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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 Open Forums

Community Open Forums are drop-in groups that meet throughout the academic year and do not require weekly attendance. You do not need to contact the Forum leader to attend the group.

  • 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. 

Current Group Schedule

Spring '21: Group, Workshop and Forum Schedule

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

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Foundations of Well-Being

  • Dr. Scott Hansen (858-534-3755)
  • 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Weeks 2-10, Via Zoom (except 5/10 & 5/31)
  • Zoom link
  • Flyer (PDF)

Building Social Confidence Group

  • Dr. Tiffany O'Meara (858-534-1579)
  • 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Weeks 2-10
  • Contact Dr. Tiffany O’Meara for more info

Find your Focus: Undergraduate ADHD Support Forum

  • Dr. Carly Knauf (858-534-3755)
  • 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Weeks 2-10, Via Zoom (except 5/10 & 5/31)
  • Zoom link
  • Flyer (PDF)

ADHD Support Forum for Graduate & Professional School Students

  • Dr. Christina Lambert (858-534-3035)
  • 3:00-4:00 pm
  • April 5- June 7th (except 5/31)
  • Flyer (PDF)

 

TUESDAYS

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Resiliency-Building Toolkit

  • Dr. Michael McGlenn (858-534-3755)
  • 3:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Weeks 2-10, Via Zoom (no meeting 4/13)
  • Zoom link
  • Flyer (PDF)

Students with Dependents Forum

  • Sarah Bromley (858-822-2682) & Lori Weiner (858-534-7403)
  • 1:00-2:00pm
  • First Tues of the Month (4/6, 5/4, 6/1)
  • Zoom link
  • Flyer (PDF)

Grief and Loss Support Forum for Undergraduate
Students (NEW!)

  • Lori Weiner (858-534-7403) & Gila Cohen (858-534-3755)
  • 2:30-3:30pm
  • Weeks 2-10 (except 4/13)
  • Zoom link
  • Flyer (PDF)

APIMEDA Community Forum

Yoga for Wellness Forum (NEW!)

Grief and Loss Support Forum for Graduate and Professional Students (NEW!)

  • Dr. Christina Lambert (858-534-3035)
  • 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Weeks 1-10 
  • Flyer (PDF)

Coming Out Group

 

WEDNESDAYS

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Mindful Wellness Wednesdays

Emerging Leaders Workshop

  • Dr. Rhonda Hackshaw (858-534-5981)
  • 12:00 - 1:30 pm
  • Weeks 1-10
  • Contact Dr. Hackshaw for Zoom info
  • 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)

Burn Bright, Not Out: Support Forum for Graduate and Professional Students (NEW!)

Covid Connection: Support for Students in Isolation and Quarantine

Advanced Building Social Confidence Group

  • Dr. Tiffany O'Meara (858-534-1579)
  • 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Weeks 2-10
  • Contact Dr. Tiffany O’Meara for more info

 

THURSDAYS

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Wellness Thursdays

  • Dr. Isabelle Creste (858-534-3755)
  • 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Weeks 2-10, Via Zoom (no meeting 4/8)
  • Zoom link
  • Flyer (PDF)

First Gen Support Forum

More than Dreams Support Forum

  • Dr. Lilian Salcedo (858-534-0255)
  • 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Even Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10
  • Contact Dr. Salcedo for more info
  • Zoom link
  • 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)

Black Women's Collective

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

Interpersonal Process Group for Graduate & Professional Students

  • Dr. Sophia Chang (858-822-2825)
  • 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Weeks 2-10
  • Contact Dr. Chang for more info
  • Flyer (PDF)

LGBTQ Community Forum for Graduate and Professional Students

  • Dr. Tyler Hatchel (858-534-3755)
  • 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Weeks 3-10
  • Contact Dr. Hachel for more info
  • Flyer (PDF)

 

FRIDAYS

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Relaxation Skills

  • Dr. Scott Hansen (858-534-3755)
  • 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Weeks 2-10, Via Zoom (no meeting 5/7)
  • Zoom link
  • Flyer (PDF)

Latinx/Chicanx Cafecito Hour

Advanced Leadership Roundtable

 

  • Dr. Rhonda Hackshaw (858-534-5981)
  • 10:30 am -12:30 pm
  • Weeks 1-10
  • Contact Dr. Hackshaw for Zoom info
  • 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.

Interpersonal Process Group for Graduate and Professional School 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.

SPRING QUARTER:

  • Sophia Chang, PsyD (858-534-1579)
  • Contact Dr. Chang to schedule a pre-group screening or request Online
  • Time: Thursdays 3:30pm-5:00pm (Weeks 2-10)
  • Location: via Zoom (contact Dr. Chang for more information and schedule a pre-group screening)
  • 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, 3:00-4:30 pm (Weeks 2-10)
  • 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!

SRING QUARTER:

  • Tiffany O'Meara, PhD (858-537-1579)
  • Contact Dr. O'Meara for more information
  • Time: Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30 pm (Weeks 2-10)
  • Location: via Zoom (contact Dr. O'Meara for more information)

Psychoeducational Workshops

Psychoeducational Workshops

 

Daily Drop-In Workshops

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Get your daily dose of well-being! Having a tough day? Want to gain skills to increase well-being today? Need a "refresher" until your next appointment? You do not need to make an appointment -- simply show up! If you have any questions, please go to our Daily Drop-In Workshops page, download the Flyer, or call 858-534-3755 for more information. See you there!

WINTER QUARTER:

  • Mondays: Foundations of Well-Being | Week 2-10 | Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
  • Tuesdays: Resiliency-Building Toolkit | Week 2-10 | Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
  • Wednesdays: Mindful Wellness Wednesdays | Week 2-10 | Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
  • Thursdays: Wellness Thursdays | Week 2-10 | Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
  • Fridays: Relaxation Skills | Week 2-10 | Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
  • Daily Drop-In Workshop Flyer (PDF)

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).

SPRING QUARTER:

  • Rhonda Hackshaw, PhD (858-534-1579)
  • Contact Dr. Hackshaw for more information
  • Time: Wednesdays, 12:00 - 1:30 pm (Weeks 1-10)
  • Location: via Zoom (contact Dr. Hackshaw for more information)
  • Flyer (PDF)

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).

SPRING QUARTER:

  • Rhonda Hackshaw, PhD (858-534-1579)
  • Contact Dr. Hackshaw for more information
  • Time: Fridays , 10:30 am - 12:20 pm (Weeks 1-10)
  • Location: via Zoom (contact Dr. Hackshaw for more information)
  • Flyer (PDF)

Community Forums

Community Open Forums

Download the current Community Open Forums Flyer (PDF)

Find Your Focus: Undergraduate ADHD Support Forum

Carly Knauf

Do you have ADHD or struggle to maintain your attention and stay focused, especially while learning online? Join our forum to connect with other undergraduate students and develop strategies and skills to manage ADHD symptoms and feel more successful as you navigate online learning. This is a drop-in forum and students are welcome to join each week or as it fits their needs and schedules.

SPRING QUARTER:

  • Carly Knauf, PsyD (858-534-3755)
  • Mondays 3:00-4:00 pm (Weeks 2-10)
  • No meetings on 5/10 and 5/31
  • Flyer (PDF)
  • Zoom Link

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.

SPRING QUARTER:

  • Christina Lambert, PhD (858-534-3035)
  • Mondays 3:00-4:00 pm (April 5- June 7th)
  • No meetings on 5/31
  • Flyer (PDF)
  • Contact Dr. Lambert for more information

Students with Dependents Forum

Lori WeinerSarah Bromley

 The Students with Dependents Forum is a drop in forum for students who identify as student parents, guardians or caregivers. The forum offers a confidential space to connect, support, and share resources. This forum is open to both graduate and undergraduate students.

 

SPRING QUARTER:

  • Lori Weiner, LCSW (858-534-7403) & Sarah Bromley, LCSW (858-534-3755)
  • First Tues of the Month 1:00-2:00 pm (4/6, 5/4, 6/1)
  • Flyer (PDF)
  • Zoom Link

Grief and Loss Support Forum for Undergraduate Students

Lori WeinerGila 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.

SPRING QUARTER:

  • Lori Weiner, LCSW (858-534-7403) & Gila Cohen, LCSW (858-534-3755)
  • Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30 pm, Weeks 2-10 (except 4/13)
  • Flyer (PDF)
  • Zoom Link

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.

 

SPRING QUARTER:

  • Louie Limas, PhD (858-534-3755)
  • Windi Sasaki (APIMEDA Director)
  • Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 pm (Weeks 1-10)
  • Email Windi Sasaki for Zoom link
  • 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 Well-Being Associate. To see if this forum is a good fit for you, please contact Dr. Christina Lambert (858-534-3035).

SPRING QUARTER:

  • Christina Lambert, PhD (858-534-3035)
  • Mondays 3:30-4:30 pm (Weeks 1-10)
  • No meetings on 5/31
  • Flyer (PDF)
  • Contact Dr. Lambert for more information

Yoga for Wellness Forum

Kristina Mendez

Yoga is an ancient South Asian practice of wellbeing that helps us balance mind, body, and connection to the world around us. This forum offers a supportive space to learn the science behind yoga’s benefits and try out practices of breath, movement, and rest. Dr. Mendez is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and is passionate about providing accessible tools for wellbeing. Her research has focused on the benefits of yoga and mindfulness for preventive wellness, particularly for BIPOC communities. She is happy to answer questions about the forum and can help with modifications if you do not have a yoga mat. To see if this forum is a good fit for you, please contact Dr. Mendez (858-534-3755 or kcmendez@health.ucsd.edu)

SPRING QUARTER:

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.

SPRING QUARTER:

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. This forum is by referral only; to see if this group is a good fit for you, please contact Dr. Judy Goodman at 858-534-9799.

SPRING QUARTER:

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

Burn Bright, Not Out: Support Forum for Graduate and Professional Students

Mojgan Jahan

A supportive drop-in space for graduate and professional students seeking strategies for preventing and overcoming burnout. Common themes include: stress/worry management, sustaining motivation, recovering from set-backs, working remotely, and navigating interpersonal challenges (personal and professional). Conversations will be facilitated by Dr. Mojgan Jahan, CAPS Psychologist, Alejandra Chaidez, Graduate Well-Being Associate, and Emily Ho, Graduate Well-Being Associate.

SPRING QUARTER:

COVID Connection: Suport for Students in Isolation and Quarantine

Wenhsin Chang

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. .

SPRING QUARTER:

First Gen Support Forum

Lilian Salcedo

This forum is an informal, drop-in group for first generation undergraduate college students. Topics discussed in this forum may include adjusting to college life, academic stressors, family/self-imposed pressure, family stress, cultural shock, social isolation, coping, resilience and overall well-being as it pertains to the first gen experience. Join us as we gather in community, share, and provide one another with much needed support.

SPRING QUARTER:

  • Lilian Salcedo, PhD (858-534-0255)
  • Thursdays 3:00-4:00 pm (Odd Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9)
  • Zoom Link
  • Flyer (PDF)

 More than Dreamers Support Forum

Lilian Salcedo

This is a support forum for DACAmented, Undoc identified, UCSD DREAMERS, and doers! Join us as we gather to uplift each other in this virtual community space. A place to share our unique experiences, share challenges, unburden ourselves, highlight our resilience, empower each other, while cultivating a community of trust and belonging at UCSD. Each one of us brings our own unique gifts to the campus and the community at large. Let’s gather and share those gifts with each other. To see if this forum is a good fit for you, please contact Dr. Lilian Salcedo at 858-534-0255 or email at lsalcedo@health.ucsd.edu.

SPRING QUARTER:

  • Lilian Salcedo, PhD (858-534-0255)
  • Thursdays 3:00-4:00 pm (Even Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10)
  • Contact Dr. Salcedo for more info
  • 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 1, 3, 5, 7, 9)
  • Contact Dr. Thompson for more info
  • 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)

LGBTQ Community Forum for Graduate and Professional Student Forum

Tyler 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 at 858-534-3755 or email him at thatchel@health.ucsd.edu.

SPRING QUARTER:

  • Tyler Hatchel, PhD (858-534-3755)
  • Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 pm (Weeks 1-10)
  • Contact Dr. Hatchel for more info
  • Flyer (PDF)

Latinx / Chicanx Cafecito Hour

Kristina Mendez

Join Dra. Kristina Mendez 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. Feel free to drink coffee or tea during the forum (Dra. Mendez most certainly will!) and arrive knowing you are welcome exactly as you are. Bilingual dialogue (or even a few words en Español here and there) is welcome if it supports your wellbeing and empowerment. Dra. Mendez will work with the forum each week to create an inclusive space for all folx.

SPRING QUARTER: