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Groups

The CAPS staff is regularly working to provide group therapy and outreach workshops that are relevant to the UC Merced campus community. This page will provide information regarding the current groups and outreaches that CAPS has planned.

If you have a group or outreach that you would like to see CAPS provide that is not listed you can email CAPS at counseling@ucmerced.edu to submit your request/suggestion to CAPS for consideration.

Groups

Counseling groups typically meet once per week for anywhere between 3 and 10 weeks, with each session lasting approximately 1 hour. Most counseling groups are structured around a particular topic or area of concern (e.g., stress management or body image), although some counseling groups are more process-oriented to allow students a greater opportunity to connect, encourage, and support one another. For some groups, it may be necessary for each potential group member to undergo a group screen with the group leader to assure that a particular group is appropriate for you and to adequately prepare you for the group counseling experience. Please stop by or phone Counseling & Psychological Services if you are interested in group counseling.

 

Group Sessions listed below:


Graduate Student Support Group

Facilitated by: Harvey Zhang & Roop Sabharwal

Description: This group provides a confidential space. It is a safe place to assist in improving your graduate student experience.

Meeting Day: Tuesdays from 3pm - 4pm

Meeting Location: SSB 217


LGBTQ+ Support Group

Facilitated by: Grace Abear & Harvey Zhang

Description: This service is reserved for UC Merced students who identify within the LGBTQ+ community and/or are questioning their sexual orientation/gender identity. 

Meeting Day: Wednesdays at 4pm

Meeting Location: CAPS Group Room


International Student Support Group

Facilitated by: Roop Sabharwal

Description: This group provides information on cultural adjustments, explore the nature of taking care of yourself with others, and coping with stress, sadness, loneliness, and other challenges.

Meeting Day: every other Thursday from 3pm - 4pm

Meeting Location: SSB 217


Grief and Loss Support Group

Facilitated by: Dr. Laurel Ealy

Description: This group is a support/skill building group that provides a confidential space to share about grief and loss. 

Meeting Day: Wednesdays at 1pm

Meeting Location: CAPS Group Room


Recovery Support Group 

Facilitated by: Dr. Laurel Ealy

Description: This group is open to all students throughout the semester and provides a confidential space to discuss struggles with alcohol and substance use.

Meeting Day: Fridays at 1pm

Meeting Location: CAPS Group Room


Managing Emotions Support Group

Facilitated by: Dr. William Johnson

Description: This group provides students improve emotion regulation working through stress, relationship conflict, loneliness, and other distress.

Meeting Day: Thursdays at 3pm

Meeting Location: CAPS Group Room


Interpersonal Effectiveness Support Group

Facilitated by: Dr. William Johnson

Description: This group's goals of interpersonal effectiveness include getting people to meet your needs, getting them to do those things you want them to do, and to get others to take your opinions seriously

Meeting Day: Wednesdays 3-4pm

Meeting Location: CAPS Group Room


AA/Black Scholars Support Group

Facilitated by: Dr. Tania Gonzalez & Natasha Hernandez

Description: Come together as a community to face challenges of anti-Blackness and racism, and build belonging. 

Meeting Day: Mondays at 3pm

Meeting Location: CAPS Group Room


Anxiety Toolkit

Facilitated by: Dr. Julie Ray

Description: A group focused on building skills to cope with stress and anxiety. 

Meeting Days: Tuesdays at 3pm & Wednesdays at 3pm

Meeting Location: CAPS Group Room