Groups & Workshops 

Fall 2023

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Mental Health Toolbox- 3 sessions

Mental Health Toolbox/RIO is a course of three group sessions designed to help you gain a deeper understanding of the issue or issues you are experiencing, create flexibility in how you view and approach these issues, help you become aware of your moment-to-moment experiences, help you take the first steps towards living with a wide range of human emotions, and help you get a better sense of your personal values goals, and how you want to focus your energy.

  • Fridays for three sessions from 3-4:30pm:November 17, December 1 and December 8
  • Location: CAPS at BSS, room 208 on the second floor
  • Contact Jennifer Blair for details and with any questions.

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! Contact Shane Calhoun for details including exact meeting location.

  • Day/Time: Tuesdays 1:30-3:00, In person at CAPS at the SHC.

Relationship with Food and Body 

Counseling, coping skills, and education supporting more understanding in relationships with food and body. Contact Jennifer Blair for more information.

  • Day/Time: Friday 10:30-11:30am 
  • Location: SHC CAPS Group Room

Relationship Skills: 4 sessions

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: Tuesday 1:30 to 2:30 pm
  • Location: In person at CAPS at the SHC.

Parents Just Don't Understand (Closed for Fall, please check back in for Spring)

Instagram poll results in, top vote was for this topic! Join this weekly group to learn more about how to transition the relationship with your parents/caregivers now that you are moving into adulthood and greater independence.  Understand how your childhood experiences may have impacted you and ways to heal and grow.  We will also have fun just getting to know one another!

  • Facilitator: Stephanie McMullen
  • Day/Time: Tuesdays 3:00-4:00pm (Starting October 10th)
  • Location: In person at CAPS at SHC

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


Therapy 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.

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: Elizabeth McCallion and Shane Calhoun
  • Day/Time: Mondays 9:30 to 11am
  • Location: In person at CAPS at the Student Health and Counseling Building

Mental Mastery (Closed for Fall, please check back in Spring for new offerings)

Do you find yourself struggling with depression, anxiety, and negative self-talk? Do you tend to be impulsive and react quickly? Do you easily feel overwhelmed with life stressors and avoid prioritizing? Do you usually multi-task and feel distracted? Well, you are not alone. There are many coping skills that would help us to reduce some of these behavioral symptoms. Please join me and other students in my Mental Mastery Group Therapy to learn some basic coping skills so you can build a sense of self-efficacy and expand your mental growth. Looking forward to seeing ypu in my group!

  • Facilitator: Nassie Danesh
  • Day/Time: Thursdays 2:30-4pm
  • Location: In person at CAPS at the Student Health and Counseling Building

Post-Traumatic Growth (Closed for fall, please check back in Spring for new offerings)

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 at 3pm (starting September 26th)
  • Location: In-person, contact CAPS for meeting location

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 Shane Calhoun if interested in this group.

  • Facilitator: Shane Calhoun
  • Day/Time: Wednesdays 1:30-3
  • Location: In person at CAPS at the Student Health and Counseling Building

Relating to Self & Others (Closed for Fall, please check back in Spring for new offerings)  

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  professionals. Contact Jennifer Blair if interested in this group.

  • Facilitators:  Jennifer Blair and Celeste Tamayo
  • Day/Time: Mondays 1:30-3pm
  • Location: In person at CAPS at the Behavioral and Social Sciences building

Grief and Loss Support

This therapy group is for those experiencing grief in relation to physical loss. Connect with others creatively on this big journey of healing through the arts as well as processing around your unique experiences with support. Contact Erika Demers if interested in this group.

  • Facilitator: Erika Demers
  • Day/Time: Fridays 2:30-4pm
  • Location: In person at CAPS at the Student Health and Counseling Building



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

Healing with the Arts

This group is focused on being creative and learning tools for self-care and healing with the arts.  Contact Erika Demers for more information.

  • Day/Time/Location: TBD

Queer Tea

Weekly drop-in group for LGBTQIA2S+ students to socialize and decompress in a positive and supportive atmosphere.  Stop by and have some tea, work on some art, socialize, this is a space where you existing is simply enough. You may attend this group as often as you like-- every once in a while or weekly. Contact Alejandro Torres for more information.
  • Facilitator: Alejandro Torres and Sophie Effa
  • Day/Time: Thursdays 4:30-6 pm 
  • Location: Nelson Hall East 106

Café con Chisme (Led by El Centro)

Cafe con Chisme is a safe space for Latinx students to hang out and build community. Pan dulce and coffee are served. Contact Emely or Alejandro. Students are welcome to speak Spanish and/or English in this space. Meeting information is posted on El Centro's Instagram: @elcentrohumboldt

  • Facilitator: Emely Sanchez and Alejandro Torres
  • Day/Time: Fridays 4-5 pm, once a month. 
  • Location: Nelson Hall East 205
  • Contact Alejandro Torres or El Centro for more information.

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: Wednesdays 4:30-6:00
  • Location: Nelson Hall East 116
  • Contact Lisa Turay if you have any questions

Alcohol and Other Drugs Harm Reduction

This is a harm reduction group which provides a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment to discuss your relationship with alcohol and drugs.  Abstinence is not required.  You may attend this group as often as you like-- every once in a while or weekly. Contact Alejandro Torres for more information. 

  • Facilitator: Alejandro Torres
  • Day/Time/Location: Thursdays 3-4 
  • Nelson Hall East 120
  • Contact Alejandro Torres with questions

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.

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