Seminars/Support Groups

At the UCSF Multiple Sclerosis Center, we recognize our patients’ different needs and interests for information and interaction with others within the MS community. Dr. Elizabeth Crabtree, who served our Center from 2006 to 2017, created a blended curriculum of live formats and internet-based programs for education and support. We are continuing these sessions as a vibrant component of our service and commitment to people with MS.

Monthly Support Group – The Art of Living

“Art of Living” is a once-a-month gathering in a supportive environment for discussion of ideas that enhance daily living. The group is facilitated by Dr. Riley Bove and Dr. Judith Sheridan. No RSVP is necessary and spouses, family and friends are welcome to attend. To be added to the list, please email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

When: 3rd Thursday of every month, from 5:30 – 7:00PM
Where: Since early 2020, we have been meeting virtually via Zoom to ensure the safety of our group members.

Upcoming Sessions

January 20th: Erica Pitsch, Senior MS Physical Therapist
Life hacks for maintaining strength and function during the pandemic

February 17th: Dr. Joanne Guo, MS Clinician
Coexisting with the COVID-19 virus

March 17th: Dr. Liza Ashbrook, Sleep Neurology Expert
Sleep issues in MS

April 21st: Host TBD
Group Discussion

May 19th: Lauren Selfridge, Psychotherapist
The psychology of living with MS: mindfulness, connection, and setting goals

June 16th: Host TBD
Group Discussion

Stay tuned for more!

We meet together as a group to do the following:
• Listen to informational presentations from guest speakers from a variety of disciplines
• Discuss issues that impact the lives of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS)
• Share information and feelings
• Provide mutual support
• Socialize, eat good food, and laugh together

Benefits obtained from attending our group include:
• Learning new information and strategies for confronting problems
• Finding reassurance and support from others with similar life experiences
• Having the opportunity to be helpful to others
• Feeling empowered in coping with challenges
• Developing a connection to a community and personal identification with a social group


For those 20's-30's – The Magnificently Sexy (MS) Group

Young or young at heart and want more camaraderie? George White leads this support group with regular meetings out and about the town. Please contact George directly at (415)724-0064.

Additional Resources

Please visit the following websites to navigate other resources for education and support:

NMSS - National MS Society Northern California Chapter
MSAA - Multiple Sclerosis Association of America