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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

Facilitators: Lori Brown and 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. For information call Lori or 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

ACT for Substance Use

Facilitators: TBD

ACT for Substance Use is a weekly group devoted to helping students consider how the use of alcohol and drugs affects the pursuit of a full and meaningful life. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of therapy that helps people relate differently to anxious feelings, depressed moods, worrying mind, and self-defeating behaviors such as substance use or abuse. Acceptance refers to bringing an open and willing attitude toward all internal experiences, even those which are uncomfortable. Commitment means actively working on what one truly cares about, even when pain is present. Each group session will include short educational components, group discussions, and experiential exercises. This is not a twelve-step program and does not require a commitment to abstinence. For information call 707-826-3236.

Audio Meditations for this group are listed above under ACT for Anxiety and Depression.

Emotional Brain Training (EBT)

Facilitator: Jen Sanford

Stress has a profound effect on our mood, eating, substance use, and overall emotional and physical health, including our "zest for life." If you are feeling frustrated or out of control with certain behaviors (e.g., your eating, substance use, procrastination, spending, etc.); are feeling emotionally overwhelmed, angry, depressed, or numb; or have significant health concerns that are impacted by stress, EBT may be right for you. Emotional brain training (EBT) is a comprehensive program for managing stress and promoting a healthy lifestyle. EBT focuses on clearing stress from the emotional brain by combining mindfulness and neuroscience to improve mood and wellbeing. EBT is based on 4 neuroscience concepts:

  1. It's not us. It is our wiring.
  2. Wiring triggers brain states.
  3. Brain states of stress become persistent, triggering stress-fueled tendencies to engage in unwanted behaviors.
  4. We can change our wiring.

In this group, you will learn ways to more effectively process your daily emotions, and address the lingering effects of past stresses and traumas. When the EBT method is used effectively, stress symptoms (e.g., mood and health problems) and behavioral excesses (e.g., overindulgence in food or substances, etc.) fade. To learn more, click on the below links:,, professional talk about EBT on Food and Addiction: Treating through Emotional Brain Training (24 minute video), Scholarly Article about EBT, health piece from CBS in SF Bay Area: HealthWatch: Better Health May Depend on Re-Wiring Primitive Brain. If interested, call Jen at 707-826-3236 for a 30 minute introductory session.

Grief & Loss

Facilitators: Brian McElwain and Magali Laitem
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. If interested, call Brian or Magali 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. Openings are limited-- call 707-826-3236 ASAP for a group consult if interested in any of the below sections.

  • Section 1 (with Stephie & Catherine): Tuesdays 3-4:30
  • Section 2 (with Amelia & Magali): Tuesdays 5-6:30
  • Section 3 (with Krystal & Elizabeth): Wednesdays 5-6:30

Mind Over Mood

Facilitators: Sarah Haag & 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 group 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.  The group will also teach mindfulness meditation and relaxation skills.  There will be an opportunity for group members to discuss and share their experiences and provide support to one another.  This group will meet Mondays from 10am-11:30am fall semester. Contact CAPS at 707-826-3236 if you’re interested in joining.

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

Facilitators: Lori Brown & Elizabeth Parker

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, Lori or Elizabeth at 707-826-3236.


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

Facilitators: 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 from 12-1:30 p.m., starting on January 23, 2015.  This group has previously been offered through the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC).  Group is held in SDRC, 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. We meet Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. in the Rec and Wellness Center, room 122.

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.

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. No grades, no stress. A few of the topics will also have in-person workshops. We will advertise these once we have the dates!

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. For additional information, call Krystal at 707-826-3236.

SMART Recovery (AOD)

Facilitators: Krystal Jacob and Amelia Stillinger

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 Wednesdays from 3-4 pm, at Student Health Center, 2nd floor, room 223. For more information, feel free to call Krys or Amelia at 707-826-3236.

SMART Recovery for Eating Issues

Facilitators: Amelia Stillinger and Krystal Jacob

Similar to the other Smart Recovery group-- the focus of this one is on eating and body image issues. If interested, call Amelia or Krystal for information at 707-826-3236. Group will start once we have enough interest to get it off the ground!


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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