GROUPS & WORKSHOPS — Spring 2024

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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, and dealing with stress and improving mood.


Our groups are both virtual and in person at this time. Virtual 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. If you require any disability/accessibility accommodations to fully participate, please contact [email protected]. All listed times are Pacific Time (PT). Please note that these groups are not available for course credit or observation.

Body Wisdom Flyer

Tuesdays 3:00 - 4:30pm
Facilitator(s): Emily Roberts-Parker, Psy.D.

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

This group for individuals with body image difficulties and disordered eating concerns is based off of The Body Positive model and utilizes mindfulness, self-compassion, and emotion regulation skills. The aim of this group is to help each person move towards body acceptance and cultivating wisdom from within.

The group includes five core competencies from The Body Positive: reclaiming health, practicing intuitive self-care, cultivating self-love, declaring your own authentic beauty, and building community. The group is open to SDSU students of all backgrounds, genders, identities, and bodies.

En Confianza flyer

Tuesdays 1:30 - 2:45pm and Thursdays 3 - 4:15pm
Facilitator(s): Maria Elena Garibay, LMFT, Ariana Cabral, LCSW, & Patricia Murillo, Psy.D., LMFT

To join: Drop in at the Latinx Resource Center Conference Room (Love Library 182-A)

¿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.

EMM Flyer

Tuesdays 3:00 - 4:15pm
Facilitator(s): Manuel Rivera, LMFT

To join: Drop in at Calpulli Center 4th floor Conference Room #4 

This group 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, drop in or give us a call. Be sure to also check out our companion website, Everyday Mindfulness & Meditation.

Getting Unstuck flyer

Wednesdays 3 - 4:15pm
Facilitator(s): Manuel Rivera, LMFT & Mark Teles, Ph.D.

To join: Drop in at Calpulli Center 4th floor Conference Room #4

Do you feel emotionally tangled up? Are you often caught up in overthinking or self-criticism? Have you lost touch with the things that matter most to you? Based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), this group incorporates evidence-based strategies to help you cultivate greater self-understanding and psychological flexibility so that you can respond to life's challenges more effectively. Join us to learn how to get "unstuck" and live life on your terms.

Thesis Dissertation Group flyer

Biweekly Thursdays 2:30 - 4:00pm (virtual)
Facilitator(s): Alicia Nuñez, Ph.D. & Mary Joyce Juan, Ph.D.

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

You feel the butterflies. It starts to get serious. Before you know it, you're committed. Time flies, and you encounter conflict and tension in the relationship. While you still feel connected, you also start to wonder if this relationship is going to work out. But with grounding yourself again, and putting in the work, you can find stability and more importantly, the greater calling for this relationship.

Join your peers in this biweekly space as you move together through these stages of your relationship with your thesis or dissertation. Connect with others doing the work, find solutions for bumps in the road, and keep yourself on track with reasonable goals toward the completion of your thesis or dissertation.

On Hiatus (Call if interested in joining in a future semester)
Facilitator(s): Mary Joyce Juan, Ph.D.

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

Do you often feel like you are on an emotional rollercoaster? 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. 

Living with Loss flyer

Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:30pm
Facilitator(s): Shireen Trujillo, LCSW

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.

Reclaim Your Story flyer

Thursdays 2:30 - 3:45pm
Facilitator(s): Ariana Cabral, LCSW & Patricia Murillo, Psy.D., LMFT

To join: Drop in to the Undocumented Resource Center (Arts & Letters 202)

Are you an undocumented or mixed-immigration status student trying to connect with others in a safe space? Are you dealing with feelings of uncertainty, stress, and lack of control? Would you like to explore how to be an agent of your own story and live your best life? Join us weekly to Reclaim Your Story.


Thursdays 12:30 - 1:45pm
Facilitator(s): Mary Joyce Juan, Ph.D.

Note: No group on 3/7, Take Back the Week Group on 4/18

To join: Drop in to the Women's Resource Center (5121 Campanile Dr.) or call C&PS at 619-594-5220 

Rise is a confidential supportive space for survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence. The group currently meets at the Women's Resource Center (WRC) to honor the legacy of WRC students advocating for this support space. However, this group is open to SDSU students of all genders. 

Students are welcome to drop-in as desired though are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible. Each group provides space for survivors to check-in with one other, and to learn and practice skills to further the healing process. Due to the nature of the group, we ask all attendees to arrive on time (doors will close to late arrivals 10 minutes after the start time). New attendees will also complete a brief consent form in-person prior to joining.

Students in Helping Professions

Fridays 9:00 - 10:15am (virtual)
Facilitator(s): Devon Berkheiser, Psy.D.

For more information: 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 Flyer

Thursdays 5:30 - 7:00pm
Facilitator(s): Koko Nishi, Psy.D. & Zemed Berhe, Ph.D.

To join: Email [email protected] and [email protected] 

The Women of Color Empowerment Group is designed to be a confidential, safe space for women 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.



Workshops are a great way to learn new skills to support your well-being. Our workshops are both virtual (Zoom) and in person at this time. There is no need to call ahead -- students can simply drop in! If you require any disability/accessibility accommodations to fully participate, please contact [email protected] at least one week before you plan to attend, if possible. All listed times are Pacific Time (PT). Please note these workshops are not available for course credit or observation.

This workshop series is designed to address and discuss the intersection of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) identity and mental health. See below for this semester's events:

AAPIphany events

For more information, visit @aapiphanysdsu on Instagram.

International Circle flyer

Thursdays (once monthly) 3:15 - 4:15pm
Facilitator(s): Yu-An Chien, LCSW

To join: Drop in at the International Student Center (Canyon Crest Dr and 55th St)

A supportive space for international students to check-in, build strengths for whole health, cope with stress and adjustment, and cultivate a sense of balance and belonging in the SDSU community.

February 8 - Why do Americans ____? Adjusting to the US and SDSU 

March 7 - Places to Visit & Calm Your Soul in San Diego 

April 11 - Feeling Family Pressure? What Next?

May 2 - Let it Go: Breathing Out Stress


Student Groups & Meetings Outside of C&PS

Thursdays 1:00 - 2:00pm

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.

Aztecs for Recovery (AFR), the student recovery community at SDSU, is a registered student organization open to all SDSU students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional). 

There are no restrictions on membership - persons struggling with or in recovery from addiction and compulsive behaviors of all types are welcome (alcohol and substance use as well as addiction to gambling, social media, food, sex, etc.)

For more information on upcoming meetings and events, email [email protected].

Well-being and Health Promotion offers on-campus SMART Recovery meetings for SDSU students. SMART - or Self-Management and Recovery Training - is a secular method of recovery focused around self-empowerment and achieving personal goals.

SMART General Meetings are geared towards students who are in or seeking recovery, or who are recovery-curious.

C&PS therapists do not facilitate this space. For more information, contact [email protected].

Every other Tuesday 2:00 - 3:00pm

Are you looking for ways to make a difference on campus? Be a health and wellness advocate for SDSU students by joining the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC)! 

SHAC members advise the departments of Student Health, Counseling & Psychological Services, and Well-Being & Health Promotion on their services, make recommendations on policy and programming, and give voice to the needs and perspectives of the student body. SHAC is also a great opportunity to develop leadership skills, build your resume, and network with professionals in the health, mental health, and wellness fields. 

SHAC is open to all SDSU students and there are no dues or fees required.

Visit SHAC's Presence page or email [email protected] to learn more.