Groups & Workshops

Groups are now in person! Please plan on joining us for one (or more!) of our groups or workshops! CAPS Groups and Workshops can be a great way to make new connections, learn new coping skills, and to take care of yourself. All groups and workshops are available for all currently enrolled Sonoma State students.

We offer TWO different types of groups:

  • A Drop-In Group only requires students to show up at the indicated location and time! 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 students to come and go from the group as their time/interest allows.

  • 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. 

Email us at caps@sonoma.edu or call (707) 664-2153 to get started or for more information about our services!

Fall 2022 Workshops

Keep A Seawolf SAFE with Dr. Andrew Kerlow-Myers

Keep a Seawolf SAFE is a 90-minute workshop that prepares SSU students, faculty, and staff to better support distressed students. 

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Current Training Date:

11/30, Wed, 3:30-5 PM

More dates to be announced! 

WELLWolves with Dr. Andrew Kerlow-Myers

Come join CAPS for the WELLWolves Workshop. WELLWolves is an expansion of the popular Keep A Seawolf SAFE suicide-prevention workshop. WELLWolves covers the common mental health struggles of SSU students, including anxiety and depression, and participants will learn basic helping skills to support Seawolf mental health.

SSU students, faculty, and staff can take both the WELLWolves and Keep A Seawolf SAFE workshop, or either module independently.

11/30, Wed, 1-5 PM (this includes a Keep A Seawolf SAFE presentation from 3:30-5 PM)

More dates to be announced! 

Fall 2022/Spring 2023 Groups

Monday

5:00 PM, Building Connections for Men: A Process Group

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.
 

Spring 2023 group! Please call or email now to register for this spring group.

Location: CAPS, Building 17A

Tuesday

12:00 PM, Common Thread: LGBTQIA+ Support (Drop-In) Group

A support group designed to provide a safe and confidential space for SSU students who have lived experience 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 have lived experience within the LGBTQIA+ community, including those questioning, are welcome.
 

We've started! Please drop by.

Location: CAPS, Building 17A

3:00 PM, Whole Body Wisdom (Process) Group

Join a confidential, supportive space for SSU students to share their lived experience within the body. In this skill based and interactive group, we will utilize The Body Positive model and integrate mindfulness, self-compassion, and community building to cultivate whole body wisdom. Together, we will cover the five core competencies from The Body Positive: reclaiming health, practicing intuitive self-care, cultivating self-love, declaring your own authentic beauty, and building community. All bodies are encouraged and welcomed to join!
 

Spring 2023 group! Please call or email now to register for this spring group.

Location: CAPS, Building 17A

5:00 PM, Mindful Self-Compassion (Drop-In) Group: Pathways to Self-Acceptance, Inner Strength, and Resilience

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!.
 

We've started! Please drop by.

Location: CAPS, Building 17A

Wednesday

11:00 AM, Not The Perfect Family (Process) Group

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.

We've started and are still accepting new participants. Call or email CAPS to register for this group!

Location: CAPS, Building 17A

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

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!

Call or email CAPS or The HUB to register for this group!

Location: The HUB

1:00 PM, Fidget to Focus: ADHD Learning Skills (Drop-In) Group

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, tasks or projects (whether school or life related) This group can be a great space for anyone struggling to stay on top of their schedule!

We've started! Please drop by.

Location: CAPS, Building 17A

Thursday

12:00 PM, “I Want to Know What Love Is”: A Relationship (Process) Group

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.

We've started and are still accepting new participants. Call or email CAPS to register for this group!

Location: CAPS, Building 17A

1:00 PM or Alternate Day/Time depending on availability of participants, Women's Support (Process) Group

Join with other SSU women 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!

Spring 2023 group! Please call or email now to register for this spring group.

Location: CAPS, Building 17A

3:00 PM or Alternate Day/Time depending on availability of participants, Survivors of Sexual Assault (Process) Group

This is 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. They will learn about common reactions to trauma, will gain greater understanding about the ways it can impact life, and will develop skills for improved coping as part of the healing process. We also focus on cultivating peer support networks for those with these shared experiences.

Starting November 10. Call or email CAPS to register for this group!

Location: CAPS, Building 17A

Friday

11:00 AM / Every other Friday, Adjusting to Sonoma State (Drop-In) Group

Join a supportive space for SSU students to share experiences about this ever-changing and challenging time. Cultivate wellness through mutual support, empowerment, community building, coping skills, mindfulness, self-compassion, and creative expression. Together, we will work through issues such as COVID/Decision/Change fatigue, disappointment, isolation, FOMO, grief/loss and adjusting to change.
 

Spring 2023 group! Please call or email now to register for this spring group!

Location: CAPS, Building 17A

2:00 PM, Grief Support (Process) Group

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 and building empathy and mutual support.
 
We've started and are still accepting new participants. Call or email CAPS to register for this group.
 

Location: CAPS, Building 17A

1:00 PM or Alternate Day/Time depending on availability of participants, Feel Good Fridays: A Self-Care (Drop-In) Group

Come focus on healing and wellness through art, progressive relaxation, and mindfulness practices. No art skills needed! It’s the process, not the product, which is healing.
 

Spring 2023 group! Please call or email now to register for this spring group!

Location: CAPS, Building 17A

2:00 PM, Nature-Based Weekly Workshop Series

Join us for a nature-based group where we will have the opportunity to explore our relationship with the natural world. Through self-reflection and group experiences, we will engage in practices that deepen the connection we have with ourselves, others, and the “more than human world.” The intention will be to practice present-moment awareness and increase our capacity for stepping aside from “doing” and moving toward “being” in our bodies while connecting with the earth beneath us.
 

We've started and are still accepting new participants. Call or email CAPS to register for this group!

Location: CAPS, Building 17A