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  • Virtual Anxiety Toolbox Workshop Information
  • Group Schedule, Spring 2020
  • Benefits of Groups and Workshops

Anxiety Toolbox Workshop Series

What Is It?

A three-session workshop series based in cognitive-behavioral science to help you gain skills for understanding and managing stress and anxiety. Participate in all three sessions, as they build on each other. Exercises in between sessions help you put the skills learned into practice. See the FAQ section below for more information.

workshop SCHEDULE & How to participate

While the “shelter in place” directive is in effect, CAPS is offering our Anxiety Toolbox workshops virtually! No sign-up required; simply join the live virtual meetings via Zoom—click the link below on the day and time of the workshop. There is an accompanying downloadable workbook (also available in a web version).

Check back soon for information about future Anxiety Toolbox workshop series.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: How do I access these workshops?
A: You can access the workshops online through Zoom.

Q: Do I need to sign up?
A: No sign-up required! Simply click on the Zoom link at the time of the workshop to join.

Q: When will the workshops take place?
A: Check back soon or call CAPS during business hours for information.

Q: How long is each session?
A: Each session lasts about 50 minutes.

Q: Will others in the workshop be able to see or hear me?
A: No, your video and audio will be turned off/muted throughout the workshop.

Q: Will I be able to ask the facilitator questions?
A: Yes. The chat function will be available for you to type out questions to the facilitator. Other participants will not be able to see your questions.

Q: Will there be a workbook?
A: Yes, there is a downloadable workbook (also available in a web version). There are additional resources and exercises in the workbook for you to complete in between sessions.

Q: Is Anxiety Toolbox considered therapy?
A: No, Anxiety Toolbox is a psychoeducational workshop. It cannot take the place of psychotherapy. Please refer to the CAPS home page for ways to access therapy services: https://myusf.usfca.edu/caps.


Spring 2020 Groups

Note that many of our groups start at the beginning of the semester and close to new members after the first meeting or two, so if you have questions about whether a group is still open to join, feel free to get in touch with CAPS during business hours at (415) 422-6352.

Mondays

  • Understanding Self and Others
    9:00–10:30 am

    Better understand yourself and develop more satisfying relationships with family, friends, colleagues, or romantic partners. Become aware of thoughts and feelings and how your background affects relationships. Sign-up required.

Tuesdays

  • UPDATED: Therapy Unplugged (formerly Hour of Power)
    12:00–12:50 pm

    Therapy Unplugged is a safe and welcoming space where Black/African American students can get support with any issue that may be affecting their mental health. Connect online with Dr. Broussard Tuesdays at 12 p.m.  for assistance in processing or problem-solving. No sign-up required. Zoom link: https://usfca.zoom.us/j/141893574 (Meeting ID: 141-893-574)
  • ACT for Anxiety and Depression
    12:00–12:50 pm

    Educational components, group discussion, and experiential exercises will enable you to identify your values and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Participants MUST be in concurrent individual therapy. Sign-up required.
  • Understanding Self and Others
    5:00–6:30 pm

    Better understand yourself and develop more satisfying relationships with family, friends, colleagues, or romantic partners. Become aware of thoughts and feelings and how your background affects relationships. Sign-up required.

Benefits of Groups

  • Participating in a therapy or support group helps you realize you’re not alone. While it is true that each of us is unique, none of us is alone in our struggles. Group therapy reduces isolation by giving members a place to connect on similar issues. Thus, this type of healing modality can be especially valuable for individuals dealing with depression, social anxiety, loneliness, and life transitions.
  • Groups facilitate giving and receiving support. One misconception about groups is that members take turns receiving individual therapy from the therapist while others observe. Members are actually encouraged to provide each other support, feedback, and connection.
  • Groups help you find your “voice.” Participating in a therapy or support group can help you become aware of your own feelings and needs and learn effective ways of expressing them.
  • Groups help you relate to others in healthier ways. Often people don’t understand why their relationships aren’t working. Groups provide the opportunity for you to see how you relate to others in real time and receive direct feedback.
  • Groups provide a safety net. As members learn and practice skills in a group, their confidence for practicing them in other situations grows. Members also carry the group's support with them between meetings. They can share with a group of people who care about them and will listen.
  • Many CAPS groups are held on a weekly basis throughout the semester, a unique opportunity to receive weekly services through CAPS!
  • Group members often form close connections and maintain them after the group ends.

Benefits of Workshops

  • Like groups, workshops provide an opportunity to realize you’re not alone—other students are there to get help dealing with similar issues.
  • Workshops can provide practical skills and knowledge to build your coping tools, insights about yourself, and perspectives.
  • CAPS' three-part Anxiety Toolbox workshop series gives participants the chance to practice what they learn in between each of three workshops. Each workshop builds on the last to enhance participants' learning experience.