Virtual Mental Health Workshops & Events

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During unique times like these, it is important to take extra time to take care of ourselves. Our counselors are providing various virtual events to help students adapt to current events.

Healing and Wellness Workshops

For All UC Berkeley Students

Wellness in Action

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Friday, May 1, 11am-Noon (PST)

Zoom Link for Wellness in Action

Meeting ID: 919 2364 8512

Description:
This is a strengths-based skills workshop designed to provide students with coping strategies to manage anxiety and promote wellness during these challenging times.

Guidelines:
This online workshop is for UC Berkeley students only.  Up to 30 students will be allowed to participate.  Once the workshop is full, the workshop facilitators will close the workshop.  If the workshop is closed, you are welcome to join in another workshop at different time, or use our TAO self help resource library available to all UCB students.

Out of respect for your privacy and the privacy of the other participants, we ask that you are in a secure and quiet location void of interruption for the duration of this workshop. 

Facilitators:
Paola Arroyo, MSW, and Junichi Shimaoka, PsyD

Thursday, May 7, 11am-Noon (PST)

Zoom Link for Wellness in Action Toolkit 

Description:
This is a strengths-based skills workshop designed to provide students with coping strategies to manage anxiety and promote wellness during these challenging times.

Guidelines:  

This online workshop is for registered UCB students only.  Up to 30 students will be allowed to participate.  Once the workshop is full, the workshop facilitators will close the workshop.  If the workshop is closed, you are welcome to join in another workshop at different time, or use our TAO self help resource library available to all UCB students. Out of respect for your privacy and the privacy of the other participants, we ask that you are in a secure and quiet location void of interruption for the duration of this works

Facilitators:
Sonia Amin, MA and Aaron Cohen, PhD

Connecting to an off Campus provider flierSupport Connecting to an Off-Campus Mental Health Provider

Weekly on Tuesdays from 4:15-5pm
May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26

Zoom link for every Tuesday
Meeting ID: 995 4463 1037 

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Support Connecting to an Off-Campus Mental Health Provider

Description: 
Are you looking to connect with either a therapist or psychiatrist in the community for ongoing care? Have you moved out of state or out of the country and are unsure how to utilize your SHIP benefits for mental health? This workshop is for students who need support connecting to a provider off-campus and will be useful for both students with SHIP or with other insurance plans. *Please note that students will be required to provide their student ID number to the facilitator using the private chat function

Guidelines: 
This online workshop is for UC Berkeley students only. Up to 30 students will be allowed to participate.  Once the workshop is full, the workshop facilitator will close the workshop.  If the workshop is closed, you are welcome to join in on the next workshop as this workshop will be offered weekly.

You can also request a 1 on 1 appointment with the facilitator directly using the Off-Campus Mental Health Referral Request Form found on the eTang patient portal. Out of respect for your privacy and the privacy of the other participants, we ask that you are in a secure and quiet location void of interruption for the duration of this workshop. 

Facilitator: 
Alyssa Panyawai, LCSW  

Healing and Wellness

For Specific Communities

For Students of Asian Descent

(South Asian, Southeast Asian, East Asian, Pacific Islanders, Mixed/multiethnic Asians)

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Finding Connection with Mind-Body Exercises - Thursday, April 30, 10:15-11am

Zoom Link for Finding Connection with Mind-Body Exercises
Meeting ID: 926 9958 0903

Description:
This workshop is offered for students who self-identify as South Asian, Southeast Asian, East Asian, Pacific Islander, or Mixed/Multiethnic Asian and will be focused on connection and wellness. There will be space for students to check in and get support around challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will also learn how to cope using mind-body exercises such as Progessive Muscle Relaxation and Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique).  

Facilitators:
Paola Arroyo, MSW and Alyssa Panyawai, LCSW

Community Check-In: Supporting One Another In the Time of a Pandemic, Xenophobia, and Remote Learning - April 28, May 5, and May 12

Tuesday, April 28, 5-6pm (PST)  

  • Meeting ID: 967 8327 7251  
  • Facilitator(s): Junichi Shimaoka, PsyD and Kiet Huynh, MA

Tuesday, May 5, 5-6pm (PST) 

  • Meeting ID: 961 2058 0436
  • Facilitator(s): Junichi Shimaoka, PsyD and Christine Zhou, PhD

Tuesday, May 12, 5-6pm (PST)  

  • Meeting ID: 981 9687 0472   
  • Facilitators:  Junichi Shimaoka, PsyD and Lisa Quach, MSW

Description: 
We invite Berkeley students of Asian descent (South Asian, Southeast Asian, East Asian, Pacific Islanders, Mixed/multiethnic Asians) for an opportunity to check in and connect with each other.  We can identify common challenges during the pandemic including sense of isolation, future anxiety, facing xenophobia, academic motivation, etc. 

The space will be co-facilitated by two CAPS counselors (different pairs each week) and we are happy to answer questions around mental health resources.  Feel free to bring your own Asian snacks/drinks to "share" virtually!   

Self-Compassion, Fatigue, and Grief Workshop-Wednesday, May 20, 3:15-4:45pm

Description:

The workshop will have didactic, experiential, and interactive components.

The workshop will focus on feelings of grief and loss (e.g. loss of family members, friends, or acquaintances due to COVID-19, loss of previous normalcy and adjustments with regards to social, cultural, and academic functioning, coping with societal perceptions based on API identity, and fatigue as a result of shelter-in-place, virtual time, and uncertainties).

The second part of the workshop will focus on ways to practice self-and other compassion. 

Facilitators:
Sonia Amin, M.A. and Pratima Pathania, M.S.

Zoom Link Self-Compassion, Fatigue, and Grief Workshop:
Meeting ID: 505 746 9014
Password: 50525

For Black and Indigenous Students, and all Persons/Students of Color (BIPOC)

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Three-session Wellness Workshop Series - Next Date: May 8

Cultivating an Inner Refuge and Mindfulness at Home

Friday, April 24, 11am-12:15pm (PST)

Cultivating Self-Compassion, and Friendliness Toward the Self

May 1, 11am-12:15pm (PST)

Cultivating Resilience and Nurturing our Spirit

May 8, 11am-12:15pm (PST)

Zoom Link

Facilitators: Jaiza Jones, LCSW and Adisa Anderson, PhD 

Description: 

This workshop series is offered for students who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or persons of color as an opportunity to center the healing of our individual and collective wellbeing in solidarity and supportive community during this unique time. Each session will begin with meditation instruction and a 20-30 min guided meditation practice, followed by exploration of a topic or theme related to cultivating grounding and resilience in difficult times. 

For Muslim Students

Wellness Workshops

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Two-Part Wellness Workshop - April 30 & May 7

Dates:
Thursday, April 30 and May 7, 5-6pm 

Zoom Link:

Zoom Link for Both Muslim Wellness Workshops


Description:
 
COVID-19 presents many changes and challenges, and Muslim students at Cal may find that the sacred month of Ramadan looks and feels quite different this year. This two-part online workshop is offered to students who identify as Muslim. The focus will be on exploring current stressors and the impact of stress and trauma on the mind, body, and spirit while sharing creative coping strategies to help us feel grounded in ourselves and connected to our community. 

Facilitators: 

  • Lisa Quach, MSW -- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Erin O'Connor, LCSW -- Social Services (SOS)

For Educational Opportunities Program Students

Today, undergraduate students who meet ANY of the criteria below are EOP: Low income, First-Generation College Student, and Historically Underrepresented Students. Students do not need to be officially registered with EOP but if they fit the populations that EOP serves, they are welcome to join.

Five-Part Workshop Series

The purpose of this workshop series is to provide students with a supportive space to engage in community conversation and exploration about the unique challenges and common experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Participants will receive support and learn holistic coping skills from mental health professionals who will facilitate the workshop sessions.  These sessions will be strength-based and centered on community healing. 

Register for all Workshops. Students may attend one or all workshops.

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Session 1: Friday, April 17, 1:30-2:30pm

Friday April 17, 1:30-2:30pm

Café Connect: Join us for a chat about the impacts of recent challenges during COVID-19 and healthy coping skills for managing common stress responses to this global pandemic. In this session, you will learn how to access virtual mental health support and CAPS resources. 

Facilitators: Cynthia Medina, PhD and Andrea Godinez, MSW

Session 2: Friday, April 24, 1-2:25pm

Friday, April 24, 1-2:15pm 

Theme: Anxiety, overwhelm, and other difficult emotions are common responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We respond and deal with anxiety and difficult emotions in many different ways.  The purpose of this workshop is to explore how we respond and manage our own and others’ anxiety, and learn additional skills to cope with the anxiety and common emotions during this pandemic. 

Facilitators: Andrea Godinez, MSW and Lisa Quach, MSW

Session 3: Thursday, April 30, 11am-12:15pm

Thursday, April 30, 11am-12:15pm

Theme: This session will focus on the importance of maintaining healthy social connections and relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will learn how to effectively navigate relationship dynamics, practice healthy communication skills, and set healthy boundaries. 

Facilitators: Andrea Godinez, MSW, Tiffany Lin, LCSW

Session 4: Friday, May 8, 11am-12:15pm

Friday, May 8, 11am-12:15pm

Theme: Grief is a common response to the current global pandemic. The purpose of this workshop is to understand and explore grief and common responses related to grief and loss during this global pandemic.  Facilitators will discuss the stages of grief and how to find support and cultivate resilience in the grieving process. 

Facilitators: Andrea Godinez, MSW and Veronica Orozco, PhD

Session 5: Friday, May 15, 2-3:15pm

Friday May 15, 2-3:15pm

Café Connect: 

Let’s get together and chat about how we are doing and the strength we have built during this time. We will review healthy coping skills for managing common stress reactions to this global pandemic. Participants will be guided through a meditation exercise and encouraged to set an intention for wellness during break.

Facilitators: Cynthia Medina, PhD, and Veronica Orozco, PhD