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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.


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 for Spring 2016 is Thursdays 3-4:30 pm. 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 and Jacob Rosen

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 for Spring 2016 is Wednesdays 3-4:30 p.m. Call Stephie for information at 707-826-3236.

Grief & Loss

Facilitator: Brian McElwain and Pio Kim

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 for Spring 2016 is Mondays 5-6:30 p.m. 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. Spring 2016 offerings:

  • Section 1, Fridays 3-4:30 p.m. (with Amelia Stillinger and Scott Newcombe)
  • Section 2, Mondays 1-2:30 p.m. (with Amelia Stillinger and Stephanie McGrath)
  • Section 3, Tuesdays 3-4:30 p.m. (with Catherine Chan and Hannah Davis)
  • Section 4, Time to be Announced (with Amelia Stillinger and Scott Newcombe)

Help for Eating Issues

Facilitator: Amelia Stillinger

Group will incorporate experiential activities, mindfulness practice, and supportive discussion. Group time is Tuesdays from 10-11:30 a.m.. If interested, call Amelia for information at 707-826-3236.

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

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.  If interested, call Lori, Brian, or Catherine at 707-826-3236.

  • Section 1, Fridays 2-3:30 p.m. (with Lori Brown and Brian McElwain)
  • Section 2, Fridays 4-5:30 p.m. (with Brian McElwain and Catherine Chan)


Our wellness and support activities are offered throughout the academic year. With the exception of Mind Over Mood (which requires a pre-group consult), students can simply "drop-in" to try them out. These activities aim to promote health and connection in a supportive atomsphere. With our weekly drop-in groups (Best of You, Creative Self-Expression, One Breath, Trans Support and SMART Recovery) you may come as often as you like-- every once in a while or weekly. No need to sign up, just show up! We hope you will join us.

ACT: An Intro to Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Facilitator: Lori Brown

Feeling overwhelmed with thoughts and emotions that you are tempted to run away from? Feeling defeated by self-destructive thoughts? Learn tools to help accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to action that improves and enriches your life. Spring 2016 dates:

  • March 31 (Thursday), 5-6 p.m. Library, Room 114
  • April 28 (Thursday), 5-6 p.m. Library, Room 114

ADHD: Tools and Resources to Facilitate your Success

Facilitator: Pio Kim

This workshop will review how ADHD impacts the college experience, the causes of ADHD, and different skills and tools for lessening symptoms and helping you cope with the impact of ADHD on your life. We will cover pharmacological treatment, mindfulness practice, occupational considerations, etc. Spring 2016 dates:

  • Feb. 23 (Tues) 5-6:30 p.m., Library, Room 114
  • Apr. 13 (Wed) 5-6:30 p.m., Library, Room 114

Asian Pacific Islander Support Group

This group is intended to provide a space where API students can have fun, meet with other API students, learn about campus resources, and get support. All Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, or Asian International Students are invited to this support group. Social support has been shown to be the most important factor for API students' success at college according to research in the past two decades. The group meets every Friday from the first week of February, from 3-4:30 p.m at the Multicultural Center. We hope you will join us!

Best of You

Facilitator: Stephie McGrath & Scott Newcombe

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 Mondays (beginning 1/25/16) from 11am-12:30 p.m., at the Lower Library, Room 22. No need to sign up, just show up! 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 203), beginning 9/3/15 through the academic year. No need to sign up, just show up!

Dare to Self-Care

Facilitator: Catherine Chan

What ruffles your feathers and makes it difficult to remain engaged with yourself, others, and the world? Come learn about yourself and what might increase your stress and leave witha self-care box/bag to help manage that stress. Spring 2016 schedule:

  • March 3 (Thursday), 5-6 p.m. Library, Room 114
  • April 7 (Thursday), 5-6 p.m. Library, Room 114

The Happy Map

Facilitator: Jen Sanford

This workshop will highlight findings from neuroscience, social psychology and positive 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, physical, & spiritual. Come figure out your own map to enriching your happiness and flourishing in life. Spring 2016 schedule:

  • March 10 (Thursday) from 5-6 p.m., Library, Room 114
  • April 14 (Thursday) from 5-6 p.m., Library, Room 114

Mind Over Mood

Facilitator: Stephie McGrath

Mind Over Mood: Learn how to get off the rollercoaster of emotions we often find ourselves on! Workshop attendees will learn mindfulness meditation skills and create their own personal lists of how to help themselves get through upsetting moments in life. Spring 2016 schedule:

  • March 24 (Thursday), 5-6 p.m. Library, Room 114
  • April 21 (Thursday), 5-6 p.m. Library, Room 114

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. Two opportunities during the week (come to either or both!):

  • Tuesdays from 5-6 p.m. in NHE 120
  • Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. in Recreation and Wellness Center, room 124

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.

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.

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.

Trauma: What is it? And how do I live with it?

This 2-part workshop will provide a brief overview about different types of trauma, and various ways trauma impacts our lives. The workshop will review basic symptoms and some coping skills to help manage daily life. If interested, please contact Catherine at 826-3236. Check back for Spring 2016 dates.


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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