UCS

Therapy Groups and Workshops

University Counseling Services (UCS) offers a wide variety of free therapy groups, support groups, and psycho-educational workshops to currently enrolled students. 

Drop-In Weekly Virtual Workshop

Mindfulness Break
Wednesdays, 3:30 to 4pm

Feeling stressed?  We will "gather" via Zoom to take a collective moment to slow down, reflect, and reconnect with our deepest intentions.  Each session will include a 10-20 minute long meditation. We will be trying a different mindfulness exercise each week to help us ground and bring a sense of calm to the day.  Sample exercises include various visualizations, deep breathing and body awareness practices.  No experience necessary.

For a most enjoyable experience:

  • Find a comfortable, quiet space. If possible, set aside any devices and/or turn off notifications so you can be as present as possible.  All students audio and video will be muted throughout the meditation to ensure privacy.
  • Join us on Zoom!
  • Enjoy class! Set aside your worries, preoccupations, and expectations, take a few deep breaths, and allow this time to be one of nurturing and kind awareness. Your presence is welcome here, and you are enough.

Virtual Groups and Workshop Requiring an Interest Form

  • If you are interested in learning more about our group or workshop, please speak with your individual therapy provider at UCS, or call (818)677-2366, option 1 or ask to speak with the therapist who is leading the group or workshop.
  • If you do not have an individual therapy provider at UCS or are unsure which group is a good fit for you, please email Dr. Elizabeth Poloskov, UCS' Groups Coordinator.
  • Submit a Group and Workshop Interest Form, and University Counseling Services will contact you.

Groups and Workshops Offered during Fall 2020 Semester:

Please note all our groups and workshops are currently being offered virtually.

*Groups and workshops that require a pre-group meeting with facilitator prior to group/workshop start date.

Anxiety Management

Offered Thursdays, 2 to 3:30pm; start date to be determined

In this safe and supportive group, you will learn new tools and coping skills that allow you to decrease your anxiety and feel more equipped to face a wide range of situations and experiences.

Graduate Student Support*

Offered Wednesdays, 3 to 4:30pm; start date to be determined

Commiserate with others who understand the stresses of graduate school.  In a safe, supportive environment, discuss personal concerns such as relationship issues, family problems, challenging advisors, and juggling responsibilities.

Grief and Loss*

Offered Wednesdays, 2:30 to 4pm; start date to be determined

Experienced a significant loss?  Connect with a supportive group of peers dealing with death, loss, and grief.

Here to Stay*

Offered Wednesdays, 3:30 to 5pm; start date to be determined

Concerns over immigration status, either your own or a loved one's, can create a range of negative emotions, worries and related challenges.  These struggles can impact your daily life and create barriers that keep you from being the student you want to be.  Here to Stay is a new UCS support group to help you connect with others who share similar experiences.  Our focus is to lift each other up and celebrate strength and resilience as a group.

International Student Support Group*

Offered Fridays, start date and time to be determined

A weekly discussion and support group especially for international students.  This dynamic group provides an opportunity to explore and share experiences as well as discuss topics such as adjustment, academic success, relationships, and various challenges.

LGBTQIA+ Support*

Offered Mondays, 3 to 4:30pm; start date to be determined

A confidential and safe space for students who identify within the LGBTQIA+ communities to receive and provide support around issues of sexual orientation and/or gender identity.  Topics discussed and explored may include identity, coming out, navigating relationships, creating support systems and feelings of safety and belonging on and off campus.  

Man 2 Man (Men of Color Support)*

Offered Fridays, 2:30 to 4pm; start date to be determined

A space for men of color to explore issues of gender, race, culture, as well as social concerns that impact their experience as men in society and the world.

ManUp↑*

Offered Wednesdays, 2 to 3:30pm; start date to be determined

A group for men to sort out everything from school pressures to dating challenges to relationship questions to career confusion.  Be a part of a group where you can learn new skills and support each other so you can rise up and aim toward success in university life and beyond.

Parenting Support

Offered Mondays, 3 to 4:30pm; start date to be determined

This group allows student parents to connect with others experiencing similar daily struggles in a safe, non-judgmental space.  Topics will be parent driven, but may include: routines, homework, child behaviors, transitions, etc.

Transfer Student Support*

Offered Tuesdays, 3 to 4:30pm; start date to be determined

Connect with other transfer students who understand the unique challenges of being a transfer student.  We will provide support and help for personal problems, while also discussing issues relevant to being a transfer student.

Understanding Self & Others*

Two Offerings!

# 1: Mondays, 2:30 to 4pm; start date to be determined

#2: Tuesdays, 2 to 3:30pm; start date to be determined

A warm & supportive environment in which you can explore new ways of relating to others, connect through sharing personal experiences, and gain insight into yourself.

We're First*

Two Offerings!

# 1: Tuesdays, 2:30 to 4pm; start date to be determined

# 2: Fridays 2 to 3:30am; start date to be determined

Safe space for first generation college students to discuss the challenges they face and receive guidance and support in navigating those challenges. If you're the first person in your family to go to college, among the first in your family to pursue a B.A., the first in your family to attend college in the U.S., or you identify as a first generation college student in any other way, this group is for you!

Winning at Emotions: Skills for Coping with Your Feelings

Offered Tuesdays, 1 to 2:30pm; start date to be determined

Overwhelming emotions? Difficulty coping with what life brings? Welcome to a safe, supportive space to learn valuable distress tolerance, mindfulness, and emotion regulation skills.

Women's Support*

Offered Fridays, 10 to 11:30am; start date to be determined

A supportive space for women to explore issues related to being a woman in our society.

Writer's Block for Graduate Students*

Offered Thursdays, 2:30 to 4pm; start date to be determined

With the support of others, explore blocks that keep you stuck and unable to write.  Develop strategies for conquering writer's block.