Groups

Groups are a great way for you 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 [pdf] to learn more about how group works. 

Register below for Group Workshop Series with Registrations.

Currently, all of our groups are provided remotely through Zoom. 


Summer 2021 Groups


Group Workshop Series w/ Registrations


Mondays:


Mindful Habits

Date: Weekly on Mondays

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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 8 week psychoeducational group to discover a new way to look at overusing substances, process using substances as the main coping/de-stressing strategy, look at your current patterns, set new goals, and eventually find new ways to cope with acceptance and without judgment. Abstinence is not required. This is not a 12-step group.

This group requires a sharing component of one's experiences in an effort to connect, learn from others and discuss new ways of coping, by signing up for this group you have acknowledged and are consenting that participation is encouraged and required as a group member. Thank you. 

Facilitators: Megan Turner-Cabrera, Gracie Madero

To Be Determined


RIO Workshop Series

Meets multiple times and days.

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.

To Be Determined


Tapping Away Fear and Worries

Date: Mondays

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Want to decrease your fears and worries? Come learn mind-body techniques of acupressure tapping so that you can feel lighter while moving toward your goals.

Facilitator: Ellen J. Lin

To Be Determined


Tuesdays:


Wednesdays:


Mindfulness Meditation Workshop Series

Date: Weekly on Wednesdays

Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

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.

Facilitator: Alexandria Gerrick 

To Be Determined


Black Student Support Group

Date: Weekly on Wednesday

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This group will provide a supportive space where Black students can come together to process and explore their experiences at SJSU, within their families and friendships, and in the broader global community. The goal will be to create an environment where students can provide and receive connection, empathy, and affirmation from those who can relate to their experience. The group will run for a total of 8 sessions beginning Wednesday, March 3rd with a week off for spring break. Drop-in group with preference for students to attend all sessions if possible.

Facilitators: Cat Fillmore, Miguel Frank

To Be Determined


Thursdays:


LGBTQ+ Discussion Group

Date: Thursdays

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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. Group for LGBTQ+ identified students (no allies, please).

Facilitator: Heidi Li, Sarah Urda

To Be Determined


Resilience from Turmoil and Stress

Date: Thursdays

Time: 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Come learn how to build those muscles of resilience through different experiential techniques! Attending all synchronous live workshops is strongly encouraged.

To Be Determined


Fridays


Groups

The following Groups may need prescreening.  To get more information about joining any of the Groups below, please call CAPS at (408) 924-5910.


Mondays:


Wise Mind

Meets Mondays, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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: Heidi Mei Tak Li, Angela Horng

To Be Determined


Tuesdays:


MEN: Meaningful Explorations and Networking

Meets Tuesdays, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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).

Facilitator: Karisman Roberts-Douglass

To Be Determined


C.A.L.M. (Calming Anxiety and Living Mindfully)

Meets Tuesdays, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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).

Facilitator: David Emmert, Karin Voelker

To Be Determined


Understanding Self and Others

Meets Tuesdays, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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 Hasan and Angela Horng

To Be Determined


Wednesdays:


Graduate Student Support Group

Meets Wednesdays, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Graduate student support group for students to check in and get support from one another about their graduate school process. 

Facilitators: Heidi Mei Tak Li, Shikha Saggi

To Be Determined


Thursdays:


Women’s Group

Meets Thursdays, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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 Johnson

To Be Determined


Understanding Sensitivity

Meets Thursdays, 3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

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 drop-in group 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.

Please contact Sarah Strader-Garcia, PhD, LPCC to be added to the email list: sarah.strader-garcia@sjsu.edu. A Zoom link will be sent out to those on the email list.

Facilitator: Sarah Strader-Garcia

To Be Determined


Fridays:


Women’s Group

Meets Fridays, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

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 Johnson

To Be Determined


Not Occuring:


International Circle 

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! Please note to try not to advertise it as a clinical group to help with stigma reduction (it is a support group). No drop-ins.

Facilitator: Minji Yang

Not occuring