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. 

Virtual Groups and Workshop Require 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 2022:

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.  If you are interested in learning about a group but the current listed day/times do not fit your schedule, please still submit an interest form to learn about options.

Anxiety Management

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

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*

Day and time to be determined; accepting interest forms

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 Mondays, 10:30am to 12pm; start date to be determined; accepting interest forms

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

International Student Support*

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

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.

Koru® Mindfulness

Offered Fridays, 11am to 12:30pm; start date to be determined; accepting interest forms
(4-session workshop)

Koru Mindfulness® is an evidence-based program specifically designed for teaching mindfulness, meditation, and stress management to college students. The Koru workshop includes a mix of mindfulness and stress reduction skills taught through guided practice, discussion, reflection, at-home practice, and readings that collectively help students manage stress, improve sleep, and focus the mind. Students will leave the very first session with tools they can use immediately, and will also be provided with free guided meditation recordings to practice 10 minutes per day on their own. Participants are expected to attend all four sessions, as the concepts and skills are expanded upon each week.

LGBTQIA+ Support*

Offered Mondays, 2pm to 3:30pm; start date to be determined; accepting interest forms

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.  

Love Your #Selfie*

Offered Mondays, 2pm to 3:30pm; start date to be determined; accepting interest forms

Would you like to...
Boost your confidence? Feel better about yourself? Quiet that critical inner voice?
If so, then join our self-esteem/self-compassion group.

Men's Support*

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

A group for men to sort out everything from school pressures to dating challenges to relationship questions to career confusion. Talk with other guys about what it means to be a man in today's society. 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 Wednesdays, 3pm to 4:30pm; start date to be determined, group runs year-round; accepting new participants/interest forms

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: child behaviors, childcare issues, academic and financial struggles, family and extended family issues, etc.

Understanding Self & Others*

Two offerings!

# 1: Wednesdays, 3:30pm to 5pm; start date to be determined; accepting interest forms

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

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: Fridays, 9am to 10:30am; start date to be determined; accepting interest forms

# 2: Fridays, 1pm to 2:30pm; start date to be determined; accepting interest forms

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!

Who Am I? A DHH Identity Support Group

Day and time to be determined; accepting interest forms

A confidential and safe space for D/deaf and hard of hearing students to explore different identities with hearing loss. Are we deaf, Deaf or hard of hearing? This group led by a DHH counselor will discuss topics of intersectionality of our hearing loss, with gender, race, ethnic and sexual identities.  Learn self-advocacy and confidence building skills you support each other in succeeding at CSUN and beyond.

Winning at Emotions: Skills for Coping with Your Feelings

Offered Mondays, 1pm to 2:30pm; accepting interest forms

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, 10am to 11:30am; accepting interest forms

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

Writer's Block for Graduate Students*

Day and time to be determined; accepting interest forms

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