Groups & Workshops

Spring 2021 Workshops

Keep A Seawolf S.A.F.E. with Dr. Andrew Kerlow-Myers 

A workshop for supporting distressed students.

Upcoming Spring Semester workshop dates:

Wednesday, March 17th from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Thursday, April 22nd from 9:30 AM -11:00 AM

Friday, May 7th from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Registration Encouraged, Not Required:   

Zoom Link

This is a 90-minute workshop that prepares SSU students, faculty, and staff to better support distressed students and to intervene when they are concerned a student might be suicidal. Join us for a training that could help you save a Seawolf! Email: or call CAPS: (707) 664-2153 for more information. Open to students, staff and faculty.

Student Athlete Support Workshop with Dr. Courtney Avvampato 

Spring semester dates are as follows:

Tuesday, April 27th from 1:00 - 2:00PM

Please email or call CAPS to register for the workshop and to receive the zoom link.

This limited series workshop is for current student athletes attending SSU. It is being offered to allow space for discussion of varying issues that affect student athletes every day. Topics discussed will include maintaining motivation for practice, how to manage anxiety related to COVID-19 and training, self-care for athletes, sleep concerns, and how to balance athletics and school. Come learn some useful skills and information about how to keep yourself in the best mental and physical shape! Email: or call CAPS: (707) 664-2153 for more information.

Gender Expansive Lives Workshop with Melle Browning, LMFT 

Spring semester dates are as follows:

Wednesday, March 17th from 12:00 - 1:00PM

Tuesday, April 13th from 12:00 - 1:00PM

Please email or call CAPS to register for the workshop and to receive the zoom link.

A supportive space for gender expansive SSU students, this limited-series workshop is a safe space to explore, receive support, and build community. It is open to anyone who is part of the gender diverse community including, but not limited to: transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, gender fluid, and gender non-conforming students as well as those who are in a process of exploration and discovery with their gender.

"The Struggle is Real, So How Do We Deal?" with Dr. Irene Wise  

A 6-session workshop series based on Mindful Self-Compassion

Spring semester dates are as follows:

Monday, April 5th at 10:00AM

Monday, April 12th at 10:00AM

Monday, April 19th at 10:00AM

Monday, May 3rd at 10:00AM

Monday, May 10th at 10:00 AM

Zoom Link:

Join us to build coping skills and self-compassion during these tough times. You will learn and experience mindfulness and self-compassion practices for dealing with difficult emotions, navigating challenging relationships, and softening your inner critic. Email: or call CAPS: (707) 664-2153 for more information.

Self and Community Care for RAs: A Workshop for SSU Residential Advisors with Dr. Isabel Avila Saiter 

Day/Time: TBD

Please email or call CAPS to register for the workshop and to receive the zoom link.

This one-time workshop is for current Residential Advisors working on campus. Join in co-creating a supportive space to discuss the rewards and challenges of being an RA at SSU as you navigate your role caring for your fellow students. We will be creating a community of care and discuss topics such as learning how to improve coping, self/community-care, effective communication, and navigating healthy boundaries when in your student leadership role. Email: or call CAPS: (707) 664-2153 for more information.

Spring 2021 Groups

Please join us! CAPS Groups can be a great way to make new connections, learn new coping skills, and to take care of yourself. All groups will be held via Zoom for the Spring 2021 semester and are available for all currently enrolled Sonoma State students. 

We offer TWO different types of groups:

  • A Drop-In Group only requires students to e-mail CAPS for the Zoom link. The groups meet once a week and will be offered for the duration of the semester if students are attending. Drop-in groups are more flexible for folx to come and go from the group as their time/interest allows. Drop-In Groups are scheduled to start during the week of February 1st.

  • With a Process Group, regular attendance is needed so that deeper and more meaningful connections can be made. When a student expresses interest in a process group, they will have a brief conversation with the group facilitator before joining to see if the group is a good fit for their needs. Process Groups are scheduled to start during the week of February 8th, or when enough students have expressed interest to form a group.

Email us at: or call: (707) 664-2153 to get started or for more information about our offerings!

Weekly Schedule


12:00 PM, Grief & Loss in the Time of COVID-19 (Process) Group, facilitated by Dr. Rociel Martinez

This group provides an ongoing healing space for those grieving a loved one or those who have experienced a significant loss. Members will be a part of a community that will facilitate moving through the grief process by sharing experiences, reflecting on the possible compounding impact of loss during the COVID-19 pandemic (regardless of if loss is related to the virus or not), and building empathy and mutual support.

1:00 PM, Survivors of Sexual Assault (Process) Group, facilitated by Dr. Courtney Avvampato & Susan Pulido, SSU Confidential Advocate 

This group is designed to provide a supportive space for survivors of sexual assault, including childhood sexual abuse, intimate partner and non-partner sexual violence.  Group members will have the opportunity to share experiences, support each other, and build a greater sense of control and empowerment. Participants will learn about common reactions to these types of traumas, will gain greater understanding about the ways they can impact different areas of functioning, and will develop skills for improved coping as part of the healing process. We also focus on cultivating peer support networks for those who share these experiences.


11:00 AM, Fidget to Focus: ADHD and Learning Skills (Drop-In) Group, facilitated by Dr. Andrew Kerlow-Myers

This group is designed to teach skills for managing symptoms associated with ADHD. We will discuss strategies for staying on top of academic demands while developing coping skills to help maintain focus. A formal ADHD diagnosis is not necessary for this group. The main topics of conversation concern organization and maintaining motivation to complete assignments (whether school or life related) so this group can be a great space for anyone struggling to stay on top of their academic schedule.

12:00 PM, Managing Racial Trauma & Stress (Drop-In) Group, facilitated by Dr. Rociel Martinez  

As we engage in responsible physical distancing to support everyone’s well-being during this time, we also acknowledge that communities draw strength in solidarity and fellowship. This group is for SSU students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color and provides a supportive and confidential space to explore ways to manage the impact of racial stress and trauma, and to engage in healing individually and as a collective.


11:00 AM, Not The Perfect Family (Process) Group, facilitated by Dr. Irene Wise

Is dealing with your family difficult or even emotionally painful? Please join this supportive and safe space to get help with current family issues or concerns from the past that are impacting you now. Group members support each in understanding and coping with family relationships.


12:00 PM, Women of Color Collective (WOCC) (Drop-In), facilitated by Dr. Isa Avila Saiter and The HUB

Join us in creating community with SSU womxn 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!


12:00 PM, “I Want to Know What Love Is”: A Relationship (Process) Group, facilitated by Dr. Irene Wise

Are you 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.

2:00 PM, Building Connections for Men: (Process) Group, facilitated by Dr. Andrew Kerlow-Myers 

This group is designed to help men connect socially with others. Group members will work on gaining social confidence in a supportive setting. This group welcomes any male-identified SSU student who wishes to build better connections with others.

Thursdays, 3:00 PM, Womxn’s (Process) Group, facilitated by Dr. Elisa Vasquez 

Join with other SSU womxn to share your unique story, receive, and provide support in a confidential environment. Issues of discussion may include but are not limited to: relationship difficulties, life balance, stress management, trauma, negotiating identities, assertiveness, body image, and self-esteem. Empower yourself and each other!


11:00 AM, Common Thread: LGBTQIA+ Support (Drop-In) Group, facilitated by Dr. Elisa Vasquez 

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

1:00 PM, Mindful Self-Compassion (Drop-In) Group: Pathways to Self-Acceptance, Inner Strength, and Resilience, facilitated by Melle Browning, LMFT

Zoom Link:

In this group, you will learn how to engage in mindfulness and self-compassion. Come experience a variety of self-care and mindfulness practices to enhance well-being, feel more centered in the face of difficult situations, and cope with anxiety, stress, and challenging emotions. Find new ways to not just manage overwhelming emotions but to also honor and accept them!