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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:

 

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.

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.

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.

Psychoeducational Workshops

Psychoeducational Workshops

 

Tritons RISE Workshops

Tritons Rise TogetherJoin 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. 

Visit our Tritons RISE Together page for more information.

Community Forums

Community Open Forums

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NOTE: These meetings are not professional counseling. If you would like professional counseling or mental health treatment, please call the CAPS central office at (858) 534-3755 or go to our Getting Started page to arrange an appointment.

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.

Taming Anxiety Group

Tiffany O'Meara

Our most popular group from last year is back! 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 2022:

  • Tiffany O'Meara, PhD (858-534-1579)
  • Contact Dr. O'Meara at tmomeara@health.ucsd.edu to schedule a group screening now!
  • Time: Mondays 1:30-3:00pm
  • Location: Student Health Services (contact Dr. O'Meara for more information)

Advanced Taming Anxiety Group

Tiffany O'Meara

This is a group for students who have completed one quarter of the Building Social Confidence OR Taming Anxiety group and would like to continue to work on reducing anxiety, increasing comfort 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 or TA group, you may join the Advanced group at any time while you are here at UCSD.

FALL QUARTER 2022:

  • Tiffany O'Meara, PhD (858-534-1579)
  • Contact Dr. O'Meara at tmomeara@health.ucsd.edu to schedule a group screening now!
  • Time: Wednesdays, 9:00-10:30am
  • Location: Student Health Services (contact Dr. O'Meara for more information)

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.

FALL QUARTER 2022:

  • Tiffany O'Meara, PhD (858-534-1579)
  • Contact Dr. O'Meara to schedule a pre-group screening or request Online
  • Time: Tuesdays, 9:30-11:00am
  • Location: Student Health Services (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 OR Taming Anxiety group and would like to continue to work on reducing anxiety, increasing comfort 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 or TA group, you may join the Advanced group at any time while you are here at UCSD!

FALL QUARTER 2022:

  • Tiffany O'Meara, PhD (858-534-1579)
  • Contact Dr. O'Meara at tmomeara@health.ucsd.edu for more information
  • Time: Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30pm
  • Location: Student Health Services (contact Dr. O'Meara for more information)

DBT Skills for Eating Disorders

This is a group focused on learning Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills for individuals struggling with binge eating and purging. Skills taught in this group focus on increasing mindfulness, ability to tolerate distress, and coping with difficult emotions. Note that this is a closed group and requires a referral from your individual therapist.

FALL QUARTER 2022:

  • Allie Wagner and Sarah Bromley

  • Please ask your individual therapist to contact the group facilitators if you think this group is for you!

  • Time: Tuesdays, 8:30-10:00am

  • Location: TBD