community and support toward the attainment of goals and to encourage self-empowerment to increase and develop a vision for one's personal and professional life. Too see if this group is a good fit for you, please contact Dr. Judy Goodman at 858-534-9799.

FALL QUARTER:

  • Judy Goodman-Fermin, PhD (858-534-9799)
  • Wednesdays: 1:00-2:00 pm (Weeks 1-10)
  • Flyer (PDF)