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Groups, Wellness Activities, & Workshops

If you are interested in a particular group or wellness/support activity that you do not see listed below, please send us an email with your suggestion/s. If we get enough interest in a particular topic, we will add that group to our roster and will be in contact to let you know.

For specific workshop requests, please fill out the Outreach Request Form.

GROUPS

If you are interested in participating in any of our groups come to Counseling and Psychological Services to schedule an initial assessment appointment or to arrange a group consultation appointment with the group leader (if you have already had an initial assessment appointment). The group facilitator will provide you with information about the group and help to determine if it is a good "match" for you.

ACT for Anxiety and Depression

Facilitator: Catherine Chan

ACT for Depression and Anxiety is a weekly group devoted to helping students encounter depression and anxiety differently and pursue a full and meaningful life. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of therapy that helps you relate differently to your anxious feelings, depressed moods, worrying mind, and self-defeating behaviors. Acceptance refers to bringing an open and willing attitude toward all internal experiences, even those which are uncomfortable. Commitment means actively working on what you truly care about, even when pain is present. Each group session will include short educational components, group discussions, and experiential exercises. Group time TBA. For information call Catherine at 707-826-3236.

Audio Meditations for this group (click to listen):

Track 1: ACT Brief Mindfulness

Track 2: ACT Brief Mindfulness + Leaves on a Stream

Track 3: ACT Acceptance of Thoughts and Feelings

Track 4: ACT Willingness Exercise

Breaking Free From Anxiety

Facilitator: Stephanie McGrath

Breaking Free From Anxiety is a group for students struggling with anxiety.  This group offers information on identifying triggers of anxiety, increasing awareness of thoughts and behaviors related to anxiety, and improving coping strategies for addressing symptoms. Group members will practice anxiety management strategies and provide support to one another.  Group time TBA. Call Stephie for information at 707-826-3236.

Grief & Loss

Facilitator: Brian McElwain

Whether you have lost a parent, a friend, a sibling, or someone else... the loss can feel disorienting and even overwhelming. This group will provide a supportive environment in which to talk about your loss with others who are also in the process of grieving and thus understand the pain that you are going through. You don't need to go through this on your own. Group time TBA. Call Brian for information at 707-826-3236.

Healthy Relationships

Do you sometimes push people away or get too clingy? Do you have problems asking for what you want or saying “no” to what you don’t want to give? Do you have trouble grieving losses (such as a break-up) and moving on? Do you remain in relationships that you know are not good for you?  Do you often push your feelings aside or become overwhelmed by your emotions?  Are you interested in deepening your connections as well as figuring out what gets in your way?  This group will help you to explore and strengthen how you relate to yourself and others in a safe and supportive atmosphere. This group fills quickly-- call 707-826-3236 ASAP for a group consult if interested.

  • Section 1 (with Amelia)
  • Section 2 (with Stephie)
  • Additional sections will open in the spring

Help for Eating Issues

Facilitator: Amelia Stillinger

Group will incorporate experiential activities, mindfulness practice, and supportive discussion. Group time TBA. If interested, call Amelia for information at 707-826-3236.

Survive & Thrive: A Group for Survivors of Rape and/or Sexual Abuse

Facilitator: Lori Brown

Connect with others to know you are not alone. This group provides a safe, healing place to break the silence and move beyond secrecy, fear and shame. Group time TBA. If interested, call Lori at 707-826-3236.

WELLNESS & SUPPORT ACTIVITIES

Our wellness and support activities are offered weekly and students can simply "drop-in" to try them out. These activities aim to promote health and connection in a supportive atomsphere. Students are encouraged to participate in these activities as often as they like-- every once in a while or weekly. No need to sign up, just show up!

Best of You

Facilitator: Stephie McGrath

Best of You is a support group which will help students improve their ability to form and maintain relationships with friends, family, and others.  Students will have the opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills while enjoying fun activities like playing games and watching videos.  Feel free to bring and eat your lunch during this group.  Group meets Fridays (beginning 9/4/15) from 11:30-12:50 p.m., at the Student Disability Resource Center, lower library, room 22. No need to sign up, just come! Contact CAPS at 707-826-3236 if you wish to learn more about this group!

Creative Self-Expression

Facilitator: Krystal Jacob

Guided use of art materials to explore and express who you are. This group is a space to be relaxed and creative. No artistic ability required! We meet Wednesdays from 11a.m. to noon in the Health and Counseling Library (Health Building, room 223), beginning 9/3/15. No need to sign up, just show up!

The Happy Map

Facilitator: Jen Sanford

This 2-part workshop will highlight findings from neuroscience and social psychology research on happiness and well-being (including "brain fitness"). Did you know the research suggests that 40% of our happiness is totally within our control? You will learn tools and techniques for reducing your stress, feeling more emotionally and socially balanced and connected, and having more moments of contentment as well as joy. We will focus on several areas of wellness, including emotional/psychological, social, intellectual, physical, & spiritual. Join us and figure out your own map to enriching your happiness. Meet in SHC Library (Health Building, rm 223). Fall 2015 schedule:

  • October 2 & 9 from 2-3:30
  • November 6 & 13 from 10-11:30
  • December 1 & 8 from 3-4:30

Mind Over Mood

Facilitator: Stephie McGrath

Do you sometimes feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster?  Do you often struggle with intense feelings like anxiety or frustration?  Do you wish you had more control over your moods?
 
The Mind Over Mood workshop/s will focus on strategies for managing up-and-down moods, dealing with strong negative emotions, improving interpersonal communication skills, and developing a deeper understanding of the way that our thoughts can impact our moods.  You will be introduced to mindfulness meditation and relaxation skills as well.  Workshop times TBA. Contact Stephie at 707-826-3236 if you would like to sign up for a workshop.

One Breath

Facilitator: Brian McElwain

Mindfulness practice helps us slow down, regain our balance, and take things "one breath at a time..." Interested in learning some basic meditation skills and practicing those in a small group setting? You are invited to join a group open to all members of the HSU Community-- students, staff, faculty, and administration- and all levels of experience. We meet on Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. in Recreation and Wellness Center, room 124, starting 9/2/15.

Life Skills

This is an on-line Moodle workshop series featuring the following topics: stress less, manage your moods, communication and assertiveness, lifestyle choices (alcohol and other drugs, sexual health, bystander intervention, exercise, nutrition, sleep), social skills and intercultural awareness, money matters (financial management), and decision making. You can simply click the link above and self-enroll in the course. If you have any trouble with the link, just email us and we will sign you up. Go at your own pace. Complete only the topics that interest you in whatever order you like. No grades, no stress. Just lots of great information, tips, and resources.

Trans Support Group

Facilitator: Krystal Jacob

A group inclusive of all gender identities where people can get support, explore gender, and advocate for change on campus.

Meetings will be in NHE room 119 on Tuesdays 4-5 p.m, beginning 9/1/15. For additional information, call Krystal at 707-826-3236.

SMART Recovery (AOD)

Facilitator: Krystal Jacob & Pio Kim

A leading self-empowering addiction recovery group based on the concepts of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). This group will offer tools and techniques for building and maintaining motivation; coping with urges; managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; and living a balanced life. Meets Fridays from 1-2 pm, at Student Health Center, 2nd floor, room 223. For more information, feel free to call Krys or Pio at 707-826-3236.

WORKSHOPS and TRAININGS

CAPS will offer the following trainings throughout the year. Register for trainings through the HR training website or call CAPS to speak to the facilitator.

We also offer workshops and trainings by request. Please fill out our Outreach Request Form and provide at least 2 weeks advance notice. Examples of past workshops: relaxation and stress management, mood management, navigating the transition to college, LGBTQ and coming out, Myers-Briggs personality type and impact on group dynamics, body image and eating, assertiveness, etc.

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