CAPS Groups & Workshops
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.
Explore CAPS Groups & Workshops below.
Description: Multiple dates and times available to attend this two part, 1-hour each virtual workshop. Learn about how stress and anxiety show up in your body, emotions, thoughts and behaviors, and gain skills to lower anxiety in each area. Increase your ability to manage anxious thoughts and develop skills to recognize the role of systems of oppression and conditioning in anxiety. This workshop consists of psycho-education, break-out groups, and skills practice.
Dates and Times: See the schedule for Spring Quarter by clicking on red button below
How to access: Connecting with CAPS is required to join this group. Please call 650-723-3785 during business hours (8:30-5:00 weekdays) to connect and meet with a CAPS therapist, or message your therapist/contact person at CAPS, to determine if this workshop is right for you and be added to the workshop series that works best for your schedule.
Facilitator: Multiple CAPS therapists collaborate to provide these virtual workshops
Description: Qtrees is a process/support group for LGBTQIA+ undergraduate and graduate students at Stanford. Join us to connect with other LGBTQIA+ to process and support each other around your identity and how that may impact your experience.
QTrees will meet for 50 mins. weekly for 7 weeks, with same people each week.
Dates and Times: In-person group meeting Tuesdays 12:30 pm 4/18, 4/25, 5/02, 5/09, 5/16, 5/23, and 5/30
How to access: Meeting with a facilitator is required to join this group. You can sign up on the INTEREST LIST- QTrees on Vaden Portal rosters, in the "Groups and Workshops" section before 4/14/2023. One of the facilitators will reach out to you to schedule a pre-group meeting.
Facilitators: Christine Catipon PsyD and Sam Del Castillo PhD
The Algorithm: Self-image Support Space for Black and Brown students
Description:The Algorithm is a group for Black and Brown students to unpack their self-image through conversation and explorative exercises. We intentionally make space for participants to (re)connect and embrace their authentic selves.
Dates and Times: In-person, 6 sessions, Wednesdays 3:00-4:30pm starting 4/26 (4/26, 5/03, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24)
How to access: Meeting with a facilitator is required to join this group. You can sign up on the INTEREST LIST- The Algorithm: Self-image Support Space for Black and Brown Students on Vaden Portal rosters, in the "Groups and Workshops" section. The facilitator will reach out to you to schedule a pre-group meeting. Please sign up by Friday April 14 to allow time for the facilitator to meet with you.
Facilitator: Bianca Aaron LMFT
Description: This is a monthly gathering for Black students to seek support regarding race-based trauma, critical incidents on campus and/or nationwide, or are in need of connection in community.
When: Second Mondays: Monday, April 10th at 5pm and Monday May 8th at 5pm in EVGR-B Room 170
How to sign up: pre-registration is required - sign up on link below by Friday before the Monday meeting (so we can be sure to order enough food)
Facilitators: Katie Ohene PsyD, Bianca Aaron LMFT, Cierra Whatley PhD
Description: Seeking Safety is an ongoing group designed to support individuals who struggle with behaviors that interfere with their ability to function and cope as a student. The model was designed for individuals with trauma and substance abuse, but can also be useful to those who experience difficulty with emotion regulation, impulsivity, and unhealthy coping. Being “safe” means to be able to manage symptoms and take care of yourself in adaptive ways. Seeking Safety is NOT a process group. It is a present-focused, skills-based model that addresses behavioral, cognitive, and interpersonal themes.
Dates and times: In person, Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 starting 4/18. 4/18, 4/25, 5/02, 5/09, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30
How to access: this group will be in-person at CAPS, not offered virtually. Connecting with CAPS and attending a pre-group meeting with a group facilitator is the first step, if you are interested in this group. Sign up on the INTEREST LIST- at the Vaden Portal go to Groups and Workshops and find INTEREST LIST: Seeking Safety and add your name. A facilitator will reach out to you.
Facilitators: Jennifer Maldonado LCSW, Mari Evers LCSW
OCD Support Space
Description: The experience of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) can be isolating and stressful. This is a 6-week group for students who live with OCD to support to each other and have a safe space to connect.
Dates and times: Virtual group, meeting 6 consecutive Tuesdays 3:00-4:00, starting April 18th (4/18, 4/25, 5/02, 5/09, 5/16,5/23). Meet with the same group of people each week, including two CAPS therapists who will hold the space.
How to access: Meeting with a facilitator is required to join this group. This group is for students who have a current diagnosis of OCD and are connected with care. You can sign up on the Interest List on the Vaden portal. If you want to receive OCD assessment or connect with initial therapy for OCD concerns, call CAPS at 650-723-3785 and ask for an initial visit at CAPS.
Facilitators: Jane Tsang, LPCC and Camera Chea, MEd
Mixtape: Creativity and Mental Health Workshop for BIPOC Students
Description: This outreach workshop series for BIPOC creatives and creativity enthusiasts, will help participants use their creative outlets as tools to manage life stressors.
Dates and Times: 6 virtual workshops on Thursdays 3:00-4:30pm starting 4/20/2023. Attend one or all of the workshops, each will be a different creative modality. Dates are: 4/20, 4/27, 5/04, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25
How to access: You can sign up on INTERST LIST below.
Facilitator: Bianca Aaron LMFT
Wise Mind DBT informed skills group
Description: Our emotions affect us and our relationships, and our relationships impact our emotions. This virtual Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group is a quarter-long workshop-style group on how to identify and work with intense emotions. DBT addresses skills to understand and regulate emotion, tolerate distress, and be more effective in interpersonal concerns. Each group includes mindfulness practice.
Dates and Times: Virtual group. This group will meet online Tuesdays 2:00-3:30 starting 4/18. (4/18, 4/25, 5/02, 5/09, 5/16, 5/23)
How to Access: Connecting with CAPS and attending a pre-group meeting with a group facilitator is required to join this group. Please call 650-723-3785 during business hours (8:30-5:00 weekdays) by or before 4/14/2023 to connect and meet with a CAPS therapist to determine if this group is right for you. If you have already connected recently or in past with CAPS, you can message your contact person and ask them to help you connect with the group.
Facilitators: Amy Wilkinson LCSW, Jade Seto PhD
Action Plan for Mental Health
Description: Creating a Plan for Mental Health Wellness - Do you find that mental health issues make it difficult for you to thrive at Stanford? Would you like to identify the resources and support you need that are most helpful to YOU in managing your daily life? Developing an Action Plan For Mental Health helps identify feelings and behaviors, triggers that threaten wellbeing, while building toolbox of coping strategies, and other supports. Elements of the Action Plan For Mental Health in this group will focus on mental health and interpersonal relationships.
Dates and times: In person, Thursdays 1:00-2:00 PM starting 4/13 dates: 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/04, 5/09, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/01.
How to access: Connecting with CAPS and attending a pre-group meeting with a group facilitator is required to join this group. Please call 650-723-3785 during business hours (8:30-5 weekdays) and ask to be scheduled for an Initial Visit with a CAPS therapist- or message your therapist/contact person at CAPS, to request to be added to interest list and be contacted by facilitator.
Facilitator: RosaMaria Oceguera, LMFT, Natalia Figueroa MA
Rooted! Black Graduate Students Process Space
Description: Rooted! Is a support group for Black-identified Stanford graduate students that is designed to be a confidential space for students to speak their minds, build community, rest, connect with themselves, and learn coping skills for managing graduate life at Stanford. Graduate school is naturally stressful, rigorous, and will challenge you in unexpected ways. That stress can be compounded by identity, politics, isolation, and overall climate. Whether this is your first year or fifth year, we welcome you to join this group and get Rooted!
Dates and times: Virtual space, Wednesdays 4:00-5:30 starting 4/19 (4/19, 4/26, 4/5/03, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24)
How to Access: Connecting with CAPS and attending a pre-group meeting with a group facilitator is required to join this group. Please call 650-723-3785 during business hours (8:30-5:00 weekdays) to connect and meet with a CAPS therapist, or message your therapist/contact person at CAPS, to determine if this group is right for you.
Group Facilitators: Cierra Whatley, PhD and Katie Ohene-Gambill, PsyD
Let’s Chat aBAOt it: Asian Community Support Space
Description: Support group for Asian identified Stanford students. 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 around mental health support, multi-cultural integration and awareness. This group forms and stays together for 6-weeks with the same members meeting each week. A pre-group meeting with the facilitator is required to join the group.
Dates and Times: In person, Tuesdays 12:00-1:00 starting 4/18 (4/18, 4/25, 5/02, 5/09, 5/16, 5/23)
How to Access: : Meeting with a facilitator is required to join this group. You can sign up on the INTEREST LIST- Lets Chat About It on Vaden Portal rosters, in the "Groups and Workshops" section. The facilitator will reach out to you to schedule a pre-group meeting. Please sign up by Friday April 14 to allow time for the facilitator to meet with you.
Description: This six-session group will be a place to vent, meet other people like you, share goals and perspectives on navigating common themes (isolation, motivation, relationships), and learn some helpful coping skills to manage the stress of dissertation writing. If you’re enrolled student, located inside the state of California, and in the process of writing (whether you are just starting, or approaching completion), please consider joining us! This is a supportive graduate student space with the expertise of a Graduate Life Office Dean and a CAPS therapist co-facilitating, and sharing skills, resources, and support specific to your situation.
Dates and times: Virtual, Mondays 2:00pm-3:00pm starting 4/17 (4/17, 4/24, 5/01, 5/08, 5/15, 5/22)
How to access: Join at any point in the Quarter. Sign up on the Graduate Life Office roster by clicking the red button below.
Facilitators: Cierra Whatley PhD, CAPS & Angela Estrella, Graduate Life Office
FLI Support Space
Description: This space is dedicated for any student who aligns with the FLI (First generation in your family to go to college and/or low income student at Stanford) identity. Come connect with peers to openly communicate about your experience in the campus community. Explore how your unique background intersects with your mental well-being and develop a safe place to be your authentic self. This group will be offered for three sessions in the winter quarter- you can attend one or all three! If interest is there, we can develop into a weekly group for the spring quarter.
Dates and times: All spring events will be held at FLI. Please fill out the interest list with CAPS or join the FLI newsletter listserv for up to date information.
How to Access: Sign up at the link below and the facilitator will contact you to share information on the upcoming meetings- or join FLI newsletter to get updates!
Facilitator: Louisa Jacquez, LMFT
Sleep Wellness Workshop
Description: How are you sleeping lately? Come join us in the Sleep Wellness Workshop and learn skills to charge your mental and physical batteries. This workshop is led by mental health therapists and a Wellbeing coach from Vaden Health Center
Dates and times: In-person, Wednesday 4/12 10-11:00 am at Kingscote
How to Access: Sign up on the form below to reserve your space in the workshop and receive info and updates.
Facilitators: Stacy Wang MSW, Angela Estrella, Natalia Figueroa Casiano MA
Koru Meditation Workshop
Description: This four-session workshop will introduce you to the practice of mindfulness and meditation to assist you with managing stress and enriching your life. Like learning any new skill, it takes practice to get comfortable with mindfulness. We invite you to devote yourself to the study and practice of mindfulness for these four weeks, and we challenge you to stay curious about what evolves for you as you persistently and patiently practice living mindfully. This is an educational class series, led by two CAPS therapists.
Dates and times: Virtual class format, 4 sequential Monday sessions, 4:00-5:00pm starting Monday 5/01/2023 (5/01, 5/08, 5/15, and 5/22)
How to access: Sign up on the link below
Facilitators: Cierra Whatley, PhD & Camera Chea MEd
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. Three spaces are held each quarter. To see most recent info on dates, times, and locations, go to link below:
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
School of Medicine Students of Color Support Space
Description: This is a 5-session, student-lead virtual support group for School of Medicine BIPOC students, with 2 MHT 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 academic and professional stressors, anxiety, issues rooted in systemic oppression, decrease impostor phenomenon, and process other student lead topics. This group is open to registered BioSci PhD/MS, MSPA, and MD students of all genders who identify as people of color.
Dates and Times: 5 -session virtual support group Thursdays starting 4/27, 8:30am-9:30am (4/27, 5/04, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25)
How to access: Meeting with a facilitator is required to join this group. You can sign up on the INTEREST_LIST_SOM_BIPOC Student Support_SPRING Q on Vaden Portal rosters, in the "Groups and Workshops" section. One of the facilitators will reach out to you to schedule a pre-group meeting.
MHT Host Facilitators: Mariko Sweetnam, LCSW and Isela Garcia White, LCSW
Plan de Acción Para la Salud Mental
Description: Creating a Plan for Mental Health Wellness - Do you find that mental health issues make it difficult for you to thrive at Stanford? Would you like to identify the resources and support you need that are most helpful to YOU in managing your daily life? Developing an Action Plan 4 Mental Health helps identify feelings and behaviors, triggers that threaten wellbeing, while building a toolbox of coping strategies, and other supports. This one-time class will be in Spanish! Join us for a one-time presentation to learn about the Action Plan 4 Mental Health.
Dates and Times: In person, one-time meeting. Monday, January 30th, 12 pm to 2 pm. The class will be in facilitated in Spanish. If there is interest, we may start an ongoing group in Spring Quarter.
How to access: You can sign up on the INTEREST LIST- sign up for Plan de Accion Para LaSalud Mental on Vaden Portal rosters, in the "Groups and Workshops" section. The facilitator will reach out to you to give details on the meeting place.
Facilitator: RosaMarÍa Oceguera, LMFT