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Group Support Available

ACT for Depression  & Anxiety | Conscious Connecting  | Dating/Domestic Violence Support Group |  DBT- Skills Based ForumEntre Familia| Flutter Gathering Compassion | Grief and Loss  Healing Hearts |  LGBTQIA Safe Space | Mindfulness for Depression | Sexual Assault Support Group | Spirit Child Group

If you are self-referring for a group, please contact the SHCS front desk to schedule a brief screening to confirm eligibility. Download a PDF copy of all our Group Therapy handout and workshops. 

ACT for Depression and Anxiety - 10 weeks

ACT for Depression and Anxiety is a weekly group devoted to helping students encounter depression and anxiety differently and to pursue a full and meaningful life. Using skills learned, students will relate differently to painful experiences, the worrying mind, and self-defeating behaviors so these no longer run the students’ life.

  • Who: Jay Robertson-Howell, Psy.D.
  • When: Tuesday, 10:00 am -11:30 am 
  • It is best if students complete RIO, TAM or Getting Unstuck prior to this group.
  • Contact:  Dr. Jay Robertson-Howell at jrobertson@csusm.edu 

Conscious Connecting

Do you have difficulty developing and maintaining close relationships with others?  Do you desire the opportunity to gain a better understanding of yourself and how to relate to others?  Do you feel alone in your struggles?  If so, this group may be a great fit for you.  This group will provide the opportunity to learn and practice new skills for interacting with others to develop more self-confidence and happier relationships.  This group would be most appropriate for students who are currently struggling in a specific relationship or lack of relationship (e.g., parents, significant other, friend, roommates, co-worker) and want to have a safe and confidential place to talk about the relationship and gain skills, awareness, and grow. 

This group will provide an experience where they can learn to interact with others in a positive and healing way and help them let go of old habits underlying social interactions.  We will be discussing components of what makes for healthy relationships and communication techniques.  
Come meet with other students in a casual environment to discover how to be the best you in your relationships!

  • Who: Jay Robertson-Howell, Psy.D. and Harriet Stares
  • When: Wednesdays, 10: 00 am -11:30 am 
  • Contact:  Dr. Jay Robertson-Howell at jrobertson@csusm.edu or Harriet Stares at hstares@csusm.edu
  • Pre-group screening required

Dating/Domestic Violence 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 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: Juan Alvarez, Ph.D.
  • When: Thursdays, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 
  • Contact: Dr. Juan Alvarez at  jalvarez@csusm.edu
  • Pre-group screening required

Entre Familia

This group provides Latin@/Hispanic/Chican@ 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: Lissa Lim, Ph.D.  and Kristina Mendez 
  • When: Mondays, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • No screening required: Open group. Students can join at any time
  • Contact:   Contact Dr. Lissa Lim at llim@csusm.edu or Kristin Mendez at kmendez@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. 

  • Who: Lissa Lim, Ph.D.  and Dr. Jenna Suway
  • When: Thursdays, 2:00 pm -3:30 pm 
  • Contact:   Dr. Lissa Lim at llim@csusm.edu or Dr. Jenna Suway at jsuway@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: Juan Alvarez, Ph.D. and Allie Laurie Jr.
  • When: Thursdays, 4:00 pm – 5:00pm 
  • Contact:  Dr. Juan Alaverz at  jalvarez@csusm.edu or Allie Laurie Jr at alaurie@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. Allison Peters
  • When: Thursdays, 12:00 pm  -12:50 pm 
  • Contact: Dr. Allison Peters at apeters@csusm.edu  
  • Pre-group screening required.

Please note: The doors to SHCS lock at 11 am -12 pm and will reopen at 12 pm. 

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: Lissa Lim, Ph.D. and Kristina Mendez
  • When: Fridays, 3:00-4:30pm
  • Contact:  Dr. Lissa Lim at llim@csusm.edu or Kristina Mendez at kmendez@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: Jay Roberston-Howell, Psy.D. and Allie Laurie Jr.
  • When: Thursdays, 12:00 pm -12:50 pm
  • Contact: Dr. Jay Robertson Howell at jrobertson@csusm.edu or Allie Laurie Jr at alaurie@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.

  • Who: Ryan Stevenson, Ph.D
  • When: Wednesdays, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Starting Oct 2nd -Nove 20th, 2019
  • 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.

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, Ph.D. and Harriet Stares
  • When: Thurdays, 10:0 am - 11:00 am, Starting in October 2019
  • Contact: Dr. Tami Savage at tsavage@csusm.edu or Harriet Stares at hstares@csusm.edu 
  • Pre-group screening required.