Group Counseling

Benefits of Group Counseling
Group Offerings
Joining a Group
Purpose of a Prescreen
Group Description

Benefits of Group Counseling

By nature, human beings are social and talking in a group can provide you with learning opportunities not achievable in individual treatment. CAPS is pleased to share opportunities for you to get together with your peers to talk in confidence about what disruptive life experiences you are having and how to help yourself overcome them.

  • Joining a group of strangers may, at first, sound intimidating yet you will quickly experience the benefit of the members’ support.
  • Regularly talking and listening to others helps put your own problems in perspective. You can realize that you are not the only one struggling, and you discover creative solutions that worked for your peers.
  • The group leader, a licensed clinician with specialized training, will provide you with research-based strategies for managing specific problems.
  • Groups have been especially successful in helping students who struggle with stress, eating concerns, problems of intimacy, and bouts of unhappiness or hopelessness.
  • Groups have demonstrated success in promoting assertiveness, building community, resolving feelings associated with the death of a loved one, and gaining greater appreciation for all that life offers.

Any questions about the Group program can be directed to the CAPS front desk. Please call 805-437-2088.

Group Offerings

Links in this chart will take you to its group descriptions. If you'd like to sign up for a group, click on the links in the group descriptions.

African American Empowerment GroupTBDTBDTBDTBD
Anxiety Support GroupWed03/04/20 - 04/15/201:30 pm - 2:45 pmBTE 1867
Healing after Borderline Bar & Grill TragedyTBDTBDTBDTBD
Healing after Sexual AssaultTBDTBDTBDTBD
Latinx Support GroupTue03/03/20 - 04/21/2011:00 am - 12:15 pmBTE 1867
Mindful Relationships: Creating Healthier ConnectionsTue03/03/20 - 04/21/201:30 pm - 2:45pmBTE 1867
Mindfulness for WellnessThu03/12/20 - 04/23/203:00 pm - 4:15 pmBTE 1867
Rainbow Cafe Support GroupTBDTBDTBDTBD
Working Through Grief and LossThu04/02/20 - 05/07/20 1:30 pm - 2:45 pmBTE 1867

Joining a Group

To enroll in the group and schedule a brief group prescreening, please submit an online Group Interest Form by clicking on the name of the group in the Group Description section below.

Purpose of a Prescreen

The purpose of the prescreening is to provide you with more information about the group, give you an opportunity to ask questions or voice any concerns about joining the group, and to confirm that the group is appropriate for you at this time. All groups require a prescreening in order to participate. Please do not just show up for the group.

Group Description

Click on the name of the group you're interested in to sign up.

African American Empowerment Group [top]


Do you identify as someone of African American descent? Are you looking for a space to connect and build community on campus? This support group is for CSUCI students who identify as African American and are interested in connecting with others who may have similar experiences and feelings. It is a fun and confidential space to connect with other African American students on campus and to discuss various topics such as dealing with stereotypes, maintaining cultural values, and balancing demands of the university. Come, connect, share and empower one another to matriculation in life and academics.

Anxiety Support Group [top]

Wednesdays | 03/04/20 - 04/15/20 | 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm |BTE 1867

Stressed about grades, money, your relationships and/or the future in general? Feeling nervous and panicky more than you would like? Learn how to help yourself cope with stress, panic attacks and anxiety. Come and practice skills that you can use to optimize your success.

Healing after Borderline Bar & Grill Tragedy [top]


We invite you to join us for a support group dedicated to those students impacted by the Borderline Bar & Grill tragedy. This clinician-led group aims to process the aftermath of this incident of mass violence in a safe space with other survivors. Potential discussion topics include: how trauma affects your body and mind, grief, and coping strategies. If you know of other CSUCI students who would benefit from this group, please pass this information to them.

Healing after Sexual Assault [top]


Healing doesn’t have to happen on your own. Find comfort in this supportive and safe environment for women who have experienced sexual assault. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with others, share experiences, and receive support in regaining a greater sense of control and empowerment in their lives. The group will focus on exploring common reactions to assault and the ways in which it can impact one’s life, developing skills for improved coping, and working through common challenges in the healing process.

Latinx Support Group [top]

Tuesdays | 03/03/20 - 04/21/20 | 11:00 am - 12:15 pm | BTE 1867

What does it mean to be a Latinx student at CI? College life can be exciting, difficult and scary all at the same time. Juggling real life issues while staying school-focused can feel overwhelming! Let’s talk about family, aspirations, relationships, and daily challenges in a nurturing and encouraging environment.

Mindful Relationships Creating Healthier Connections [top]

Tuesdays | 03/03/20 - 04/21/20 | 1:30 pm - 2:45pm | BTE 1867

Whether you are struggling with a specific relationship or desire for a relationship with parents, significant others, friends, co-workers, or roommates, this six-week group offers a safe and confidential space to discuss your concerns. The goal of this supportive group environment is to assist you with developing better communication skills, improve awareness, and find satisfaction in healthy relationships.

Mindfulness for Wellness [top]

Thursdays | 03/12/20 - 04/23/20 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm | BTE 1867

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. Mindfulness of thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations, combined with cognitive interventions such as making changes to ineffective patterns of thinking, are useful tools for managing distress. Group members will learn mindfulness practices designed to calm the mind and relax the body.

Rainbow Cafe Support Group [top]


The Rainbow Café is a support group for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, transgender, intersex, queer, gender queer, and questioning. Come and experience a unique environment where individuals can connect with one another and explore challenges, celebrate successes, and build community.

Working Through Grief and Loss [top]

Thursdays | 04/02/20 - 05/07/20 | 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm | BTE 1867

Coping with the loss of a loved one can feel overwhelming and isolating. However, you are not alone on this journey. Sharing your own experience with others suffering from a similar loss may provide a special type of understanding and interpersonal connection. While we understand that you may feel like you can never return to the way you were, this six-week group can assist in your healing as you discover your new “normal.”

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