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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 Support Group

Facilitated by: Roop Sabharwal & Harvey Zhang

Description: This group is open to graduate students and provides free, confidential space. It is not a therapy group but a safe place to assist in improving your graduate student experience. Feel free to come and talk about whatever is on your mind!

Meeting Day: Tuesdays at 3pm & Wednesdays at 11am

Meeting Location: SSB 217


LGBTQ+ Support Group

Facilitated by: Grace Abear 

Description: The CAPS' weekly support group represents our dedication to the holistic support and development of our campus community. Currently, 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: Fridays 3-4pm

Meeting Location: CAPS Office


 

Grief and Loss Support Group

Facilitated by: Roop Sabharwal

Description: This group is a support/skill building group focused on providing support and building skills to cope with grief and loss. This group is open to all students throughout the semester and 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: Cindy Salcedo

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: Tuesdays at 2pm

Meeting Location: CAPS Office 


Managing Emotions Group

Facilitated by: Harvey Zhang

Description: This group provides students tools for improving emotion regulation working through stress, relationship conflict, loneliness, and other distresses.

Meeting Day: Thursdays at 3pm

Meeting Location: CAPS Group Room


Interpersonal Effectiveness Support Group

Facilitated by: Roop Sabharwal

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 at 3pm

Meeting Location: CAPS Group Room


 

Anxiety Toolkit

Facilitated by: Grace Abear

Description: A 5-part series group therapy focused on building skills to cope with stress and anxiety. *Students must start from 1st session.*

Meeting Days: Fridays 12-1pm

Meeting Location: CAPS Office