Fall 2017 Group Options

All groups require a pre-group appointment with the group facilitator.  Groups typically fill up fast and begin the second or third week of the quarter.  Stop by CAPS or call (909) 537-5040 to schedule your pre-group appointment today.

Overcoming Anxiety Group

Every Monday 10:40 - 11:50 am
This group is for those who want to find new ways to manage anxiety (including constant worries, social anxiety, obsessive thoughts, and panic attacks). Participants of this structured skills group will learn, discuss, and practice strategies designed to increase your understanding of anxiety and to enhance your coping resources.

AMAC (Adults Molested as Children) Group

Every Tuesday 10:30 - 11:50 am
This group provides a safe, empowering, and supportive environment for survivors of childhood sexual abuse to continue to grow along the path to increased self-empowerment, decreased feelings of isolation, collective inner strength, and increased self-worth and healthy coping skills as survivors who thrive in life.

Meditation Group

Every Tuesday 5:00 - 6:00 pm
This group aims to introduce you to various forms of meditation that will increase awareness and compassion for self and others as well as reduce feelings of anxiety and disconnection. No prior experience necessary! Take part in this ancient practice that has been shown to improve both mental and physical well-being!

Understanding Self and Others

Every Wednesday 1:20 - 2:30 pm
This interpersonal process group is for those who want to explore their own identity, find new ways to connect and communicate with others, and also understand what may be getting in the way of achieving these goals.

Women's Group

Every Thursday 2:00 - 3:20 pm
Women's Group is intended to be a safe, supportive, and confidential place where female students can explore and work through issues in an interpersonal context that accurately reflects real life.

All-Gender Empowerment Support Group

Every Friday 1:00 - 2:30 pm

For survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and child abuse. Receive support, take part in healing activities, and increase coping skills. Share your story - or feel free not to. This group is completely confidential. There is no pre-appointment needed and you may come as often as you choose. For more information on the Support Group please contact Marina.Wood@csusb.edu or see the website at: www.csusb.edu/survivor-advocacy-services

Veterans Support Group

Every Friday Noon - 1:30 pm in the Veterans Success Center
Veterans Support Group provides a space for former service members from all branches (including current Reserves and National Guard and those who have deployed and those who have not) to come together to support each other as they make the transition from military life to civilian student life. Group provides an outlet for veterans to serve other veterans.

What is group therapy?

In group therapy, approximately 4-10 individuals meet face-to-face with trained group therapists. During the group meeting time, members decide what they want to talk about. Members are encouraged to give feedback to others. Feedback includes expressing your own feelings about what someone says or does. Interaction between group members is highly encouraged and provides each person with an opportunity to try out new ways of behaving; it also provides members with an opportunity for learning more about the way they interact with others. It is a safe environment in which members work to establish a level of trust that allows them to talk personally and honestly. Group members make a commitment to the group and are instructed that the content of the group sessions are confidential. It is not appropriate for group members to disclose events of the group to an outside person.

Why is group therapy helpful?

  1. People tend to recreate in the group the difficulties that brought them there. With the direction of the group therapist, the group is able to give support, offer alternatives, and comfort members in such a way that these difficulties become resolved and alternative behaviors are learned.
  2. People can learn new, healthier ways of relating to others in group.                                           
  3. One of the most helpful aspects of group is for members to learn that they are not alone and that there is hope and help. It is comforting to hear that other people have a similar difficulty or have already worked through a problem that deeply disturbs another group member.
  4. People feel free to care about each other because of the climate of trust in a group.
  5. As members gain comfort in being in the group, they will be able to speak more freely. The psychological safety of the group will allow the expression of those feelings which are often difficult to express outside of group. Members can then more easily ask for the support they need.

If you are in need of a disability-related accommodation to participate, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services three working days in advance at (909) 537-5040 or psychcounseling@csusb.edu