Groups and workshops are powerful tools for growth and change.  Many students participate in our large group program each semester, and CSU Health Network has one of the largest group programs in the country. In addition, many students participate in skill-building workshops to build knowledge and increase coping skills in certain areas of their lives.

Whether you want to overcome challenges, improve relationships, connect with others, or learn how to manage stress, anxiety or depression, there is a place for you.

Registration is required.
If you are interested in participating in any CSU Health Network group or workshop, please call (970) 491-6053.

Skill-Building Group Workshops

Increase your knowledge of resources and build coping skills in certain areas of your life.

Click here to learn more about Group Workshops, including Mindfully Managing Stress, available in Spring 2019.

Theme Groups

Connect with other students who share common experiences, identities and concerns.

Click here to learn more about Theme Groups offered in Spring 2019.

Interpersonal Process Groups

A safe, supportive space to explore your feelings, connect with others, and practice new behaviors that can ultimately lead to more fulfilling relationships.

Click here to see the Interpersonal Process Group schedule for Spring 2019.

Group Workshops

Workshops are designed for those who want the opportunity to be educated, increase knowledge of resources, and building coping skills in certain areas of their lives.  Registration is required. If you are interested in participating in any CSU Health Network Groups and Workshops, please call (970) 491-6053.

Mindfully Managing Stress

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.  Attending all 4 session is expected. Space is limited; registration required.

Mindfully Managing Stress 1Friday
Feb. 8 - Mar. 1
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, MEd, LPC and Caitlin Martin, BS
Mindfully Managing Stress 2Monday
Mar. 4 - Apr. 1
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
(no session during break)
Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, MEd, LPC and Caitlin Martin, BS
Mindfully Managing Stress 3Tuesday
Apr. 9 - Apr. 30
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, MEd, LPC and Caitlin Martin, BS

Self-Care Life Hacks Workshop

Need to make changes in your life right now? Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed and don’t have a lot of time or energy.  In this rolling three-session workshop, you will learn well-researched ways to take small steps that make a big difference.  We will cover what contributes to healthy life balance and doable actions to strengthen your mood, self-care skills, and ability to be successful. Each session will include practical tools, discussion, individual assessments and planning, and we plan to have some fun. You can join during any week.

Self-Care Workshop 1Thursday
Mar. 28 - Apr. 11
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, MEd, LPC
Self-Care Workshop 2Thursday
Apr. 18 - May 2
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, MEd, LPC

Well-Being Wednesdays

No registration needed. Presented by CSU Health Network and SLiCE. Workshops held every Wednesday during spring semester (expect Spring Break) from 4-5 p.m. in TILT Room 221.

A Full Life: Pathways to Well-BeingWednesday, Jan. 30 | Wednesday, Mar. 274:00 - 5:00 p.m.What makes a good life? Learn about the three research supported pathways to well-being: pleasure, engagement, and meaning. Get tips on using these pathways to help you be more resilient and live a more fully balanced life.
Physical Self-Care WorkshopWednesday, Feb. 64:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Test AnxietyWednesday, Feb. 134:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The Stress Less ProgramWednesday, Feb. 204:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Rams Fail ForwardWednesday, Feb. 274:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Boosting BelongingWednesday, Mar. 64:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Creative Chill OutWednesday, Mar. 134:00 - 5:00 p.m.
A Full Life: Pathways to Well-BeingWednesday, Mar. 274:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Test AnxietyWednesday, Apr. 34:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Boosting BelongingWednesday, Apr. 104:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Physical Self-Care WorkshopWednesday, Apr. 174:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Rams Fail ForwardWednesday, Apr. 244:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The Stress Less ProgramWednesday, May 14:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Creative Chill OutWednesday, May 84:00 - 5:00 p.m.

NADA Ear Acupuncture Group

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) ear acupuncture treatment is a non-verbal approach to healing. Although results can vary from individual to individual, various studies have shown that it can deliver the following benefits: reduced cravings for alcohol and drugs, including nicotine; minimized withdrawal symptoms; increased calmness, better sleep, and less agitation; relief from stress, anxiety, emotional trauma, and chronic pain; an easier connection with counseling; a discovery of inner quiet and strength; and an intention for recovery. The treatment involves the gentle placement of up to five small, sterilized disposable needles into specific sites on each ear. The recipients sit quietly in a group setting for 30-45 minutes. Clients can attend one group session or multiple group sessions, depending on their needs.

Tuesday and Thursday
(starts Feb. 5)
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.Irena Danczik, MD

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.

(Oct. 26 - Nov. 16)
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.Chris Leck, LCSW and Kiauhna Haynes, MS
(Apr. 11 - Apr. 25)
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.Chris Leck, LCSW and Kiauhna Haynes, MS

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.

Monday, Feb. 182:00 - 3:30 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW
Tuesday, Mar. 263:30 - 5:00 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW

CannaBiz 101

This is a one-time, a two and a half-hour session open to both mandated and voluntary students. Topics covered include: the glamorization of cannabis, media influences, addiction vs. abuse, myths and reality about substance use on college campuses, information on how cannabis affects the brain and body, and various interactive exercises used to generate discussion on the social, interpersonal and academic influences cannabis has in our culture.  Based upon the online screening and assessment (Audit & Cudit), this is a brief treatment intervention for low risk individuals. The goal is to help students gain understanding of the knowns and unknowns about cannabis; how we got here today in CO.; the laws and policies, NORML and other guidelines for ‘responsible’ use; values and the role cannabis may play in support or counter to them; common questions, beliefs, myths and research to date. Cost: $95

Wednesday, Feb. 65:30 - 8:00 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW and Chelsea Twiss, PhD
Tuesday, Feb. 265:30 - 8:00 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW and Chelsea Twiss, PhD
Wednesday, Mar. 135:30 - 8:00 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW and Chelsea Twiss, PhD
Tuesday, Apr. 165:30 - 8:00 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW and Chelsea Twiss, PhD
Wednesday, May 85:30 - 8:00 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW and Chelsea Twiss, PhD

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.”

Tuesday, Mar. 266:00 - 7:30 p.m.Chris Leck, LCSW

Harm Reduction

This group is for students seeking to decrease the risks of substance use. Each week students review and commit to goals around their substance use in order to live life the way they want to live without experiencing the negative and unwanted consequences that sometimes come with substance use.

Tuesday6:00 - 7:30 p.m.Chris Leck, LCSW and Jenn Geiman, BA

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.

Thursday, Feb. 71:30 - 3:00 p.m.Lauren Borkowski, BA
Monday, Mar. 41:30 - 3:00 p.m.Lauren Borkowski, BA
Wednesday, Apr. 312:30 - 2:00 p.m.Lauren Borkowski, BA
Thursday, May 21:30 - 3:00 p.m.Lauren Borkowski, BA

Values Clarification

Ever wake up (literally or figuratively) in a situation and think to yourself, “How did I get here? This isn’t who I am.” We often times make decisions that actually take us further from our long term goals. There are many reasons for this: media, peer pressure, family pressure, etc. Generally, we are more successful and happier (and low risk!) when we are making choices in our lives based on our values. This workshop helps students clarify what their values actually are and then helps students understand how to take those values and use them to make decisions. Everyone could use a moment to step back and look for the choices we have made that do not line up with our value system.

Friday, Feb. 82:30 - 4:00 p.m.Emily Clark, MA
Monday, Mar. 412:30 - 2:00 p.m.Danielle Stack, BS
Friday, Apr. 52:00 - 3:30 p.m.Emily Clark, MA
Thursday, May 23:00 - 4:30 p.m.Danielle Stack, BS

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.

Friday, Feb. 152:30 - 4:00 p.m.Ainara Echanove, PhD
Thursday, Mar. 71:00 - 2:30 p.m.Ainara Echanove, PhD
Monday, Apr. 81:30 - 3:00 p.m.Ainara Echanove, PhD
Friday, May 32:30 - 4:00 p.m.Ainara Echanove, PhD


Interested in joining a group or workshop?

Call (970) 491-6053 or visit Counseling Services on the 3rd floor of the CSU Health and Medical Center to learn more and register.

Theme Groups

Theme therapy groups help students connect with others who share common experiences, identities and concerns. To register for one of these groups, call (970) 491-6053.

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.

Taming the Anxious Mind 1Friday2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Pamela Kemp, MEd and Rachel Lucas, LPC
Taming the Anxious Mind 2Wednesday10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Beit Gorski, LPC and JR McGrath, LMFT

Depression Skills Group

Are you having trouble getting out of bed or motivating to accomplish your responsibilities?  Is it harder to enjoy things that used to be your hobbies, or enjoy time with friends?  Do you experience weeks of feeling down or sad for no apparent reason?  Have you had feelings of emptiness or numbness?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, come check out Depression Skills Group.  Learn about causes of those seemingly unpredictable spells of depression, and identify strategies to get back to your more energetic self.  This group meets for 8 weeks.

Depression Skills Group 1Wednesday2:00 - 3:30 p.m.Marcy Clark, LCSW and Karen Dickason, LCSW
Depression Skills Group 2Thursday11:00 - 12:30 p.m.Becka Ashcraft, MEd and Cyndi Hurd ,LCSW

Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Support Group

This group is for students ready to make changes in their substance use. This group is created for people who may not identify as addicts or alcoholics. We will help students create goals and a pathway for change. We will deal with resentments, triggers, what sets them back. We will talk about the role shame plays in their substance use, and identify underlying issues. Student need to be in individual therapy.

DateTime Leader
Tuesday5:00 - 6:30 p.m.Stephanie Mora DeRosby, LPC LAC

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!

Monday3:00 - 4:30 p.m.Helen Bowden, PhD

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.

Monday3:00 - 4:30 p.m.Adam-Jon Aparicio, LPC and Jessie Charbonneau, LPC

Cultivating Courage

Based on the work of Brene Brown, this group asks the question, “Where do you want to show up, be seen and live brave?” It examines what gets in the way of living more wholehearted lives. It explores issues like shame and vulnerability as well as the particular issues we rumble with as we let go of the dysfunctional stories we’ve told ourselves about ourselves and our lives and instead, write brave new stories. In addition to shame and vulnerability, we look at issues such as trust, anxiety, forgiveness and curiosity. We talk about the ways we offload and avoid emotion. We practice, in the group, how to express empathy and self-compassion.

Tuesday1:00 - 2:30 p.m.Michele Faris, PsyD

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.

DBT Tools for Success 1Monday10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Jessie Charbonneau, LPC and Chloe Wright, PhD
DBT Tools for Success 2Tuesday5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Renee Wieszcholek, LCSW and Ellie Shou Jin, MA
DBT Tools for Success 3Wednesday5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Jeff Nepute, PhD and Kiauhna Haynes, MS
DBT Tools for Success 4Thursday1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Lisa Cline, LCSW and Melissa Jeffryes, LPC, LAC

DBT – Taking Next Steps

The Advanced DBT group is a space for students with previous participation with DBT to gain support in continuing to use their DBT skills in navigating life’s ups and downs.  Students will participate in mindfulness exercises each week and broaden their interpersonal and emotion regulation skills throughout the semester. Members often report that the skills are effective in decreasing feelings of overwhelm, anxiety and depression. Similarly, members often state they feel supported by one another and experience more joy and a sense of connectedness by attending group and using skills. This is a semester long commitment and screening is required.

Wednesday2:00 - 3:30 p.m.Renee Wieszcholek, LCSW and Zach Lattanzio, MA

Grief Group

Grief group is a supportive space for students who have lost a primary relationship in their life (parent/partner/sibling etc.) and could use support through the grief process as they heal.  This group would be a good fit for you if loss is at the heart of your struggle and you could use a small but supportive space to share your story.

Friday11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Mica Adesso, PhD

Mindful Yoga

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.

Thursday12:00 - 1:30 p.m.Mica Adesso, PhD and Tami Anderson, MS

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.

Wednesday3:30 - 5:00 p.m.Chloe Wright, PhD

Women of Color Support Group

A supportive space for students who identify as women of color.  We will cover a variety of topics including (but not limited to) mental health, intersecting identities and womanhood, microaggressions, community, self-esteem, social relationships, and cultural experiences.

Thursday10:00 - 11:30 a.m.Jenny Brandsma, LPC


Interested in joining a group or workshop?

Call (970) 491-6053 or visit Counseling Services on the 3rd floor of the CSU Health and Medical Center to learn more and register.

Interpersonal Process Groups

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. Click here to learn more about process groups.

Group IDDayTimeLeader(s)
IP-AMonday12:00 - 1:30 p.m.Erin Burr, BS and Olivia Gallego-Gonzalez, BA
IP-BWednesday12:00 - 1:30 p.m.James O'Geary ,MS and Noah Share, BSW
IP-CWednesday3:00 - 4:30 p.m.Lauren Borkowski, BA and Britney Del Carpio, BA
IP-DThursday1:00 - 2:30 p.m.Ellie Shou Jin, MA and Izzy TenBrook, MS
IP-EFriday1:00 - 2:30 p.m.Genevieve Heyne, MS and Jeff Paul, BA


Interested in joining a group or workshop?

Call (970) 491-6053 or visit Counseling Services on the 3rd floor of the CSU Health and Medical Center to learn more and register.