Groups are a great way for students to connect with peers, learn new skills and strategies, and grow both emotionally and educationally!  

We offer numerous types of groups that get students interacting and connecting to help each other. 

Groups are often the most effective way to

  • gain support and encouragement from others;
  • learn how you are perceived by others;
  • gain specific skills to improve your life;
  • develop relationship skills.

Ground rules, including confidentiality, are typically established with group members to help promote trust. For most benefit, consistent attendance is strongly encouraged. Read Debunking Myths about Group Therapy to learn more about how group works. 

Call 408-924-5910 to sign up!  


                                      Spring 2020 Groups


RIO Workshop                                                                               Multiple Times and Days                                                                                                                               (See Below) 

Recognition, Insight, Openness (RIO) focuses on building skills and creating flexibility in how you respond to distress. The three sessions are divided into content that builds upon itself.  The sessions include modules dedicated to: (1) helping you gain a deeper understanding of your concerns, (2) creating flexibility in how you view and approach these issues, and (3) helping you take steps toward living with a wide range of emotions. By the end of the workshop, you will have a better sense of your personal values and how you want to focus your energy. 

It is highly recommended that students attend all three sessions of each RIO series.


Support Groups


International Circle                                                                                                                TBD

The group will be a supportive space where members can get to know one another, practice English for those who would like to do so, learn about cultural adjustment and challenges, learn ways to manage stress, and learn about different cultures. We will also most likely ask members (and group leaders) to rotate on bringing different cultural snacks! No drop-ins Facilitators: Minji

LGBTQ Plus Discussion Group (PRIDE Center)                         Tuesdays, 3-4:30pm 

Join us in a safe, affirming space to connect with people in the LGBTQQIA community and discuss various themes and topics. Topics include navigating relationships, family dynamics, religion/spirituality, discrimination, questioning, identities, intersectionality, coming out, having fun, and many more. Drop-in group for LGBTQ-Plus identified students (no allies, please). Facilitators: Leilani and Nicole

MEN: Meaningful Explorations and Networking                                                       TBD 

This group provides an opportunity for men to talk about issues they commonly face while receiving support and feedback from other men. A safe, confidential space will be provided to allow members to explore topics in-depth, with the goal of increasing self-awareness and life satisfaction. Counselor referral or pre-screening required (no drop-ins). Facilitators: Miguel and Daniel

Women’s Group                                               Thursdays, 1-2:30pm; Fridays 2-3:30pm 

A supportive environment for women to talk, explore and grow. Topics can include stress, mental health, wellness, balance, relationships, school, work, identity, self esteem/ confidence, body image, culture and many many more. Counselor referral or pre-screening required (no drop-ins). Facilitator: Colleen, Jevon, and Rebecca

Mindful Living and Coping Skills


CALM (Calming Anxiety and Living Mindfully)                           Tuesdays, 3-4:30pm

C.A.L.M is designed to help you effectively manage anxiety, reduce limitations, and increase awareness, insight, and self-compassion. This program will be held for 6 consecutive weeks. Counselor referral or pre-screening required (no drop-ins). Facilitators: David and Kaiwen

Mindful Habits                                                                                Not offered this semester

Are you struggling with a habit that is addictive and interfering with your life? Substance use and abuse can be difficult but, you can find new ways to cope with stressful times in your life. Please join us for a 6 week workshop series to discover a new way to look at addiction, look at your current patterns, set new goals, and eventually find new ways to be responsible for your behavior with acceptance and without judgment. Abstinence is not required. This is not a 12-step group. Preferred referral through counselorFacilitators: Megan

Mindfulness Meditation Workshop Series                              Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm

Interested in learning about new ways to relax and live in the present
moment? During this weekly workshop series, come learn about mindfulness
meditation, self-care practices, and ways to appreciate the here and now
through step-by-step instruction, education and live practices.
Drop-in group with preference for students to attend all sessions. Facilitators: Alex and Caroline


Understanding Sensitivity                                                            Thursdays, 3-4:20pm

Do you get overwhelmed easily? Are you sensitive to sounds, fabrics, or scents? Do you pick up on other people’s emotions easily? Have others said that you are “too sensitive”? You may be a Highly Sensitive Person! This 6-week (2/20-3/26) workshop is a safe and comfortable place to talk about our experiences and connect with other sensitive people. We will use creative methods like coloring and paints to understand our sensitivity, learn coping strategies, and explore the many benefits of sensitivity! Drop-in group for students that are Highly Sensitive People. Facilitator: Sarah

Wise Mind                                                                                            Wednesdays, 2-3:30pm

Want to learn new skills for coping with difficult emotions, tolerating distress, and managing your relationships? This 6-week group focuses on approaches and techniques to be more effective in these important areas of your life. New coping skills will be taught each week! Counselor referral or pre-screening required (no drop-ins). Facilitators: Nicole and Arielle

Interpersonal Groups


Understanding Self and Others                                                          Mondays, 3:30-5pm

Members build relationships, become more aware of how they interact with others, and learn how to cope more effectively with interpersonal challenges in a safe, supportive environment. Counselor referral or pre-screening required (no drop-ins). Facilitators: Nadeem and Amanda

Healthy Relationships                                                                                                           TBD 

This 4-week workshop series will provide tools on how to improve the quality of your relationships. Much of the materials will be focused on romantic relationships but will also be applicable to any type of relationship you are in.