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Fall 2021 Group Options

CAPS groups for Fall 2021 will be held remotely

All groups, except for Managing Your Moods and Gamer’s Co-Op Hour require a pre-group appointment with the group leader.   
Call CAPS at (909) 537-5040 to schedule your pre-group appointment.

Managing Your Moods
3-Week Group -- Offered 2 times this semester!

September – Tuesdays – 9/14, 9/21, and 9/28 – 11:00 a.m.-Noon 
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October – Wednesdays – 10/13, 10/20, and 10/27 – 1:00-2:00 p.m. 
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Are you feeling overwhelmed by your emotions? Are you finding it difficult to control feelings of stress, sadness or anger? Feelings cannot be eliminated, but this workshop series can help you learn strategies to manage overwhelming emotions. Choose the three-week sequence that works for your schedule and register above. Note: This group does not require a pre-group appointment.

Overcoming Anxiety Group

Mondays
10:30 - 11:50 a.m.

Do you find yourself constantly worrying, stressed, overwhelmed, or in a panic? You’re not alone! This group is for you to find new ways to manage anxiety (including over thinking, social anxiety, and panic attacks). Though the thought of this may provoke anxiety, we encourage you to feel the fear and take the risk and join.

Depression Support: You Are Not Alone 

Mondays
1:00 – 2:20 p.m.

Have you been struggling with feelings of sadness, numbness, or loss of interest in what you previously enjoyed? This group will help you recognize you're not alone, enable you to process and understand your feelings in much more depth, and provide you with the tools and resources necessary to cope and heal. 

AMAC (Adults Molested as Children) Group 

Tuesdays
10:30 – 11:50 a.m.

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. This group will decrease feelings of isolation while building collective inner strength, self-worth and healthy coping skills to thrive in life.

Domestic Abuse Survivor Support Group 

Tuesdays
1:00 - 2:20 p.m.

This group provides a safe and supportive environment, for survivors, supporters, or witnesses of any form of interpersonal violence to come together and build self-empowerment while learning healthy coping skills. To sign up for this group, email the Campus Survivor Advocate: Cortni.Alexander@csusb.edu

Note: if you need individual support, please call CAPS for an individual appointment or see the Advocacy Services Resource page for additional resources.

LGBTQ+ Group 

Wednesdays
10:30 - 11:50 a.m.

This group provides a safe, empowering, and confidential space for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, or pansexual to receive support with identity, coming out, and relationship issues.

Courage, Compassion, Connection Group 

Wednesdays
2:30-3:50 p.m.

This group will help you cultivate courage so you can be emotionally honest with yourself and others, set boundaries, and allow yourself to be vulnerable. You will also increase your connection to others and nourish a resilient spirit. In embracing who you are rather than who you think you should be, you will grow in compassion toward yourself and others!

Gamer’s Co-Op Hour

Wednesdays (9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17)
3:00-4:00 p.m. 

Do you enjoy gaming, but find it stressful at times? Register for the group topic of your choice to connect with others, share your frustration, and learn coping skills.

September 22, 2021:
I don’t know what to do! [Breathing intensifies] #Camping (Anxiety in Gaming) 
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October 6, 2021:
Grrr/Expletive [Throws Mouse/Controller] #Ragequit (Anger Management in Gaming) 
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October 20, 2021:
You suck!/Well played! #Aggro #GG (Toxicity and Sportsmanship in the Gaming Community) 
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November 3, 2021:
You are not a Gamer! #GamerGate #MeToo. (Sexism and Discrimination in the Gaming Community)
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November 17, 2021:
From Noob to Pro. #LevelUp (The Mental Process of Competitive Gaming) 
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Meditation Group 

Wednesdays -- Starting 9/22
4:30 - 5:50 p.m.

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!

Undocuyoties Support Group 

Thursdays
10:30-11:50 a.m.

Join us in a safe place where you can connect, gain support, and find community with fellow Undocuyoties. Learn about self- care, coping skills, anxiety, depression, etc. when facing uncertainty. 

Graduate Student Support Group 

Thursdays
12:00 – 1:20 p.m. 

Let’s face it - Graduate School can be challenging on many levels, especially now! This group is a place to share and receive support from fellow students navigating these challenges. We will explore strategies to balance academic pursuits, home life, relationships, work, and self-care. This confidential group is provided by CAPS in partnership with the Office of Graduate Studies.

Brothers Together: Men of Color Support/Process Group 

Thursdays – every other week – 9/9, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, and 12/2
1:00-2:20 p.m.

A biweekly gathering for Men of Color to safely and openly discuss topics related to our identities and experiences, to gather and process how current events and life experiences impact our mental health, and to explore how to be successful as a MOC in our lives emotionally, academically, and professionally. Within a supportive and brave social context of respect and empowerment, we will process experiences related to racism and discrimination, empowering self-expression, development of healthy relationships, while addressing mental health concerns. This safe, brave space is designed to explore the intersections of identity being MOC in today’s world at CSUSB. 

Stronger TogetHER 

Thursday
4:00 – 5:20 p.m.

This group is for all womxn to share their experiences, connect with each other, and provide and receive support as we navigate through life's challenges.

Veterans Support Group

Fridays
10:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

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 with whatever life concerns they may have. Group provides an opportunity for veterans to serve other veterans.

All-Gender Empowerment Support Group

Fridays
Noon – 1:30 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 confidential. To sign up for this group, email the Campus Survivor Advocate: Cortni.Alexander@csusb.edu

 

What is group therapy?

In group therapy, approximately 4-10 individuals meet 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