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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. 
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.
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.
  • Coming Out GroupCathy Thompson, PhD / 858-534-3987
    SPRING 20:
    Time: Tuesdays 3:30pm-5:00 pm
    Location: via ZOOM -  https://uchealth.zoom.us/j/257357104

    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 2020:
    Time: Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 pm
    Location: via ZOOM (contact Dr. Goodman-Fermin for Zoom link)

    The forum is by referral only and 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. Please contact Dr. Judy Goodman-Fermin at 858-534-3755 for more information.

Drop-In Psychoeducational Workshops


  • MONDAYS: Move Your Body, Tone Your Mood Dianna Quach, Ph.D.
    Weeks 1-10 | Time: 10:00-10:45AM │ ZOOM LINK: https://uchealth.zoom.us/j/281214077

    Interested in a moving meditation? Join us in learning postures to help reduce stress and anxiety, and improve your mood. This practice will lead you to a sense of peace and general well-being. Dr. Dianna Quach is clinical psychologist and a certified yoga instructor, RYT. All levels are welcomed! Yoga mats are provided!
  • TUESDAYS: Self-Care Strategies Miriam Adrianowicz, Psy.D.
    Weeks 2-10 | Time: 3:00-4:00PM │ ZOOM LINK: https://uchealth.zoom.us/j/948970418

    Join us to learn care strategies amidst the unique challenges and adjustments this Spring Quarter brings. Topics will include: self & community care strategies, stress management, mindfulness, self-compassion, and effective communication skills.
  • WEDNESDAYS: Wellness Wednesdays Essie Deiranieh & CAPS Wellness Peer Educators
    Week 2-10 | Time: 11:00AM-12:00PM │ ZOOM LINK: https://uchealth.zoom.us/j/918323937

    CAPS Wellness Peer Educators will offer weekly activities to help you integrate the 8 Dimensions of Well-being into your life. We’ll be using an array of fun and creative activities to promote positive emotion, build coping skills, and manage stress during this time.
  • THURSDAY: Tritons Together Erin Bartelma, Psy.D.
    Weeks 2-10 | Time: 11:30am-12:30pm │ ZOOM LINK: https://uchealth.zoom.us/j/700822757

    How can we increase connection during this time of social distancing? Each week we’ll offer meaningful ways to stay connected together as Tritons through activities that promote social wellness, connection, and a sense of belonging. Join us in ‘togetherness’ every Thursday, we look forward to seeing you soon.
  • FRIDAYS: Relaxation Skills Scott Hansen, Ph.D.
    Week 1-10 | Time: 3:00-4:00PM │ ZOOM LINK: https://uchealth.zoom.us/j/210856855

    Come spend an hour learning a variety of basic relaxation skills that will help you deal with daily anxiety. You will leave with practical exercises you can apply immediately to manage and reduce the symptoms of stress in your life.

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).

Drop-In Forums

  • Parents/Guardians/Caregivers Well-Being ForumChristina Lambert, PhD/ 858-534-3035 Join us for an open conversation to continue to share connections, experiences, and resources for families during quarantine. Topics include childcare, campus resources, and sharing time and living space 24/7 (and then some) with loved ones. This forum is in conversation with Dr. Christina Lambert of CAPS and Ashley Cooper of CARE at SARC. For Questions: Contact Dr. Christina Lambert at (858) 534-3035..
  • Alone Together: Covid-19 Emotional Support Forum for International StudentsSophia Chang, PsyD / 858-822-2825 CAPS & ISPO are offering an Emotional Support Forum for International Students. Forum offered in English and Mandarin. Sharing connection, coping strategies, physical and psychological safety will help us feel resilient. This is a weekly drop-in forum and every international student is welcomed. Contact Dr. Sophia Chang at 858-822-2825 for more information.
  • Gay Men's Relationship ForumGreg Koch, PsyD / 858-534-3585 Join us for conversations about our experiences as gay men, and connect with other gay men on campus. The purpose of this forum is to empower gay men and provide a sense of community and support in their pursuit of establishing and maintaining long-term, stable gay relationships, especially in a heterosexist society that still largely frowns upon male/male partnerships and intimacy. This forum addresses relationships, sexual health, community building and more. Mondays, 2:30-4:00pm, in the Women’s Center Small Group Room. Come join us!
  • APIMEDA Community ForumDianna Quach, PhD / 858-534-7710 //
    Niyatee Sukumarnan, PhD / 858-534-9057
    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 Join us for an informal conversation about our experiences as Black women and connect with other Black women on campus.

    Info: Meets at the Women's Center / 5-6:30pm / Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10
  • Campus Black ForumCathy Thompson, PhD / 858-534-3987 Campus Black Forum was originally initiated at UCSD in the late 1970s, and facilitated by Psychologist Phil Rafeal, to enhance the socio-cultural experience of students of African descent and to build a sense of community among these students. Campus Black Forum provides a venue for students, staff and faculty to come together to discuss pertinent issues and concerns relevant to the Black community, and to receive important information that they can use in developing skills to enhance their experiences at UCSD and beyond. Participants will come together for one hour monthly meetings to be held at the UCSD’s Cross-Cultural Center, located in Price Center East.
  • Graduate Women in Engineering & Science (WISE) ForumJudy Goodman Fermin, PhD / 858-534-3755 A support group for women in the science fields where women are underrepresented. Discussion topics are selected by group members. This group will facilitate the development of: 1) a sense of community where each person enjoys a feeling of belonging, 2) support toward the attainment of goals, 3) self-empowerment in creating and maintaining visions for one’s personal and professional life.
  • Graduate & Professional Student Support ForumMiriam Adrianowicz, PsyD / 858-534-3755 A supportive drop-in space for graduate and professional school students seeking strategies for resilience and perseveranceduring uncertain times. Common themes include: stress/worry management, sustaining motivation, recovering from set-backs, work/life changes, and navigating interpersonal challenges (personal and professional).
  • Graduate & Professional Students of Color ForumNiyatee Sukumaran, PhD / 858-534-9057 Join us to connect and discuss experiences as graduate students of color. This forum will provide a supportive space to discuss topics from a multicultural lens, including: improve self-care and well-being, stress management, communication with advisor(s), imposter syndrome, family responsibilities, relationships (romantic or social), sociopolitical climate, experiences of discrimination.
  • Outside the Box ForumCathy Thompson, PhD / 858-534-3987 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. Leader: Cat Thompson, Ph.D., 858-534-3987. Meets on Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:30pm, at the Cross-Cultural Center Tranquility Rm., Price Center East, 2nd Floor. This group is co-sponsored by the Cross Cultural Center.

Spring 20 Group Schedule - updated regularly - check often!

Group Flyers

CAPS updates group and workshop flyers regularly throughout the quarter.

Sign Up for a Group or Workshop!

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