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Groups and workshops address issues common to most university students and are designed to help students learn new ways to deal with challenging issues.  These interactive and dynamic groups cover topics such as: creating satisfying relationships, mindfulness meditation, dealing with stress and improving mood.

Virtual Groups and Workshops for Spring 2021 Semester

All groups are hosted over HIPAA-compliant Zoom. To learn more about joining our groups, contact us at 619-594-5220 to schedule a phone consultation.

Please note these groups and workshops are not available for course credit or observation.

(AAPI)phany Fall 2020

Thursdays 5:00 - 7:00 pm PST
Facilitator: Koko Nishi, Psy.D.

To join: Zoom links available for each event on Instagram: @aapiphanysdsu

This workshop series is designed to address and discuss the intersection of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) identity and mental health.

En Confianza Fall 2020

Thursdays 3:00 - 4:15 pm PST
Facilitator: Maria Elena Garibay, LMFT

To join: Meet us via Zoom

¿Te gustaría conectarte con más estudiantes que se identifican como Latina/o/e/x, Chicanx, o Hispanos en SDSU? O ¿has tenido dificultad en identificarte como parte de la comunidad de SDSU? En Confianza @ SDSU es un grupo en donde encontrarás apoyo y juntos aprenderemos a enfrentar los desafíos del choque cultural, retos generacionales y retos de pertenecer a dos o más culturas. En confianza aprenderemos cómo tener éxito en el ámbito emocional, estudiantil, y profesional. Ven y pasa un tiempo agradable en compañía de otros en el primer grupo en Español, Spanglish y en Inglés.

Would you like to connect with other students who identify as Latina/o/e/x, Chicanx, or Hispanic? Or, are you having difficulties with identifying yourself as a part of the SDSU community? En Confianza @ SDSU is a group where you will find support and together we will learn how to face the challenges of culture shock, generational differences, and the challenge of belonging to two or more cultures. At En Confianza, we will learn how to be successful in our lives emotionally, academically and professionally. We welcome you to spend some time with us at the first group held in Spanish, Spanglish and English.

Tuesdays or Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:30 pm PST
Facilitator: Manuel Rivera, LMFT

To join: Call C&PS at 619-594-5220

This workshop is designed to help students develop a foundation in mindfulness and meditation skills. It is intended for students who are seeking to improve their ability to "live in the now" rather than worrying about the future, regretting the past, or getting stuck in unhelpful thinking patterns. If you are interested in learning skills to help you stress less, focus better, and be more present for your life, give us a call and check out our companion website, Everyday Mindfulness & Meditation.

Mondays 1:30 - 3:00 pm PST
Facilitators: Mary Joyce Juan, Ph.D., & Michael Juan, Ph.D.

To join: Call C&PS at 619-594-5220

Do you often feel like you are on an emotional roller coaster? Are you tired of being called “dramatic,” “sensitive,” or “reactive”? Based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy, this ten-week group is designed to explore and build an understanding of our intense emotional experiences. Through the lens of living effectively, participants can learn to better identify and understand our complex emotional states, learn specific coping strategies to deal with distress, and increase awareness and self-reflection. 

Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:15 pm PST
Facilitator: Maria Elena Garibay, LMFT

To join: Call C&PS at 619-594-5220

Get support after the death of a loved one in a nurturing and safe place at the Living with Loss Grief Support Group. In this process group, you will have an opportunity to work through your healing while building connections with other students who can relate to your experience.

Flyer for Rise Spring 2021

Thursdays 1:00 - 2:15 pm PST
Facilitator: Mary Joyce Juan, Ph.D.

To join: Contact C&PS via email or phone (619-594-5220) for an introductory call, then drop-in throughout the semester (see Spring 2021 flyer for schedule)

Rise is a weekly supportive space for survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence. This group is open to students of all genders who are currently enrolled at SDSU. Each group provides space for survivors to check-in with one other, and to learn and practice skills to further the healing process. After registering for the group, students are welcome to drop-in as desired, and encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible. Due to the nature of the group, we ask all attendees to arrive on time (Zoom session will close to late arrivals at 1:10pm).

Fridays 9:00 - 10:15 am PST
Facilitator: Erika Hess, LMFT

To join: Call C&PS at 619-594-5220

This group is tailored to the unique needs of SDSU undergraduate and graduate students training to become helping professionals and gaining experience as helpers (through an internship, job, volunteer, or another space). Careers in the Helping Professions offer great rewards, while also presenting unique demands. Through guided discussions and activities, this group focuses on topics such as self and community care, balancing roles, compassion fatigue and burnout, vicarious resilience, and development of one’s professional identity.

WOCE Spring 2021

Thursdays 5:30 - 7:00pm PST
Facilitator: Zemed Berhe, Ph.D.

To join: Email Dr. Berhe at [email protected] (also see flyer)

The Womxn of Color Empowerment Group is designed to be a confidential, safe space for womxn of color to receive and provide support in the promotion of: understanding and exploring intersecting racial, gender and cultural identities, navigating issues related to academics, processing experiences related to racism and discrimination, empowering self-expression, development of healthy relationships, and addressing mental health concerns.


Student Groups & Meetings Outside of C&PS

Thursdays 1:00 - 2:00 pm PST 

Active Minds is a student organization that is “changing the conversation about mental health.” To join the organization, you just have to show up to the meeting! Stop by, help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and learn about current trends in the mental health field.

Weekly, in-person meetings temporarily halted due to COVID-19 (Visit for most up-to-date information)

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a self-help organization that utilizes the 12-step program for recovering alcoholics. This is an open meeting to all, run by peers, who wish to discuss issues with substance abuse. C&PS therapists do not facilitate this space.