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? Need to get a handle on your stress? This 4-session workshop will cover 10 mindfulness practices to support your well-being.   Mindfulness is a way to train ourselves to be in the present moment with awareness, acceptance, and self-compassion. Practicing mindfulness can help us cope with difficult experiences, cultivate meaning, and boost positive emotions.  In this series we will delve into mind-body techniques which can strengthen our skills for dealing with life.  We will also have time to practice these new skills. We meet on zoom once a week and attending all 4 sessions is encouraged.  Registration is required; space is limited.  Register here.

Mindfully Managing Stress 1Mondays, Jan. 31 to Feb. 2110:00 - 11:30 amViviane Ephraimson-Abt, MEd, LPC and Emily Schaad
Mindfully Managing Stress 2Wednesdays, March 2, March 9, March 23, March 3012:30 - 2:00 pm
Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, MEd, LPC and Emily Schaad
Mindfully Managing Stress 3Thursdays, March 31 to April 214:15 - 5:45 pmViviane Ephraimson-Abt, MEd and Emily Schaad

Anger Management (series of 3 workshops)

This interactive workshop hopes to create a safe space for students to explore their own individual experiences of anger while also hearing from the experiences of others. Together we look more in depth at anger, including when it is appropriate, and when does it cause harm to ourselves, others, or our relationships. Students will learn to better understand triggers and physical cues that enable us to know we are experiencing anger as well as deepen our understanding of the true feelings that are underneath the anger. With all this awareness we also learn Cognitive Restructuring and different coping strategies to regulate ourselves and develop healthier relationships without blowing up or shutting down. Cost: There is no cost for this workshop

(March 23, March 30, April 6)
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. (Zoom)Ivis Carrera Valdes, MA

Alcohol and Other Drugs: The Mind Body Connection

This workshop helps students better understand the continuum of substance use from abstinence, social use, to abuse, and addiction. Student s will also be given tools to assess their own use on the continuum. We will discuss the cycle of addiction, and problem indicators as well as the relationship between substances and our physical bodies. Cost: There is no cost for this workshop

Wednesday, March 92:30 - 4:00 p.m. (Zoom)Maggie Hogan, PhD
Wednesday, April 2011:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Zoom)Maggie Hogan, PhD

CannaBiz 101

This 2-hour workshop is held in a small group, nonjudgmental format that includes lively and stimulating discussion challenging social, interpersonal, and academic influences cannabis has in our culture.  Topics include but are not limited to interaction cannabis has on the brain and body, current laws and policies, effect on relationships, academics, and mental health.  Cost:  $45 for mandated students and no cost for voluntary students 

By appointment only/Call DAY Programs at (970) 491-4693.

Gender Workshop (male-identified students only)

Messages about gender are everywhere we look. Music, movies, our friends and families. They are pervasive and powerful. So how do these messages change how we act, feel, and relate to one another? “Bro-culture” and “toxic-masculinity” are talked about a lot these days, but what do these terms mean? This workshop will focus in on the messages we experience in society about male-identified people. We will also develop strategies to “break free” from the constraints of the “gender box” so we can minimize the harm to men and the people around them. Cost: There is no cost for this workshop

Tuesday, April 262:30 - 4:00 p.m. (Zoom)Chris Leck, LCSW, CAC II

Live Safe 101

This is a one-time, 2.5-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. Students leave the workshop with a better understanding of alcohol’s role in society and in their own lives. Cost: $45 for mandated students and no cost for voluntary students.

Wednesday, Jan. 265:00 - 6:30 p.m. (Zoom)Maggie Hogan, PhD
Tuesday, Feb. 15:00 - 6:30 p.m. (Zoom)Tiana Johnson, BA and Jesselyn DeFilippo, BA
Wednesday, Feb. 95:00 - 6:30 p.m. (Zoom)Maggie Hogan, PhD and Jessie Pauley, MA
Tuesday, Feb. 155:00 - 6:30 p.m. (Zoom)Tina Soma, BA and Ellen Foley, BS
Tuesday, March 15:00 - 6:30 p.m. (Zoom)Tiana Johnson, BA and Jesselyn DeFilippo, BA
Tuesday, March 225:00 - 6:30 p.m. (Zoom)Tina Soma, BA and Ellen Foley, BS
Tuesday, April 55:00 - 6:30 p.m. (Zoom)Tiana Johnson, BA and Jesselyn DeFilippo, BA
Wednesday, April 135:00 - 6:30 p.m. (Zoom)Maggie Hogan, PhD and Jessie Pauley, MA
Tuesday, April 195:00 - 6:30 p.m. (Zoom)Tina Soma, BA and Ellen Foley, BS
Tuesday, May 35:00 - 6:30 p.m. (Zoom)Chris Leck, LCSW, CAC II and Jessie Pauley, MA

Risk Management

The Risk Management workshop will explore the different facets of risk and learn tools to reduce or remove different risk factors. Students will gain tools in assessing risk at parties, in relationships, in their living situations, and in themselves. The participants will also learn how thinking errors might be used to justify high-risk 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. Once risks have been identified, the group will discuss the ways to reduce the risks they take on with substance use to limit negative consequences in the future. Cost: There is no cost for this workshop

Friday, Feb. 111:30 - 3:00 p.m. (Zoom)Sarah Munoz, BA
Thursday, Feb. 243:30 - 5:00 p.m. (Zoom)Ellen Foley, BS
Friday, March 1111:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m (Zoom)Sarah Munoz, BA
Thursday, March 243:30 - 5:00 p.m. (Zoom)Ellen Foley, BS
Friday, April 81:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Zoom)Sarah Munoz, BA
Thursday, April 213:30 - 5:00 p.m. (Zoom) Ellen Foley, BS

Stages of Change

What would you like to change? What is change? How do people change? These are just a few of the questions that will be explored in the Stages of Change workshop. 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 can come to this workshop to look at any kind of change they would like to make in their life. Cost: There is no cost for this workshop

Friday, March 42:30 - 4:00 p.m.Tiana Johnson, BA
Friday, April 293 - 4:30 p.m. (via Zoom)Tiana Johnson, 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, happier, and at lower 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. Cost: There is no cost for this workshop

DateTime Leader
Tuesday, March 1512:30 - 2:00 p.m. (Zoom)Jesselyn DeFilippo, BA
Friday, April 2912:00 - 1:30 p.m. (Zoom)Jesselyn DeFilippo, BA

Who Am I?

This Student Development Workshop will explore specific layers of personal identity. This workshop is all about the participant and their experiences. Workshop members will gain knowledge of one specific student development theory which is a platform to share more about the participant’s own experiences while in college. Students will be exposed to concepts and language to help foster insight and understanding of how identity is impacted by the college experience. The workshop concludes with ideas that support ongoing insight and development opportunities. Cost: There is no cost for this workshop

Tuesday, March 1512:30 - 2:00 p.m.Dee Colombini, MA, LPC, LAC
Wednesday, April 271:30 - 3:00 p.m. (Zoom)Dee Colombini, MA, LPC, LAC


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.

Trauma Skills Group

This structured trauma-informed skills group is a six-week experience that provides members grounding understanding of how trauma impacts our brains and bodies as well as skills for how to cope while working toward healing. Members will participate in experiential grounding exercises, discuss key elements of trauma coping and recovery, and complete homework assignments. Importantly, this is not a group to discuss or process traumatic experiences in detail as the focus will be on discussing responses to trauma, coping skills, and paths toward healing. Trauma is a word often used and perhaps not always understood. For this group, trauma is defined as anything that is overwhelming to you and leaves you feeling helpless and out of control. This could be a single traumatic incident or a series of experiences. Responses to trauma (symptoms you may experience) can get in the way of everyday life and healing. This group hopes to provide space for learning, recovering, and connecting with others. A screening meeting with the facilitators is required.

Mondays2:30 - 4:00 pmKaren Eichel, LPC and AJ Kimm, PHD
Tuesdays3:00 - 4:30 pmJeff Paulez, Ph.D. and Maggie Hogan, Ph.D.

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.

SessionDateTime Leader
Taming the Anxious Mind 1Tuesdays11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Becka Ashcraft, LPC and Tina Soma, M.Ed.
Taming the Anxious Mind 2Wednesdays3:00 - 4:30 pmCyndi Hurd, LCSW and Jeri Newlin, 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 Jessie Charbonneau, (970) 491-3901.

Mondays3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Jessie Pauley, MA and Jeff Paulez, PhD

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.

Wednesdays3:30 - 5:00 p.m.AJ Kimm, PhD and Chloe Wright, PhD

Womxn of Color Support Group

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

Tuesdays2:00 - 3:30 pmJenny Brandsma, LPC, NCC and Zoe Urcadez, MA

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 2Tuesdays2:00 - 3:30 pm
Glynn Forkey, LCSW
DBT Tools for Success 3Tuesdays5:00 - 6:30 p.m.Jeff Nepute, PhD and Allegra Lyon, BA
DBT Tools for Success 4Wednesdays5:00 - 6:30 pmLisa Cline, LCSW and Jessie Charbonneau, LPC

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.

Unavailable for Spring 2022


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. Students need to be in individual therapy.

DateTime Leader
Tuesdays5:00 - 6:30 p.m.Dee Colombini, LPC

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!

Mondays2:00 - 3:30 p.m.Helen Bowden, 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.

Wednesdays2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Tami Anderson, MS MFTC and Becka Ashcraft, M.Ed.

Depression Skills Group

Are you having trouble getting out of bed and getting to your classes? Do you struggle to feel motivated and to focus on school work? Are you noticing that you would rather isolate yourself rather than hang out with your friends or roommates? Is it difficult for you to fall or stay asleep? Do you experience down moods that last for more than a few days for no apparent reason? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, check out the Depression Skills Group. Understand more about your experiences in a supportive environment; then learn skills and strategies for improving your mood and creating positive changes in your life. This group meets for 6 weeks.

Depression Skills GroupTuesdays1:00 - 2:30 pmKaren Dickason, LCSW


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-AMondays1:00 - 3:00 pmJessie Pauley, MA and Tina Soma, M.Ed.
IP-BTuesdays10:00 am - 12:00 pmIvis Carrera Valdes, MA and Ellen Foley, BS
IP-CTuesdays1:00 - 3:00 pmJesselyn DeFillippo, BA and Eric Teman, PhD
IP-DWednesdays9:00 - 11:00 amEvan Bostrom, BA and Tina Soma, M.Ed.
IP-EWednesdays10:00 am - 12:00 pmJenn Geiman, BA and Allegra Lyon, BA