Identity-Based Support Groups
Black & African American Student Support Group*
Tuesdays, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
For students who self-identify as Black/African-American. Members connect with one another and identify challenges and strengths. Members discuss discrimination, campus climate, self-preservation in times of racial stress and culturally-relevant radical self-care. We aim to reject problematic narratives and co-create meaning and support while acknowledging the shared and unique experiences of members of this community on campus. Conact the group leader listed below to join.
Group Leader: Nikki Chery
LGBTQ and Questioning Support Group*
Fridays, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
For students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, and/or Genderqueer, as well as those who are currently questioning their gender and/or sexual identity. A safe and affirming space where students can connect and share openly about their feelings and experiences related to gender and sexual identity, coming out, relationships, family issues, etc.
Group Leader: Michael Carrizales
Latinx & Undocumented Student Support Group*
Fridays, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
This support group is offered to create a safe, affirming, and confidential space for Latinx-identified students who would like to explore their multiple identities, discuss ways of balancing multiple roles on and off campus, address subtle and overt forms of discrimination, and connect with one another for mutual support and sense of community. Drop-ins are welcome, no sign-up required.
Group Leader: Eric Garcia
Grupo de Apoyo para Estudiantes Latinx e Indocumentados*
Los viernes 3:00–4:30 p.m.
Este grupo de apoyo esta ofrecido para crear un espacio seguro, de afirmación, y confidencial para estudiantes que se identifican como Latinx o indocumentado quienes quieren explorar sus multiples identidades, discutir maneras de equilibrar sus roles multiples dentro y fuera del campus, abordar diferentes formas de discriminación, y conectar uno con el otro para apoyo mutual y un sentido de comunidad. No hay que registrar.
Por más detalles, contactar al Dr. Eric Garcia.
Workshops are offered as three-session series. A new series will start Weeks 2, 5, and 8.
Coping With Anxiety
Mondays, 3:00–3:50 p.m.
This workshop will help students develop skills for coping with and overcoming symptoms of anxiety, such as excessive worry, feeling overwhelmed, insomnia, perfectionism, and excessive self-criticism. Each week will cover different strategies, such as mindfulness and acceptance, defusing from negative thoughts, directing compassion toward oneself and other practices that enhance emotional resilience
Workshop Leader: Mark Evans
Thursdays, 3:00–3:50 p.m.
This workshop is great for students interested in learning and practicing mindfulness skills as a means of coping, as well as to help increase focus, concentration, and awareness of the present moment. Students will gain experience practicing mindfulness skills which can be used to help deal with difficult emotions, stress, feeling disconnected, and getting caught up in one’s thoughts. The workshop is very experiential, meaning that a bulk of the time will be spent practicing the mindfulness skills in-session so that students will leave with a good sense of how to continue practicing on their own.
Workshop Leader: Michael Carrizales
Cultivating Self-Love & Self-Compassion**
Fridays, 11:00–11:50 a.m.
Let’s end your week learning skills to turn your biggest critic into your greatest ally. This workshop focuses on practicing therapeutic exercises that enhance self-compassion, self-acceptance, and self-love. Students can expect varying content and activities each week to improve their relationships with themselves and may return as often as they would like. Who wouldn’t benefit from a dose of self-love? Led by University Counseling Center staff.
Workshop Leader: Toni Forbes Berg
**The first session of Cultivating Self-Love & Self Compassion will begin week 3, and shortened to two sessions.
Creating Healthy Relationships*
Mondays 3:00–4:30 p.m. with Brett Vicario and Dana Santiago
Tuesdays 3:00–4:30 p.m. with Ron Miyaguchi and Alejandro Cervantes
Wednesdays 4:30–6:00 p.m. with Asha Stephen and Cady Kintner
Fridays 3:00–4:30 p.m. with Chris Michales and Kyrai Antares
For students who are interested in learning about their relationship with themselves and with others in their lives. Members gain awareness about interpersonal patterns that they may engage in without even realizing it, and about how they are perceived by others. Members work towards improving self-confidence, appropriate and assertive communication, comfort with addressing conflict, and appropriate boundary setting. We have five offerings of this group.
Me Too Support Group*
Tuesdays 1:00-2:20 p.m.
For students of all genders and identities who have had unwanted sexual experiences at any time in their lives. Members gain understanding of how sexual violence has impacted them, work on creating a sense of safety, grow their abilities to have meaningful connections with others, and address feelings that follow sexual violence.
Group Leader: Anjali Dhar
*Groups that require a pre-group orientation meeting
What to expect from a pre-group orientation: You will be meeting with the therapists who facilitate the group for a 20-30 minute appointment. At this meeting, you and the group therapists will get to know each other, you will get information about the group and how it functions, and about the structure and format of the group. You will also be oriented to how you can receive the most benefit from the group through intentional participation. This is also an opportunity for you to be able to ask any questions you have about the group. Once you and the therapists have talked about your needs and your goals, a decision is collaboratively made about whether this group is the best fit for you.