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CAPS Groups & Workshops

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Joining a group or workshop with other students can be beneficial by increasing feelings of connectedness and understanding. A facilitated space with community validates your challenges and experiences, and is a way to understand yourself better, get relief from painful feelings, and learn new skills to live according to your values. There is an opportunity to share experiences and get support from your peers along the way. Groups and workshops are facilitated by various members of the CAPS staff and differ in focus and duration.

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Meet with a facilitator prior to joining. Sign up with CAPS Connects

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AAPI Grad Student Group

Description: This is a processing group that will provide graduate AAPI students a space to share and process a variety of topics related to their experience. Join us in sharing support for each other as we navigate through the journey of life. Topics being covered include (but not limited to): Identities, Managing Different Expectations, Imposter Syndrome/Perfectionism, Anti-Asian Hate, Stigma, Multi-cultural integration and Awareness. This group forms and stays together for 6-weeks with the same members meeting each week.

Mode, dates and times: virtual with potential for outdoor by Tressider Union
Tuesdays 12PM-1:00PM 
4/12/2022 to 5/17/2022
This is a closed group, meet with same people every week.

How to access: Meeting with one of the facilitators is required to join this group. You can sign up on the INTEREST LIST AAPI GRAD on Vaden Portal rosters, and one of the facilitators will reach out to you to schedule a pre-group meeting.

You can also call CAPS and ask for a CAPS Connects appointment, or reach out to your CAPS point person/therapist if you are in touch with CAPS already. They can put you on the INTEREST list.

Facilitators: Sophia Lu, LMFT & Vanika Chawla, MD

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AAPI Undergrad Student Support Space

Description:  This is a processing group that will provide undergraduate AAPI students a space to share and process a variety of topics related to their experience. Join us in sharing support for each other as we navigate through the journey of life. Topics being covered include (but not limited to): Identities, Managing Different Expectations, Imposter Syndrome/Perfectionism, Anti-Asian Hate, Stigma, Multi-cultural integration and Awareness. This group forms and stays together for 6-weeks with the same members meeting each week.

Dates and times: Tuesdays 3:30PM-4:30PM 
4/12/2022 to 5/17/2022. No Group 4/16.
This is a closed group, meet with same people every week.

How to access:  Meeting with one of the facilitators is required to join this group. Go to Vaden portal and enter your name on INTEREST LIST AAPI UNDERGRAD on Vaden Portal rosters, and one of the facilitators will reach out to you to schedule a pre-group meeting.

You can also call CAPS and ask for a CAPS Connects appointment, or reach out to your CAPS point person/therapist if you are in touch with CAPS already. They can put you on the INTEREST list.

Facilitator: Sophia Lu

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Anxiety Toolbox One-time Virtual Workshop

Description:  Learn about the stress response, differentiating stress and anxiety, and skills to target both.  Recognize the role of systems of oppression in anxiety.  The Anxiety Toolbox consists of didactic, break-out groups, and interactive exercises as well as therapeutic skills to work with unhelpful thinking styles related to anxiety. 

Dates and times:  Multiple dates and times available to attend this one-time, 2 hour workshop. Use your stanford.edu email to access the Spring schedule for this workshop HERE.

How to access: This is a one-time session.  Call CAPS and ask for a CAPS Connects appointment to get registered, or reach out to your CAPS point person/therapist if you are in touch with CAPS already. This is a virtual workshop, on zoom. 

Facilitators: CAPS Therapists

If you are a student who has attended the Anxiety Toolbox Virtual Workshop, and wish to access the slides, they can be found here.

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Body Project Treatment Group

This in-person group is a research study for students who have body image concerns or eating problems. It is designed to help students gain insight, improve functioning, and reduce stress around negative body image and challenges with food and eating. This group is part of a research study that CAPS is supporting for the benefit of students and to further progress in eating disorder treatment, and is focused on women and eating disorders.

No longer recruiting

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Food, Body, Eating and Stress

Description:  Stress can have an impact on how we eat, move, and how we feel about our body. This is a supportive and inclusive space to talk about how you are experiencing these impacts, with facilitation from experienced therapists.

Dates and times: Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 PM 
This is an open/rolling admission group where new members can join anytime after meeting with the facilitator.

How to access: Meeting with a facilitator is required to join this group. You can sign up on the INTEREST LIST- Food, Body, Eating, Stress on Vaden Portal rosters, and one of the facilitators will reach out to you to schedule a pre-group meeting.

You can also call CAPS and ask for a CAPS Connects appointment, or reach out to your CAPS point person/therapist if you are in touch with CAPS already. They can put you on the INTEREST list.

Facilitators: Emily Caruthers, LMFT

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Grief Group

Description: In-person community space providing expert support, education, and resources for any student living with any form of grief and loss, whether recent or past.

Dates and times: In-person at Circle Sanctuary Thursdays at 4pm
Friday       4/1 noon
Thursday 4/28  4pm
Thursday  5/19 4pm

How to access: drop in, in person- no prior registration required.

Student Grief and Loss Gathering

Facilitators: Helen Hsu PsyD of CAPS, Annanda Barclay and Laurie Hahn Tapper of OSRL,Donnovan Somera Yisrael of Well-being and Chidel Onuegbu of Graduate Life Office

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Let’s Talk Sessions for International Students

Description:  Let’s Talk in Community (Zoom) is an individual 20 minute visit with CAPS therapist.

This is not a counseling visit but a chance to speak with a counselor for support and information on options for mental health care. CAPS Service offered in partnership with Bechtel International Center to support international undergrad/grad students.

Dates/times: Fridays at 1pm-1:30pm, 2pm-2:30pm.
Every Friday through the Spring Quarter

How to access: Read more and learn how to book 

Facilitator: Jeong-Eun Suh, MA

Meditation and Self-Compassion Virtual Workshops

Description: Meditation workshop led by a CAPS therapist to learn and practice mindfulness for mental health.
Learn meditation practices to increase self-compassion and manage symptoms of depression such as negative self-talk, rumination, and spiraling.

Date and time: There are four unique workshops,each offered twice a week to increase access options. Click here to see schedule.

How to access: There are four unique workshops, each offered twice a week to increase access options. You can sign up for as many or as few as you like

To sign up, call CAPS and ask for a CAPS Connects appointment to get registered, or reach out to your CAPS point person/therapist if you are in touch with CAPS already. This is a virtual workshop, on zoom.

Facilitator: Cierra Whatley PhD

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QTrees: An LGBTQIA+ Therapy Group

Description: This group offers a place for support, processing, community, growth, and resilience for students on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. Topics may include navigating intersectional identities, belonging, questioning, coping with discrimination and stigma, and finding queer vitality and joy. This group forms and stays together with the same members meeting weekly for 6 weeks.

Dates and times: in-person @ Kingscote Wednesdays 3:30-4:30
4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18

How to access: Meeting with one of the facilitators is required to join this group. 

Sign up on the “INTEREST LIST-QTrees LGBTQIA” on Vaden Portal and one of the facilitators will reach out to schedule a meeting to meet you and talk more with you about the group.

Your therapist or CapsConnect can also add your name to the interest list

Facilitators: Caitlin Merrill, PhD & Emily Joyner, MA

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Taking Space: Women of Color in Grad School

Description:  This is a student-lead outreach group for women of color grad students, with 2 CAPS clinicians serving as host facilitators. In this supportive space, students come as they are, share mutual support, and foster community. Students build tools to cope with grad school stressors, re-entry stress, issues rooted in systemic oppression, and other student lead topics.

Dates and Times:  6 sessions, Tuesdays 8:30-9:30 am PST in Spring Quarter 
4/5/22-5/10/22
This is an open/rolling admission group where new members can join anytime after meeting with the facilitator.

How to access: Meeting with one of the facilitators is required to join this group. 

Sign up on the  “INTEREST LIST-WOC Grad” on VadenPortal and one of the facilitators will reach out to schedule a meeting to meet you and talk more with you about the group.

Your therapist or CapsConnect can also add your name to the interest list!

Facilitators: Stephanie Ruiz, LCSW & Isela Garcia White, LCSW

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Taking Space: Women of Color in Undergrad

Description:  This is a student-lead outreach group for women of color undergrad students, with 2 CAPS clinicians serving as host facilitators. In this supportive space, students come as they are, share mutual support, and foster community. Students build tools to cope with school stressors, re-entry stress, issues rooted in systemic oppression, and other student lead topics.

Dates and Times:  5 sessions, Tuesdays  3:15-4:15pm PST in Spring Quarter
4/5/22-5/3/22
This is an open/rolling admission group where new members can join anytime after meeting with the facilitator.

How to access: Meeting with one of the facilitators is required to join this group. 

Sign up on the  “INTEREST LIST-WOC Undergrad” on Vaden Portal and one of the facilitators will reach out to schedule a meeting to meet you and talk more with you about the group.

Your therapist or CapsConnect can also add your name to the interest list!

Facilitators: Stephanie Ruiz, LCSW & Isela Garcia White, LCSW

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Yoga Skills for Stress Reduction

Description: An experiential yoga workshop using mindfulness, breathing techniques, postures, and yoga psychology tools to develop a self care plan for stress reduction and enhancing resilience. Appropriate for all bodies and all levels of experience.

Dates and times: One-time workshop 
Tuesday April 26 4-6 PM 
Tuesday May 17 4-6 PM

How to access: This is a one-time session.  Call CAPS and ask for a CAPS Connects appointment to get registered, or reach out to your CAPS point person/therapist if you are in touch with CAPS already.

Facilitators: Vanika Chawla, MD (CAPS) & Heather Freeman, PsyD (YogaX)