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.

Theme Groups

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

Click here to learn more about Theme Groups.

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.

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 1Mondays, Feb. 10 - Mar. 210:00 - 11:30 amViviane Ephraimson-Abt, MEd, LPC
Mindfully Managing Stress 2Thursdays, Mar. 26 - Apr. 164:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, MEd, LPC
Mindfully Managing Stress 3Wednesday
Apr. 8 - 29
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, MEd

Anger Management (series of 3 workshops)

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.

(March 30, April 6, April 13)
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.Britney Del Carpio, MA

Alcohol and Other Drugs: The Mind Body Connection

The workshop 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.

Tuesday, Feb. 113:00 - 4:30 pmNatalie Sachs
Thursday, Mar. 262:30 - 4:00 p.m.Natalie Sachs
Tuesday, Apr. 143:00 - 4:30 pmNatalie Sachs
Thursday, Apr. 303:00 - 4:30 p.m.Natalie Sachs

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.

Tuesday, Feb. 183:00 - 4:30 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW
Friday, Mar. 273:30 - 5:00 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW
Monday, Apr. 133:30 - 5:00 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW
Wednesday, May 63:00 - 4:30 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

Tuesday, Feb. 255:00 - 7:30 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW
Wednesday, Apr. 295:00 - 7:30 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW

Gender Issues (Male-Identified Students Only)

How does gender impact behavior? What are the cultural messages about being male-identified 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. 24, 20203:00 - 4:30 p.m.Charlie Bakalars and Nathan Landers

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.

Wednesday5:00 - 6:30 p.m.Tess Kilwein, PhD

Live Safe 101

This is a one-time, two-and-a-half hour session open to both mandated and voluntary students and primarily focuses on Alcohol. Topics covered include: the glamorization of alcohol, media influences, addiction vs. abuse, myths and reality about substance use on college campuses, information on how substances affect the brain and body, and various interactive exercises used to generate discussion on the social, interpersonal and academic influences substances have in our culture. Cost is $95 for mandated students with no charge for voluntary students.

Wednesday, Jan. 295:00 - 7:30 p.m.Britney Del Carpio
Tuesday, Feb. 115:00 - 7:30 p.m.Tess Kilwein, PhD
Wednesday, Feb. 265:00 - 7:30 p.m.Britney DelCarpio, MA
Tuesday, Mar. 105:00 - 7:30 p.m.Britney DelCarpio, MA
Wednesday, Mar. 255:00 - 7:30 p.m.Britney DelCarpio, MA
Tuesday, Apr. 75:00 - 7:30 p.m.Tess Kilwein, PhD
Wednesday, Apr. 225:00 - 7:30 p.m.Tess Kilwein, PhD
Tuesday, Apr. 285:00 - 7:30 p.m.Tess Kilwein, PhD
Wednesday, May 65:00 - 7:30 p.m.Tess Kilwein, PhD

Risk Management

What is risk management? The Risk Management workshop explores the different facets of risk and provides tools to reduce or remove different risk factors. Students gain tools in assessing risk at parties, in relationships, and with roommates. The participants also learn how thinking errors might be used to justify substance use. The participants  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.

Tuesday, Feb. 42:30 - 4:00 p.m.Britney DelCarpio, MA
Monday, Feb. 171:00 - 2:30 p.m.Dee Columbini, MA, LPC, LAC
Tuesday, Mar. 103:00 - 4:30 p.m.Tess Kilwein, PhD
Monday, Mar. 231:00 - 2:30 p.m.Britney DelCarpio, MA
Monday Apr. 202:30 - 4:00 p.m.Dee Columbini, MA, LPC, LAC
Friday, May 810:00 - 11:30 a.mTess Kilwein, PhD

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. 61:00 - 2:30 p.m.Charles Bakalars, BA
Monday, Mar. 21:30 - 3:00 p.m.Charles Bakalars, BA
Tuesday, Apr. 711:00 am - 12:30 p.m.Charles Bakalars, BA
Thursday, Apr. 301:30 - 3:00 p.m.Charles Bakalars, 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.

Monday, Feb. 33:30 - 5:00 p.m.Nathan Landers, BA
Tuesday, Mar. 34:00 - 5:30 p.m.Nathan Landers, BA
Monday, Apr. 63:30 - 5:00 p.m.Nathan Landers, BA
Tuesday, Apr. 285:00 - 6:30 p.m.Nathan Landers, BA

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.

Wednesday, Feb. 1210:00 - 11:30 amLisa Miller, PhD and Olivia Kail
Friday, March 63:00 - 4:30 pmLisa Miller, PhD and Olivia Kail
Monday, April 62:30 - 4:00 pmLisa Miller, PhD and Olivia Kail
Friday, May 83:00 - 4:30 pmLisa Miller, 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 six-week commitment.  The group accepts members throughout the semester.  Screening is required.

Taming the Anxious Mind 1Tuesday2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Cyndi Hurd, LCSW and Jeri Newlin, MS
Taming the Anxious Mind 2Wednesday2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Rebecca Carpenter, Ed.S. and JR McGrath, LMFT
Taming the Anxious Mind 3Thursday2:00 - 3:30 p.m.Mark Cunningham, MS

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 6 weeks.

Depression Skills Group 1Wednesday1:00 - 2:30 p.m.Karen Dickason, LCSW
Depression Skills Group 2Thursday11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Marcy Clark, LCSW and James O'Geary, MS

Coming Out, Being Out and Questioning Support Group

The Coming Out Group is a place to meet and gain support while discussing your sexual, romantic, 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. Topics might include using labels (or not), celebrating and pride, deciding to tell others, family relationships, intimate relationships, heterosexism, homophobia, transphobia, and finding community, support and resources. Members are welcome to attend just one semester or both. Questions and referrals can be directed to Adam-Jon Aparicio (970) 491-7494

Monday3:00 - 4:30 p.m.Jessie Charbonneau, LPC and Jeff Paulez, PhD

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.

Friday11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Marcy Clark, LCSW and Pamela Kemp, M.Ed.

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.

Tuesday12:30 - 2:00 p.m.Tami Anderson, MS and Becka Ashcraft, MEd

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, intersex folks, and those questioning their gender identity. Screening is required.

Wednesday3:30 - 5:00 p.m.Beit Gorski, LPC and 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.

Monday10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.Jenny Brandsma, LPC and Stephanie Derosby, LPC, LAC

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 1Monday3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Jesse Wolf, PsyD and Mark Cunningham, MS
DBT Tools for Success 2Tuesday5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Lisa Cline, LCSW
DBT Tools for Success 3Wednesday5:00 - 6:30 p.m.Jeff Nepute, PhD and Yun Garrison, MA
DBT Tools for Success 4Friday11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Jeff Paulez, PhD

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.

Wednesday3:00 - 4:30 p.m.Lisa Cline, LCSW

Cultivating Courage (for female-identified students only)

Cultivating Courage is a support group for female-identified students that is centered around the shame resilience work of renowned researcher, Dr. Brene Brown. This is a weekly, semester long group that will provide a safe and compassionate space in which women can share their stories with one another. This group is appropriate for women who are ready to share their struggles in relationships with others (families, partners, friends) and are looking for a way to be kinder to themselves. This group combines viewing videos of Dr. Brown addressing various topic areas as well as personal sharing.

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

Man to Man (for male-identified students only)

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

Tuesday5:00 - 6:30 p.m.Steve Okiyama, PhD and Charles Bakalars, BA

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 and Brittany Del Carpio, MA

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
Wednesday10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.Helen Bowden, PhD and Lori Loeb, MA


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.Lauren Brodowski, BS and Jessica Schwartz, BS
IP-BMonday3:00 - 4:30 p.m.Adam-Jon Aparicio, LPC and Adam Sargent, PhD
IP-CTuesday10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.Zach Lattanzio, MA and Sarah Tilzey, MS
IP-DTuesday3:00 - 4:30 p.m.Ashely Boynton, PhD and Andrew Brimhall, PhD
IP-EWednesday12:00 - 1:30 p.m.Charlie Bakalars, BA and Kaitlyn Lomartire, BS
IP-FWednesday1:30 - 3:00 p.m.Erin Burr, MA and Chloe Wright, PhD
IP-GThursday1:00 - 2:30 p.m.Zach Lattanzio, MA and James O'Geary, MS
IP-HThursday2:00 - 3:30 p.m.Beit Gorski, LPC and John Herman, PhD
IP-IFridays10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.Sally McGregor, MC and Yun Garrison, MA


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.