Groups & Workshops 

Fall 2022 

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Healing with the Arts

This group is focused on being creative and learning tools for self-care and healing with the arts.  Intake, SST, or triage appointment is required prior to participation. Contact Erika Demers for more information.

  • Day/Time/Location: Mondays 4-5 pm, SHC Conference Room (Rm 221)

Mindful Living

Mindfulness meditation can help reduce stress, stabilize your mood, increase compassion toward yourself and others, and enhance concentration. Each session consists of learning a new meditation skill (breath meditation, body scan, gentle yoga, etc.) and a group discussion. Contact Elizabeth McCallion with any questions. 

  • Day/Time/Location: Wednesdays 3-4pm, SHC Conference Room (Rm 221)

Reconnecting with Nature

Our lives have become increasingly disconnected from nature and therefore from ourselves since we are part of nature, which affects us in wide-ranging ways we are often unaware of. This group is for those that want to improve relaxation, focus, gratitude, motivation, self-understanding, vitality, hope, and overall well-being by walking near campus in the Arcata Community Forest with others while discussing the experience and how it relates to our individual mental health. For more information or to sign up, email No prior contact with CAPS needed. Rain or shine.

  • Day/Time: Last Tuesday of the month, 2-3:30pm, email for meeting location. 

  • Facilitated by: CAPS Staff (on a rotating basis) 

Relationship Skills

This workshop covers the following topics: what we want in relationships, what is challenging, communication, agreements, hearing other's feelings and needs, apologies and forgiveness.  We will look at what we bring to relationships including our socialization, our role models (the relationships we saw growing up), and experienced trust, connection, and/or loss and separation.  We will look at ways to be allies to each other.  Individuals and couples are welcome. Contact Nassie Danesh with any questions. 

  • Day/time/Location: Wednesdays 11am-12pm, CAPS Group Room (Rm 224).
  • Contact CAPS to schedule an intake or SST appointment.  Your clinician can refer you to the workshop.

ADHD Culture, Lifestyle, and Skills Group

Managing ADHD or attention difficulties can be tough since it is not a struggle that is outwardly apparent and because symptoms show up a bit differently for everyone.  Join us to get some support around managing your symptoms so that it doesn't interfere with your academics.  We also practice brain-training strategies to help lengthen your attention span and sharpen your focus.  No diagnosis needed!  Just give us a call and let us know you are planning to attend. Contact Shane Calhoun for details including exact meeting location.

  • Day/Time: Mondays 9:30-11am, in person at CAPS. 

Skillshops (through Humboldt Library)

Looking for something else?  Check out SKILLSHOPS through the Cal Poly Library.  There are great offerings on sleep, career planning, anxiety management, and more!


[These are groups you can simply "drop-in" on.  No need for prior CAPS contact.]

Harm Reduction and Wellness Group

A supportive group where you can discuss your relationship with substances and discover strategies to make changes.

  • Date/Time: Fridays 1:30-3pm
  • Location: Hybrid. CAPS Group Room (Rm 224) & Zoom.
  • Contact Jennifer Blair if you have any questions and for Zoom link. 

Café con Chisme (co-led by El Centro)

  • Day/Time: Tuesday 5-6:30pm
  • Location: In person at El Centro (NHE 205)
  • Contact Gina Walker, or contact El Centro Académico Cultural at if you have any questions.  You can also follow El Centro on Instagram: @elcentrohsu

All are welcome! We discuss diverse topics, profession development, & share stories. 

Trans Support

A group inclusive of all gender identities where people can get support, explore gender, and advocate for change on campus.

  • Date/Time: Fridays 11:30am-1pm 
  • Location: Hybrid. In person and on Zoom.
  • Contact Aisha Morton if you have any questions and for meeting location/Zoom link. 

Parents and Other Caregivers of Children Support Group

Just like it sounds! A weekly support group for parents and others who are caregivers of children while enrolled as full-time students. Come every week or whenever you can (right?)!  No formal appointments required beforehand, but please contact Gina Walker to express your interest before attending.

  • Day/Time: TBD

  • Facilitator: Gina Walker 

Umoja Center for Pan African Student Excellence (UC Pase) Talking Drum Circle

Student centered safe space that allows students to connect over issues most important to them; occasional guest faculty and staff speakers provide additional support and resources. (See flyer by clicking on group title above.)

  • Date/Time: TBD
  • Location: Email U Pase for information, or follow Instagram: @umojahsu for the most updated information.  


[Open groups require an initial meeting with the leader/s of that group; contact them if you have interest in joining.  Exact location and/or Zoom links will be provided once you are officially "signed up" for the group.]

Anxiety Wellness Group

Ever wonder why your anxiety doesn’t seem to go away, and why those stress management strategies you read about don’t seem to work?  Come get a better understanding of what anxiety is and how you can begin the path to becoming a calm, worry-free person.  This group draws strategies for managing stress from a number of approaches including CBT, ACT, and exposure therapy to help tailor an anxiety management plan specifically to you to help you get unstuck and living more freely.  If you are open to challenging yourself, this group is designed to help you make changes that last. Contact Jennifer Blair if interested in this group.

  • Facilitator: Jennifer Blair
  • Day/Time: Wednesdays 9:30-11am 
  • Location: Hybrid- In person at CAPS and on Zoom

Building Balance

In this Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills group, you will learn and practice coping strategies to help you better manage your emotional health. It is more like a class than a therapy group. Topics include: mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance. Each group session consists of a mindfulness exercise at the beginning, introduction of a new skill, discussion/experiential practice, and a skill to practice during the week on your own. This group requires enrollment in CAPS DBT program and a group consult with one of the co-facilitators. Contact and request an Intake with one of our DBT therapists. 

  • Facilitators: Nassie Danesh and Lisa Turay
  • Day/Time: Mondays 9:30 to 11am
  • Location: In person at CAPS

Relating to Self & Others  

Are you interested in deepening your connections as well as figuring out what gets in your way?  This group will help you to explore and strengthen how you relate to yourself and others in a safe and supportive atmosphere.  Process groups like this one are a great way to feel less alone, try on new ways of being, practice vulnerability, get new perspectives, decrease shame, give and receive support, and work through a variety of psychological challenges (including social anxiety).  With that said, you set your own goals for this group while receiving assistance with those goals from peers and a professional.  Contact Gina Walker if interested in this group.

  • Facilitators:  Gina Walker & Jennifer Blair
  • Day/Time: Wednesdays 2:30-4pm 
  • Location: In person at CAPS

Grief and Loss Support

Whether you have lost a parent, a friend, a sibling, or someone else... the loss can feel disorienting and even overwhelming. This group will provide a supportive environment in which to talk to about your loss with others who are also in the process of grieving and thus understand the pain that you are going through. Contact Erika Demers if interested in this group.

  • Facilitator: Erika Demers
  • Day/Time: Thursdays 3-4:30pm 
  • Location: In Person at CAPS

Post-traumatic Growth

Trauma affects us emotionally, spiritually, in our relations, and particularly, trauma affects how we feel in our bodies! This group will help you understand and identify your trauma-related responses, help you regulate impulsive and self-destructive behaviors, and modulate the highs and lows of your emotions and arousal. It will be a safe place to learn and to practice exercises that are designed to help you tolerate your own emotions and body experiences so that the past doesn’t control how you feel about the present.  Contact Jacqueline Mayrand if interested in this group.

  • Facilitator: Jacqueline Mayrand 
  • Day/Time: Tuesdays 3-4:30pm for 8 weeks
  • Location: In person at CAPS

Survive & Thrive: A Group for Survivors of Rape and/or Sexual Abuse

Connect with others to know you are not alone. This group provides a safe, healing place to break the silence and move beyond secrecy, fear and shame.  If interested, email Aisha Morton.  We also encourage you to utilize the services of our campus partners including the Campus Advocate Team - North Coast Rape Crisis Team (

  • Facilitator: Aisha Morton
  • Day/Time: Tuesdays 3-430pm.