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CAPS Groups


  • The group: A set of three 8-week skills training groups, one group per quarter. We meet weekly for two hours. It is a confidential, closed group—so the same people meet together each week. The format is similar to a class or seminar, with instruction on skills and skills review with peers.
  • Requirement: Every group member is required to have an established relationship with an individual therapist in order to participate. CAPS can help you find a therapist if you don’t have one. Each student must also schedule and complete an intake session with the skills trainer prior to joining the group.
  • Is it for me? Do you experience emotions more intensely than others seem to? Do you sometimes react in ways that you regret or others criticize? Does life sometimes feel like one crisis after another? Do you ever do self-destructive things when you are distressed? If yes, WISE Mind skills may be useful to you.
  • The skills: Units include Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. We also focus on mindfulness in every class and as a foundation for each skills unit.
  • The group meets Thursday afternoons from 2–4 pm. You can enter at the beginning of any quarter. Please contact Amy Wilkinson 650-725-1355 or for more information and/or to schedule a meeting to learn more.

Talking Circle

Talking Circle is a traditional Native American community meeting where members come together to share, support, learn, and connect to the Greater Circle.

  • When: (weekly)
  • Where: Wellness Sanctuary at El Centro, 514 Lausen Mall
  • Circle Keeper: Naomi Brown ( NACC Wellness Coach

Dissertation Group

  • Want to communicate better with your advisor or committee? Feeling blocked or stuck with your dissertation work? Experiencing problems with procrastination? Want support from other graduate students?
  • This weekly group is for graduate students across all disciplines who are in the dissertation phase of their studies. It provides a forum for discussing obstacles to progress. It offers valuable support and the sharing of strategies for overcoming these barriers.
  • For more information please contact: TBD

Grief Group

  • If you are in the throes of loss—past or current—the Student Grief and Bereavement Workshop offers connection, solace, and support.
  • Whether you have already lost a loved one, or you are in the midst of losing someone now, you are welcome to join this safe haven of support.
  • The group is co-facilitated by CAPS, the Office of Religious Life, and the resident deans. The Grief Group meets twice per quarter.
  • For more information about joining this group, please contact 650-723-1762 or email

Breaking Free from Anxiety and Depression

  • Group description: This skills group will be guided by principles and skills of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Students will receive information on acceptance based strategies for coping with difficult feelings, such as anxiety and sadness, practice mindfulness and non-judgmental awareness exercises, and will work on values identification with a focus on moving towards one’s values as a skill when coping with difficult feelings.
  • Who is appropriate: Open to all students who are concurrently being followed in individual therapy who could benefit from gaining skills in coping with anxiety and depressive concerns.
  • Format: This will be an ongoing 3-week skills group with rolling admission; students can join at any time. For example, if they start in Week 1 they can complete weeks 1–3 as typical. If they start in week 2 for example, they will complete weeks 2 and 3 and then can continue on to complete 1 of the following group.
  • For more information please contact Dr. Nicole Redzic (

Student Groups

There are a variety of ways for students to contribute to health programs, projects, and activities. Gain hands-on knowledge and experience, enhance your leadership and interpersonal skills, and develop great new relationships while educating and empowering fellow students. Please contact health@stanford for more information about these opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. If you are interested about a topic not listed here, please contact us and we will do our best to support your pursuits.

Emotional Well-Being and Wellness

The Happiness Collective 

Join a diverse group of students whose mission is to bring joy, happiness, resilience and wellness to campus life. 

The Bridge

Friendly, approachable student staff offer free, confidential peer counseling, information and referrals. Their goal is to help fellow students develop their own solutions to problems or uncertainties. For more information, contact the Bridge office at 650-723-3392 or visit The Bridge Peer Counseling website.

The Real World: Stanford

A New Student Orientation theatrical production, written, directed and performed by talented Stanford students.Learn what happens when students leave home and start getting real. This is the story of 1700 new students who come to Stanford and discover their lives have changed. 

Stanford Peace of Mind

This student group is dedicated to educating students about mental health concerns and decreasing stigma. 

Peer Health Educators (PHEs)

PHEs are residential staff who promote health and wellness in their houses. They are a culturally inclusive, highly diverse team that represents all aspects of the undergraduate student community.

Nutrition and Body Image

Students can take part in the Stanford Healthy Body Image Program and related projects through leadership and internship opportunities that promote positive, health-oriented changes. The mission of the Healthy Body Image Program is to establish university-wide healthy eating and body image enhancement to  prevent the onset and relapse of eating disorders, facilitates treatment for students with eating disorders, and foster a positive culture and environment for all students to achieve healthy weight and enjoy a positive body image.

Nutrition Intern

A nutrition internship allows students to conduct research, prepare educational materials, lead campaigns on nutrition and health issues, and translate the latest nutrition findings into influential campus-wide programs.  Interns work directly with I Thrive @ Stanford nutritionists to design creative, evidence-based programs that address the needs of Stanford students.  All applicants should have a foundation in nutritional concepts, and taking Hum Bio 120 “Human Nutrition” is highly recommended. 


The Healthy Body Image Program and I Thrive @ Stanford are committed to providing evidence-based programs to students and collaborate with several research groups to develop and evaluate cutting-edge interventions.  The School of Medicine is a leader in eating disorders, obesity, and prevention science. Learn more about current research opportunities at the links below:

Relationships and Sexual Health


HIV anonymous test counselors


Sexual Health Peer Resource Center counselors

Men Against Abuse Now (MAAN)

MAAN is an all-male group united to end violence on campus and in our culture and a program of the Stanford Community Partnership to End Violence Against Women. 

Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night is an international protest against sexual violence. Stanford holds an annual candlelight walk across campus for men and women to join as partners in ending sexual violence.