The Groups structure is a powerful way of building online, virtual communities within the Semel Institute website. Each 'Group' is a mini-website that can have a unique design, separate menu system and can post public and private content. Group members can create their own content and post it into any groups that you are a member of; such content can be either public (meaning anyone can see it) or private (meaning only logged-in users who are members of that group can see it). Each Group will also have one or more Administrators - not only do they control membership of the group, but they can also edit any content posted into their Group.
Groups can be created for a Research Center, a Clinic, a Training Program or even a Lab. Many of the Groups reflect the organizational structure of the Semel Institute and Department of Psychiatry, but it is possible for the System Administrator to create a hierarchy of Groups. Such hierarchies have membership rights passed upwards, so if you are a Group Member of a Lab site that is part of a Research Center, which itself is part of the Semel Institute, you become a member of all 3; conversely if you just have membership of the Semel Institute, you do not get automatic rights to Groups within the Institute. Check your current membership [when logged-in] at www.semel.ucla.edu/og/my 
Most Groups are locked down so that only the Group Admin can enroll members, but a few Groups may have a 'Join this group' link on their Group home page. Alternatively, you may have been emailed a Registration Key. To use this to enroll, go to www.semel.ucla.edu/og/reg-key-join  and enter the key: you can check the Group first, or just Join. At any time, the Group Admin can also revoke your membership, so use your privilege wisely.
When you are on a Group page [that you are a member of], you will notice a large black navigation bar across the top of the page, with icons allowing you to add new content, or manage the various features: these are various different types of web pages with easy to fill out forms - far easier than designing your own web pages. Currently the main features are:
See creating content section for help on creating new web pages.
This is a brief step-by-step guide for Group website administrators to add new members to their group. Once granted, users can post any content into the group, and may also edit any wiki post.
They must have an account on www.semel.ucla.edu . If one has not been set up it's automatically created when someone clicks on the 'Login' link and uses their UCLA Online ID. This account needs subsequent manual verification. Further info on logging in is at www.semel.ucla.edu/help/login .
The administrator for that group then needs to go to their relevant group website, and click on the 'Members' Link in the black intranet navigation bar.
Type in the user name and select the name from the autocomplete drop-down list that appears. It's worth trying their real name first; if no results appear, then try their UCLA Online ID (BOL user name) instead.
If their name/account does not appear, then the person you are trying to add has not yet linked their UCLA Online ID to www.semel.ucla.edu  (see the first step).
The name/UCLA Online ID should then appear on the "List of users" text box, and you may add as many names via the 'Lookup a username' text field. Once you have looked up and copied all the usernames you wish to add, click on the 'Add users' button:
There are other methods for users to become group members: this includes assigning a registration key which can be set by editing the Group's home page. This key is then passed only to trusted users. The user then visits www.semel.ucla.edu/og/reg-key-join and  enters the key; there is a final confirmation and the user then is granted group membership so can post new content within this group.