Groups and Workshops Schedule

The CSU Health Network is proud to offer specialized groups and workshops to help you reach your mental health goals. Whether you want to learn to communicate more effectively, develop good study habits, or manage stress, there is a place for you.

If you are interested in participating in any CSU Health Network Groups and Workshops, please call Counseling Services at (970) 491-7121

Groups and Workshops Descriptions

Interpersonal Process Groups

Understanding Self and Others

Want to improve your relationships or feel better about yourself? Interested in connecting in a deep and meaningful way with other students? Are you noticing a pattern in your relationships that you’d like to change or understand better? Do you struggle or get anxious in social situations? Would you like honest feedback about how you relate to others?

This group will provide a safe, supportive space to explore your feelings, connect with others, and practice new behaviors that can ultimately lead to more fulfilling relationships.

Theme Groups

Body Positive

Do you find yourself thinking a lot about your weight, body shape, or body size? Does planning around calories, food, and “making up” for what you eat seem to consume a lot of your time? Do you often find yourself feeling guilty, ashamed, or comparing your appearance to others and always seeming to fall short? Then the Body Positive group is right for you!

In this group, you will be able to both give and receive support in a safe space from people struggling with the very same issues as you learn more about body image, begin to change unhealthy behaviors, and develop greater self-esteem. You are not alone!

Coming Out, Being Out and Questioning Support Group

The Coming Out Group is a place to meet and gain support while discussing your sexual and/or gender identities in a confidential setting. This group is for folks who are coming out, considering coming out or may already be out.  The fall semester group takes place in a confidential meeting room in the Lory Student Center and focuses on exploring the coming out process.  Topics might include using labels (or not), celebrating and pride, deciding to tell others, family relationships, intimate relationships, heterosexism, homophobia, and finding community, support and resources.  The spring semester group takes place at the CSU Health Network (Counseling Services) and is less structured, allowing for more time for group members to share stories and explore their own personal experiences in depth.  Both semesters the group will allow for lots of dialogue and getting to know about other group members.  Members are welcome to attend just one semester or both.

Questions and referrals can be directed to Jessie Charbonneau at (970) 491-5780 or Emily Ambrose at (970) 491-4342

Expressive Arts for Healing Trauma

This group is for women who have experienced trauma and are interested in exploring their emotions and expressing themselves through art. This group will provide opportunities for self-exploration and expression in a supportive, creative, and relaxed environment.  No skills or training in art is necessary.  Screening is required.

Man to Man (Men’s Process Group)

In today’s times men experience conflicting messages and expectations about their roles and identities.  This group will meet weekly in the Spring semester to provide a confidential forum for males to explore, discuss and discover their own unique definition of masculinity.  The group will also explore how being a male may impact areas including bonding, relationships, sexuality/intimacy, emotions, communication, and substance use.

Mindful Self-Acceptance and Compassion

Are you hard on yourself?  Do you feel insecure? Do you spend much of your time focusing on your imperfections and perceived flaws?  Do you worry that if you stopped judging yourself you would no longer be successful or motivated? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this group might be right for you!

Research shows that self-compassion training results in decreased depression and anxiety, increased life-satisfaction, and even changes in the neural pathways of the brain.  In this group you will learn ways to shut down your inner critic and begin cultivating self-acceptance and compassion. We will draw on the work of Tara Brach, PhD (author of Radical Acceptance), Kristin Neff, PhD (author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Up on Yourself and Leave Insecurity Behind), and Christopher Germer, PhD (author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion).

Mindful Yoga: Exploring the Mind-Body Connection

The Mindful Yoga group will offer students to opportunity to practice meditation and gentle yoga postures as a means of increasing mindful awareness of the relationship between the mind and body. Students will learn how mindfulness can help them to engage with their own thoughts, feelings, and sensation without getting caught up into anxiety and striving. During the group, students will be offered tools to build presence and awareness, not only on the mat, but also as they live their day-to-day lives. By learning to pay attention to breathe, alignment, and internal reactions in a mindful way, group members will begin to cultivate patience, curiosity, kindness, and the recognition of the basic wholeness of the self and others.

Transgender and Gender Fluid Support Group

Do you identify as trans* or gender non-conforming and are looking for more support and more sense of community surrounding your gender identity?

This group will provide a confidential forum to meet others who identify as trans* or gender non-conforming, and to share experiences related to gender identity. Topics may include transitioning, coming out, physical health, family and social relationships, and dating/sexuality. However, discussion will primarily be guided by group members’ current interests and experiences. The group emphasizes group participation, mutual respect, and inclusivity.

The group welcomes FTM and MTF spectrum individuals, genderqueer persons, intersexed folks, and those questioning their gender identity. Screening is required.

“The Daring Way™”: Show up, Be Seen, Live Brave 

Do you ever judge yourself for making the tiniest mistake?  Is the pressure to be perfect becoming exhausting? Do you use the phrase, “If only I was ____ (smart enough, brave enough, pretty enough, skinny enough) then my life would be different?” If so, this group is for you.

Are you ready to embrace your imperfections and have a greater sense of self-acceptance? Are you ready to face uncertainty and emotional risks knowing that you are enough? Are you ready to feel a deeper sense of belonging in your connections with others?

The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was developed to help men, women, and adolescents learn how to show up, be seen, and live braver lives.

Advanced DBT Tools for Success

This semester-long skills group takes a more in-depth look at the DBT Skills learned in DBT Tools for Success.  There is an increased focus on emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness skills.  The prerequisite is participation in DBT Tools for success or another outpatient DBT Skills group.

Skills Groups

DBT Tools for Success

This structured DBT-informed skills group employs strategies from mindfulness and acceptance based therapies, and is an excellent fit for anyone feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed or simply having difficulty enjoying life.  Skills focus on learning to be more present, self-compassionate, and able to handle intense emotions effectively.  Members will participate in experiential exercises and complete homework assignments. Group is an eight week commitment.  After the completion of the group, members will have a toolkit to pull from whenever difficult life circumstances arise.  The group accepts members throughout the semester.  Screening is required.

Taming the Anxious Mind

This structured group employs strategies from mindfulness and acceptance based therapies to better manage and relate to anxiety.  This group will support members in accepting anxiety and transforming their relationship to anxiety.  The ultimate goal of the group is to assist members in freeing themselves from the pull of constant struggle with anxiety so they can focus on living a more rich and meaningful life.   Members will participate in experiential exercises and complete homework assignments. Group is a seven week commitment.  The group accepts members throughout the semester.  Screening is required.

Thoughts and Mood: Managing your Inner World

This structured group employs strategies from cognitive behavioral therapies, and is an excellent fit for anyone struggling with symptoms related to depression, anxiety, or difficulty managing stress. Observing and managing thoughts can help you feel better.  Skills focus on learning to be more present, understanding the connection between thoughts and mood and coping strategies.  Members will participate in experiential exercises and complete homework assignments. Group is a six week commitment. Screening is required.


Academic Support Groups

Getting it Done: Thesis/Dissertation Support Group

Feeling overwhelmed with writing your thesis or dissertation? Struggling with procrastination or meeting deadlines? Lacking motivation, feeling stuck, or needing support?

Come and meet with other graduate students who are struggling too. Together we will meet weekly to identify barriers, set goals, and support one another. Open to graduate students in all disciplines.

Psychoeducational Groups

For information about leaders, dates and times and to register please call (970) 491-4693.

Mindful Drop-In Group

This weekly mindfulness meditation practice opportunity is open to all CSU students, staff, and faculty. Mindfulness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental, and emotional experiences. Cultivating the ability to be mindful has scientifically been shown to help us manage stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, and promote health and well-being. Each week includes a brief introduction, a guided practice, and discussion. We meet at the Lory Student Center. Anyone interested in practicing mindfulness is welcome! Please feel free to drop-in as often or little as you like.

Mindfully Managing Stress 1.0

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Struggling to get a handle on your stress? Feeling frustrated that “traditional” techniques don’t seem to help? Perhaps you are ready to explore the potentially life-changing practices of mindfulness. Mindfulness is a way to train ourselves to be in the present moment with more attentiveness, awareness and acceptance. Practicing mindfulness can help you cope with difficult emotions and lead a more meaningful and less stressful life. Participate in a 4-part workshop series that will delve deeper how mind body techniques can help us reduce our stress and improve our health. We will have ample opportunities to practice these new skills. Classes held at the Student Recreation Center. Attending all 4 session is expected. Space is limited; registration required

Mindfully Managing Stress 2.0

Mindfully Managing Stress 2.0 will help support your resilience and well-being as you continue to build on the mindfulness skills you learned in Mindfully Managing Stress 1.0. We will also introduce new mind and body techniques and provide plenty of opportunities to practice. Classes held at the Student Recreation Center. 1.0 or mindfulness experience is required. Attending all 4 session is expected. Space is limited; registration required

Mindfulness Retreat

This half-day retreat (4 hours) will include practicing mindfulness meditation, yoga, and mind/body skills for relaxation and wellness. The retreat is open both to beginners and people with more experience. It is an opportunity to reconnect to yourself at a time of year that is often hectic, and apply skills that can enhance your immune system, concentration, energy, and your ability to enjoy daily life. Retreat is held at the Lory Student Center. Space is limited; registration required.

Risk Management 101

What is risk management? The Risk Management Group will explore the different faces of risk and learn tools to reduce or remove different risk factors. Students will gain tools in assessing risk at parties, in relationships, and with roommates. The participants will also learn how thinking errors might be used to justify substance use. The participants will brainstorm as a group to define and uncover potentially risky situations or people that could damage the likelihood of success in their college career and beyond.

Anger Management

When is anger a problem? Where does it come from? These questions and this workshop are the key to figuring out what to do about anger. Anger can get us into trouble even if we never rage and blow up. This workshop will help you identify triggers for anger and look at your thinking as a way to diffuse your anger and get the results you really want.

Gender Issues (Men)

How does gender impact behavior? What are the cultural messages about being a man and how do these messages influence decision making? Why are words like “fag,” “pussy,” “bitch, and “gay” so common, and how are they used to assert power over someone?

In this participatory session of the Gender Roles and Behavior Group, students will explore the gender messages, examine how these messages might impact behavior, and develop strategies to break free of constraining gender “boxes.”

Who Am I?

This Student Development Group will explore the layers of personal identity. This group is all about the participant. Group members will gain knowledge of student development theory – the steps that students take in their development of a sense of SELF. Students will look at Arthur Chickering’s 7 “vectors” or layers through which most college students are developing: Competence, Emotions, Interdependence, Relationships, Identity, Purpose, and Integrity.

By the end of the group, each student will have language to “name” the challenges that are faced in college. Students will be equipped with additional psycho-social awareness and specific goals that are both short and long term.

Stages of Change

What would you like to change? What is change? How do people change? What kinds of things do people change? These are just a few of the questions that will be explored in the Stages of Change Group.

Based on the 6 Stages of Change Model developed by Prochaska and DiClemente (Pre-contemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, Action, Maintenance, and Relapse), the group will learn about the process of change and how to apply it to their lives. Students will also learn what stage they are in regarding personal substance use.


This workshop is about discovering your personal strengths – what makes you, YOU – and how to use these strengths to succeed in college and in life. We often don’t think of our strengths and instead focus on all the things we want to improve about ourselves. While that’s important, research tells us that people who capitalize on their strengths are disproportionately more successful than people who don’t. This will be a lively, interactive class! It will include taking a personal strengths assessment.

Brain Scans

The Brains Scans Group will explore new research using SPECT (Single Photon Computerized Tomography) scans. Did you know that – at all times – 20 percent of your blood supply is located in your brain, or that 40 percent of the oxygen you breathe goes directly to feed the brain?

The participants in this group will learn basic neural anatomy and brain function in regards to cerebral blood flow, why the brain responds as it does, and the neurotransmitters that are affected by drug and alcohol use. The group also looks at how other brain dysfunctions can be seen graphically, the effects of drug and alcohol use on the brain, and how it exacerbates co-occurring brain disorders.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: The Mind Body Connection

This group will cover the continuum of substance use from Abstinence to Addiction, the Cycle of Addiction, Problem Indicators, and how to respond to a friend or family member whom you suspect might have a problem with alcohol and other drugs. Each student will be given tools to assess their own use on the continuum.

Interpersonal Process Groups Schedule

Group IDDayTimeLeader(s)
IP-AMonday11-12:30 p.m.

Adam Sargent, Ph.D. and Jen Laxague, LPC

IP-BMonday1-2:30 p.m.

Jessie Charbonneau, MA and Micah White, BA

IP-CMonday 3-4:30 p.m.

Ashley Boynton, MA and Olivia Ríos, MA

IP-DTuesday1-2:30 p.m.

Corey Nielsen, BSW and Ping-Tzu Lee, PhD

IP-ETuesday 3-4:30 p.m.

Helen Bowden, PhD and Nicole Olivas, BA, BS

IP-FWednesday1-2:30 p.m.

Melissa Londoño Connally, MS and Shari Black, MA

IP-GWednesday3-4:30 p.m.

Steve Okiyama, Ph.D. and Jaime Ascensio, MS

IP-HThursday1-12:30 p.m.

John Brooks, BA and Jacquelyn Watson, BA, BS

IP-IThursday3-4:30 p.m.

Emily Barbot, BA and Rebecca Hoke, MSW

IP-JFriday1-2:30 p.m.

Lisa Heifner, LPC and Bill O'Connor, MS

Theme Groups Schedule

Group NameDayTimeLeader(s)
Advanced DBT Tools for SuccessWednesdays4-6 p.m.

Renee Wieszcholek, MSW and Mica Adesso, Ph.D.

Anxiety 101
(Note: Students are expected to attend all four sessions in the series.)
Series 1
Feb 9th-March 2nd
Thursday 10:30-12 p.m.

Series 2
April 5th-26th
Wednesday 3-4:30 p.m.

Cindy Swindell, Ph.D.

Body PositiveMondays3-4:30 p.m.

Helen Bowden, PhD

Clearing HeadspaceFridays2:30-4 p.m.

Jenny Brandsma, LPC

Coming Out, Being Out and Questioning Support GroupFriday2-3:30 p.m.

Jessie Chrbonneau, MA and Emily Ambrose, MS

Expressive Arts for Healing TraumaFriday10-11:30 a.m.

Lisa Heifner, LPC and Vanessa Paz, MA

Harm ReductionTuesday6-7:30 p.m.

Chris Leck, LCSW and Jessie Charbonneau, MA

Man to ManTuesdays5:30-7:00 p.m.

Steve Okiyama, PhD

Mindful Yoga: Exploring the Mind-Body ConnectionTuesdays 11:00-12:30 p.m.

Mica Adesso, MA and Dorothy Demers, MA

Taming the Anxious MindWednesdays5-6:30 p.m.

Jeri Newlin, MS and kathleen Strong, LPC

Transgender and Gender Fluid Support GroupWednesdays 3:30-5 p.m.

Reid Trotter, PhD and Christina Kuroiwa, MD

DBT Tools for SuccessTuesdays

5-6:30 p.m.

Renee Wieszcholek, LCSW and Olivia Ríos, MA

DBT Tools for SuccessWednesdays5-6:30 p.m.

Jeff Nepute, Ph.D. and Ashley Boynton, MA

DAY Program Psycho-educational Workshops

Alcohol and Other Drugs: The Mind Body Connection

Aylesworth Room 100Tuesday, 2/7/171:00-2:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Tuesday, 3/7/173:00-4:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Tuesday, 3/28/172:00-3:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Tuesday, 4/18/171:30-3:00 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Tuesday, 5/2/172:30-4:00 pm

Anger Management

Aylesworth Room C111Tuesday, 3/7/176:00-7:30 pm

Brain Scans

Location DateTime
Aylesworth Room 100Monday, 2/6/173:30-5:00 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Tuesday, 3/21/173:30-5:00 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Friday, 4/21/1712:30-2:00 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Thursday, 5/4/173:30-5:00 pm

Gender Roles and Behavior (males only)

Aylesworth Room C106Tuesday, 4/11/176:00-7:30 pm

Risk Management 101

Aylesworth Room C106 Wednesday, 2/8/174:00-5:30 pm
Aylesworth Room C106Wednesday, 2/22/173:30-5:00 pm
Aylesworth Room C106Tuesday, 3/7/176:30-8:00 pm
Aylesworth Room C106Wednesday, 3/22/174:00-5:30 pm
Aylesworth Room C108Tuesday, 4/11/175:30-7:00 pm
Aylesworth Room C106Tuesday, 4/25/176:00-7:30 pm
Aylesworth Room C108Tuesday, 5/2/176:30-8:00 pm

Stages of Change

LocationDate Time
Aylesworth Room 100Friday, 2/3/172:00-3:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Thursday, 3/9/171:00-2:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Friday, 3/31/171:00-2:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Thursday, 4/13/171:00-2:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Friday, 5/5/172:30-4:00 pm


Aylesworth Room 100Homework OnlyPick up during business hours

Values Clarification

Aylesworth Room 100Monday, 2/6/1712:30-2:00 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Wednesday, 3/8/172:00-3:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Monday, 4/3/1712:00-1:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Tuesday, 5/2/173:00-4:30 pm

Who Am I?

Aylesworth Room 100Friday, 2/17/171:00-2:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Monday, 3/6/173:30-5:00 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Wednesday, 4/12/1710:00-11:30 am
Aylesworth Room 100Friday, 3/31/1712:00-1:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Monday, 4/24/173:00-4:30 pm

Psychoeducational Groups

Group NameDayTimeLocationLeader(s)Contact
Mindfully Managing Stress 1.0 Workshop (Pre-registration is required. Attendance at all four sessions is expected.)Mondays Feb 6th-27th12:15-1:30 p.m. Register: (970) 491-6053
Questions: Viviane Ephraimson-Abt,, (970) 491-4724
Mindfully Managing Stress 1.0 Workshop (Pre-registration is required. Attendance at all four sessions is expected.)Tuesdays, February 28th-March 28th (no class during break)2:15.- 3:30 p.m.Register: (970) 491-6053
Questions: Viviane Ephraimson-Abt,, (970) 491-4724
Mindfully Managing Stress 1.0 Workshop (Pre-registration is required. Attendance at all four sessions is expected.)Thursdays, March 30th- April 20th11:00 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.Register: (970) 491-6053
Questions: Viviane Ephraimson-Abt,, (970) 491-4724
Mindful Drop-In (no registrations, this is a drop-in group)Wednesdays, February 3rd- May 4th12:10 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.Lory Student Center room 324 (except on 4/5 in LSC 226-28.)Facilitated by staff from CSU’s Health Network and CSU’s Center for Mindfulness
Viviane Ephraimson-Abt,, (970) 491-4724