Support Groups in Santa Barbara County

If you are interested in participating in a support group, please fill out inquiry/registration form. We will follow up with you and provide you with all of the information you need to participate. View our blog to learn about the benefits of participating in a support group.

Groups are held at either the SBCC Wake Center [300 N. Turnpike, RM 15 view Map] or YouthWell Offices [1528 Chapala St].  Some groups may have hybrid option. TeenWell is held at Rose Wellness.

Contact us at groups@youthwell.org or call 805.770.1930 ext 103 with questions and comments.

View community calendar for a full schedule of community groups throughout Santa Barbara County. View MHFA schedule >

Groups are FREE to ATTEND. DONATIONS are encouraged to help sustain groups. Any amount is appreciated.

FACILITATORS & ASSOCIATES: Register for facilitator training > View Flyer >

Overview of Groups

Click on the group day/time to read a more detailed description of the group.

OVERVIEW

ParentConnect is a weekly in-person drop-in for parents/caregivers of youth, ages 12-25, struggling with a mental health challenge

Learn skills to effectively and compassionately support your child struggling with any type of mental health challenge while also setting boundaries, supporting siblings, and managing your own self-care. In-person groups are 75-90 minutes.

SUNDAY • 4:30pm • in-person

HOSTED BY YOUTHWELL  •  view calendar for updated schedule

REGISTER / INQUIRE >> 

GROUP: SUN 4:30pm

ParentConnect for parents/caregivers of youth, ages 12-25, struggling with a mental health challenge...

1. SUNDAY • 4:30pm • ParentConnect

[weekly drop-in] Learn skills to effectively and compassionately support your child struggling with any type of mental health challenge while also setting boundaries, supporting siblings, and managing your own self-care.

ADDRESS: YouthWell 1528 Chapala St., Suite 203

FACILITATOR: Melissa & Ginny

IN-PERSON...

  • JAN 7, 14, 21, 28
  • FEB 4, 11, 18, 25
  • MAR 3, 10, 17 (no group March 31)
  • APR 7, 14, 21, 28
  • MAY 5, 12, 19, 26

FAQ

A support group is a group of people facing similar challenges who share experiences and extend and receive support.

Groups are a safe place to talk about your circumstances with others who understand how you feel and can share their perspective. Groups help participants feel less alone, provide a sense of hope, and are an opportunity to gain valuable insight from those who are in different stages of their journey. Participants grow through shared experiences and get information that’s practical and constructive. Participants learn coping strategies, how to set boundaries, manage challenges and stress, strengthen relationships, and focus on their own self-care in order to build resiliency.

All groups stress confidentiality. Everything shared stays within the group. The format can be in-person, drop-in, virtual, ongoing, or run for a series of weeks. Some are educational and others are opportunities to share and learn from peers.

Support groups differ from group therapy... Support groups can be peer-led or led by mental health professionals. Facilitators have training and guide the process to create a safe space, but don’t provide therapy.

You will get the most out of a group if you attend regularly. It helps you get to know other group members and feel more comfortable. Participate in discussions - people are there to support, not judge. Be sensitive to others in the group. Recognize when a group isn’t the right fit and know you can always try a different group.

OVERVIEW

FamilyTools is an education series for parents/caregivers

Skills-building group to strengthen parent-child relationships and improve communication. Learn strategies to recognize your parenting strengths, how to manage stress, and how to handle parenting during conflict. View calendar for topics. Most in-person groups are 75-90 minutes and virtual groups are 60-75 minutes.

**We ask that parents attend all sessions in a series.**

MONDAY • 4:30PM • in-person/virtual (3 week series, new topic each month)
for parents/caregivers of youth, ages 12-25

WEDNESDAY • 7:00PM • virtual (3 week series, new topic each month)
for parents/caregivers of youth, ages 5-12 

THURSDAY • 12:30PM • virtual (1x/month)
for parents of youth, ages 5-18, with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, Tourette's, & uniquely-wired brains

HOSTED BY YOUTHWELL  •  view calendar for updated schedule

REGISTER / INQUIRE >> 

GROUP: MON 4:30pm

FAMILY TOOLS: for parents/caregivers of youth, ages 12-25....

2. MONDAY • 4:30pm • FamilyTools

(3 week series, new topic each month) Skills-building groups to strengthen parent-child relationships and improve communication. Learn strategies to recognize your parenting strengths, how to manage stress, and how to handle parenting during conflict. 

FACILITATOR: Kari

  • JAN 8, 15, 22 - virtual via zoom
    NAVIGATE TWEEN/TEEN [DIGITAL & IN-PERSON] SOCIAL WORLD
    WHAT TO EXPECT: Peer relationships are a vital part of the teen years. The people around them influence their social identities and the way they feel about themselves. Navigating the pressures of social media, lack of face to face connection, peer pressure,  toxic friendships, and bullying can create added stress for teens and cause social isolation. Learn how to support your teen in setting boundaries in their friendships, navigating screen time and unplugging from their devices.
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  • JAN 29, FEB 5, 12 - in person - SBCC Wake Center
    UNDERSTAND THE TEEN BRAIN
    WHAT TO EXPECT: Learn about teen brain development, why teens act the way they do, and why identity development is so crucial during these years. Learn about the continuum of mental health,  common mental health challenges, what is typical behavior and when to be concerned. Learn tips for helping teens manage their stress and anxiety. Participants will leave with new ideas and a deeper understanding of how to navigate and support their child during the tween, teen, and young adult years.
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  • MARCH 4, 11, 18 - in person - SBCC Wake Center
    STRENGTHEN PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS
    WHAT TO EXPECT: Changes in a teen's development come with big changes in their relationships with parents and family. Learn to strengthen these relationships through active listening and constructive responding. Learn to resolve conflicts in a way that is positive and nurturing. Explore the concept of developmental relationships, and learn  how to begin to share power with your teen so they can acquire decision-making skills and accountability for their choices. Learn how to validate your teen while setting and maintaining limits.
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  • APRIL 8, 15, 22 - in person - SBCC Wake Center
    NAVIGATE TOUGH CONVERSATIONS
    WHAT TO EXPECT: As youth become more independent, it can be difficult to navigate outside influences, peer pressure, substance use, risk taking behaviors, and romantic relationships. Learn to be curious and a little uncomfortable in order to engage in your teens world by creating a safe space for them to open up and talk about the things that are important to them.
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  • MAY 6, 13, 20 - in person - SBCC Wake Center
    NAVIGATE TWEEN/TEEN [DIGITAL & IN-PERSON] SOCIAL WORLD
    WHAT TO EXPECT: Peer relationships are a vital part of the teen years. The people around them influence their social identities and the way they feel about themselves. Navigating the pressures of social media, lack of face to face connection, peer pressure,  toxic friendships, and bullying can create added stress for teens and cause social isolation. Learn how to support your teen in setting boundaries in their friendships, navigating screen time and unplugging from their devices.

GROUP: WED 7:00pm

For parents/caregivers of youth, ages 5-12...

3. WEDNESDAY • 7:00pm • FamilyTools

(3 week series, new topic each month) Skills-building groups to strengthen parent-child relationships and improve communication. Learn strategies to recognize your parenting strengths, how to manage stress, and how to handle parenting during conflict. 

FACILITATOR: Kari

  • JAN 10, 17, 24 - virtual via zoom
    CONSISTENT PARENTING & SETTING LIMITS - FOLLOW THROUGH WITH CONSEQUENCES
    WHAT TO EXPECT: We will look at power-struggles and natural consequences and talk about the difference between punishment and discipline. We will explore how to co-parent with someone who has very different ideas about conflict and consequences, and how to identify which consequences are appropriate. Finally, we will talk about how to engage your child in conversations about learning from mistakes so that they are invested in changing their behavior when necessary.
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  • FEB 7, 21, 28 - virtual via zoom
    DE-ESCALATION STRATEGIES FOR CHALLENGING SITUATIONS
    WHAT TO EXPECT: Learn ways to prevent conflict from happening with your child and/or co-parent as well as identifying what your personal hooks/triggers/buttons are and how to create strategies for removing anger and fear from these situations. We will talk about disrespect and defiance and how to neutralize arguments as well as learning how to validate your child’s feelings and begin to relate to them in a way that feels supportive for them.
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  • MARCH 6, 13, 20 - virtual via zoom
    FOUNDATION OF PARENTING: Explore your parenting style, tips and benefits for co-parenting, coping strategies for managing stress.
    WHAT TO EXPECT: Take some time to investigate the parenting choices you make and learn whether they are connected to your values or they’re done out of habit. Learn to recognize the social-emotional development milestones for different ages of children and how to identify your preferred communication style, your co-parent’s, and your child’s. Finally, we will talk about different ways to cope with stress and challenges that help to create more harmony in our parent-child relationships and our co-parenting relationships.
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  • APRIL 10, 17, 24 - virtual via zoom
    STRENGTHENING PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS
    WHAT TO EXPECT: We will talk about how your interactions with a co-parent affect your connection with your child, how to meet your child where they are developmentally and emotionally, what kinds of things you can do to enhance the relationship with your child so that you can weather challenges together, and how to set healthy personal boundaries.
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  • MAY 8, 15, 22 - virtual via zoom
    CONSISTENT PARENTING & SETTING LIMITS - FOLLOW THROUGH WITH CONSEQUENCES
    WHAT TO EXPECT: We will look at power-struggles and natural consequences and talk about the difference between punishment and discipline. We will explore how to co-parent with someone who has very different ideas about conflict and consequences, and how to identify which consequences are appropriate. Finally, we will talk about how to engage your child in conversations about learning from mistakes so that they are invested in changing their behavior when necessary.

GROUP: THURS 12:30pm

FAMILY TOOLS: for parents/caregivers of youth, ages 5-18, with ADHD, dyslexia, autism, Tourette's, and uniquely-wired brains...

4. THURSDAY • 12:30pm • FamilyTools

(1x/month, new topic each month) Skills-building groups to strengthen parent-child relationships and improve communication. Learn strategies to recognize your parenting strengths, how to manage stress, and how to handle parenting during conflict. 

FACILITATOR: Kara

  • FEB 1 - virtual via zoom
    BASICS of EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS
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  • MARCH 7 - virtual via zoom
    EFFECTIVE PARENT COMMUNICATION WITH SCHOOLS - ADVOCATING FOR YOUR CHILD
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  • APRIL 4 - virtual via zoom
    STRENGTHENING CONNECTIONS WITH YOUR CHILD/TEEN
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  • MAY 2 - virtual via zoom
    FOCUS STRATEGIES & HOME/LIFE ROUTINES WITH YOUR CHILD/TEEN

FAQ

A support group is a group of people facing similar challenges who share experiences and extend and receive support.

Groups are a safe place to talk about your circumstances with others who understand how you feel and can share their perspective. Groups help participants feel less alone, provide a sense of hope, and are an opportunity to gain valuable insight from those who are in different stages of their journey. Participants grow through shared experiences and get information that’s practical and constructive. Participants learn coping strategies, how to set boundaries, manage challenges and stress, strengthen relationships, and focus on their own self-care in order to build resiliency.

All groups stress confidentiality. Everything shared stays within the group. The format can be in-person, drop-in, virtual, ongoing, or run for a series of weeks. Some are educational and others are opportunities to share and learn from peers.

Support groups differ from group therapy... Support groups can be peer-led or led by mental health professionals. Facilitators have training and guide the process to create a safe space, but don’t provide therapy.

You will get the most out of a group if you attend regularly. It helps you get to know other group members and feel more comfortable. Participate in discussions - people are there to support, not judge. Be sensitive to others in the group. Recognize when a group isn’t the right fit and know you can always try a different group.

OVERVIEW

ParentWell is a weekly drop-in for parents/caregivers

Address the day to day challenges of parenting, ideas for strengthening family connections, and how to prioritize your own self-care and wellness while learning tips from other parents. View calendar for topics. Most in-person groups are 75-90 minutes and virtual groups are 60-75 minutes.

TUESDAY • 12:00pm • virtual
for parents/caregivers of youth, ages 10-18

THURSDAY • 12:30pm • in-person/3x month
for parents/caregivers, of youth, ages 5-18, with ADHD, dyslexia, autism, Tourette's, and uniquely-wired brains

HOSTED BY YOUTHWELL  •  view calendar for updated schedule

REGISTER / INQUIRE >> 

GROUP: TUES 12:00pm

ParentWell for parents/caregivers of youth, ages 10-18...

5. TUESDAY •  12:00pm • ParentWell

[weekly drop-in] Address the day to day challenges of parenting, ideas for strengthening family connections, and how to prioritize your own self-care and wellness while learning tips from other parents. Topics will vary based on the needs of the participants each week.

FACILITATOR: Kari

virtual via zoom...

  • JAN 16, 23, 30
  • FEB 6, 13, 20 27
  • MARCH 5, 12, 19 *NO GROUPS MARCH 24-29*
  • APRIL 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • MAY 7, 14, 21, 28

GROUP: THURS 12:30pm

ParentWell for parents/caregivers of youth, ages 5-18, with ADHD, dyslexia, autism, Tourette's, and uniquely-wired brains...

6. THURSDAY • 12:30pm • ParentWell

[weekly drop-in] Address the day to day challenges of parenting, ideas for strengthening family connections, and how to prioritize your own self-care and wellness while learning tips from other parents. *Focus on specific needs of parents raising neurodiverse youth: emotional regulation, time management, building relationships with teachers/schools.

FACILITATOR: Kara

In-person at the SBCC Wake Center...

  • FEB 8, 15, 22, 29
  • MARCH 14, 21 *NO GROUPS MARCH 24-29*
  • APRIL 11, 18, 25
  • MAY 9, 16, 23, 30

FAQ

A support group is a group of people facing similar challenges who share experiences and extend and receive support.

Groups are a safe place to talk about your circumstances with others who understand how you feel and can share their perspective. Groups help participants feel less alone, provide a sense of hope, and are an opportunity to gain valuable insight from those who are in different stages of their journey. Participants grow through shared experiences and get information that’s practical and constructive. Participants learn coping strategies, how to set boundaries, manage challenges and stress, strengthen relationships, and focus on their own self-care in order to build resiliency.

All groups stress confidentiality. Everything shared stays within the group. The format can be in-person, drop-in, virtual, ongoing, or run for a series of weeks. Some are educational and others are opportunities to share and learn from peers.

Support groups differ from group therapy... Support groups can be peer-led or led by mental health professionals. Facilitators have training and guide the process to create a safe space, but don’t provide therapy.

You will get the most out of a group if you attend regularly. It helps you get to know other group members and feel more comfortable. Participate in discussions - people are there to support, not judge. Be sensitive to others in the group. Recognize when a group isn’t the right fit and know you can always try a different group.

OVERVIEW

LaunchWell is a monthly virtual drop-in for parents/caregivers of youth, ages 18-25

For parents of young adults who are navigating the college/early adult years as well as this time of transition as a parent.  Virtual groups are 60-75 minutes.

WEDNESDAY • 7:00pm • virtual

GROUP: WED 7:00pm

LaunchWell for parents/caregivers of youth, ages 18-25...

7. WEDNESDAY • 7:00pm • LaunchWell

[monthly drop-in] For parents of young adults who are navigating the college years as well as this time of transition as a parent. Discuss topics related to launching young adults to college, vocational programs, jobs, and independent living. Focused on strengthening parent-child relationships,​ setting boundaries, and improving communication. 

FACILITATOR: Kristine

VIRTUAL via zoom...

  • JAN 10
  • FEB 7
  • MARCH 6
  • APRIL 3
  • MAY 1

FAQ

A support group is a group of people facing similar challenges who share experiences and extend and receive support.

Groups are a safe place to talk about your circumstances with others who understand how you feel and can share their perspective. Groups help participants feel less alone, provide a sense of hope, and are an opportunity to gain valuable insight from those who are in different stages of their journey. Participants grow through shared experiences and get information that’s practical and constructive. Participants learn coping strategies, how to set boundaries, manage challenges and stress, strengthen relationships, and focus on their own self-care in order to build resiliency.

All groups stress confidentiality. Everything shared stays within the group. The format can be in-person, drop-in, virtual, ongoing, or run for a series of weeks. Some are educational and others are opportunities to share and learn from peers.

Support groups differ from group therapy... Support groups can be peer-led or led by mental health professionals. Facilitators have training and guide the process to create a safe space, but don’t provide therapy.

You will get the most out of a group if you attend regularly. It helps you get to know other group members and feel more comfortable. Participate in discussions - people are there to support, not judge. Be sensitive to others in the group. Recognize when a group isn’t the right fit and know you can always try a different group.

OVERVIEW

TeachWell is a monthly virtual drop-in for teachers in SB County

Peer support group for teachers of tweens & teens to connect, share challenges, and learn strategies for building trusting relationships with students and get support. Virtual groups are 60-75 minutes.

TUESDAY • 7:00pm • virtual

GROUP: TUES 7:00pm

TeachWell for teachers in Santa Barbara County...

8. TUESDAY • 7:00pm • TeachWell

[monthly drop-in] Peer support group for teachers of tweens & teens to connect, share challenges, and learn strategies for building trusting relationships with students and get support.

We know that students learn best in relationship with others, and we also know that as they hit the teen years, they begin to pull away from family in favor of peers. They still need adult role models in their lives, so how can we as educators build trust with them and create connections that will enhance their learning environment?

Join us to explore how to capitalize on the attributes of the adolescent brain to create trusting relationships.

FACILITATOR: Kari

VIRTUAL via zoom...

  • JAN 9 - virtual via zoom
    Adolescent Social Development. Understand how to assess different learning styles and help students use that knowledge to be more effective in their school experience, share ideas about how to motivate students to stay engaged in the classroom with the material you're teaching, and brainstorm how to prioritize process (learning) over outcomes.
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  • FEB 13 - virtual via zoom
    Having Difficult Conversations with Teens 1: Identify the most common barriers to communicating with adolescents and learn ways to really listen to kids when they come to you with concerns or frustrations, brainstorm ways to help calm students' nervous systems so that you can have exchanges about challenges they're facing in the classroom.
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  • MARCH 12 - virtual via zoom
    Developing Self-Awareness and Critical Thinking in Adolescents: Learn how to help students assess their own stories and triggers so that they can begin to challenge some of the habits and behaviors they have that are making things more challenging for them.
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  • APRIL 9 - virtual via zoom
    Having Difficult Conversations with Teens 2: Understand the difference between conflict and disagreement and how to maintain a connection with students when there are challenges without getting locked in a power struggle, help students examine the stories they tell themselves about what they're capable of and dismantle them.
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  • MAY 14 - virtual via zoom
    TBD - Wrapping up the end of the year

FAQ

A support group is a group of people facing similar challenges who share experiences and extend and receive support.

Groups are a safe place to talk about your circumstances with others who understand how you feel and can share their perspective. Groups help participants feel less alone, provide a sense of hope, and are an opportunity to gain valuable insight from those who are in different stages of their journey. Participants grow through shared experiences and get information that’s practical and constructive. Participants learn coping strategies, how to set boundaries, manage challenges and stress, strengthen relationships, and focus on their own self-care in order to build resiliency.

All groups stress confidentiality. Everything shared stays within the group. The format can be in-person, drop-in, virtual, ongoing, or run for a series of weeks. Some are educational and others are opportunities to share and learn from peers.

Support groups differ from group therapy... Support groups can be peer-led or led by mental health professionals. Facilitators have training and guide the process to create a safe space, but don’t provide therapy.

You will get the most out of a group if you attend regularly. It helps you get to know other group members and feel more comfortable. Participate in discussions - people are there to support, not judge. Be sensitive to others in the group. Recognize when a group isn’t the right fit and know you can always try a different group.

OVERVIEW

TeenWell is an 8-week series

DBT support group for incoming 9th-12th graders focused on skill building in areas of regulating emotions, tolerating stress, and improving relationships!

MONDAY • 4:00pm • in-person
for students in 9th-12th grade

Hosted by Rose Wellness in partnership with YouthWell. 805.394.8533

YouthConnect is a weekly drop-in

Peer support group for teens and young adults (14-18) after treatment to support reintegration into normal life. Connect with others who have experienced similar challenges and get support in the recovery process in a non-judgmental environment. Students will learn new skills, and have opportunities to learn about ways to volunteer in the community.

THURSDAY • 12:30pm • in-person/3x month
for students in 9th-12th grade

HOSTED BY YOUTHWELL  •  Contact groups@youthwell.org if you are interested

GROUP: MON 4:00pm

TeenWell for teens in 9th-12th grade...

9. MONDAY •  4:00pm • TeenWell

[weekly] DBT group focused on skill building in areas of regulating emotions, tolerating stress, and improving relationships!

FACILITATORS: Leilani & Emily

In-person at ROSE WELLNESS ...

  • Call 805.394.8533
  • Email info@rwsb.org

GROUP: tbd

YouthConnect for teens in 9th-12th grade...

9. TBD • YouthConnect

Peer support group for teens and young adults (14-17 & 18-25) after treatment to support reintegration into normal life. Connect with others who have experienced similar challenges and get support in the recovery process in a non-judgmental environment. Students will learn new skills, and have opportunities to learn about ways to volunteer in the community.

  • Email groups@youthwell.org if you are interested in this group.

FAQ

A support group is a group of people facing similar challenges who share experiences and extend and receive support.

Groups are a safe place to talk about your circumstances with others who understand how you feel and can share their perspective. Groups help participants feel less alone, provide a sense of hope, and are an opportunity to gain valuable insight from those who are in different stages of their journey. Participants grow through shared experiences and get information that’s practical and constructive. Participants learn coping strategies, how to set boundaries, manage challenges and stress, strengthen relationships, and focus on their own self-care in order to build resiliency.

All groups stress confidentiality. Everything shared stays within the group. The format can be in-person, drop-in, virtual, ongoing, or run for a series of weeks. Some are educational and others are opportunities to share and learn from peers.

Support groups differ from group therapy... Support groups can be peer-led or led by mental health professionals. Facilitators have training and guide the process to create a safe space, but don’t provide therapy.

You will get the most out of a group if you attend regularly. It helps you get to know other group members and feel more comfortable. Participate in discussions - people are there to support, not judge. Be sensitive to others in the group. Recognize when a group isn’t the right fit and know you can always try a different group.

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