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Spring 2018 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. 

                                                     

Being in the Moment: Introduction to Mindfulness for
Psychological Resilience
Danny Zamir, Psy.D.
Tues 2:00-3:30pm 
(Main CAPS Office)

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 6-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. *Prescreen required (6 session commitment, 4/17-5/22)

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Building Your Social Confidence
Dave Botsford, Psy.D.
Wed 2-3:30pm 
( Main CAPS Office)

Social connections are important, but they don't come easily for everyone. In this series, students will develop a better understanding of common social challenges and develop greater comfort for navigating social situations. Students will learn new interpersonal skills, practice different approaches within a supportive setting, and receive guidance for continuing to grow social confidence outside of the group. 
*No Prescreen Required (6 session commitment, 4/18-5/23)
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Creating Emotional Balance and
Healthy Relationships
Karen Dias, Psy.D.
Thurs 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.


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Empowerment Circle
Jessica Adams, Ph.D.
Thurs 2:00-3:00pm 

This is a Dream Scholar group focused on finding empowerment and strength through community and unity. During unsettling times it is important to not lose hope or be silenced. This is a safe space to help process the complexities of being undocumented and receive support. 
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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. 
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Family and Relationships Group
Whitney Bruice, M.A., M.F.T of ADP
Fri 10:30-11:45am (starting 4/20)
(Embarcadero Hall 1105)

This group is to support students affected by the substance use of a family member or other close relationship. Please note that this group is offered by the Alcohol & Drug Program. Contact Whitney Bruice at (805) 893-5013 to schedule a prescreening appointment. 

Contact Whitney Bruice at ADP 

Graduate Student
Process Group
Karen Dias, Psy.D.
Nick Jackson, M.A.
Wed 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.
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Graduate Student
Process Group
Darren Del Castillo, Ph.D.
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.
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Healing After Childhood Sexual Abuse
Liz May, Ph.D.
 Mon 3:15-4:45pm 
(Gaucho Support Center - Isla Vista)

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.
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Healing After Childhood Sexual Abuse
Jessica Cooper, Psy.D.
 Mon 3:15-4:45pm 
(Main CAPS Office)

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.
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Healing After Sexual Assault
Kali Lantrip, Ph.D.
Pauline Venieris, 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.
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International Student Support Group (Mandarin)
Sophia Chang, Psy.D.
Fri 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. 
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International Student Success (English)
Yueh-Ching Hsu, Ph.D.
Fri 2:00-3:30pm 
(Main CAPS Office)

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. Members will have the opportunity to provide and receive support through making connections with each other, discuss acculturation and adjustment process, and share available resources to promote success at UCSB. 
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Men's Survivors Group
Seth Goradietsky, Psy.D.
Clay Hartmann, M.A.

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.
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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. Members will share their experiences and connect with others in a supportive setting, learn more about common themes, dynamics and responses involved in partner abuse, develop greater self-compassion and coping skills, and experience a sense of shared empowerment.
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Taming Anxiety with Skills and Compassion
Pauline Venieris, Ph.D.
 Thurs 1:30-3:00pm 
(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. 
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True Selves Process Group
Janet Osimo, Psy.D.
Marissa Floro, M.A.
 Thurs 2:00-3:15pm 
(Main CAPS Office)

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.
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Understanding Self and Others
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. 
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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. 
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Yoga as Healing
Melissa Cordero, Psy.D.
 Tues 3-5pm
(Groups on 4/17, 5/22, and 6/5 will stay until 6pm)
(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. Yoga as Healing is a group offered in collaboration with CARE and CAPS. Please contact CARE and a confidential advocate will schedule you a prescreening - (805) 893-4613. 
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Yoga for Depression
Molly McDonald, Ph.D.
Mon 2:15-3:45
(Main CAPS Office)

These group yoga classes will help members manage symptoms of depression (and anxiety) through the use of yoga poses, breathing practices, guided meditation, and yoga principles. Members will learn and practice yoga skills that will support their mental health both during the class and to practice at home. 
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