Group Therapy & Workshops


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

Spring 2020 Groups


  • 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.
  • Reclaiming Self/ACoA Support
    4:00–5:30 pm

    A safe, supportive, confidential atmosphere for students who were raised in chaotic, unpredictable family environments affected by alcohol/drug addiction and/or serious illness. Sign-up required.


  • 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. Sign-up required.
  • Gender and Sexual Diversity
    3:15–4:30 pm

    For students who identify across the LGBTQQI+ spectrum. Build connections and engage in discussion. 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.


  • Curing the People Pleasing Syndrome
    2:00–3:00 pm

    Assertiveness training: Learn to say no and confront effectively. Sign-up required.
  • Mindfulness and Stress Reduction
    3:00–4:30 pm

    This four-session group will help you apply mindfulness to daily life and teach skills for building self-compassion and gratitude. Sign-up required.


  • Transfer Students Connect
    12:15–1:30 pm

    A weekly discussion and support group for transfer students to connect. Bring your own lunch. Please let CAPS know if you plan to attend so we know how many students to expect.
  • Wise Mind: DBT Skills
    1:30–3:00 pm

    Manage and regulate emotions more effectively; address behavioral, emotional, and cognitive patterns that cause distress. Participants MUST be in concurrent individual therapy. Sign-up required.


  • Grief Support
    1:00–2:30 pm

    For students dealing with loss, bereavement, and grief. Sign-up required.

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; stop by CAPS or call us at (415) 422-6352 during business hours to sign up. Attend all three sessions, as they build on each other. Exercises in between sessions help you put the skills learned into practice.

Spring 2020 Schedule

Series 1: Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 18 (Tuesdays), 10:00–11 am

Series 2: Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 27 (Thursdays), 3:30–4:30 pm

Series 3: March 20, March 27, April 3 (Fridays), 11 am–12 pm

Series 4: April 8, April 15, April 22 (Wednesdays), 4:30–5:30 pm

Series 5: April 16, April 23, April 30 (Thursdays), 3:30–4:30 pm

Series 6: April 17, April 24, May 1 (Fridays), 11 am–12 pm



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.