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Let's Talk Program

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"Let’s Talk” is a program developed by UC San Diego CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) to offer drop-in consultation services to students who are seeking informal support and assistance with mental health and campus resources. While this does not constitute professional counseling or mental health treatment, Let’s Talk sessions are designed to provide practical strategies, information, and support regarding general wellness-related issues. This is a great opportunity to chat with a psychologist and ask questions about your well-being, accessing resources, and getting connected with CAPS.

Below are programs that offer let's talk. Follow the steps below, as each department has its own schedule and signup procedures. If you have any questions, please contact the CAPS counselor or your home department's Student Affairs office for more information.

  • International Students (ISPO): Rina Schul, PhD
  • Graduate Students and Professional Students (GRAD): Christina Lambert, PhD
  • School of Medicine Students (SOM): David Kersey, MD
  • Skaggs School of Pharmacy Students (SKAGGS): Sophia Chang, PsyD
  • Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Graduate Students: Fengqin Lian, PhD
  • Veterans or Military Connected Students (SVRC): Sarah Clavell-Storer, PhD
  • Scholar Athletes (ICA): Ben Metta Penhas, PhD

International Students

Serving

International Students

Info
Facilitator

Rina Schul 

Rina Schul, PhD

Format Zoom
When

Winter 2021:

  • Mondays, 3:30-4:30 PST
  • Meetings are 30 min long, and a student can sign-up for two such meetings in a quarter.
Description

The UC San Diego Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is pleased to offer “Let’s Talk”, a program designed to provide drop-in consultation services to undergraduate and graduate international students.

Let’s Talk meetings with Dr. Rina Schul (CAPS/ISPO Liaison) are for international students who are seeking informal support with general wellness issues such as stress, adjustment, cross-cultural challenges, motivation, focus, and relationships. Let’s Talk sessions are one-on-one, and are designed to provide practical strategies, information, and support. They are available to ALL international students regardless of where they reside.

Dr. Schul is looking forward to meeting with you!

Instructions
  • For Zoom meetings: review the Let's Talk Acknowledgment Form (PDF)
  • Please use this link to sign up for a Let’s Talk meeting anonymously.
  • You will be asked to generate an alpha-numeric code of your choice, and place it in a specific time slot. By doing that you would be reserving that time slot for an individual Let’s Talk meeting with Dr. Schul. You can find the Zoom link for the meeting on the sign-up sheet.
Important Info about Let's Talk

Please note: Let’s Talk meetings are NOT professional counseling, mental health treatment or crisis / urgent consultation. If you would like such professional services, please call CAPS central office at (858) 534-3755 to arrange an appointment. At this time, CAPS can provide professional mental health treatment or psychotherapy to students residing in California only. Dr. Schul can help students decide whether formal counseling would be helpful and direct them to such resources.

Graduate and Professional Students

Serving

Graduate and Professional Students

Info

Download Flyer (PDF) for more information

Facilitator(s)

Tyler Hatchel Tyler Hatchel, PhD

Christina Lambert Christina Lambert, PhD

shemer.jpg Haim Shemer, PsyD

Format Zoom
When

Winter 2021:

  • Wednesdays, 9:00-11:30 am (Dr. Lambert)
  • Wednesdays, 1:00-3:30 pm (Dr. Hatchel)
  • Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 pm (Dr. Shemer)
  • Meetings are 30 min long, and a student can sign-up for two such meetings in a quarter.
Description

Informal support with issues such as stress/worry, sleep, motivation, focus, recovering from setbacks, work/life changes, and relationships (personal and professional). Let’s Talk sessions are designed to provide practical strategies, information, and support regarding general wellness-related issues.

Instructions
  • For Zoom meetings: review the Let's Talk Acknowledgment Form (PDF)
  • Please look for an email from your graduate coordinator with more details, including the sign-up and Zoom links. The sign up process is anonymous.
  • At the beginning of the conversation you will be asked for your name, student ID, and location.
Important Info about Let's Talk

Please note: Let’s Talk meetings are NOT professional counseling, mental health treatment or crisis / urgent consultation. If you would like such professional services, please call CAPS central office at (858) 534-3755 to arrange an appointment. At this time, CAPS can provide professional mental health treatment or psychotherapy to students residing in California only. The facilitator can help students decide whether formal counseling would be helpful and direct them to such resources.

SOM Students

Serving

SOM Students

Info

Download Fall Flyer (PDF) for more information. Winter Flyer coming soon.

Facilitator

David Kersey 

David Kersey, MD

Format Zoom
When

Winter 2021:

  • Wednesdays & Thursdays, 12:00-2:00 pm
  • Sign-up sheet has 15 minute increments and students can sign up for 1 or 2.
  • No meetings on holidays
Description

Informal support with issues such as stress/worry, sleep, motivation, focus, recovering from setbacks, work/life changes, and relationships (personal and professional). Let’s Talk sessions are designed to provide practical strategies, information, and support regarding general wellness-related issues.

Instructions
  • For Zoom meetings: review the Let's Talk Acknowledgment Form (PDF)
  • Please look for an email from Jamie Nye with more details, including the sign-up and Zoom links.
  • The signup process is anonymous. 
  • At the beginning of the conversation Dr. Kersey will ask for your name, student ID, and location.
Important Info about Let's Talk

Please note: Let’s Talk meetings are NOT professional counseling, mental health treatment or crisis / urgent consultation. If you would like such professional services, please call CAPS central office at (858) 534-3755 to arrange an appointment. At this time, CAPS can provide professional mental health treatment or psychotherapy to students residing in California only. The facilitator can help students decide whether formal counseling would be helpful and direct them to such resources.

Skaggs School of Pharmacy Students

Serving

Skaggs School of Pharmacy Students

Info

Download Flyer (PDF) for more information

Facilitator

Sophia Chang 

Sophia Chang, PsyD

Format Zoom
When

Fall 2020:

  • Mondays, 12:00-1:00 pm
  • Meetings are 30 min long, and a student can sign-up for two such meetings in a quarter.
  • No meetings on holidays
Description

Informal support with issues such as stress/worry, sleep, motivation, focus, recovering from setbacks, work/life changes, & relationships (personal and professional). Let’s Talk sessions are designed to provide practical strategies, information, and support regarding general wellness-related issues. The sessions are available in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

Instructions
  • For Zoom meetings: review the Let's Talk Acknowledgment Form (PDF)
  • Please look for an email from the Skaggs School of Pharmacy coordinator with more details, including the signup and Zoom links.
  • The signup process is anonymous. 
  • At the beginning of the conversation Dr. Chang will ask for your name, student ID, and location.
Important Info about Let's Talk

Please note: Let’s Talk meetings are NOT professional counseling, mental health treatment or crisis / urgent consultation. If you would like such professional services, please call CAPS central office at (858) 534-3755 to arrange an appointment. At this time, CAPS can provide professional mental health treatment or psychotherapy to students residing in California only. The facilitator can help students decide whether formal counseling would be helpful and direct them to such resources.

Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) Students

Serving

Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Students

Info

Download Flyer (PDF) for more information

Facilitator

Fengqin Lian 

Fengqin Lian, PhD

Format Zoom
When

Fall 2020:

  • Mondays, 2:00-3:30 pm
  • Meetings are 30 min long, and a student can sign-up for two such meetings in a quarter.
  • No meetings on holidays
Description

Informal support with issues such as stress/worry, sleep, motivation, focus, recovering from setbacks, work/life changes, & relationships (personal and professional). Let’s Talk sessions are designed to provide practical strategies, information, and support regarding general wellness-related issues. The sessions are available in English and Mandarin.

Instructions
  • For Zoom meetings: review the Let's Talk Acknowledgment Form (PDF)
  • Please look for an email from your Director of Student Affairs with more details, including the signup and Zoom links.
  • The signup process is anonymous. 
  • At the beginning of the conversation Dr. Lian will ask for your name, student ID, and location.
Important Info about Let's Talk

Please note: Let’s Talk meetings are NOT professional counseling, mental health treatment or crisis / urgent consultation. If you would like such professional services, please call CAPS central office at (858) 534-3755 to arrange an appointment. At this time, CAPS can provide professional mental health treatment or psychotherapy to students residing in California only. The facilitator can help students decide whether formal counseling would be helpful and direct them to such resources.

Veterans or Military-Connected Students

Serving

Veteran or Military-Connected Students

Info

SVRC Affiliates page

Facilitator

Sarah Clavell-Storer 

Sarah Clavell-Storer, PhD

Format Zoom
When

Fall 2020:

  • Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 pm
  • Meetings are 30 min long, and a student can sign-up for two such meetings in a quarter.
  • No meetings on holidays
Description

Informal support with issues such as stress/worry, sleep, motivation, focus, recovering from setbacks, work/life changes, & relationships (personal and professional). Let’s Talk sessions are designed to provide practical strategies, information, and support regarding general wellness-related issues.

Instructions
  • For Zoom meetings: review the Let's Talk Acknowledgment Form (PDF)
  • Go to the SVRC Affilates page and make an appointment with Dr. Clavell-Storer.
  • The signup process is anonymous. 
  • At the beginning of the conversation Dr. Clavell-Storer will ask for your name, student ID, and location.
Important Info about Let's Talk

Please note: Let’s Talk meetings are NOT professional counseling, mental health treatment or crisis / urgent consultation. If you would like such professional services, please call CAPS central office at (858) 534-3755 to arrange an appointment. At this time, CAPS can provide professional mental health treatment or psychotherapy to students residing in California only. The facilitator can help students decide whether formal counseling would be helpful and direct them to such resources.

Scholar Athletes

Serving

Scholar Athletes

Info

Download Flyer (PDF) for more information

Facilitator

Ben Metta Penhas 

Ben Metta Penhas, PsyD

Format Zoom
When

Fall 2020:

  • Mondays, 1:00-2:00 pm
  • Meetings are 15-20 min long
  • No meetings on holidays
Description

Informal support with issues relevant to scholar-athletes, such as stress/worry, sleep, motivation, focus, recovering from setbacks, work/life changes, performance, and relationships (personal and professional). Let’s Talk sessions are designed to provide practical strategies, information, and support regarding general wellness-related issues.

Instructions
  • For Zoom meetings: review the Let's Talk Acknowledgment Form (PDF)
  • Please look for an email from the ICA Sports Administrator office with more details, including the signup and Zoom links.
  • The signup process is anonymous. 
  • At the beginning of the conversation, the facilitator will ask for your name, student ID, and location.
Important Info about Let's Talk

Please note: Let’s Talk meetings are NOT professional counseling, mental health treatment or crisis / urgent consultation. If you would like such professional services, please call CAPS central office at (858) 534-3755 to arrange an appointment. At this time, CAPS can provide professional mental health treatment or psychotherapy to students residing in California only. The facilitator can help students decide whether formal counseling would be helpful and direct them to such resources.