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Spring 2017 Groups

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Groups offered at CAPS require a pre-screen appointment with the group leader to make sure the group is a good fit for your needs. When you are ready to make an appointment at CAPS, please call 805.893.4411 or come to our main office to request an appointment. You may also sign up online and we will contact you to schedule that pre-screen appointment. 

                                                     

Advanced Mindfulness Practice Group
Danny Zamir, Psy.D.
Asha Wilkus-Stone, M.A.
Tues 2:00-3:30pm 
(Main CAPS Office)

This group is for students who have already completed an Introduction to Mindfulness group at CAPS and want a place to continue to practice with others to maintain and extend the psychological benefits that they have experienced. The group will be more experiential and discussion-based than the intro group. 
http://caps.sa.ucsb.edu/programs/GroupCounselingRequest.aspx

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Being in the Moment: Mindfulness for
Psychological Resilience
Danny Zamir, Psy.D.
Thurs 3:00-4:00pm 
(on 4/20, 4/27, & 5/4)
OR
Fri 1:00-2:00pm
(5/12, 5/19, & 6/2)
(Transfer Student Center)

Mindfulness involves paying attention to the present moment and accepting our experience as it is instead of engaging in our habitual pattern of judging. It is a simple practice, but also challenging, profound, and transformative. In this 3-week introductory group you will learn different mindfulness practices and how to integrate them into your daily life to reduce stress and improve your psychological resilience.
* No prescreen required (sign up for 3 session commitment)
http://caps.sa.ucsb.edu/programs/GroupCounselingRequest.aspx

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Building Your Social Confidence
Kimberly Nenemay, Psy.D.
Danilo Donoso, M.A.
Mon 2-3:30pm 
( Main CAPS Office)

Social connections are important to thrive. In this series, students will develop a better understanding of difficulties experienced in social settings and learn to feel more at ease in social interactions. Students will learn practical skills, engage in exercises to try them out, and receive guidance on how to be more selective in choosing relationships and social environments to grow confidence outside of the group.
*No Prescreen Required (sign up for 6 session commitment, 4/17-5/22)
http://caps.sa.ucsb.edu/programs/GroupCounselingRequest.aspx

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Creating Emotional Balance and
Healthy Relationships
Karen Dias, Psy.D.
Danilo Donoso, M.A.

Fri 1-2:30pm 
(San Clemente)

This is a skills-focused group based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), designed to help students learn to better identify and manage their emotions, to improve their interpersonal and relationship skills, and to learn more effective coping skills. These skills can be especially useful during times of intense emotion, conflict, or crisis.


http://caps.sa.ucsb.edu/programs/GroupCounselingRequest.aspx

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Enhancing Wellness and Managing Depression
Deirdre Rainer, Ph.D.
Thurs 2:30-4pm 
(Main CAPS Office)

This group will include peer support discussions about improving mood, motivation, and managing depression. Group members will learn to look at the links between feelings, thoughts, and behaviors and what needs to change in order to feel better. The group will include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as how to recognize and disengage from negative thoughts and rumination. 
http://caps.sa.ucsb.edu/programs/GroupCounselingRequest.aspx

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Find Your Focus
Liz May, Ph.D.
Mon 2:00-3:30pm 
(Gaucho Support Center - Isla Vista)

This group is designed for students with ADHD to learn strategies for academic and personal success. The emotional impact of ADHD will also be addressed. The group is a supportive, collaborative environment where members are encouraged to share experiences and practice new behaviors. 
http://caps.sa.ucsb.edu/programs/GroupCounselingRequest.aspx

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Graduate Student
Process Group
Karen Dias, Psy.D.
Mon 3-4:30pm 
(San Clemente Office)

Designed for graduate students who want to explore ways to build intimacy in interpersonal relationships, work on the interpersonal aspects of anxiety and depression, resolve problems and conflicts, and become more aware of their actions and communication styles.
http://caps.sa.ucsb.edu/programs/GroupCounselingRequest.aspx

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Graduate Student
Process Group
Darren Del Castillo, Ph.D.
Pauline Venieris, M.A.

Thurs 3-4:30pm 
(San Clemente Office)

Designed for graduate students who want to explore ways to build intimacy in interpersonal relationships, work on the interpersonal aspects of anxiety and depression, resolve problems and conflicts, and become more aware of their actions and communication styles.
http://caps.sa.ucsb.edu/programs/GroupCounselingRequest.aspx

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Healing After Childhood Sexual Abuse
Jessica Cooper, Psy.D.
Asha Wilkus-Stone, M.A.

 Thurs 3:30-5pm 
(Women's Center - SRB)

This group is designed for female-identified students who have experienced sexual abuse during childhood or as a teenager. This group will provide a safe space and the opportunity to share experiences, connect with others, and receive support in regaining a greater sense of control and empowerment in their lives. Participants in this group can expect to achieve a greater understanding of common reactions to sexual abuse and the ways in which it can impact life, develop skills for improved coping, and work through common challenges in the healing process.
http://caps.sa.ucsb.edu/programs/GroupCounselingRequest.aspx

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Healing After Sexual Assault
Kali Lantrip, Ph.D.
Jill Huang, Ph.D.

Thurs 3:30-5pm 
(Gaucho Support Center - Isla Vista)

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 will provide participants the opportunity to share experiences, connect with others, and receive support in regaining a greater sense of control and empowerment in their lives. Participants in this group can expect to achieve a greater understanding of common reactions to assault and the ways in which it can impact life, develop skills for improved coping, and work through common challenges in the healing process.
http://caps.sa.ucsb.edu/programs/GroupCounselingRequest.aspx

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International Student Support Group (Mandarin)
Sophia Chang, Psy.D.
Tues 3:30-5pm 
(OISS Conference Room)

This group provides a safe space for Mandarin-speaking Chinese international students to discuss academic, interpersonal, and cultural challenges. The university is a time of significant life transition and this group will enhance students' ability to cope with stress and learn to advocate for themselves. Students will feel supported in their adjustment process and will develop a stronger capability to navigate and thrive within the host culture. 
http://caps.sa.ucsb.edu/programs/GroupCounselingRequest.aspx

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Men's Survivors Group
Seth Goradietsky, Psy.D.

Wed 3:30-5pm
(Gaucho Support Center - Isla Vista)

This group is designed to provide a supportive and safe environment for male-identified students who have experienced sexual assault or physical abuse as children or adults. Men of all sexual orientations and genders are welcome. This group will provide participants the opportunity to share experiences, connect with other men, and receive support in a confidential setting. This group aims to build understanding around the common reactions to assault , explore the impact of abusive experience on current relationships, and work through common challenges in the healing process.
http://caps.sa.ucsb.edu/programs/GroupCounselingRequest.aspx

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Support After Intimate
Partner Abuse
Molly McDonald, Ph.D.
 Thurs 3:30-4:45pm 
(CAPS Main Office )

This group is open to female-identified students who have experienced unhealthy dynamics or abuse in a romantic relationship. Topics discussed include dynamics of partner violence, the relationship between thoughts and feelings, boundaries, managing emotions, self-esteem, and self-care. Space and support is provided for sharing the unique and profound betrayal that can occur within unhealthy intimate relationships.
http://caps.sa.ucsb.edu/programs/GroupCounselingRequest.aspx

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Taming Anxiety with Skills and Compassion
Victoria Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Pauline Venieris, M.A.
 Tues 3:00-4:30pm 
(CAPS Main Office )

This group is designed for individuals experiencing persistent anxiety and will focus on minimizing anxious thoughts and feelings by increasing one's insight and capacity to cope. Group members will acquire skills and strategies to ease anxiety and create emotional wellness with compassion. 
http://caps.sa.ucsb.edu/programs/GroupCounselingRequest.aspx

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True Selves Process Group
Janet Osimo, Psy.D.
Emmie Matsuno, M.A.
 Thurs 3:30-4:45pm 
(SRB Room 2293)

This is a weekly group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, and transgender individuals to address issues related to coming out, relationships, transitioning, finding support on campus, and general life topics. The group provides an opportunity for members to share their concerns with others in a safe, supportive environment.
http://caps.sa.ucsb.edu/programs/GroupCounselingRequest.aspx

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Understanding Self and Others
Robbie Culp, Psy.D.
Sophia Chang, Psy.D.

Wed 1-2:30pm
(Main CAPS Office)

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. Members will have a safe place to explore feelings and thoughts, give and receive support and feedback, and practice healthier ways of relating to themselves and others. 
http://caps.sa.ucsb.edu/programs/GroupCounselingRequest.aspx

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Understanding Self and Others
Robbie Culp, Psy.D.

Tues 1-2:30pm
(Main CAPS Office)

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. Members will have a safe place to explore feelings and thoughts, give and receive support and feedback, and practice healthier ways of relating to themselves and others. 
http://caps.sa.ucsb.edu/programs/GroupCounselingRequest.aspx

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Yoga as Healing
Melissa Cordero, Psy.D.
 Tues 3-5pm
(Gaucho Support Center - Isla Vista)

These group yoga classes will provide survivors of sexual violence a means of becoming reacquainted with their bodies, help to become grounded in the moment, and allow exploration of the benefits of mindfulness as they tune in to breath and movement in guided practice and meditation. Class themes foster community building through restorative postures, core strength, affirmations, guided activities, journaling, and art. This group is open to survivors of all genders and is offered in collaboration with CARE and CAPS. 
http://caps.sa.ucsb.edu/programs/GroupCounselingRequest.aspx

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Family, Relationships, and Addiction Support Group
Angie Bryan, M.A., MEd, MFT
UCSB Alcohol & Drug Program
(Embarcadero Hall)

People who grew up in families where alcohol, drug use, or other compulsive behavior was a problem may face special challenges. In this supportive group, members will gain an understanding of these challenges and develop skills to empower them for healthy relationships and life success. Please contact Angie Bryan for a brief phone or in-person screening to be sure the group will meet yours needs: bryan-a@sa.ucsb.edu or (805) 893-7353. This group is offered by the UCSB Alcohol and Drug Program. 
https://alcohol.sa.ucsb.edu/Students/Fam_Rel_Alcohol.aspx

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