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Group Counseling Program - Fall 2019

GROUPS
Fall 2019

To submit interest for a group, sign up by clicking on the group name or following the signup link. Groups that require a pre-screen appointment are noted below. 

  • Enhancing Wellness and Managing Depression

    Date/Time: Thursdays, 2:30-4:00pm
    Location: Main CAPS Office
    Leaders: Deirdre Rainer, Ph.D
    Pre-screen required (follow link to sign up first)
    This group will include peer support discussions about improving mood, motivation, and managing depression. The group will include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as how to recognize and disengage from negative thoughts and rumination. 

    [This group is now full. Follow the link below to sign up for the waitlist]
    Click here to sign up

  • Family and Relationships Groups (ADP)

    Date/Time: Fridays, 10:30-11:45am
    Location: Embarcadero Hall 1105
    Leader: Whitney Bruice, MFT
    Pre-screen required - see details below/in flyer
    This is a 7-week process and support group for students who have loved ones with substance use issues or other mental health problems. Learn to identify your role, set boundaries, get support, and take care of yourself so that you can thrive. Before attending, please contact Whitney Bruice, MFT, for a brief phone or in-person screening to be sure this group fits your needs: whitneyb@ucsb.edu or (805) 893-4978

     

  • Graduate Student Process Group (Thursdays)

    Date/Time: Thursdays, 3:00-4:30pm
    Location: San Clemente Villages, Arrowhead 1108
    Co-Leaders: Darren Del Castillo, Ph.D., Ling Jin, M.A.
    Pre-screen required (follow link to sign up first)
    Designed for graduate students who want to explore ways to build interpersonal relationships, work on the interpersonal aspects of anxiety and depression, resolve problems and conflicts, and increase awareness of their actions and communication styles.

    Click here to sign up

  • Graduate Student Process Group (Wednesdays)

    Date/Time: Wednesdays, 3:15-4:45pm
    Location: San Clemente Villages, Arrowhead 1108
    Co-Leaders: Karen Dias, Psy.D. & Matthew Van, M.A.
    Pre-screen required (follow link to sign up first)
    Designed for graduate students who want to explore ways to build interpersonal relationships, work on the interpersonal aspects of anxiety and depression, resolve problems and conflicts, and increase awareness of their actions and communication styles.

    Click here to sign up

  • Healing After Childhood Abuse

    Date/Time: Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm
    Location: Gaucho Support Center, Isla Vista
    Co-Leaders: Kali Lantrip, Ph.D.
    Pre-screen required (follow link to sign up first)
    This group is designed for female-identified students who have experienced sexual abuse during childhood or as a teenager. 

    [This group is now full. Please follow the link below to sign up for the waitlist]
    Waitlist sign up

  • Healing After Sexual Assault

    Date/Time: Mondays, 2:00-3:30pm
    Location: Gaucho Support Center - Isla Vista
    Leader: Elizabeth May, Ph.D.
    Pre-screen required (follow link to sign up first)
    This group is designed to provide a supportive and safe environment for female-identified students who have experienced sexual assault as an adult.

    [This group is now full. Please follow the link below to sign up for the waitlist]
    Click here to sign up

  • Healing With Yoga and Sound

    Date/Time: Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00pm
    Location: Gaucho Support Center - Isla Vista
    Leader: Melissa Cordero, Psy.D.
    Pre-screen required (follow link to sign up first)
    *Prerequisite-Students must have completed Yoga as Healing
    This group is for students who have completed Yoga as Healing and are wanting to continue their healing through the practice of yoga. This group will focus on healing the body through trauma-informed yoga and incorporate sound meditation and drumming.

    Click here to sign up

  • Healing, Encouraging, & Rising Together (HEART) - for Latinas

    Date/Time: Wednesdays, 1:30-3:00pm
    Location: Main CAPS Office
    Leader: Victoria Gonzalez, Ph.D.
    Pre-screen required (follow link to sign up first)
    This group will focus on creating connections; where Latinas can feel respected, validated, and affirmed. The aim is to help students find relief, gain awareness, and helpful coping strategies for managing the psychological impacts of oppression.

    Click to sign up here

  • International Student Success - English

    Date/Time: Fridays, 2:00-3:30pm
    Location: Main CAPS Office 
    Co-Leaders: Yueh-Ching Hsu, Ph.D., Ling Jin, M.A.
    Pre-screen required (follow link to sign up first)
    This group provides a safe, English-speaking space for all international students to discuss cultural, educational, relationship, familial, and other issues unique to the international student experience.

    Click here to sign up

  • Men's Survivors Group

    Date/Time: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm
    Location: Gaucho Support Center - Isla Vista
    Co-Leaders: Seth Goradietsky, Psy.D. & Chye Hong Liew, M.S., Ed.
    Pre-screen required (follow link to sign up first)
    This group is designed to provide a supportive and safe environment for male-identified students who have experienced sexual or physical assault as children or adults. 

    Click here to sign up

  • Mindfulness and Compassion

    Date/Time: Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm
    Location: Main CAPS Office
    Leader: Jessica Cooper, Psy.D.
    Pre-screen required (follow link to sign up first)
    In this group, members will gain a foundation in mindfulness, compassion and nature connection practices through guided meditations with a focus on compassion for self and others.

    Click here to sign up

  • Peace with Food

    Date/Time: Thursdays, 2:00-3:30pm
    Location: Student Health, Classroom 1
    Co-Leaders: Robbie Culp, Psy.D., Betsy Malear, M.S., R.D.N.
    Pre-screen required (follow link to sign up first)
    This group is designed to help members better understand disordered eating habits, process weight and shape concerns, work on managing situational triggers and how these impact their sense of self and relationships with others.

    Click here to sign up

  • Support after Intimate Partner Abuse

    Date/Time: Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm
    Location: Main CAPS Office
    Co-Leaders: Molly McDonald, Ph.D., Hope Andreason, Ph.D.
    Pre-screen required (follow link to sign up first)
    This group is open to female–identified students who have experienced unhealthy dynamics or abuse in a romantic relationship.

    [This group is now full. Please submit the form below to put your name on the waitlist.]
    Waitlist sign up

  • Thriving, Not Just Surviving (Workshop Series)

    Date/Time: Wednesdays, 5:30-7:45pm (October 30th - December 4th)
    Location: On-Campus
    Co-Leaders: Facilitated by CARE Advocate, Julia Pennick. Workshops led by specialized community providers
    This series offers a diverse set of workshops including yoga and reiki, creative outlets, mindfulness, and more. This program intends to provide survivors of interpersonal violence with an essential toolkit of coping, communication and leadership skills that will foster community and help guide them on their healing journeys. 

    Please email Julia Jpennick@ucsb.edu (CARE Advocate) for more information or to register. 

    Registration closes on 10/25. This program runs quarterly for the rest of the academic year. Feel free to express interest now to get on board for a future quarter!

  • TRANSformative

    Date/Time: Wednesdays, 2:30-3:45pm
    Location: SRB - Women's Center Conference Room
    Co-Leaders: Emily Maynard, Ph.D. & Sam del Castillo, M.A. 
    Pre-screen required (follow link to sign up first)
    This is a weekly group for trans and non-binary-identifying students to address issues related to transitioning, misgendering, bodies, relationships, medical care, transphobia, and general life topics. This group provides an opportunity for members to share their experiences with others in a “brave” space.

    Click here to sign up

  • True Selves Process Group

    Date/Time: Thursdays, 2:00-3:15pm
    Location: Main CAPS Office
    Leader: Janet Osimo, Psy.D.
    Pre-screen required (follow link to sign up first)
    This is a weekly group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender and questioning individuals to address issues related to coming out, relationships, gender identity, finding support on campus, and general life topics.

    Click here to sign up

  • Understanding Self and Others (Tuesdays)

    Date/Time: Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30pm
    Location: Main CAPS Office
    Co-Leaders: Robbie Culp, Psy.D. & Jason Wong, Psy.D.
    Pre-screen required (follow link to sign up first)
    This is an undergraduate process-oriented group helping members with interpersonal skills, increased expression of emotion, understanding social dynamics, gaining increased self-confidence, and a greater awareness of one’s self including culture and identity.

    Click here to sign up

  • Yoga as Healing

    Date/Time: Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00pm
    Location: Gaucho Support Center - Isla Vista
    Co-Leaders: Melissa Cordero, Psy.D., Hope Andreason, Ph.D.
    These group yoga classes will provide survivors of sexual violence a means of becoming reacquainted with their bodies and allow exploration of the benefits of mindfulness.  Open to all genders.
    Offered in collaboration with CARE. Please contact CARE at 805-893-4613 to schedule a prescreening.


  • Yoga for Emotional Balance

    Date/Time: TBD Winter Quarter 2020
    Location: Main CAPS Office
    Leader: Molly McDonald, Ph.D.
    Pre-screen required (follow link to express interest for Winter quarter 2020)
    These group yoga classes will support students in managing common emotional difficulties, particularly those associated with depression and anxiety. Students can expect to benefit from the use of yoga poses, breathing practices, guided meditation, and yoga philosophy.

    Click here to sign up

WORKSHOPS &
DROP-IN GROUPS
Fall 2019

To submit interest for a workshop or drop-in group, sign up by clicking on the group name or following the signup link. Most workshops or drop-in groups do not require a pre-screen. 

  • A Tribe Called Sis

    Date/Time: Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00pm
    Location: Main CAPS Office, Building 599
    Co-Leaders: Meridith Merchant, Ph.D., Kareen Louis (EOP)
    A Tribe Called Sis is a Sister Circle that provides a space for all Black women at UCSB to experience healing, give and receive support to one another, and explore issues unique to the experience of Black women.
    Click here to sign up

  • Creating Community: A Support Space for Graduate Students of African Heritage

    Date/Time: Mondays, 3:00-4:30pm
    Location: EOP Conference Room
    Co-Leaders: Mario Barfield, Psy.D. & Meridith Merchant, Ph.D.
    Join in a discussion of the unique challenges commonly experienced as a graduate student of African Heritage. Relieve stress. Be empowered. Be encouraged. Celebrate successes. Share ideas for maintaining a work-life-school-home balance.
    Click here to sign up

  • Cultivating Resilience

    Date/Time: 10/29/19 - 11/19/19 (4 meetings)
    Location: Monarch Lounge (Annex Bldg., Room 101)
    Leader: Jessica Adams, Ph.D.
    This is a Dream Scholar drop-in group focused on building resilience in a safe and supportive environment. Students will learn emotion regulation skills, build self acceptance, and develop mindfulness skills. Please sign up if interested or if you have questions and would like to be contacted. Registration is not required. Drop-ins welcome.
    Click here to sign up

  • Find Your Focus

    Date/Time: Mondays, 2:00-3:00pm
    Location: Main CAPS Office
    Co-Leaders: Jocelyn Levitan, Ph.D. & Chye Hong Liew, M.S., Ed.
    These workshops are designed for students with ADHD to learn strategies for academic and personal success.  It is a supportive and collaborative environment where students are encouraged to share experiences and practice new behaviors.
    Click here to sign up

  • Gaucho Group

    Date/Time: Tuesdays, TBD
    Location: ICA Classroom
    Leader: Dave Botsford, Psy.D.
    Gaucho Group is designed to help UCSB ICA student athletes manage common challenges before they become problems.
    Click here to sign up

  • Good Grief: Managing Life after the Loss of a Loved One

    Date/Time: Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm
    Location: SRB Room 2293
    Leader: Meridith Merchant, Ph.D.
    Join with other students who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Receive support as you hear others talk about similar experiences.
    Click here to sign up

  • HAAPI: Supporting Healthy Asian American Pacific Islanders

    Date/Time: Tuesdays, 3:30-4:45pm, Weeks 2-10
    Location: SRB 1103
    Co-Leaders: Junichi Shimaoka, Psy.D., Jason Wong, Psy.D.
    HAAPI is an informal support and discussion space for South Asian, Southeast Asian, East Asian, Pacific Islander, multi/bi-cultural and multi/bi-racial identified students at UCSB.  We discuss a range of suggested topics each week over Asian Snacks with guest speakers (See our flyers). Topics range from family dynamics, stereotypes and social/cultural expectations, intersecting identities, and to personal/emotional well being.
    Click here to sign up

  • Nuestra Comunidad: Finding Our Strength in Community

    Date/Time: Thursdays, 2:00-3:30pm
    Location: EOP Conference Room - SRB 2228
    Co-Leaders: Carla Corral, Ph.D., Ozzie Espinoza, M.A.
    A safe space for ChicanX/LatinX students to share, learn, and support each other and recognize and develop their strengths.
    Click here to sign up

  • Secrets to Success: What All International Students Should Know

    Date/Time: Every other Tuesday (Week 2, 4, 6, 8, 10), 12:00-1:00pm
    Location: Transfer Student Center Conference Room
    Leader: Junichi Shimaoka, Psy.D., Chye Hong Liew, M.S. Ed, Nicole Morgan (OISS)
    A safe and welcoming space for all students with an international background. Come and join our informal conversation on a variety of topics. 
    Click here to sign up

  • Stress Reduction

    Date/Time: TBA
    Location: Main CAPS Office
    Leader: Mental Health Peers (student staff)
    Gain practical skills on how to tackle stress effectively. Learn how common stress is among college students and how to be aware of the signs.

  • Taming Anxiety

    Date/Time: TBA
    Location: Main CAPS Office
    Leader: TBA
    This 3-week consecutive series is a short, powerful intervention to help manage anxiety. Learn what anxiety is and develop a personalized plan to manage symptoms effectively and with self-compassion.  3 week commitment.                                                                   

  • Transfer Shock!

    Date/Time: Mondays, 3:30-5:00pm
    Location: Transfer Student Center Conference Room
    Leader: Deirdre Rainer, Ph.D.
    A weekly group meeting designed to support the successful transition of transfer students at UCSB. Participants will have an opportunity to share challenges and resources as well as tips to eliminate negative thinking and increase feeling connected.

    Click here to sign up

  • We Are Worthy: A Healing Retreat

    Date/Time: Monday, November 25 & December 2nd 1pm-7pm (Attendance Both Days Required)
    Location: Mosher Alumni Hall
    Leaders: Melissa Cordero, Psy.D., Seth Gordietsky, Psy.D., Jessica Cooper, Psy.D.

    This will be a two-part series focused on self-care, coping skills, and creating community in order to reduce the experience of isolation, shame, and/or internalized blame that often occurs in the aftermath of Interpersonal Violence. This mini retreat is for UCSB students of all genders who have experienced child abuse, sexual assault, dating violence, or other interpersonal trauma in their lives and are wanting to receive and provide support to their peers. The two days of healing will include group discussion, writing, sound, and movement as well as sharing a meal (provided) with the goal of connection, support, and kindness to one another in the aftermath of betrayal. 

    Click here to register

  • Women's Healing Circle: A Healing Retreat

    Date/Time: Saturday 11/2 AND Sunday 11/3, 10am-3pm (Attendance Both Days Required)
    Location: TBD
    Leaders: Leaders: Kali Lantrip, Ph.D., Liz May, Ph.D., Molly McDonald, Ph.D., Jessica Cooper, Psy.D., and Hope Andreason, Ph.D.

    This will be a two-part series focused on self-care, coping skills, and creating community in order to reduce the experience of isolation, shame, and/or internalized blame that often occurs in the aftermath of Interpersonal Violence. This mini retreat is for female identified UCSB students who have experienced childhood abuse, sexual assault, dating violence, or other interpersonal trauma in their lives and are wanting to receive and provide support to their peers. The two days of healing will include group discussion, writing, sound, meditation and movement as well as sharing a meal (provided) with the goal of connection, support, and kindness to one another in the aftermath of betrayal.

    Click here to register

Workshops offered by Mental Health Peers 
Registration is encouraged by not required. Drop-ins welcome. 
http://bit.ly/MHPworkshopsFall2019

TAMING ANXIETY - This 3-week consecutive series is a short, powerful intervention to help manage anxiety. Learn what anxiety is and develop a personalized plan to manage symptoms effectively and with self-compassion.  3 week commitment.    
Taming Anxiety (3 workshop series: Mondays 10/28, 11/4, AND 11/18) 12-1pm
Taming Anxiety (3 workshop series: Thursdays 10/24, 10/31, AND 11/7) 11am-12pm
     

STRESS REDUCTION - This workshop will help with gaining practical skills to tackle stress, learning signs of stress, and tips on how to get a better night's rest. It will review the impact of stress on sleep, mental health, and academic success.
Stress Reduction - Friday, 10/18, 12-1pm
Stress Reduction - Tuesday, 10/29, 3-4pm
Stress Reduction - Tuesday, 11/2, 3-4pm  


IMPOSTER SYNDROME - Imposter syndrome is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent, internalized fear of being exposed as a "fraud." This workshop explores this concept and provides tips on how to manage these feelings. 
Imposter Syndrome - Friday, 10/25, 12-1pm
Imposter Syndrome - Tuesday, 11/5, 12-1pm
Imposter Syndrome - Monday, 11/8, 1-2pm

 
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