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Group Therapy Available  

Asian Student CollectiveConscious Connecting | Coping with COVID-19Dating/Domestic Violence Support GroupDBT- Skills Based ForumEntre Familia| Flutter Gathering Compassion | Grief and Loss  Healing Hearts |  LGBTQIA Safe Space | Mindfulness for Depression | Perfectly Imperfect | Parent Support Group | Relational patterns in Adult Dating (RAD) |Sexual Assault Support Group | Spirit Child Group | Tackling Transfer

Download a PDF copy of all our Group Therapy handout and SHCS workshops.

If you are self-referring for a group, please contact the SHCS front desk to schedule a brief screening to confirm eligibility.  All groups will require a group screening, and will be held via Zoom (please see zoom etiquette below) using an ecrypted, HIPAA-compliant, password-protected link. 

If you are interested in a group, please sign up using our sign up form.

Zoom Group Etiquette

The list below will help you make the most of your group telehealth experience. Please follow these guidelines when attending any group:

  • Close other websites and browsers to help Zoom run more efficiently.
  • Turn off or silence phone to reduce distractions.
  • Keep your camera on and point it toward your face.
  • Make sure you have good lighting.
  • Use headphones or a white noise machine while in group to protect other member’s confidentiality.
  • Make sure your camera is pointing to a wall, and avoid facing the camera toward windows and doors.
  • Add your name and pronouns to your video (you can do this in the Zoom settings or on the right hand corner of your camera view).
  • Mute yourself when you are not speaking.
  • Use the Gallery view so that you can see all members at the same time.
  • Use the Reactions (located at the bottom of the Zoom screen) to engage with other members.
  • Do not include personal information in the chat.
  • Do not share the Zoom link and password with anyone.
  • If you are having technical issues, please log-off and then log-back on.
  • Update the group therapists whenever you will be at a new location for the group session.
 

Asian Student Collective 

This support group is for all domestic and international students who identify as Asian, Pacific Islander, and/or Desi. This group offers a space for community building and to give and receive support for healing and empowerment.


Conscious Connecting

This group provides a safe place for students to practice new ways of connecting with others as they learn new ways to view themselves through feedback and group support. They can also address fears, problems, or patterns that can get in the way of fulfilling relationships. Through the process of connecting with other people in this format, members often find they can navigate relationships with more satisfaction, leading to more fulfillment in their lives.

  • Who: Dr. Jay Robertson-Howell and Eva Kram, MMFT
  • When: Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 11:30 am 
  • Contact:  Dr. Jay Robertson-Howell at jrobertson@csusm.edu or  Eva Kram, MMFT at ekram@csusm.edu

  • Who: Alicia Hefley, M.A.
  • When: Thursdays, 10:00 am - 11:30 am 
  • Contact: Alicia Hefley at  ahefley@csusm.edu 
  • Pre-group screening required

Coping with COVID-19

COVID-19 and the dramatic change to our society can cause a variety of feelings. This group's purpose is to provide the support and tools for resiliency when feeling impacted by COVID-19 and our changing times. 

  • Who: Katie Ramos, LCSW or Kendell Follett
  • When: Fridays, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
  • Contact:  Katie Ramos, LCSW at kramos@csusm.edu or Kendell Follett at kfolett@csusm.edu
  • Pre-group screening required

Dating/Domestic Violence Support Group

This is a confidential support group for students who are seeking connection, community, support and understanding in their unique and shared journeys of healing connected to dating or domestic violence. This includes any type of intimate partner harm experienced and can be past or present abuse. The group members typically decide on the topics of discussion based on what is happening in their lives, on social media and in the news.

Various perspectives are shared in seeking understanding and reducing shame as well as what has worked in terms of coping. Some come with the intention of listening and supporting, at times wanting to share something specific as well as any other purpose connected ot ones healing. This is a confidential group open to any gender. Please contact, Christa, the Sexual Violence Advocate and Educator to schedule a pre-group meeting.

  • Who: Christa Wencl
  • When: Group meeting details will be shared at the pre-group screening with Christa
  • Contact: Christa Wencl at cwencl@csusm.edu or 760-750-4912 
  • Pre-group screening required.

DBT- Based Skills Forum

Do you struggle with overwhelming emotions? Do you have impulsivity or cravings that you want to overcome? Do your ways of responding to stress tend to make things worse in the long run? If any of these are true for you, DBT skills are a great resource. In this group, you’ll learn and practice skills drawn from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) including distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. This will help you understand why you do what you do and start moving toward your goals with more hope and confidence.

  • Who: Dr. Juan Alvarez 
  • When: Tuesdays 12:00 pm -1:00 pm or Fridays, 3:00 pm -4:30 pm 
  • Contact: Dr. Juan Alvarez at  jalvarez@csusm.edu 
  • Pre-group screening required

Entre Familia

This group provides Latinx students a space to share, learn, and explore issues related to their culture, family, academics, as well as any other issue affecting them. The group also focuses on building community, mutual support, and empowerment. This group is conducted in English and Spanish.

  • Who: Dr. Lissa Lim 
  • When: Mondays, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • No screening required: Open group. Students can join at any time
  • Contact:   Contact Dr. Lissa Lim at llim@csusm.edu 

Flutter

This is a support group for undocumented and mixed status students. The group creates a safe and confidential space to give and receive support around the experiences of being undocumented or mixed status. 

  • WhoDr.  Lissa Lim
  • When: Thursdays, 3:00 pm -4:30 pm 
  • Contact:   Dr. Lissa Lim at llim@csusm.edu 

Gathering Compassion

Are you interested in developing a kinder relationship to yourself? Gathering Compassion provides a safe space to practice self-care and learn about the different ways compassion and mindfulness can help you cope with everyday stress. The goal of the group is to learn to manage painful emotions and life’s difficulties through the daily cultivation and practice of self-compassion.

The group could be a good fit for individuals who have difficulty self-soothing, are hard on themselves, struggle with self-criticism, or feel alone in their suffering. It is open to individuals of all genders, ethnicities and cultures. Each week includes a mindfulness practice, an introduction to a compassionate self-care topic, and a discussion on how compassion can be of use in a variety of situations.

  • Who: Dr. Juan Alvarez and Alicia Hefley, M.A.
  • When: Thursdays, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Starting Feb. 4th
  • Contact:  Dr. Juan Alaverz at  jalvarez@csusm.edu or Alicia Hefley, M.A. at ahefley@csusm.edu
  • No screening required: Open group. Students can join at any time

Grief and Loss 

Our Grief and Loss Group provides a safe environment for you to look at your old beliefs about dealing with loss, which losses have affected your life, and take actions that will lead you to complete unresolved emotions that may still be causing you pain.

In collaboration with The Elizabeth Hospice agency, our group will provide a framework for understanding grief  to most importantly understand your own grief in context. The process and stages of moving through grief will be both explained and explored in a safe space of support, understanding, kindness, acceptance, and compassion. If you are interested solely in this group and no other counseling services, you may schedule an appointment with Dr. Peters directly for a group screening.

  • Who: Dr. Alli Peters 
  • When:  Tuesdays, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 
  • Contact: Dr. Alli Peters at apeters@csusm.edu 
  • Pre-group screening required.

Healing Hearts

This group is designed for people affected by sexual trauma, and is open to people of all genders and cultural backgrounds. The group provides a safe and empowering space for students to gain support, connect with each other, and learn coping skills that can help them move toward healing.

  • Who: Dr. Lissa Lim and Katie Rhodes, M.A.
  • When: Fridays, 3:00-4:30pm
  • Contact:  Dr. Lissa Lim at llim@csusm.edu or Katie Rhodes, M.A. at krhodes@csusm.edu 
  • Pre-group screening required.

LGBTQIA Safe Space

This group will provide a safe and supportive environment for persons who identify as LGBTQIA, those who might be questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity, and those who would like support as they navigate the coming out process.  Come join us to meet new people, build a sense of community, and to share your experiences (both the benefits and challenges) of being LGBTQIA.  

  • Who: Dr. Jay Roberston-Howell and Autumn Lewis, M.A.
  • When: Tuesdays, 12:00 pm -1:00 pm
  • Contact: Dr. Jay Robertson Howell at jrobertson@csusm.edu or Autumn Lewis, M.A. at alewis@csusm.edu 
  • Pre-group screening required.

Mindfulness for Depression

This group helps students learn and use Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) skills to manage depression, stress and anxiety.

  • Who:  Dr. Ryan Stevenson and Christa Wencl, MS
  • When: Tuesdays, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Starting March 9th
  • Contact: Dr. Ryan Stevenson at rstevenson@csusm.edu or Christa Wencl, MS at cwencl@csusm.edu 

Perfectly Imperfect

This group offers a safe place to help you stop focusing on your perceived imperfections and start feeling more self-compassion. You'll learn to celebrate your body instead of feeling ashamed of it. This group will promote discussions of the obsession with physical appearance and with body- xing options. It helps you discover your personal body image strengths and vulnerabilities and then guides you in creating new, life-changing experiences of mindfulness and body acceptance.

  • Who:  Katie Rhodes, M.A.
  • When: Tuesdays, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Contact: Katie Rhodes, M.A. at krhodes@csusm.edu

Parent Support Group

In this group, members will both offer and receive support to and from other student-parents, as well as trade parenting ideas, secrets, strategies, and psycho-education regarding healthy and positive parenting. This support group combines ongoing support with education and practical parenting advise for CSUSM Students.

  • Who:  Dr. Tami Savage or  Katie Ramos, LCSW
  • When: Wednesdays, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Contact: Dr. Tami Savage at tsavage@csusm.edu or  Katie Ramos, LCSW or kramos@csusm.edu 

Relational patterns in Adult Dating (RAD)

This group will provide psychoeducation on romantic relationships and explore patterns in dating relationships. Group members can come to process past and/or current romantic relationships. Topics will include: attachment styles in romantic relationships, vulnerability, how to communicate relational needs, settng boundaries, working through conflict, understanding unhealthy relationship patterns, and working through past relational wounds in order to secure a happy and healthy romantic relationship.

  • Who: Autumn Lewis, M.A.
  • When: Wednesdays, 1:00 pm -2:00 pm, Starting Feb. 10th
  • Contact:  Autumn Lewis, M.A. at alewis@csusm.edu 
  • Pre-group screening required.

Sexual Assault Support Group

This support group is for students who are seeking connection, community, support and understanding in their unique and shared journeys of healing connected to sexual assault. Some members come with recent experiences of sexual assault and others are facing current impacts of past sexual assault. The group members typically decide on the topics of discussion based on what is happening in their lives, on social media and in the news.

Various perspectives are shared in seeking understanding and reducing shame as well as what has worked in terms of coping. Some come with the intention of listening and supporting, at times wanting to share something specific as well as any other purpose connected to ones healing. This is a confidential group open to any gender. Please contact Christa, the Sexual Violence Advocate & Educator to schedule a pre-group meeting.

  • Who: Christa Wencl
  • When: Group meeting details will be shared at the pre-group screening with Christa
  • Contact: Christa Wencl at cwencl@csusm.edu or 760-750-4912 
  • Pre-group screening required.

Spirit Child Group

This group is for students who grew up with addiction in their families.  Members will increase understanding of the impact of addiction in their lives, examine the thoughts and behaviors shared by many adult children of addiction, and gain insight and strategies for overcoming childhood trauma associated with childhood familial addiction.

  • Who: Dr. Tami Savage
  • When: Mondays, 9:00 am -10:00 am, Starting Feb 1st.
  • Contact: Dr. Tami Savage at tsavage@csusm.edu 
  • Pre-group screening required.

Tackling Transfer

This group provides an opportunity for students to bond over their recent transfer to CSUSM. Students will be able to learn from and share with fellow transfer students e ec ve ways they have adapted to being at a new university. In addition, students will be guided through learning strategies to help them persist through school and succeed academically.

  • Who: Eva Kram, MMFT
  • When: Tuesdays, 11:00 am - 12 pm 
  • Contact:  Eva Kram, MMFT at ekram@csusm.edu