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Groups and workshops address issues common to most university students and are designed to help students learn new ways to deal with challenging issues.  These interactive and dynamic groups cover topics such as:  creating satisfying relationships, mindfulness meditation, dealing with stress and improving mood.

Groups and Workshops for Spring Semester 2017

C.O.P.E. (Cultivating Optimal Personal Experiences)

This 2 session clinic will help students develop a better understanding of both the causes and consequences of stress, as well as healthy and effective approaches to managing stress on an ongoing basis. Each session will focus on developing specific skills and techniques that can be applied to a variety of situations, including interpersonal relationships, academic functioning, family stress, physical health, mood fluctuations, and general well-being.

Time: Tuesdays 2:30 - 4:00 pm 
           Fridays 10:30 - 12:00 pm 

The TLC Experience: Transfer Students, Students Living Off-Campus and Commuter Student at SDSU

Join other transfer students, commuter students and students who live off-campus and be a part of an ongoing discussion group designed to assist and support you with your experiences at SDSU. This group meets through the end of the semester, and covers a broad range of topics including fostering a sense of belonging, developing coping skills to manage different kinds of stress and learning more about the resources available.

Time: Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:15 pm 
Facilitator: Manuel Rivera, LMFT


Connect with the LGBTQ community on campus.  Come share thoughts, hopes, & feelings about issues you encounter in your daily experience with others in a safe space! Please sign up through Counseling & Psychological Services.

Time: Every other Wednesday 3:30-4:30 pm @ The Pride Center
Facilitator: Todd Carson, Psy.D.

Living with Loss

Get support in healing after the death of a loved one in the Living with Loss Grief Support Group.

Time: Tuesdays 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Facilitator: Todd Carson, Psy.D.

Mindfulness Meditation Plus!

Ancient techniques for training the mind taught using the Eastern traditions of Vipassana (insight meditation), Zen, and Tibetan Buddhism. All methods are designed to quiet the mind while refining mental alertness. They are particularly helpful with anxiety, depression, and attention problems that may be affecting your ability to learn or have clarity in your daily life and relationships.

Time: Mondays 4:00 - 5:30pm
         Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:30pm
Facilitator: Linda Diane Smith, Ph.D.

Healthy Emotional Living

Do you often feel like you are on an emotional roller coaster? Are you tired of being called “dramatic,” “sensitive,” or “reactive?” Based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy, the Healthy Emotional Living group is designed to explore and build an understanding of our intense emotional experiences. Through the lens of living effectively, participants can learn to better identify and understand our complex emotional states, learn specific coping strategies to deal with distress, and increase awareness and self-reflection. To learn more or to join, call in and schedule an appointment.

Time: Mondays 2:30 - 4:00 pm 
Facilitator: Michael Juan, Ph.D.

Students in the Helping Professions

Careers in the helping professions (counseling, nursing, social work, education, etc.) offer great rewards and present unique demands. Through guided discussions and activities, this group aims to facilitate personal growth, increase self-understanding, and teach the skills needed to thrive as a helping professional.

Time: Fridays 9:00 – 10:30 am 
Facilitator: Carrie Sakai, Psy.D.

 Survivors' Group

In collaboration with the Women's Resource Center, the Survivors' Group is a supportive space for survivors of sexual and dating violence. This group is open to all students currently enrolled at SDSU.

Day & Time: Every other Tuesday 12:30 - 1:45 pm @ Women's Resource Center
Dates: 1/31, 2/14, 2/28, 3/14, 4/4, 4/18, 5/2
Facilitator: Mary Joyce Juan, Ph.D. 

Women’s Group

This bi-weekly group aims to provide a space for learning and reflection while also promoting peer support and sharing of resources and stories. Every group we will be discussing one of four topics (i.e., emotions, relationships, self-care and identity, sexual health), and how to manage the unique challenges that arise for women. All women-identifying students are invited to join. Please note that this group is not available for course credit or observation.

Day & Time: Every other Tuesday 12:30 - 1:45 pm @ Women's Resource Center
Dates: 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/11, 4/25
Facilitator: Mary Joyce Juan, Ph.D. 

Alcoholics Anonymous, SDSU Student Meeting

AA is a self-help organization that utilizes the 12-step program for recovering alcoholics. This is an open meeting to all who wish to discuss issues with substance abuse.

Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:00 – 1:00 pm 
Location: Conference Room 4, 4th floor Calpulli Building

Active Minds

Active Minds is a student organization that is “changing the conversation about mental health.” To join the organization, you just have to show up to the meeting! Stop by, help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and learn about current trends in the mental health field.

Time: Thursday 1:00 - 2:00 pm 
Location: Conference Room 3, 4th floor, Calpulli Building  

Single Servings

1-hour discussions on various topics, including Social Media Living, Party Smart, Test Anxiety, Stress Management, Healthy Relationships, Finding Connections, Intro to Mindfulness, Managing Multiple Roles, & more. Click on the image below for the full schedule.

Time: Weekly @ various campus locations