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CAPS Workshops & Groups

Workshops available to Stanford students through CAPS 2018-2019


Anxiety Toolbox:

Anxiety Toolbox is a fast-paced, 3-session Wellness Workshop intended to help increase your understanding and knowledge of anxiety, provide you with skills to recognize and manage anxiety, and to give you life-long tools you can use while facing anxiety-triggering situations. 

This Wellness Workshop intended to be like “mental health hygiene.” A CAPS therapist will teach skills that will help you prevent unnecessary anxiety, cope with daily stressors, and manage more distressing events. For many students, it is generally much more effective, and a lot more interesting, to learn these anxiety management techniques and ideas in a skills workshop, rather than using one-on-one individual therapy. 
Anxiety Toolbox teaches skills from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is an evidence-based treatment effective for anxiety.
When: Multiple workshops available through CAPS at a variety of times. 
How to Access: Ask for a personalized phone assessment appointment with CAPS via Vaden portal or by calling 650-723-3785. Ask to be scheduled for an Anxiety Toolbox seminar series. 


Recognition, Insight, Values, Openness, Reflection (RIVER) focuses on building skills and creating flexibility in how you respond to distress.  

The three sessions are divided into content that builds upon itself.  The sessions include modules dedicated to: (1) helping you gain a deeper understanding of your concerns, (2) creating flexibility in how you view and approach these issues, and (3) helping you take steps toward living with a wide range of emotions.  

By the end of the workshop, you will have a better sense of your personal values and how you want to focus your energy, and how to let go of unproductive or unnecessary stress. You will have opportunity to practice mindfulness exercises in each of the three workshop sessions.

RIVER teaches skill from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which is an evidence-based treatment effective for depression, anxiety, and stress management.

When: Multiple workshops available through CAPS at a variety of times.

How to Access: Ask for a personalized phone assessment appointment with CAPS via Vaden portal or by calling 650-723-3785. Ask to be scheduled for the RIVER seminar series.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) ABOUT WORKSHOPS

Why do the workshops use a 3-session model?

Teaching skills over the course of 3 sessions allows you sufficient time to learn the concepts with time to practice between sessions. Keeping it to three 60-minute sessions allows you to find time in your busy schedule to learn these skills.

What if I don’t feel comfortable in groups?

Many people feel a little anxious about participating in a group. Our wellness workshops are structured and curriculum-driven, like an academic seminar. The facilitators respect each participant’s right to share only what they are comfortable sharing and never require you to share sensitive or potentially embarrassing information about yourself.

How do I register to take a workshop?

If you are seeing a CAPS therapist, let them know you want to attend and they can help you chose a session and enroll you into the series. If you are not currently seen at CAPS, just call us at 650-723-3785 during business hours and ask to schedule a phone assessment. You can also book a phone assessment on the Vaden portal.

CAPS also can offer these workshops in specific Community Centers where we have established CAPS walk-in hours already available. Speak to your Community Center’s CAPS liaison to let them know you are interested in hosting or participating in a Community Center based workshop.


WISE MIND DBT skills group (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy-based group)

Who: For students currently in individual therapy who want to gain skills, including mindfulness, to understand emotions, manage emotional distress, and increase interpersonal effectiveness. Open to grads and undergrads.

How to access: meeting with facilitators is required to join the group- students can email the facilitators to arrange a meeting

When: Thursdays 2-4pm (starts in Winter quarter)

Where: Vaden Health Center

Facilitators/Contacts: Amy Wilkinson: and Tanisha Clarke:


Grief Group

Who: Students affected by loss

When: 10/16/18 & 11/14/18 at 4pm

Where: CIRCLE Common Room (Old Union, 3rd Floor) 

How to access: Drop in

Facilitator: Staff from CAPS, Residence Life, Office of Religious Life. Contact  (650) 723-1762,

Mens Talking Circle

Who: Native American Men

When: Wednesdays from 4-5pm (Runs through Fall Quarter)

Where: NACC

How to access: Drop in

Facilitator: Gerald Shorty, PhD

Student Groups

There are a variety of ways for students to contribute to health programs, projects, and activities. Gain hands-on knowledge and experience, enhance your leadership and interpersonal skills, and develop great new relationships while educating and empowering fellow students. Please contact health@stanford for more information about these opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. If you are interested about a topic not listed here, please contact us and we will do our best to support your pursuits.

Emotional Well-Being and Wellness

The Happiness Collective 

Join a diverse group of students whose mission is to bring joy, happiness, resilience and wellness to campus life. 

The Bridge

Friendly, approachable student staff offer free, confidential peer counseling, information and referrals. Their goal is to help fellow students develop their own solutions to problems or uncertainties. For more information, contact the Bridge office at 650-723-3392 or visit The Bridge Peer Counseling website.

The Real World: Stanford

A New Student Orientation theatrical production, written, directed and performed by talented Stanford students.Learn what happens when students leave home and start getting real. This is the story of 1700 new students who come to Stanford and discover their lives have changed. 

Stanford Peace of Mind

This student group is dedicated to educating students about mental health concerns and decreasing stigma. 

Peer Health Educators (PHEs)

PHEs are residential staff who promote health and wellness in their houses. They are a culturally inclusive, highly diverse team that represents all aspects of the undergraduate student community.

Nutrition and Body Image

Students can take part in the Stanford Healthy Body Image Program and related projects through leadership and internship opportunities that promote positive, health-oriented changes. The mission of the Healthy Body Image Program is to establish university-wide healthy eating and body image enhancement to  prevent the onset and relapse of eating disorders, facilitates treatment for students with eating disorders, and foster a positive culture and environment for all students to achieve healthy weight and enjoy a positive body image.

Nutrition Intern

A nutrition internship allows students to conduct research, prepare educational materials, lead campaigns on nutrition and health issues, and translate the latest nutrition findings into influential campus-wide programs.  Interns work directly with I Thrive @ Stanford nutritionists to design creative, evidence-based programs that address the needs of Stanford students.  All applicants should have a foundation in nutritional concepts, and taking Hum Bio 120 “Human Nutrition” is highly recommended. 


The Healthy Body Image Program and I Thrive @ Stanford are committed to providing evidence-based programs to students and collaborate with several research groups to develop and evaluate cutting-edge interventions.  The School of Medicine is a leader in eating disorders, obesity, and prevention science. Learn more about current research opportunities at the links below:

Relationships and Sexual Health


HIV anonymous test counselors


Sexual Health Peer Resource Center counselors

Men Against Abuse Now (MAAN)

MAAN is an all-male group united to end violence on campus and in our culture and a program of the Stanford Community Partnership to End Violence Against Women. 

Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night is an international protest against sexual violence. Stanford holds an annual candlelight walk across campus for men and women to join as partners in ending sexual violence.