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Group Therapy Available  

Asian Student Collective | Academic Support GroupConscious Connecting | Coping with COVIDDating/Domestic Violence Support Group | DBT-Based Skills Forum | Entre Familia | FLUTTER | Grief and Loss | Healing HeartsLGBTQIA Safe SpaceMindfulness for Depression| Sexual Assault Support Group 

Download a PDF copy of all our Group Therapy handout and SHCS Coping Skills Series.

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.

If you are interested, please sign up for a group.


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.

  • Who: Dr. Lissa Lim
  • When:  TBD
  • Contact: Dr. Lissa Lim at llim@csusm.edu 

Academic Support Group

This is s a support group open to all students looking for a space to disucss, receive support, and lean skills to manage their academic challenges. Topics can range from time management, imposter syndrome, test taking anxiety and beyond. 

  • Who: Claudia Miranda
  • When: Tuesday, 3:00 pm -4:30 pm 
  • Contact: Claudia Miranda at cmiranda@csusm.edu 

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
  • When: Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Contact: Dr. Jay Robertson-Howell at jrobertson@csusm.edu

Coping with COVID

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

  • Who: Katie Ramos, LCSW
  • When: Tuesdays, 11:00 am -12:00 pm
  • Contact: Katie Ramos, LCSW   kramos@csusm.edu  

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

DBT-Based Skills Forum


This group helps students learn and practice skills drawn from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) including distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. 

Beginning in July, Time/Day TBD


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: TBD
  • No screening required: Open group. Students can join at any time
  • Contact: Contact Dr. Lissa Lim at llim@csusm.edu or Kathryia Vega-Lopez at kvegalopez@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 experiencs of being undocunmented or mixed status. 


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

Healing Hearts

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


LGBTQIA Safer Space

This group privides a safe and supportive environment for persons who identify  as LGBTQIA, those who might be questioning their seuxal orientation or gender identity, and those who would liek 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 Robertson-Howell
  • When: Tuesdays, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Contact: Dr. Jay Robertson-Howell at jrobertson@csusm.edu 

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
  • When: Wednesdays, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Contact: Dr. Ryan Stevenson at rstevenson@csusm.edu 

 

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.