All Groups/Workshops/Drop-ins will be conducted via Zoom. Please look through each description for any adjustments to requirements. Thank you!

Both sections below are in progress! Check back periodically for more groups/workshops!

GROUPS 

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

Building Resilience: A Group for Survivors

Date/Time: Tuesdays, 2-3:00pm
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Kali Lantrip, Ph.D., & Liz May, Ph.D.
Zoom link will be sent after signing up
This group is for survivors of Interpersonal Violence (sexual assault, dating/relational violence, child abuse, and/or experiences of stalking) who want to to gain support and build community with other survivors. Members will share, connect, and learn from each other in their healing journeys - in a safe, facilitated space. This group is open to all genders and identities and will include discussion of how parts of our identities and our lived experiences contribute to how we experience trauma, find meaning, and heal.

[This group is now full. Please sign up for the waitlist.]
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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Training

Date/Time: Wednesdays (10/21,11/4,11/18 & 12/2), 2:30-4pm.
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Ashley Gilmore, LMFT, Jennifer Taylor, LMFT (ADP) 
Zoom link will be sent after signing up
This 90 minute didactic group that helps students adopt coping skills in the areas of Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. A significant focus of this group is psycho-education of emotions and DBT skills training, with mindfulness interwoven in each workshop. The goal of this group is to help students expand their repertoire of emotional management strategies while learning to effectively implement these tools in their lives. Students also have the opportunity to connect with and support their peers as they learn with and from each other. Helpful for a range of issues: Depression, anxiety, stress, mood instability, irritability, feelings of emptiness, identity issues, anger issues, intense or chaotic relationships, impulsivity, substance use concerns, eating disorders, suicidal and self-harming behavior.
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Enhancing Wellness and Managing Depression

Date/Time: Thursday, 3:30-5:00pm
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Deirdre Rainer, Ph.D.
Zoom link will be sent after signing up
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.
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Family and Relationships Support Group 

Date/Time: Fridays, 10:00-11:00am
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Whitney Bruice, MFT (ADP)
Zoom link will be sent after signing up
Join our 7-week free, confidential process group for students who have family members or other loved ones struggling with substance use issues or other related mental health concerns. This group will be virtual.
To attend and get the zoom meeting information, please contact Whitney Bruice, MFT, Alcohol and Drug Program Behavioral Health Therapist, for a brief phone or telehealth meeting to be sure this group will meet your needs: whitneyb@ucsb.edu or 805-893-4978

Graduate Student Interpersonal Process & Support Group (Thursdays)

Date/Time: Thursday, 3:00-4:00pm
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Karen Dias, Psy.D.
Zoom link will be sent after signing up
Designed for graduate students who want to explore ways to address feelings of isolation in the context of COVID-19 related concerns, 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 Interpersonal Process & Support Group (Fridays)

Date/Time: Fridays, 2:00-3:00pm
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Darren Del Castillo, Ph.D. & Dhriti Tiwari, M.S.
Designed for graduate students who want to explore ways to address feelings of isolation in the context of COVID-19 related concerns, 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, Encouraging, and Rising Together (HEART)

Date/Time: Wednesday, 1:30-3:00pm
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Victoria Gonzalez, Ph.D. 
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.
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International Student Success Group (English)

Date/Time: Fridays, 2:00-3:30pm
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Yueh-Ching Hsu, Ph.D., & Chye Hong Liew, Ph.D.
Zoom link will be sent after signing up
This group is designed to provide a safe and confidential space for international students to receive and provide support through exploring and navigating cultural differences, making connections with each other, and sharing available resources to promote success at UCSB. This is also a space to affirm your strengths as international students.
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Men's Survivor Group

Date/Time: Thursdays, 3:30-4:45pm
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Seth Goradietsky, Psy.D., Steffanie Tinsley, Ph.D.
Zoom link will be sent after signing up
This group is designed to provide a supportive and safe environment for male students who have experienced an abusive relationship or sexual assault. Men of all sexual orientations and genders within this spectrum are welcome including Gay, Queer, Bi, and Transgender. This group will provide participants the opportunity to share experiences, connect with other men, 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 and develop skills for improved coping which may lead them to enter safer, more satisfying relationships.
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Mindfulness and Compassion

Date/Time: Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Jessica Cooper, Psy.D. & Dana Campagna, M.A.
Zoom link will be sent after signing up
Group members will gain a foundation in mindfulness, compassion and nature connection practices through guided meditations and group discussion. Additionally, members will receive resources to learn how to integrate mindfulness practices into daily life and to cope with stress non-judgmentally, with increased self-compassion.
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Peace with Food

Date/Time: Thursday, 2-3:30pm
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Robbie Culp, Psy.D., & Betsey Malear, R.D. (SHS)
Zoom link will be sent after signing up
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.

[This group is now full. Please sign up for the waitlist.]
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Support After Intimate Partner Abuse

Date/Time: Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Molly McDonald, Ph.D., Kat Wu, M.A.
Zoom link will be sent after signing up
This group is open to female–identified students who have experienced unhealthy dynamics or abuse in a romantic relationship.
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True Selves

Date/Time: Thursdays (10/22, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3), 2-3pm
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Janet Osimo, Psy.D.
Zoom link will be sent after signing up
We will be offering an online support group for the LGBTQ community to come together during COVID-19. Our community is especially vulnerable to the challenges of physical distancing. We may be sheltering in place with family or friends that may or may not know about our identity. Access to health care is likely more challenging. This is a place to come and check in with others, explore your identity, get support and information.  You can attend through telephone or Zoom.  
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Understanding Self & Others

Date/Time: Tuesdays, 1-2:30pm
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Robbie Culp, Psy.D.
Zoom link will be sent after signing up
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.
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Yoga for Emotional Balance

Date/Time: Thursdays, 10-11:15am
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Molly McDonald, Ph.D.
Zoom link will be sent after signing up
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.
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WORKSHOPS & DROP-IN

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 Moment of Mindfulness

Date/Time: Mondays, 2-3:30pm
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Sochanvimean Vannavuth, Ph.D.
Zoom link will be sent after signing up
This is a space for individual who would like to learn and practice meditation collectively with others to build mindful community. Meditation is also known to reduce anxiety and stress, decrease self-criticism and perfectionism, nurture kindness instinct and authenticity, increase focus and self-compassion. Let's come together for a moment of mindfulness.
Click here to sign up for HAPI: Supporting Healthy Asians / Pacific Islanders

A Tribe Called Sis

Date/Time: Wednesdays (10/14, 11/4, 12/2), 2-3pm
Location: Zoom
Co-Leaders: Meridith Merchant, Ph.D, Kareen Louis, M.Ed. (OBSD), & Marsha Wylie, LCSW
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 for Nuestra Comunidad: Finding Our Strength in Community

Creating Community - Black Graduate Student Support Space

Date/Time: Mondays (even weeks), 3-4:30pm 
Location: Zoom
Co-Leaders: Mario Barfield, Ph.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.
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Cultivating Resilience

Date/Time: Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm 
Location: Zoom
Co-Leaders: Jessica Adams, Ph.D.
This is an online Dream Scholar support group focused on building resilience in a safe and supportive environment. Students will experience social connection, learn new skills to manage anxiety and worry such as emotional regulation and mindfulness skills, and learn about important campus/community resources. Please sign up if interested or if you have questions and would like to be contacted. Students welcome at any point in the quarter.
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Find Your Focus

Date/Time: Mondays, 1:30-2:30pm 
Location: Zoom
Co-Leaders: Jocelyn Levitan, Ph.D. 
This workshop is designed for students with ADHD-related difficulties to learn strategies for academic and personal success. These workshops offer a supportive, collaborative environment where students are encouraged to share experiences and practice new skills. Topics include: Understanding Strengths and Weakness of an ADHD Brain, Goal Setting, Time Management, Procrastination, Motivation, Building Attention Span, Adaptive Thinking, Coping Skills, Accommodations, and Self-Advocacy. Special consideration will be taken to unique challenges for working at home and during quarantine.
*While students are encouraged to attend every session, drop-ins are welcome.*
*You do not need to have an ADHD diagnosis to attend this workshop.*
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Gaucho Group

Date/Time: Tuesdays, 5:30-7pm
Location: Zoom
Co-Leaders: Dave Botsford, Psy.D.
Gaucho Group is designed to help UCSB ICA student athletes manage common challenges before they become problems.
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Good Grief

Date/Time: Wednesday, 4:00-5:00pm
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Meridith Merchant, Ph.D., Chye Hong Liew, Ph.D.
Zoom link will be sent after signing up
Join with other students who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Receive support as you hear others talk about similar experiences.
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HAPI: Supporting Healthy Asians/Pacific Islanders

Date/Time: Tuesdays, 2:30-4pm
Location: Zoom
Co-Leaders: Jason Wong, Psy.D., Sochanvimean Vannavuth, Ph.D.
HAPI is an informal zoom-based support and discussion space of South Asian, Southeast Asian, East Asian, Pacific Islander, multi/bi-cultural and multi/bi-racial identified students at UCSB. We hope to use the space in Fall 2020 to build a sense of community and provide a safe space to share our experiences, connect with others, and support each other as we adjust to remote learning/living and our new normals.
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Let's Touch Base (Brief Group Therapy)

Date/Time: Wednesdays, 1-2pm
Location: Zoom
Co-Leaders: Sonya Tinoco, LMFT, Hope Andreason, Ph.D.
Drop-in brief therapy group designed to provide a holding space for students who are waiting to be seen through therapy either at CAPS or through a community provider. Each week will vary in topics discussed, as the members of the group will determine the direction of each meeting. Our hopes for the group are to provide a space for students to feel, supported, heard and seen. To have the opportunity to connect with one another around current challenges they may be facing and leave each week with one take away, whether it’s a skill or an insight, or a question that you have reflected on.
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Mindfulness & Self-Compassion for Students of Color

Date/Time: Tuesdays, 2:30-4pm
Location: Zoom
Co-Leaders: Victoria Gonzalez, Ph.D. & Chye Hong Liew, Ph.D.
The goal of this drop-in group is to help guide you to a place of acknowledging, accepting, and healing from difficult emotions and thought processes that contribute to your distress and suffering. You will learn specific strategies, and in-vivo practices to gain the ability to self-soothe and to promote well-being. This group is open to Black Indigenous & People Of Color students who want to connect with other BIPOC students in a safe space, develop a shared sense of community, and foster emotional safety during such uncertain times. Particularly during these times of disconnection and isolation during COVID-19, we would like to welcome and encourage international students of color to join us as well.
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Nuestra Comunidad

Date/Time: Thursdays, 2-3:30pm
Location: Zoom
Co-Leaders: Carla Corral, Ph.D., Ozzie Espinoza, M.A. 
This weekly dialogue provides a safe space for ChicanX/LatinX identified students to support each other and recognize their strengths. This group will explore the role that cultural heritage plays in psychological and academic wellbeing. ChicanX/LatinX students will have the opportunity to talk about culture and diversity, family, identity, belonging, financial literacy, healthy relationships, navigating the university, our current socio-political environment, the impact of Covid-19, and what it means to be a ChicanX/LatinX college student.
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Tools for Thriving in 2020

Date/Time: Wednesdays (10/21, 10/28, 11/11), 3-4pm
Location: Zoom
Co-Leaders: Isabela França Magalhães, Psy.D., Hope Andreason, Ph.D.

It is a limited 3-part workshop that will cover topics related to thriving (not merely surviving) in these chaotic, unprecedented times. The three topics are as follows: 
1) Navigating remote learning (10/21, 3-4 PM) - tips around thriving in a remote learning environment, with a focus on mental health
2) Navigating relationships (10/28, 3-4 PM)- tips for maintaining and nurturing close relationships in a pandemic, especially those we share living spaces with
3) Navigating uncertainty and loss (11/11, 3-4 PM)- discussion on how to live with uncertainty and navigate the range of loss (normalcy, opportunities, the "full college experience")

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Transfer Shock

Date/Time: Mondays, 3:30-5pm
Location: Zoom
Co-Leaders: Deirde 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.
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TRANSformative 

Date/Time: Thursdays (10/15, 10/29, 11/12, 12/3, 12/10), 2-3pm
Location: Zoom
Co-Leaders: Emily Maynard, Ph.D., Sam del Castillo, M.A. 
This is a biweekly group for trans, non-binary, and questioning students to address issues related to transitioning, misgendering, bodies, dysphoria, relationships, medical care, transphobia, and general life topics. This is a drop-in group, however please contact Dr. Maynard for pre-screen and zoom link. Group starts on October 15th. Limited to undergraduates only.
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