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This page contains resources for Black and African-American students. UHS has another resource page for Black and African American Faculty and Staff.


Current and historical events across our nation are impacting many of our UC Berkeley students, and are particularly impacting our Black and African American community. Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) joins the rest of UHS and the University of California, Berkeley, in expressing our grief, sorrow, and compassion to all those who have been impacted by the race-based tragedies that have been occurring across our nation. We are appalled and outraged by the racist killings of recent months and stand in solidarity with our Black and African American community.  These tragedies reflect a longstanding and entrenched history of structural and systemic injustice and violence and we stand against racism and hate in all forms.  CAPS is committed to addressing anti-Blackness, and other forms of systemic oppression, racism, and discrimination.

As mental health clinicians, we understand that oppressive and harmful systems have a direct impact on mental well-being. In the aftermath of experiencing or witnessing racial injustice and violence, we can experience a range of feelings and emotions, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, grief, helplessness and/or guilt.  As a service, CAPS is committed to providing affirming and racial trauma-informed care for all of our students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by trauma.  

We encourage you to contact our office if you (or someone you know) would like support with coping and healing. Counselors are available for phone and video counseling appointments. CAPS employs mental health professionals trained to provide support to individuals from a wide array of identities, including traditionally marginalized, historically oppressed or disenfranchised groups.

  •  Call Counseling and Psychological Services at (510) 642-9494 to talk to a counselor

  • When the Tang Center is closed, call the after-hours counseling line (855) 817-5667. 

  • Visit the CAPS website for more information about services

Counseling Groups & Workshops

For Black & African-American Students

Counseling Groups

Please call (510) 642-9494 to join.  If you are interested in joining after the listed start-date, please give us a call as there may still be openings or new groups starting.

For a full-list of summer virtual groups go to summer group counseling page.

 

Black Womxn’s Healing Circle 

  • Mondays, 3:30-5pm
  • June 1 - Aug 10
  • Facilitated by Jai Jones, LCSW and Genee Jackson, PhD
  • *Please note, this healing circle is now full. You can still call our number to join our waitlist for Fall and to get referrals.

 

Healing in Community: A Meditation and Healing Circle for BIPOC (6 weeks) 

  • Fridays, 11am-12:15pm
  • June 12 - July 24
  • Facilitated by Jai Jones, LCSW
  • *Please note, this healing circle is now full. You can still call our number to join our waitlist for Fall and to get referrals.

 

Men of Color Support Circle (6 weeks)

  • Wednesdays, 3:15-4:45pm
  • June 17 - July 22 (room still available) 
  • Adisa Anderson, PhD & Kiet Huynh, MA

 

Virtual Healing and Wellness Workshops:

For a complete list of workshops go to our Virtual Mental Health and Wellness Workshops Webpage 

 

Healing Racial Trauma: Self-Care and Wellness for the Mind, Body, and Spirit

This three-part workshop series is intended for self-identified BIPOC students as an opportunity to center the healing of our individual and collective racial trauma in solidarity and supportive community. In an effort to stay rooted in our fullest selfs, each session will begin with a 20-30 min guided meditation practice for centering and grounding.

This workshop series is designed to hold space for courageous vulnerability and conversation as we endeavor to unpack the nuances and complexities of racial trauma. In this culturally grounded, trauma-informed series, students will learn about the effects that racial trauma can have on our mental and physical health, and how it can be stored in different parts of our being (mental, emotional, physical, spiritual).

Each session will incorporate didactic and interactive components aimed at providing students with the skills necessary to create their own Holistic Wellness Toolkit, cultivate resilience and access healing through critical consciousness, mind/body exercises, soul nourishing rituals, cultural identity reclamation, mindfulness-based compassion, physical touch + authentic connection, and joy-based practices

  

 

Virtual Drop-In Consultations

For Black & African-American Students

Virtual "Let’s Talk" Drop-In Consultations

Want an informal consultation with a Black counselor from  CAPS?

 Sign-up for a time and counselor can meet with you by Zoom video or by phone. 

Genee Jackson, PhD Mondays 10am-12pm,  Genee Jackson's Let's Talk Consultation Link
Jai Jones, LCSW Tuesdays 2-4pm  Jai Jone's Let's Talk Consultation Link
Adisa Anderson, PhD Thursdays 2 - 4pm Adisa's Let's Talk Consultation Link

You can also see the full list of Virtual Let's Talk Drop-In Consutlations with Counselors.

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Health Coaching

for Black & African American Students

Health Coaching with Black-Identified StaffHealth Coaching Flier

Get support from a Health Coach on identifying your needs, priorities, and how to support your health and wellness. They are open for virtual appointments!

Make an appointment:

Get Information and Care for Yourself: 

Fatigue is real. Take a step back for rest and recovery whenever it feels necessary so you can support you. This can include rest, nourishing yourself, receiving support from your community, play, and movement.