Support Groups & Workshops


Group counseling is a highly effective type of psychotherapy that involves meeting with a group of individuals who face similar concerns. Group sessions involve sharing your experiences and listening to others’ experiences in a supportive environment.

Some groups require a weekly commitment while other groups remain open for students to join as needed. Select groups have pre-screenings to ensure the group is a good fit for you and that you are a good fit for the group. 

If you are interested in participating in a group or workshops, please call Student Psychological Services at 310.243.3818 to get information about how to sign-up. You will be directed to fill out the Group Therapy Forms on our forms page here. Groups and workshops are limited in size, so reach out as soon as possible. Groups vary from semester to semester depending on the needs of the students.    

Below is the Fall 2020 Support Group & Workshop Schedule:

Let's Talk About It

This is a bimonthly virtual space of support that offers validation, affirmation, and empowerment while exploring and discussing the impact of current life events on your mental health and wellbeing.

Facilitated by Dr. Mekeisha Buffaloe. Meets on Mondays, beginning September 14, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Dating & Relationships

Dating can be a process of self-discovery. This group is designed to support students as they understand and experience romantic connections. Group members will learn communication strategies, differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and skills to manage break-ups and heartbreak. Students do not need to be in a current relationship to participate.

Facilitated by Dr. Bruce Wallace and Dr. Norma Quintero. Meets on Tuesdays, beginning September 8, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


The group is designed to offer support to students affected by immigration laws, processes, political climate, and/or status. The impact may be directly on you, your family members, and/or your friends. This will be a confidential and safe space to discuss your concerns, learn methods for self-care, and provide you with resources to create an empowered community of support.

Facilitated by Dr. Norma Quintero. Meets Tuesdays: September 8 & 29, October 20, November 10, and December 1, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


A safe virtual space for our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual students. T-time is a weekly safe space for LGBTQIA+ students to come together, share their stories, and support one another in a confidential virtual environment.

Facilitated by Dr. Sergio Mancilla. Meets on Wednesdays, beginning September 9, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


A virtual support group to discuss issues related to the Latinx college experience. It’s easy to feel isolated right now. Join us to make connections & empower one another. Share your experiences and learn from others. Explore how Latinx culture impacts your education, relationships, identity, etc. All self-identified women students currently enrolled at CSUDH are welcome.

Facilitated by Dr. Monica Rosas-Baines. Meets every other Thursday of the month, beginning September 17, 2020 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Mindfulness for Stress Reduction

Practicing mindfulness can reduce symptoms of stress, improve sleep quality, alleviate anxiety, sharpen concentration, and even enhance your personal relationships. This weekly group is designed to help students learn ways to harness the powers of mindfulness practices to decrease stress and improve overall quality of life.

Facilitated by Dr. Bruce Wallace. Meets on Thursdays, beginning September 17, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


RIO (Recognition, Insight, and Openness) is a 3-week workshop. The main goals of RIO are to learn useful tools to recognize your concerns and to develop a clearer idea of what you want to change in your life. RIO is a great place to start your counseling journey and is typically recommended prior to beginning individual counseling.

Facilitated by Dr. Sergio Mancilla and Dr. Nathan Edwards. 

Offered on the following days:

Monday at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday at 10:00 a.m to 11 a.m.
Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday at 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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