University Counseling Services (UCS) offers a wide variety of free therapy groups, support groups, and psycho-educational workshops to currently enrolled students.
Drop-In Weekly Virtual Workshop
Wednesdays, 12 to 12:30pm
Feeling stressed? We will "gather" via Zoom to take a collective moment to slow down, reflect, and reconnect with our deepest intentions. Each session will include a 10-20 minute long meditation. We will be trying a different mindfulness exercise each week to help us ground and bring a sense of calm to the day. Sample exercises include various visualizations, deep breathing and body awareness practices. No experience necessary.
For a most enjoyable experience:
- Find a comfortable, quiet space. If possible, set aside any devices and/or turn off notifications so you can be as present as possible. All students audio and video will be muted throughout the meditation to ensure privacy.
- Join us on Zoom!
- Enjoy class! Set aside your worries, preoccupations, and expectations, take a few deep breaths, and allow this time to be one of nurturing and kind awareness. Your presence is welcome here, and you are enough.
Virtual Groups and Workshop Requiring an Interest Form
- If you are interested in learning more about our group or workshop, please speak with your individual therapy provider at UCS, or call (818)677-2366, option 1 or ask to speak with the therapist who is leading the group or workshop.
- If you do not have an individual therapy provider at UCS or are unsure which group is a good fit for you, please email Dr. Elizabeth Poloskov, UCS' Groups Coordinator.
- Submit a Group and Workshop Interest Form, and University Counseling Services will contact you.
Groups and Workshops Offered during Spring 2021 Semester:
Please note all our groups and workshops are currently being offered virtually.
Offered Thursdays, 2 to 3:30pm; accepting participants
In this safe and supportive group, you will learn new tools and coping skills that allow you to decrease your anxiety and feel more equipped to face a wide range of situations and experiences.
Graduate Student Support*
Offered Wednesdays, 3 to 4:30pm; accepting participants
Commiserate with others who understand the stresses of graduate school. In a safe, supportive environment, discuss personal concerns such as relationship issues, family problems, challenging advisors, and juggling responsibilities.
Grief and Loss*
Offered Wednesdays, 2:30 to 4pm; closed
Experienced a significant loss? Connect with a supportive group of peers dealing with death, loss, and grief.
Here to Stay*
Offered Wednesdays, 3:30 to 5pm; start date to be determined, accepting participants
Concerns over immigration status, either your own or a loved one's, can create a range of negative emotions, worries and related challenges. These struggles can impact your daily life and create barriers that keep you from being the student you want to be. Here to Stay is a new UCS support group to help you connect with others who share similar experiences. Our focus is to lift each other up and celebrate strength and resilience as a group.
International Student Support Group*
Offered Fridays, 2 to 3pm; accepting participants
A weekly discussion and support group especially for international students. This dynamic group provides an opportunity to explore and share experiences as well as discuss topics such as adjustment, academic success, relationships, and various challenges.
Offered Thursdays, 11:30am to 1pm; accepting participants
Koru Mindfulness® is an evidence-based program specifically designed for teaching mindfulness, meditation, and stress management to college students. The Koru workshop includes a mix of mindfulness and stress reduction skills taught through guided practice, discussion, reflection, at-home practice, and readings that collectively help students manage stress, improve sleep, and focus the mind. Students will leave the very first session with tools they can use immediately, and will also be provided with free guided meditation recordings to practice 10 minutes per day on their own. Participants are expected to attend all four sessions, as the concepts and skills are expanded upon each week.
# 1: Offered Mondays, 2 to 3:30pm; closed
# 2: Offered Wednesdays, 2 to 3:30pm; accepting participants
A confidential and safe space for students who identify within the LGBTQIA+ communities to receive and provide support around issues of sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Topics discussed and explored may include identity, coming out, navigating relationships, creating support systems and feelings of safety and belonging on and off campus.
Love Your #Selfie*
# 1: Offered Fridays, 1:00 to 2:30pm; closed
#2: Offered Wednesdays, 3 to 4:30pm; start date to be determined, accepting participants
Would you like to...
Boost your confidence? Feel better about yourself? Quiet that critical inner voice?
If so, then join our self-esteem/self-compassion group.
Man 2 Man (Men of Color Support)*
Offered Fridays, 2:30 to 4pm; start date to be determined, accepting participants
A space for men of color to explore issues of gender, race, culture, as well as social concerns that impact their experience as men in society and the world.
Offered Wednesdays, 2 to 3:30pm; start date to be determined, accepting participants
A group for men to sort out everything from school pressures to dating challenges to relationship questions to career confusion. Be a part of a group where you can learn new skills and support each other so you can rise up and aim toward success in university life and beyond.
Offered Tuesdays, 4:00 to 5:00pm; start date March 23, 2021, accepting participants
The Not Alone Depression Support Group is a safe space to talk about your experiences of depression and explore various coping strategies. We will get through this together!
Offered Mondays, 3 to 4:30pm; accepting participants
This group allows student parents to connect with others experiencing similar daily struggles in a safe, non-judgmental space. Topics will be parent driven, but may include: routines, homework, child behaviors, transitions, etc.
Transfer Student Support*
Offered Tuesdays, 3 to 4:30pm; start date to be determined, accepting participants
Connect with other transfer students who understand the unique challenges of being a transfer student. We will provide support and help for personal problems, while also discussing issues relevant to being a transfer student.
Understanding Self & Others*
# 1: Mondays, 2:30 to 4pm; closed
#2: Tuesdays, 2 to 3:30pm; closed
#3: Wednesdays, 2:30 to 4pm; start date to be determined, accepting participants
A warm & supportive environment in which you can explore new ways of relating to others, connect through sharing personal experiences, and gain insight into yourself.
# 1: Mondays, 10 to 11:30am; closed
# 2: Fridays, 2 to 3:30pm; closed
# 3: Fridays, time and start date to be determined, accepting participants
Safe space for first generation college students to discuss the challenges they face and receive guidance and support in navigating those challenges. If you're the first person in your family to go to college, among the first in your family to pursue a B.A., the first in your family to attend college in the U.S., or you identify as a first generation college student in any other way, this group is for you!
Winning at Emotions: Skills for Coping with Your Feelings
# 1: Offered Tuesdays, 1 to 2:30pm; closed
# 2: Offered Tuesdays, 2 to 3:30pm; accepting participants
# 3: Offered Thursdays, 3 to 4:30pm; start date April 1, 2021, accepting participants
Overwhelming emotions? Difficulty coping with what life brings? Welcome to a safe, supportive space to learn valuable distress tolerance, mindfulness, and emotion regulation skills.
Offered Fridays, 10 to 11:30am; closed, but accepting interest forms for possible 2nd offering
A supportive space for women to explore issues related to being a woman in our society.
Writer's Block for Graduate Students*
Offered Thursdays, 2:30 to 4pm; accepting participants
With the support of others, explore blocks that keep you stuck and unable to write. Develop strategies for conquering writer's block.