Group therapy is a powerful tool for growth and change.  Many students participate in our large group program each semester, and CSU Health Network has one of the largest group therapy programs in the country.  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 Groups and Workshops, please call (970) 491-6053.

Groups and Workshops Schedule – Summer 2018

The schedule below is organized in the following categories. Scroll down to find the group or workshop that will best help you address your concerns and meet your mental health goals.

  • Groups (screen required)
    • IP – A    Mondays 12:00 – 1:30 Rachel Brenner
    • IP – B    Thursdays 11:00 – 12:30 John Herman and Ping Lee

    • DBT Tools for Success 1  Tuesdays 5:00 – 6:30 Jeff Nepute

    • DBT Tools for Success 2  Thursdays 2:00 – 3:30 Lisa Cline

    • Advanced DBT Wednesdays 2:00 -3:30 Lisa Cline

    • Women of Color Group Thursdays 1:30 – 3:00 Jenny Brandsma and Melissa Londoño Connally

    • Trans* and Gender Fluid Support Group Wednesdays 3:30 – 5:00  Chloe Hinton and Dr. K

  • Workshops (no screening required)
    • Mindful Yoga (Starts 6/6) Wednesdays 12:00 – 1:30 Mica Adesso and Jen Laxague

    • Eco Spirituality (Starts 5/22) Tuesdays 4:30 – 5:45 Christopher Lamb

    • Caring for Grief and Loss (Starts 7/11) Wednesdays 3:30 – 5:00 Christopher Lamb and Viviane Ephraimson-Abt

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-AMonday1-2:30 p.m.Keiran Bissel, BA and Tracy Close, BA
IP-BMonday10-11:30 p.m.Stephanie Carter, BS and Kiauhna Haynes, MS
IP-CTuesday11-12:30 p.m.Andrew Brimhall, MA and John Herman, MS
IP-DTuesday11-12:30 p.m.Alan Burd, MEd and Ping Lee, PhD
IP-EWednesday1-2:30 p.m.Zach Lattanzio, BA and Nicole Olivas, MS
IP-FWednesday1-2:30 p.m.Rachel Brenner, MS and Chloe Hinton, BA


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.

Advanced DBT Tools for Success

Wednesday3-5 p.m.Lisa Cline, 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.

Tuesday4-5:30 p.m.Kiauhna Haynes, MS and Stephanie Mora DeRosby, 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!

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

Cultivating Change

Tuesday2 - 3:30 p.m. Michele Faris, PsyD

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 - 4:30 p.m. Jessie Charbonneau, MA and Dora Frias, MEd

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 1Tuesday5-6:30 p.m.
Garyn Gulbranson, PhD and Jessie Charbonneau, MA
DBT Tools for Success 2Wednesday5-6:30 p.m.
Jeff Nepute, PhD and Rebecca Hoke, LSW
DBT Tools for Success 3Thursday1-2:30 p.m.
Adam Sargent, PhD and John Herman MS
DBT Tools for Success 4Friday2-3:30 p.m.
Lisa Cline, LCSW and Jessa Plattner, MA

Depression: Darkness Before the Dawn

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 Darkness Before the Dawn.  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.

Monday1-2:30 p.m.Jenny Brandsma, LPC and Laura Whitcomb, MA

Grief Group

Monday1-2 p.m.Mica Adesso, PhD

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 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.

Tuesday5 - 6:30 p.m. Steve Okiyama, 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.

Thursday12:30 - 2 p.m. Mica Adesso, PhD and Jen Laxague, LPC

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 1Wednesday9-10:30 a.m.
Marcy Clark, LCSW and Alyssa de la Torre, MA
Taming the Anxious Mind 2Thursday11-12:30 p.m.
Becka Ashcraft, MEd and Laura Templet, LSW

Thesis and 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.

Tuesday5-6 p.m.Reid Trotter, PhD and Christina Kuroiwa, MD

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 p.m.Reid Trotter, PhD and Christina Kuroiwa, MD

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.

Friday12-1:30 p.m.Jenny Brandsma, LPC and Melissa Londoño Connally, PhD

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.

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.

Monday, Feb. 123 - 4:30 p.m. Kiauhna Haynes, MS
Friday, Mar. 161:30 - 3 p.m. Kiauhna Haynes, MS
Tuesday, Apr. 101:30 - 3 p.m. Kiauhna Haynes, MS
Friday, May 41:30 - 3 p.m. Kiauhna Haynes, MS

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.

Tuesday, Mar. 20 6 - 7:30 p.m.Chris Leck, LCSW

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. 193:30 - 5 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW
Tuesday, Mar. 203:30 - 5 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW
Friday, Apr. 1312:30 - 2 p.m. Jim Weber, LCSW
Thursday, May 33:30 - 5 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 on-ine 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. 75:30 - 8 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW
Tuesday, Feb. 275 - 7:30 p.m. Jim Weber, LCSW
Wednesday, Mar. 285:30 - 8 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW
Tuesday, Apr. 105 - 7:30 p.m. Jim Weber, LCSW
Wednesday, May 25:30 - 8 p.m. Jim Weber, LCSW

New!  Caring for Grief and Loss

Format: Four weekly 1 and ½ hour sessions. Wednesdays 3:30-5 pm.

In this educational community circle, experience readings, ritual, mindfulness, silence and listening ears as we tell our stories. You can attend one or all sessions.  We will share tools and tips, experiences and struggles. Join us as we move together through this shared journey of joy and sorrow, the gifts and grief of life.

There will be no class on July 25th.

Wednesday July 11- August 8 3:30-5 pm. CSU Health and Medical Center, Conference Room 3013Christopher Watkins Lamb, MDiv

New!  Eco-Spirituality

Format: Four weekly 75-minute sessions on Tuesdays with a half-day retreat on June 9th

Tuesdays 4:30-5:45 pm. Saturday retreat 9:30-1:30 pm. Conference Rm 2012.

The rustling leaves. The raven’s cry. The sunset reflected in a pool of water. What entices you to switch off the screen and step outdoors? Inclusive of all belief systems, this experiential group is for those looking to deepen their experience of the natural world. We will engage science, spiritual practice, and our animal senses to explore our place in this ecosystem, build skills, and practice techniques to engage the living earth with newfound awareness and respect.

Tuesdays May 22- June 12 Saturday retreat 9:30-1:30 pm. Conference Rm 2012.4:30-5:45 pm.Christopher Watkins Lamb, MDiv

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, Apr. 176 - 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 - 7:30 p.m. Chris Leck, LCSW

Live Safe 101

This is a one-time, two and a half hour session is 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: $95

Wednesday, Jan. 245 - 7:30 p.m.Multiple providers
Tuesday, Feb. 65 - 7:30 p.m.Multiple providers
Wednesday, Feb. 215 - 7:30 p.m.Multiple providers
Tuesday, Mar. 65 - 7:30 p.m.Multiple providers
Wednesday, Mar. 215 - 7:30 p.m.Multiple providers
Tuesday, Apr. 35 - 7:30 p.m.Multiple providers
Wednesday, Apr. 185 - 7:30 p.m.Multiple providers
Tuesday, May 15 - 7:30 p.m.Multiple providers

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 1Monday
Feb. 12 - Mar. 5
12:30-2 p.m.Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, MED, LPC and Erica Miller, BS
Mindfully Managing Stress 2Tuesday
Feb. 27 - Mar. 27
(no class during break)
10-11:30 a.m.
Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, MEd and Erica Miller, BS
Mindfully Managing Stress 3Friday
Mar. 30 - Apr. 20
(no class during break)
3:30-5 p.m.Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, MEd and Erica Miller, BS

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 once group session or multiple group sessions, depending on their needs.

Tuesday and Thursday4 - 5 p.m.Irena Danczik, MD

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.

Wednesday, Feb. 72:30 - 4 p.m.Erik Augilera, BA and Zach Lattanzio, BA
Monday, Feb. 192:30 - 4 p.m. Erik Augilera, BA and Zach Lattanzio, BA
Tuesday, Mar. 63:30 - 5 p.m. Erik Augilera, BA and Zach Lattanzio, BA
Wednesday, Mar. 213 - 4:30 p.m. Erik Augilera, BA and Zach Lattanzio, BA
Monday, Apr. 911:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Erik Augilera, BA and Zach Lattanzio, BA
Wednesday, Apr. 252 - 3:30 p.m.Erik Augilera, BA and Zach Lattanzio, BA
Tuesday, May 13:30 - 5 p.m.Erik Augilera, BA and Zach Lattanzio, 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.

Friday, Feb. 92:30 - 4 p.m.Micah White, BA
Monday, Mar. 52:30 - 4 p.m. Micah White, BA
Thursday, Apr. 53 - 4:30 p.m. Micah White, BA
Monday, Apr. 302:30 - 4 p.m.Micah White, 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.

Thursday, Feb. 151:30 - 3 p.m. Ainara Echanove, PhD
Friday, Mar. 912:30 - 2 p.mAinara Echanove, PhD
Monday, Apr. 91:30 - 3 p.mAinara Echanove, PhD
Monday, Apr. 303:30 - 5 p.m.Ainara Echanove, PhD


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.

DateTime Leader
Friday, Feb. 22 - 3:30 p.m. Austin Hamilton, MA
Friday, Mar. 93:30 - 5 p.m. Austin Hamilton, MA
Friday, Apr. 62 - 3:30 p.m. Austin Hamilton, MA
Friday, May 43:30 - 5 p.m. Austin Hamilton, MA