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, 12 to 12:30pm; start date to be determined

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 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 Summer 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, 2 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.

LGBTQIA+ Support*

Day and time 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.  

Parenting Support*

Offered Wednesdays, 3:30 to 5pm; 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.

We're First*

Two Offerings!

# 1: Friday mornings, time and start date to be determined; accepting interest forms

# 2: Friday afternoons, time and 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!

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.