Virtual Groups and Workshops

Counseling & Psychological Services offers drop-in virtual groups workshops for students via Zoom. The following groups and workshops are available for enrolled SFSU students. 

Virtual Groups

College in the Time of Corona - A Pandemic Support Group: The Sequel  

From global pandemic and living life in full shut down mode to returning in person, we are all experiencing some major adjustment, and this is a support group to come talk about it.   

Oh You’re Real? is an open support group for SFSU matriculated students who are needing a safe space to process their college experience during the pandemic. *Students must register using their SFSU email account.*  

Facilitated by CAPS counselor, Nicole Buitrago, Psy.D.   

Discussion topics are developed by group members and may include processing feelings of "anxitment" about returning to in-person class/work, virtual learning challenges, feelings of loneliness and isolation, family/friend concerns, setting boundaries, coping creatively, and more! We will support one another, share resources, and build community.   

Students are encouraged to drop in or come as often they’d like as you like! This group is intended to be a low commitment and a space to come when you need it. Registration is required to attend. Please use the links below to register for one or all support spaces.   

We welcome persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. Please contact Nicole Buitrago at nicolebuitrago@sfsu.edu as soon as possible so your request may be reviewed.  

 

Pandemic Support Group Registration Links:   

Sept 29th 10:00-11:30am

https://bit.ly/OhYourRealSept29  

October 27th  10:00-11:30am

https://bit.ly/OhYoureRealOct27  

November 17th  10:00-11:30am

https://bit.ly/OhYoureRealNov17  

Join a safe and non-judgmental group to develop self-awareness, enhance feelings of self-worth, and empower our own selves.

* My Self-Empowerment group requires a referral from CAPS’ clinical staff. To join the My Self-Empowerment group, please talk to your counselor or case manager. If you haven’t been seen at CAPS, please contact CAPS for an individual counseling first.

Tuesdays 10:15-11:45 am 

Series #1: 09/14/21-10/12/21 

Series #2: 10/19/21-11/16/21 

An open support group for students who identify as LGBTQ+, including intersex, asexual, and/or pansexual, to have a safe space to talk and build a sense of community.  Discussion topics are developed by group members and can include intersectionality of identity, coming out, relationships, dating, transitioning, harassment, discrimination, and acceptance.   Drop in or come as often as you like!

**Please sign up with your SF State email address!**

This is a support group for SF State LGBTQ+ and Questioning students.  Rick Nizzardini is the host for this group.  We welcome persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request.  Please contact Rick at rnizzard@sfsu.edu as soon as possible so your request may be reviewed.

Days and Time: Tuesdays; 12:30pm-1:20pm

REGISTRATION LINKS – Fall 2021

 

  1. September 7, 2021:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArcemorzguGdB3nGgobQLxemiXAw…

  1. September 14, 2021:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkdu-vqj4uGtWLaM2GneGbqcVH-L…

  1. September 21, 2021:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkdemrrDoqGtN2dKrAlnd3hSfiDJ…

  1. September 28, 2021

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqcuGsrTsvGdRa5jmcAmBWyFjAga…

  1. October 5, 2021:

 https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlf-mtrT8iGtB2hOC-b8ZMb79WBu…

  1. October 12, 2021:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcucOugrTkqGNwX39cTP0PnN_ivAy…

  1. October 19, 2021:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkf-ivpjwrHtPjvWzrK1AVmPH-Hf…

  1.  October 26, 2021:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqcO6urD4pGtMiQ2bTGVxOFO4u-R…

  1. November 2, 2021:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkde6uqjkrGNB9-WhoCiQaxefGIf…

  1. November 9, 2021:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0td--srzwqG9M1aG08RrouKPKnqO…

  1. November 16, 2021:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYuceGspz4vGtam8rkxhVtnIsL41T…

  1. November 30, 2021:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrcO2qrzojHdN_qboctGsZVKkgnC…

 

The SAFE support space is a 6-week long support group for survivors who have experienced harm due to sexual assault while in college. This is a space for marginalized genders (female, non-binary, transgender, gender-fluid, two-spirit) to come together, share their experiences, and support each other.

All participants must complete an intake to see if the group is a good fit for their needs. Registering here will sign you up for the intake.

Date & Time: Every Tuesday, from October 12 to November 16 11am-12am

Bit.ly: bit.ly/SAFEssF21

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvceyhpj4vEtbCgRZqNA2IysspSWRruxPJ

 

 

Virtual Workshops

Have you wondered how to develop healthy relationships? We have some answers for you in our virtual workshop series! Come learn some new tricks for healthy relationships! Each month we will tackle a new topic.

 

What’s Trust?

This workshop explores what trust looks like in different relationships, how to build trusting relationships, and how to rebuild trust when it's lost. Hosted by The SAFE Place.

Date & Time: Wednesday October 6 from 2pm-3pm

Bit.ly: bit.ly/HRsafe1

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIud-ioqzwqGtdcqVMzWKMjVv-8K9AocVUI

Note:  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

What are Boundaries?

This workshop explores boundaries in all types of relationships. It can help you learn how to set them, how to relax them and what to do if someone does not respect them. Hosted by The SAFE Place.

Date & Time: Wednesday October 13 from 2pm-3pm

Bit.ly: bit.ly/HRsafe2

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlde-orDsjEtSNeXLDoDkhPaeP5qR2WHgG

Note:  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

What’s Healthy and Unhealthy?

This workshop explores the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships. Learn signs to tell the differences and steps you can take to improve (or walk away from) relationships that are not good for you. Hosted by The SAFE Place.

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 20 from 2pm-3pm

Bit.ly: bit.ly/HRsafe3

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkdeiqqTgiGtDKPaFjHiKsJfhfdiz7EvsW

Note:  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

What are Trauma-Informed Relationships?

In this workshop, you will learn ways you can support the people in your life who might have experienced trauma. Learn tips on how to respond when your friends share their stories, and how to navigate sex with or without knowing a person’s past. Hosted by The SAFE Place.

Date & Time: Thursday, October 27 from 2pm-3pm

Bit.ly: bit.ly/HRsafe4

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0lc-6spzosGdFr2UW7DEj_yMiBb-9Q7CYb

Note:  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

A 2-part series that will equip students with tools for tackling depression and tracking changing moods while building long-term coping skills. We will review Mindful Cognitive Behavioral techniques that will teach students how begin identifying their thought patterns and managing their feelings. This workshop is much like a classroom setting; we share power points and periodically process student's experiences, but no student is required to show face or speak if they do not feel comfortable. This is a great space for students with no previous group or workshop experience and want to try it out.   

*Students must register using their SFSU email account.*  

*This workshop is not appropriate for anyone who is experiencing a desire to self-harm.  

Co-Hosts: Nicole Buitrago, PsyD and Catherine Joly, LMFT (Counseling and Psychological Services)  

We welcome persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. Please contact Catherine Jolly @ cjolly@sfsu.edu as soon as possible so your request may be reviewed.  

   

Managing My Moods: Depression Workshop Registration Links:  

Series 1   

Session 1 Oct 6th & Session 2 Oct 13th   10:00-11:30am

https://bit.ly/MmMS1s1Oct6        https://bit.ly/MmMS1s2Oct13  

Series 2   

Session 1 Nov 3rd & Session 2 Nov 10th   10:00-11:30am

https://bit.ly/MmMS2s1Nov3        https://bit.ly/MmMS2s2Nov10  

Series 3  

Session 1 Dec 1st & Session 2 Dec 8th   10:00-11:30am

 https://bit.ly/MmMS3s1                 https://bit.ly/MmMS3s2Dec8  

The Sister Sister Club and The SAFE Place are hosting a self-defense workout! We will identify warning signs of a threat to personal safety, ways to promote personal safety, and discuss the difference between risk reduction and prevention. Please wear comfortable workout attire, bring a water bottle and a yoga mat or towel.

Registering will keep you informed of any COVID Related changes to the event and allow you to gain access to the zoom link (if the event transitions to a virtual event).

Date & Time: Thursday September 20, 6pm-7:30pm

Sign-up Bit.ly: bit.ly/SSSelfdef

Zoom: N/A

Join S.K.I.N.S and The SAFE Place for a discussion on the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirits, the impact of settler colonialism, on Indigenous communities and how we can build a better and safer future for Indigenous and native women, and femmes.

This is a hybrid event. You can attend in person (event will be held at the sacred tree near Cesar Chavez) or via zoom. Registering will keep you informed of any COVID Related changes to the event and allow you to gain access to the zoom link.

 

Date & Time: Thursday November 4 from 4pm-5:30pm

Sign-up Bit.ly: bit.ly/MMIWG2Ssign

Zoom: TBD

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see the descriptions under each specific group or workshop. Many contain links for students to register by Zoom. Others may need a referral or screening; please discuss with your counselor or case manager, or call the CAPS front desk at (415) 338-2208.

*When registering, we are only able to accept students who sign up with their SFSU email.

You will receive an email at least 2 hours prior to start time of your group or workshop.

Most groups and/or workshops are between 1 hour to 1.5 hours in length or as listed in the description.

Yes, in most cases you will have the option to participate at different points throughout the group or workshop.

CAPS offers both therapy groups and informative skills workshops.

Our groups offer another form of supportive therapy where participants of the groups connect and meet with a therapist/facilitator and peers around specific or more general concerns.

Our workshops offer a supportive and informative space where participants can learn about different mental health topics and different skills and tools to manage certain mental health concerns.