Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

Groups and Workshops Services

Groups and Workshop Services

All of our groups and workshops are led by licensed mental health professionals with various areas of expertise. CAPS groups and workshops are held in-person and virtually. Currently, enrolled students are eligible to attend our workshops and groups. Registration is required. Please look below for more information on our groups and workshops. 

Self-Guided Videos

Check out some of our workshops on our YouTube channel that you can follow at your own pace.

In-Person Workshops

In our skill-focused workshops, students can learn coping strategies for a variety of presenting concerns, such as stress, motivation, negative emotions, and communication difficulties. Workshops are not therapy, and participants are not required to disclose information regarding their personal problems. However, participants are encouraged to ask questions and participate in discussion during the workshop.


The following measures will be implemented to promote the safety and health of students and staff:

  • Students must register on MyBar to attend.
  • Though no longer required, wearing a mask indoors is strongly recommended, and it continues to be a highly effective way to protect yourself and our community from the spread of the COVID-19 virus and variants. In healthcare settings such as CAPS, masks will continue to be required and are available for all attendees.
  • Please do not attend in person events if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms or are under quarantine or isolations orders.
  • Please visit the Safer Return webpage for more information

Adjusting to Life at CPP

Monday, 9/19/2022 at 11 am

Whether you are on campus for the first time or returning after a year of hybrid learning, adjusting to the change can be challenging. Join us to learn ways you can take care of yourself during these times of transition and uncertainty.

Facilitator: Arthur Ritmeester, Ph.D. 

RSVP on MyBar


Self-Care & Boundaries

Thursday, 9/29/2022 at 12 pm

During these times of constant change and increased mental demands, learn how to take care of yourself and the benefits of setting healthy boundaries, reflect on your preferences and learn strategies.

Facilitator: Lideth Ortega-Villalobos, Ph.D.

RSVP on MyBar



I Heart Me

Wednesday, 10/12/2022 at 2 pm

Everyone needs a boost of self-esteem once in a while. In this workshop, you will learn strategies to increase your self-esteem including how to improve your mood, eliminate your inner critic, minimize judgment, develop compassion for yourself, and affirm your positive attributes.

Facilitator: Dao Nguyen, Ph.D.

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Break Through Procrastination

Wednesday, 10/19/2022 at 11 am

In this workshop, you will learn why we procrastinate and how we can break down barriers to success.

Facilitator: Hanna Lee, Ph.D.

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Befriending Myself

Tuesday, 11/1/2022 at 12 pm

In this workshop, participants will learn how to reflect on their ways of relating to themselves and attend to their emotional needs. They will be introduced to the principles of mindful self-compassion practice.

Facilitator: Maria Gisela Sanchez-Cobo, LMFT

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Keep Calm & Breathe

Friday, 12/2/2022 at 11 am

Panic attacks can be intensely uncomfortable and frightening, but don’t worry – they are manageable! Learn effective coping strategies for anxiety and panic attacks to help you feel calm and in control.

Facilitator: Rhona Harrison, Psy.D.

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Managing Test Anxiety

Monday, 12/5/2022 at 10 am

Anxiety is a normal response to perceived threat. However, it can impair performance on exams. Learn ways to manage anxiety and strategies to improve your test-taking skills.

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Virtual Workshops

CAPS is excited to continue offering innovative and relevant virtual workshops throughout the semester. There is no limit to the number of attendees for our virtual workshops.

Students must register in advance in order to attend.

Navigating University Life

Tuesday, 9/13/2022 at 10 am

Are you a new student who has been feeling a range of emotions (overwhelmed, homesick, excited and uncertain, to name a few) since starting school? Come learn about what common emotions and experiences you may face as a student just starting at Cal Poly, and ways that you can cope with the transition into university life. 

Facilitator: Annie Hao, LMFT

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Break Through Procrastination

Tuesday, 10/4/2022 at 11 am

In this workshop, you will learn why we procrastinate and how we can break down barriers to success.

Facilitator: Hanna Lee, Ph.D.

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Relationship Building Blocks: Communication

Monday, 11/7/2022 at 12 pm

Are you having difficulties expressing your thoughts and feelings in your relationships with friends, family members, romantic partners or professors? If so, this workshop can help you improve your relationships by identifying tools that promote effective communication that will foster greater relational health with those around you.  

Facilitator: Denise Urzua, LMFT

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Managing Anxiety and Stress

Tuesday, 11/15/2022 at 12 pm

Are you feeling more stressed and anxious than usual? This workshop will help you understand your body's anxiety response and introduce healthy coping strategies.

Facilitator: Lideth Ortega-Villalobos, Ph.D.

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Managing Test Anxiety

Monday, 10/24/2022 at 11 am

Anxiety is a normal response to perceived threat. However, it can impair performance on exams. Learn ways to manage anxiety and strategies to improve your test-taking skills.

Facilitator: Jennifer Kohagura, Psy.D.

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Group Counseling

In our closed groups, a small number of people meet together weekly under the guidance of professionally trained therapists to experience growth and change. Group participants can share common problems, safely interact with others, learn about themselves, and help others learn about themselves. Groups form throughout the semester and require a pre-group screening.


ADHD and the College Student: Getting a Handle On It

Facilitator: Dr. Gently Ang

This is a therapy group for students who are diagnosed with ADHD and would like to get a better handle on the distress and frustration due to the most common problems of adults with ADHD: inefficiency, failure to complete tasks, difficulties starting and finishing tasks on time, disorganization, poor planning, procrastination, tardiness, forgetfulness, difficulty prioritizing, and perfectionism. This closed group will be limited to 4-8 people and will provide a safe environment for participants to receive training on specific skills for self-management, learn about compensatory strategies, and receive feedback and support. 

The group will meet on Fridays from 11 am-to 12:30 at CAPS.

Drop-In Groups

Students who are looking to gain support from others, as well as to learn coping skills, may benefit from attending our Drop-In Sessions. Students may choose to attend as many drop-in sessions as they would like.

Mindfulness Mondays

Join us every Monday at 3:15 pm to practice various mindfulness activities to start your week off positively.

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Mindful Broncos

Mindfulness – the ability to focus on being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. You may have heard of the many benefits of practicing mindfulness, but sitting down to meditate can be quite challenging. At this workshop, you'll learn unique ways on how you can practice mindfulness in everyday life. We'll go beyond seated meditation and discuss how you can achieve this through movement, out in nature, or even in the classroom. Join us for a series of group sessions where you'll learn actionable steps you can take to implement a mindfulness practice into your daily routine. Each session will be co-facilitated by one of our fitness professionals and a CAPS counselor. Sessions will be supplemented with on-demand content on Kaltura. Sessions do not have to be attended in succession. No previous experience is necessary. Registration open to Cal Poly Pomona students only. Zoom link will be emailed prior to the start of the program. Online registration has a minimum age requirement of 18. If under 18, please email for assistance.

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