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 Services for Graduate & Professional School Students

Welcome UC San Diego Graduate and Professional School Students! CAPS recognizes the complex challenges and demands that UC San Diego Graduate and Professional School Students face, and we understand the importance of providing a variety of services, specifically designed to support Graduate and Professional School Students. While the majority of CAPS offerings are open to Graduate and Professional School Students, see below for programming created especially for UC San Diego Graduate and Professional School Students. You can also look for the CAPS4GAPS logo to easily identify CAPS programming created especially for UC San Diego Graduate and Professional School Students.

CAPS offers the following services specifically for Graduate and Professional Students who are navigating through these challenges. Graduate and Professional Students who have paid current UC San Diego registration fees are eligible for services. Below is a list of our offerings.

Individual Counseling
CAPS provides confidential, short-term individual counseling for registered UC San Diego Graduate and Professional Students, including departments within Graduate Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy, and Rady School of Management. Please visit our Services page for more detailed information about individual counseling services, appointments, and counseling process. To make an appointment, please call our Central Office at 858-534-3755.

Let's Talk
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. 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 Dr. Lambert will ask for your name, student ID, and location.For more information, contact Dr. Christina Lambert at 858-534-3035.

Groups & Workshops
CAPS is proud to offer over 20 unique groups, workshops, and forums each quarter. Groups range from traditional psychotherapy groups, to psychoeducational workshops, and drop-in forums. Visit our Groups page for detailed information. Groups and workshops specifically for graduate students include:

  • Processing Racism Forum for Graduate and Professional Students who are Black, Indigenous & People of Color
    Fall 20: Fridays, 10/30, 11/20, and 12/11, 12-1:00pm │ Location: ALL MEETINGS VIA ZOOM.
    Join us in a supportive space to connect and discuss experiences and impacts of racial bias, anti-Blackness, violence against people of color, intergenerational race-based trauma, and systemic/institutional racism. Check back for flyer and zoom link. For Questions: Contact Dr. Cat Thompson at (858) 534-3987.
  • Processing Racism Forum for Graduate and Professional Students who are white and/or have white privilege
    Fall 20: Fridays, 10/30, 11/20, and 12/11, 12-1:00pm │ Location: ALL MEETINGS VIA ZOOM.
    Join us in a supportive space to connect on the journey of developing a white anti-racist identity and becoming a more effective ally. We will address topics such as white privilege, white supremacy, white fragility, implicit bias and anti-Blackness. Check back for flyer and zoom link. For Questions: Contact Dr. Christina Lambert at (858) 534-3035. Check back for flyer and zoom link.
  • Minful Scholars Forum VIA ZOOM
    Fall 20: Tuesdays, 3-4pm (10/13, 10/20/ 10/27, 11/3, 11/10/ 11/17, 12/1, 12/15 )│ Location: VIA ZOOM - download flyer for link.
    Join your community to engage in formal meditation and mindfulness practices, contemplate the implications, & process your experiences. LEARN to refine awareness & insight. FIND equanimity & compassion. EXPLORE acceptance of self & time. Questions: Contact Dr. Tyler Hatchel at thatchel@health.ucsd.edu
  • ADHD Support Forum for Graduate and Professional School Students VIA ZOOM
    Fall 20: Mondays, 3-4pm, Oct 5 - Dec 7 │ Location: VIA ZOOM - download flyer for link.
    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.
  • Graduate Women in Science & Engineering Forum (WISE) VIA ZOOM.
    Fall 20: Wednesdays 1-2pm, by referral only | Location: ALL MEETINGS VIA ZOOM - download flyer for more information
    Please join us for a weekly support group for graduate women in the sciences or engineering fields where women are underrepresented. 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. Contact Dr. Judy Goodman Fermin at 858-534-3755 for more information.
  • Interpersonal Process Group for Graduate & Professional Students VIA ZOOM
    Fall 20: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00, Oct 15 - Dec 10 | Location: Location: ALL MEETINGS VIA ZOOM - download flyer for more information
    Through this interpersonal group you can: Utilize a secure environment to identify and explore feelings; Exchange support and feedback; Expand your self-awareness, awareness of others, and practice new, healthier ways of relating to others; Gain comfort with vulnerability and complex emotions; Create cerebral and behavioral changes that help you improve way you treat yourself. Please contact Dr. Sophia Chang for information and schedule a pre-group screening: Dr. Sophia Chang at 858-822-2825.

CAPS provides referral services for students who are referred to outside providers. Reasons for referrals to outside providers include: need for treatment at a rate that would exceed our short-term service model, or a referral to a specialist for particular conditions. For students with SHIP insuance only, CAPS and Student Health Service administers the paperwork required for referrals. For students without SHIP or are double-covered with another insurance plan, they must comply with referral procedures required by the non-SHIP insurer. CAPS staff will assist in matching the student with a provider who can best meet their treatment goals. In addition, Live Health Online is an televideo option for mental health services that does not require a referral. Please visit the Live Health Online page for more information. If you have any questions about our referral process, please contact our Central Office at (858) 534-3755.

CAPS provides consultation to students who have general mental health questions or concerns about a fellow student or friend. We will provide as much assistance as possible. Due to confidentiality laws, however, we may not be able to provide information about your friend if they are utilizing our services. For more information about confidentiality limitations, click on the FAQ & Confidentiality tab, or call our Central Office to speak with one of our psychologists at (858) 534-3755.

CAPS staff provide presentations at the campus wide New Graduate Student Orientation, as well as the School of Medicine New Student Orientation and School of Pharmacy New Student Orientation. CAPS also provides workshops for groups of graduate students in UC San Diego’s Graduate and Professional School Programs. Graduate School Program Coordinators are invited to request the following workshops online at https://wellness.ucsd.edu/CAPS/services/pages/signup.aspx. Select Presentation or Outreach Request, then select Presentation by CAPS on mental health topic(s). 10 student minimum. One month advance notice preferred.

  • Imposter Syndrome (Dr. Christina Lambert)
  • Managing Professional Relationships (Dr. Christina Lambert and/or Dr. Rina Schul)
  • Building Resiliency in Times of Uncertainty (Christina Lambert, PhD)
  • Mindful Self-Compassion: A Strategy for Reducing Stress and Increasing Effectiveness when Life Gets Challenging (Christina Lambert, PhD)
  • Manage Time, Sustain Motivation, and Achieve Your Goals (Dr. Fengqin Lian)
  • Managing the Stress of Graduate School (Dr. Greg Koch)
  • Romantic Love and Relational Compatibility (Dr. Scott Hansen)
  • Anger and Conflict Management: How to Fight Fair in Relationships (Dr. Scott Hansen)

Graduate & Professional Student FAQs

Do I have to pay for counseling?
CAPS counseling and psychiatry services are free to all graduate and professional school students who pay student services fees at UC San Diego. There is a $20 no-show or late cancellation charge for missed appointments, or for canceling your appointment less than 24 hours in advance.

Is it possible to receive couples counseling if my partner is not a student?
Yes! As long as one person is a registered UC San Diego student, the couple can seek counseling. The non-UC San Diego partner will need to complete a set of paper forms prior to the first meeting. Please call our Central Office at 858-534-3755 to make an appointment or for more information..

Will I run in to students I teach in the CAPS waiting room?
There is a possibility that you may wait in an area with students to whom you teach or mentor. If you feel uncomfortable, please inform the front desk person to discuss your needs. Because CAPS is located at 8 different locations, the chances of running into one of your students is reduced.

Will I be the only graduate student in the group?
Most of our groups are a mix of both undergraduate and undergraduate students. If you would like a group exclusive to graduate students, we have those too. See the Groups & Workshops section above.

I'm not sure I want to continue with my program and don't know what to do.
CAPS and GrAdvantage offer specialized workshop called Questioning Career Transitions which helps students work through questions and concerns about their academic programs and career track. Additionally, students can seek support from their academic programs or speak to a counselor at CAPS

How can I balance my family/parnership/relationship and graduate school?
Managing multiple roles can definitely be difficult and stressful. CAPS offers individual counseling to provide support in finding balance with multiple roles. We also offer support groups such as the Graduate Student Support which addresses common concerns and issues among graduate students.

I'm anxious about public speaking and now I have to teach a class. What can I do?
Public speaking is a common concern for individuals. The grAdvantage Program offers offers many resourses, including their Communication Skills Development program. Additionally, the Building Social Confidence Group helps students decrease their anxiety in social situations, and would likely help increase your confidence when leading a discussion.