Fall 2018 Groups

All currently enrolled SSU students (that pay the CAPS fee) are eligible for group sessions. Some groups require pre-registration and others are on a drop-in basis.

Women of Color Collective
Drop in, Wednesdays, 12-1 pm, The HUB Cultural Center, Student Center, 2nd floor

  • Join us in creating community with SSU women of diverse and intersecting cultural identities. Share and be inspired by our collective stories and experiences in a confidential space. Explore, process, and empower each other! Please contact Dr. Isa Avila Saiter with questions.

Self-Care and Mindfulness for Wellbeing
Drop-In, Tuesdays, 12-1 pm, Stevenson 3030

  • Learn how to engage in self-care, mindfulness, and self-compassion to enhance well-being, feel more centered in the face of difficult situations, and find new ways to cope with anxiety, stress, and challenging emotions.

Fidget to Focus, an ADHD Support Group
Drop-In, Fridays, 12-1 pm, Salazar 2024

  • This is a weekly group designed to teach skills for managing symptoms of ADHD. We will discuss how to s tay on top of ac ademic demands while developing coping strategies to help maintain focus. A formal ADHD diagnosis is not necessary for this group.

Common Thread, an LGBQ+ Support Group
Drop-In, Mondays, 12-1 pm, The HUB - Student Center 2nd floor

  • A support and process group designed to provide a safe and confidential space for SSU students who identify within the wide and growing spectrum of the LGBQ+ community. Co-create a supportive and affirming space, share common experiences, and deepen your self-understanding. All indentities within the LBBQ+ community, including those questioning, are welcome.

The groups listed below require pre-registration. If you're interested please call us (707.664.2153), email caps@sonoma.edu, or visit us in Stevenson 1088 for more information.

Healing After Sexual Assault
Fridays at 1:00 pm

  • This group is designed to provide a supportive, confidential space for survivors of sexual assault. Group members will have the opportunity to share experiences, support each other, and build greater sense of control and empowerment. Participants will learn about common reactions to assault, the ways in which it can impact a life, and will develop skills for improved coping as part of the healing process.

"I Want To Know What Love Is," A Relationship Group
Thursdays at 12:00 pm

  • Are your struggling with family, social, or romantic relationships? This weekly group focuses on navigating the ups and downs of building and maintaining healthy, fulfilling, and close relationships. members support each other in processing relational joys and difficulties in a safe and supportive environment.

Understanding Self and Others for Men
Fridays at 2:00 pm

  • This group is to help men overcome difficulties that keep them from connecting socially with others. Group members will work on gaining social confidence in a supportive, confiential setting. This group welcomes any men or male-identified students who wish to work on these issues.

People of Color Support Group
Day and Time TBD

  • This is a confidential, safe space to explore what it means to be a person of color on this campus. This group serves to validate students' experiences, to provide an outlet for people of color ot enhance their voices, and ultimately to promote their success at Sonoma State.

Beyond the Binary, a Gender Diversity Support Group
Day and Time TBD

  • A supportive space for SSU students of diverse gender identities and gender expressions. This group is a confidential space to explore, receive support, and build community. Open to anyone who sees themselves as outside of the gender binary, including students who identify as: transgender, genderqueer, gender fluid, non-binary, gender non-conforming, or are in the process of discovery around their gender identity.

Grief and Loss Group
Day and Time TBD

  • This group provides an ongoing healing space for those grieving a loved one or those who have experienced a significant loss. Members will be part of a community that will facilitate the grief process through shared experience and mutual understanding.

FAQ - Group Counseling

What is group counseling and can it help me?

In group therapy, you can count on the expertise of the counselors who facilitate the group, and you can also get to know other students who are experiencing similar issues as you. Groups are designed for students who want to understand themselves and others in greater depth. These may be students who have concerns about relationships with others, students who feel different from their peers because of the type of problem currently being experienced, and/or students who make choices based on what others want or expect instead of evaluating decisions for themselves.

Can I trust that group counseling will be confidential?

The CAPS staff is ethically committed to confidentiality and federal and state laws require it. That means that even your attendance in a group at CAPS is kept private and confidential by our staff. The issue of confidentiality is an important one which is always addressed at the first meeting. Group members are asked to make a commitment to protect each other by agreeing not to divulge details which would identify you outside of group. While it is okay to share your own group experience with friends or family,it's never okay to discuss other members in any way. While we at CAPS cannot provide you an absolute guarantee of confidentiality since we cannot control every group member, our experience indicates that students respect each other’s privacy, because they want their privacy respected in return. Several issues do not remain confidential and are based on the issue of protection. If someone appears to be planning harm to self (suicide), harm to others (homicide), or is aware of children, dependent adults, or elderly individuals who are being abused, the counselor is legally bound to break confidentiality in order to provide individuals the assistance they need.

Who are the group therapists?

Groups are led by doctoral level counselors who have training in group therapy and have expertise in the specific areas that the group has been designed for.

How do I join a group and when does it start?

Every semester, a variety of different groups are offered.  This webpage will be updated with the most current offering of CAPS groups.  If you are interested in joining a group, call 707-664-2153 for more information. Most groups start near the beginning of the semester, so be sure you call within the first 4-6 weeks of the semester. Some groups start mid-semester or have a kind of “rolling admissions” as the group has openings.

Am I eligible for group counseling services?

Students who pay the CAPS fee and are currently enrolled at Sonoma State University are eligible for counseling services.

How much does it cost?

All costs for CAPS services are covered by the $59/semester CAPS fee.