The Group Counseling program at Counseling & Psychological Services includes offerings that can help students learn skills, manage distress, and/or build community. The three categories of groups are listed below. Some things to keep in mind:

  • There is no additional cost for groups. CAPS services are covered by your student fees!
  • Some groups require a different level of commitment ranging from drop-in once to quarter-long. 
  • Some groups require a pre-screen to ensure that the group is a good fit for your needs.
  • If you are currently located outside of California, your ability to attend may depend on your specific location. 
  • Some group descriptions fit more than one category so they are listed multiple times. 

Please read through the information for the group(s) you are interested in. If you have any questions, please contact CAPS at (805) 893-4411.

For an alphabetized, full list of groups offered for Spring 2021 that can easily be printed, click here


Psychoeducation & Skills Groups

These groups focus on teaching content and skills that can help students manage mental health concerns. 


Community Groups

Identity-specific groups offer individuals with shared visible and invisible or hidden identities a space to process current issues, provide support to one another, and build community. 


Interpersonal Process Groups

These groups offer students an opportunity to process concerns and seek support from peers, as well as a chance to practice social skill building and connecting with others. 

 

Glossary of Group Counseling terms:

Drop-in - student can choose to attend just one session or multiple. No expectation of attendance. May still require an initial registration to get Zoom link access
Series - while not a "process group," information being shared builds on itself and it is beneficial to be able to attend all sessions
Pre-screen - a short (typically 15-30 minute) appointment with the group leader(s) to ensure that the group you are interested in is a good fit for your needs. These can be scheduled by calling (805) 893-4411 or by submitting a Services Request Form
Google request form - each group has a link to a Google Form for registration. This helps keep track of interest and group leaders can reach out with Zoom links and group updates. These will not prompt a pre-screen appointment - those need to be scheduled separately
[CLOSED] - this denotes when a group is full, and signups are closed for the quarter. Usually the group will open signups again near the beginning of the next quarter.
[WAITLIST] - this denotes when a group is full, and students are welcome to signup to be put on a waitlist. 


Psychoeducation & Skills Groups

These groups focus on teaching content and skills that can help students manage mental health concerns. 

(GENERAL groups are followed by a subsection of MINDFULNESS groups)

Date/Time: Wednesdays (4/14, 4/28, 5/12, & 5/26), 2:30-4pm 
Prescreen required: Yes
Drop-in: No
Location: Zoom
Co-Leaders: Ashley Gilmore, LMFT, Jennifer Taylor, LMFT (ADP) 
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.

Click here to sign up for the Fall 2021 waitlist

Date/Time: Thursday 3:30-5:00pm, starting 4/8/21
Prescreen required: No
Drop-in: No
Location: Zoom
Leader: Deirdre Rainer, Ph.D.
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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Date/Time: Mondays, 1:30-2:30pm, starting 4/19/21 
Prescreen required: No
Drop-in: Yes
Location: Zoom
Leader: 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.*

Click here to sign up

Date/Time: Thursdays, 10-11:15am, starting on 4/15/21
Prescreen required: Yes
Drop-in: No
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Molly McDonald, Ph.D.
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.


Psychoeducation & Skills groups focused on Mindfulness

 

Date/Time: Tuesdays, 3:30-5pm, starting on 4/13/21
Prescreen required: Yes
Drop-in: No
Location: Zoom
Co-Leaders: Jessica Cooper, Psy.D. & Katherine Wu, M.A.
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.

Click here to sign up for Fall 2021 waitlist


Community Groups

Identity-specific groups offer individuals with shared visible and invisible or hidden identities a space to process current issues, provide support to one another, and build community. 

Date/Time: Wednesdays, 5-7pm
Prescreen required: No
Drop-in: Yes
Location: Zoom
Co-Leaders: Meridith Merchant, Ph.D, & Kareen Louis, M.Ed. (OBSD)
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

Date/Time: Mondays* 3:00-4:30pm
*Mondays will alternate with Black Graduate Student Association meetings. Start date TBA
Prescreen required: No
Drop-in: Yes
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.
Click here to sign up

Date/Time: Thursdays, 3:30-4:30, starting on 4/15/21
Prescreen required: No
Drop-in: Yes
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Jessica Adams, Ph.D. & Tony Muñoz
This is an online Dream Scholar support group focused on building resilience in a safe and supportive environment. Undocumented 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.
Click here to sign up

Date/Time: Tuesdays 5:30-7pm, starting 4/13/21
Prescreen required: No
Drop-in: Yes
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.
Click here to sign up

Date/Time: Wednesdays 4:00-5:00pm, starting on 4/7/21
Prescreen required: No
Drop-in: Yes
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.
Click here to sign up

Date/Time: Mondays, 2-3pm. Starting on 4/5/2021
Prescreen required: Yes
Drop-in: No
Location:Zoom
Leaders: Karen Dias, Psy.D.
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.

[Group is now full. Please fill out the sign-up form to be put on the waitlist for next quarter.]
Click here to sign up

Date/Time: Fridays, 2:00-3:00pm. Starting on 4/9/2021.
Prescreen required: Yes
Drop-in: No
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.

[This group is now full. Please sign up for the wait list.]
Click here to sign up

Date/Time: Tuesdays, 2:30-4pm. Starting on 4/20/21
Prescreen required: No
Drop-in: Yes
Location: Zoom
Co-Leaders: Sochanvimean Vannavuth, Ph.D. & Chye Hong Liew, 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 this space 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.
Click here to sign up

Date/Time: Wednesday, 1:30-3:00pm. Starting on 3/31/21
Prescreen required: No
Drop-in: Yes
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Victoria Gonzalez, Ph.D. 
Zoom link will be sent after signing up
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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Date/Time: Fridays 2:00-3:30pm, starting on 4/09/21
Prescreen required: Yes
Drop-in: No
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Yueh-Ching Hsu, Ph.D., & Chye Hong Liew, Ph.D.
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.
Click here to sign up for the waitlist.

Date/Time: Thursdays, 3:30-4:45pm. Starting on 4/8/21.
Prescreen required: Yes
Drop-in: No
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Seth Goradietsky, Psy.D., Steffanie Tinsley, Ph.D.
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.
Click here to sign up

Date/Time: Thursdays, 2-3:30pm. Starting 4/1/21
Prescreen required: No
Drop-in: Yes
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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Date/Time: Tuesdays, 3-4pm. Starting on 4/13/2021.
Prescreen required: Yes
Drop-in: No
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Dhriti Tiwari, M.S.
This group is designed to provide a supportive space for students who identify as South Asian to make connections and explore shared issues and challenges. The group will be focused on fostering a sense of community, sharing resources and developing skills to facilitate coping and growth.
Click here to sign up

Date/Time: Every other Thursday at 2-3pm. Starting on 4/8/21.
Prescreen required: Yes, if not known to Dr. Maynard.
Drop-in: Yes
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. Limited to undergraduates only.
Click here to sign up for the waitlist

Date/Time: Every other Thursday from 2-3pm. Starting 4/15/21
Prescreen required: Yes, if not known to either co-leader
Drop-in: No
Location: Zoom
Leaders: Janet Osimo, Psy.D. & Dana Campagna, M.A.
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.  
Click here to sign up


Interpersonal Process Groups

These groups offer students an opportunity to process concerns and seek support from peers, as well as a chance to practice social skill building and connecting with others. 

(GENERAL groups are followed by a subsection of INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE/TRAUMA groups)

Date/Time: Fridays, 10:00-11:00am, starting 4/16/21
Prescreen required: Contact ADP (see description)
Drop-in: No
Location: Zoom
Leader: Whitney Bruice, MFT (ADP)
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

Date/Time: Mondays, 2-3pm. Starting on 4/5/2021
Prescreen required: Yes
Drop-in: No
Location:Zoom
Leaders: Karen Dias, Psy.D.
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.

[Group is now full. Please fill out the sign-up form to be put on the waitlist for next quarter.]
Click here to sign up

Date/Time: Fridays, 2:00-3:00pm. Starting on 4/9/2021.
Prescreen required: Yes
Drop-in: No
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.

[This group is now full. Please sign up for the wait list.]
Click here to sign up

Date/Time: Thursday, 2-3:30pm, starting TBD
Prescreen required: Yes
Drop-in: No
Location: Zoom
Co-Leaders: Robbie Culp, Psy.D., & Betsey Malear, R.D. (SHS)
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 for the waitlist for Fall 2021

Date/Time: Tuesdays, 1-2:30pm, starting on TBD
Prescreen required: Yes
Drop-in: No
Location: Zoom
Leader: Robbie Culp, Psy.D.
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

Interpersonal/Process groups focused on Trauma

Date/Time: Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00pm, starting on 4/13/21
Prescreen required: Yes
Drop-in: No
Location: Zoom
Co-Leaders: Kali Lantrip, Ph.D., & Liz May, Ph.D.
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.]

Click here to sign up

Date/Time: Thursdays, 3:30-4:45pm, starting on 4/8/2021
Prescreen required: Yes
Drop-in: No
Location: Zoom
Co-Leaders: Seth Goradietsky, Psy.D., Steffanie Tinsley, Ph.D.
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.

Click here to sign up

Date/Time: Wednesdays 3:30-5pm, starting 4/14/21
Prescreen required: Yes
Drop-in: No
Location: Zoom
Co-Leaders: Molly McDonald, Ph.D., Katherine 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.

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