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Groups, Workshops, & Forums at CAPS

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 and Growth/Support 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. 
>> See and download current Group Flyers.
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. 
NEW FOR FALL! Download our current Daily Drop-In Workshop offerings.
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.
NEW FOR FALL! Download our current Community Open Forum offerings.

To see which groups are running this quarter (and when/where they are run), or to sign up for a group, please click on the group Schedule and Sign-Up for a Group! tabs on this page. If you have any further questions about Groups, please contact the CAPS Central Office at (858) 534-3755.

Psychotherapy & Support Groups

  • Understanding Self and Others GroupSophia Chang, PsyD / 858-822-2825                      
    NOT BEING OFFERED IN SPRING 2020 - CLICK ON ONLINE SIGNUP FORM FOR FALL 2020:
    Time: N/A
    Location: N/A

    Do you ever feel alone even when you’re with other people? Or experience feeling “stuck” in the same interpersonal pattern in relationships? We are here to help! We offer a safe environment where you can learn about yourself and others as a participant in a weekly group meeting. Participation in our group may lead to better connections with others and ways to improve significant relationships in your life. Group members can expect to learn how to successfully navigate interpersonal boundaries by practicing satisfying interactions with other group members, increase understanding of how people perceive you by sharing and receiving honest feedback from group members, improve your ability to identify and regulate your feelings, and explore visible and invisible personal identities in a group climate emphasizing safety and mutual respect.

    NOTE: This is a process-oriented group that requires a pre-screen appointment. Please contact Dr. Sophia Chang (858-822-2825) or complete the Online Signup Form to schedule a pre-screen appointment.
  • WINTER 20:
    Time: Thursdays 3:30pm-5:00pm (April 2 - June 4)
    Location: via ZOOM (contact Dr. Chang for more information and schedule a pre-group screening) 

    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.

    Download the group flyer here.

    NOTE: This is a process-oriented group that requires a pre-screen appointment. Please contact Dr. Sophia Chang (858-822-2825) or complete the Online Signup Form to schedule a pre-screen appointment.
  • Tiffany O'Meara, PhD / 858-534-1579
     NOT BEING OFFERED IN SPRING 2020 - CLICK ON LINK BELOW TO EXPRESS INTEREST FOR FALL 2020:
    Time: N/A
    Location: N/A

    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.

    NOTE: Limited openings for Fall 2020. Students can sign up online to express their interest in the Spring ’20 group using the Online Signup Form.
  • Advanced Building Social Confidence GroupTiffany O'Meara, PhD / 858-534-1579
    SPRING 20:
    Time: Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30pm
    Location: via ZOOM (contact Dr. O'Meara for Zoom link)

    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!

    NOTE: Must complete Beginning Social Confidence Group. Contact Dr. Tiffany O'Meara at 858-534-1579 for more information.


Drop-In Psychoeducational Workshops


  • MONDAYS: Coping during COVID-19Carly Knauf, PsyD
    Weeks 2-10 | Time: 1:00-2:00│ ZOOM LINK: https://uchealth.zoom.us/j/97285776476

    These are unprecedented times and you may be feeling overwhelmed, stressed, isolated, depressed, and/or anxious at times. This workshop aims to help students manage those difficulties and develop coping skills to increase resilience and well- being during this pandemic.
  • WEDNESDAYS: Wellness Wednesdays Danielle Hanley, PsyD
    Week 2-10 | Time: 3:00-4:00│ ZOOM LINK: https://uchealth.zoom.us/j/96642941761

    Join us in learning care strategies and stress management amidst the challenges and adjustments this quarter may bring. This Dialectical Behavioral and Self- compassion based seminar is offered every Wednesday during the Fall 2020 quarter.
  • THURSDAYS: Mindful Thursdays Tyler Hatchel, PhD
    Weeks 2-10 | Time: 3:00-4:00 │ ZOOM LINK: https://ucsd.zoom.us/j/98165877130

    Join us for this introduction to mindfulness workshop. You can expect didactic content on the nature of mindfulness, formal and informal practices, as well as group discussions.

Non Drop-In Workshops (registration required)


  • Couples WorkshopGreg Koch, PsyD / 858-534-3585 Are you beginning a relationship you want to keep? Do you want to enrich and deepen an already good relationship? Are you having difficulties in your relationship and want to resolve long-standing conflicts? Do you want to learn how to successfully repair trust in your relationship? Are you undecided about continuing your relationship? If you said “Yes” to any of these questions, then this workshop is for YOU! Love Lessons is a workshop specifically designed to help couples truly discover the joy of being together. Goals for the workshop are to: Successfully express your own desires; Get to the root of your problems and dissolve them; Create romance, fun and intimacy. Please contact Dr. Koch for more information (858-534-3585). SIGNUP ONLINE HERE

  • Emerging Leaders Workshop for Scholar AthletesRhonda Hackshaw, PhD / 858-534-5981 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.  Meets Tuesdays, 11-12:30, Athletics 4th Floor Conference Room. Please contact Dr. Rhonda Hackshaw for more information (858-534-5981).

  • Advanced Leadership Roundtable for Scholar AthletesRhonda Hackshaw, PhD / 858-534-5981 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.  Meets Fridays, 11-12:30, Athletics 4th Floor Conference Room or Dugout Conference Room (download flyer for details). Please contact Dr. Rhonda Hackshaw for more information (858-534-5981).

  • Questioning Career Transitions for PhD StudentsChristina Lambert, PhD 858-534-3035 / Joe Cribari, Career Services Center 858-534-3750 A five-session series, aims to help Ph.D. students work through questions about continuing an academic career track, discern types of work and environment that match individual skills and personality, identify transferable skills developed as a Ph.D. student, and examine values, priorities, alternatives, and goals for career next steps. Leader: Christina Lambert, Ph.D. and Joe Cribari (Career Services). Please call Career Services to sign up (858-534-3750).

Community Forums

  • Coming Together ForumRina Schul, PhD / 858-534-1768 Mondays 3:00-4:00 PM (Weeks 1-10)
    Zoom: https://uchealth.zoom.us/j/95832992164

    This forum is a space for international students to come together for support and connection. Topics are open and can include coping with COVID and current events, adjusting to a new culture, and any issues that are relevant to the experience of an international student at UC San Diego.
  • Climate Change Support ForumKristina Mendez, Ph.D. / 858-534-3755 Mondays 3:00-4:00 PM (Weeks 1, 3 and 5)
    Zoom: https://uchealth.zoom.us/j/9129872204

    This forum is a space for international students to come together for support and connection. Topics are open and can include coping with COVID and current events, adjusting to a new culture, and any issues that are relevant to the experience of an international student at UC San Diego.
  • Find Your Focus: Undergraduate ADHD Support ForumCarly Knauf, Psy.D. / 858-534-3755 Mondays 3:00-4:00 PM (Weeks 1-10)
    Zoom: https://uchealth.zoom.us/j/88932523440

    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.
  • Mindful Scholars – A Graduate & Professional Student ForumTyler Hatchel, Ph.D. / 858-534-3755 Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 PM (Weeks 1-10)
    Zoom: https://ucsd.zoom.us/j/93108348015

    Join your graduate student community to engage in formal practice, contemplate the implications, and process your experiences- 1) Learn to refine awareness and insight 2) Find equanimity and compassion 3) Explore acceptance of self and time.
  • Latinx/Chicanx Cafecito HourKristina Mendez, Ph.D. / 858-534-3755 Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 PM (Weeks 1-10)
    Zoom: https://uchealth.zoom.us/j/98172705819

    Join Dra. Kristina Mendez and your Latinx/Chicanx community every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30pm 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.
  • Tritons Coping and Connecting ForumLori R. Weiner, LCSW / 858-534-7403; Sarah Bromley, LCSW / 858-822-2682 Tuesdays 1:00- 2:00 PM (even weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, & 10)
    Zoom: https://uchealth.zoom.us/j/95723573490

    The Tritons Coping and Connecting Forum is a space for students to come together to check in about your experience during the unprecedented circumstances of this Fall Quarter. This forum offers a space to connect, support, and share resources during the time of Covid-19 and discussion topics may include stresses of virtual learning, Zoom fatigue, physical distancing, and social disconnection. This forum is open to both graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Students with Dependents ForumSarah Bromley, LCSW /858-822-2682; Lori R. Weiner, LCSW / 858-534-7403 Tuesdays 1:00- 2:00 PM (odd weeks 3, 5, 7, & 9)
    Zoom: https://uchealth.zoom.us/j/91384635003

    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.
  • Coming Out GroupCat Thompson, Ph.D. / 858-534-3987 Tuesdays 3:30-5:00 pm (Weeks 1-10)
    Zoom: https://uchealth.zoom.us/j/97631185797

    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.
  • APIMEDA Community ForumSam Park, PhD / 858-534-3755//
    Mojgan Jahan, PsyD/ 858-534-3755
    Thursdays 12:00-1:00
    Zoom and forum signup information managed by APIMEDA office - more info coming soon!

    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.
  • Black Women's CollectiveCathy Thompson, PhD / 858-534-3987 Thursdays 3:30-5:00 PM (even weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10)

    Join us for an informal conversation about our experiences as Black women and connect with other Black women on campus.
  • ADHD Support Forum for Graduate and Professional School StudentsChristina Lambert, Ph.D. / 858-534-3035 Mondays 3:00-4:00 PM (Weeks 1-10)
    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. This forum is by referral only; to see if this group is a good fit for you, please contact Dr. Christina Lambert at 858-534-3035.
  • Graduate Women in Engineering & Science (WISE) ForumJudy Goodman Fermin, PhD / 858-534-3755 Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 PM (Weeks 1-10)

    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.
  • Outside the Box ForumCathy Thompson, PhD / 858-534-3987 Thursdays 3:30-5:00 PM (odd Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9)

    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.

Spring 20 Group Schedule - updated regularly - check often!

Group Flyers

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