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-based Groups: These groups are based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  To learn more click HERE

ACT for Anxiety and Depression

    • Section 1 facilitated by Shannen Vong and Moe Eubank
      • Day/Time: TBD 
    • Section 2 facilitated by Kristin Smith
      • Day/Time: TBD

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. Call to arrange a 30 minute group consult with Shannen or Kristin if interested: 707-826-3236.

ACT for Depression

Facilitator: Pio Kim and Dayne Menardo  

Day/Time: Tuesdays from 3-4:30

ACT for Depression is a weekly group devoted to helping students who struggle with depression and assisting them in pursuing a fuller and more meaningful life. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of therapy that helps you relate differently to your depressed feelings, unreasonable sadness, and difficulty finding happiness. With a strong focus on depression, this group teaches students mindfulness skills, e.g., noticing internal experiences with self-compassion and developing a willingness to embrace self-in-pain. Students are encouraged to develop realistic behavioral activation plans and make a commitment to them, e.g., actively working on what they truly care about, even when depression is present. Each group session will include short educational components, mindfulness exercise, group discussions, and other experiential exercises. Call to arrange a 30 minute group consult with Pio if interested: 707-826-3236.

Audio Meditations for the ACT groups (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

Getting Unstuck (a 3-session workshop series)

Facilitator: Pio Kim

Day/Time: Thursdays 1-2 pm (new group starting every 3 weeks). Call for other upcoming start dates. 

Getting Unstuck focuses on helping you understand depressive symptoms and build skills to manage these symptoms.  The three sessions are divided into content that builds upon itself. The sessions include modules dedicated to: (1) understanding depression, (2) exploring how thoughts and behaviors impact depression, and (3) addressing how you can begin to make changes to thoughts and behaviors in order to better manage depression.  By the end of the workshop, you will have your own individualized plan for getting unstuck!  Call Pio if interested at 707-826-3236.

Grief & Loss

Facilitator: Krystal Jacob and Dayne Menardo

Day/Time: Mondays, 4-5:30 pm.  

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. Call Krystal for information and/or to arrange a group consultation 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. Fall 2017 offerings:

    • Section 1 facilitated by Stephanie McGrath and Morgan Eubank
      • Tuesdays, 3-4:30 pm
    • Section 2 facilitated by Craig Beeson and Kristin Smith
      • Thursdays, 3-4:30 pm
    • Section 3 facilitated by Craig Beeson
      • Wednesdays, 3-4:30 pm

Managing Anxiety and Maximizing Wellness

Facilitator: Shane Calhoun

Day/Time: Thursdays 10:30 am -noon

Ever wonder why your anxiety doesn’t seem to go away, and why those stress management strategies you read about don’t seem to work?  Come get a better understanding of what anxiety is and how you can begin the path to becoming a calm, worry-free person.  This group draws strategies for managing stress from a number of approaches including CBT, ACT, and exposure therapy to help tailor an anxiety management plan specifically to you to help you get unstuck and living more freely.  If you are open to challenging yourself, this group is designed to help you make changes that last. If interested, call Shane to arrange a group consult at 707-826-3236.

RIO: Recognition, Insight, Openness (a 3 session workshop series)

Facilitator: This group is offered throughout the semester and is facilitated by several different CAPS therapists (including Craig Beeson, Kristin Smith, Shannen Vong, Shane Calhoun, and others).

Day/Time: There are several sections of this group.  Please call and we will inform you of upcoming dates.

Recognition, Insight, Openness (RIO) focuses on building skills and creating flexibility in how you respond to distress.  The three sessions are divided into content that builds upon itself. The sessions include modules dedicated to: (1) helping you gain a deeper understanding of your concerns, (2) creating flexibility in how you view and approach these issues, and (3) helping you take steps toward living with a wide range of emotions.  By the end of the workshop, you will have a better sense of your personal values and how you want to focus your energy.  

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 to arrange a group consult at 707-826-3236.

    • Section 1 facilitated by Brian McElwain and Shannen Vong
      • Day/Time: Fridays 3-4:30

    • Section 2 facilitated by Brian McElwain and Morgan Eubank
      • Day and Time TBD (will start in January)

Transcendence from Suicide Support Group

Facilitator: Meghan Martinez

Day/Time: Fridays 12:30-1:50 pm 

Grieving a suicide is a different experience. We hope to provide a special supportive space for those who have felt this unique type of grief. This group is for anyone grieving a recent or past suicide of a family member, friend, acquaintance, or any other significant individual.  If interested, call to arrange a group consult at 707-826-3236.


With our weekly drop-in groups you may come as often as you like-- every once in a while or weekly. No need to sign up, just show up! New members are always welcome. We hope you will join us.

Alcohol & Other Drug Use Choices and Change

Facilitator: Stephanie McGrath

Day/Time/Location: Fridays 4-4:50 pm, SHC 203 (starts 1/19/18)

Support for students who are reassessing their use of alcohol and/or other drugs.  Build and maintain motivation, learn to set personal goals, gain strategies for leading a more balanced and satisfying life, and make choices that are right for you.  This is a harm reduction group which provides a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment to discuss your relationship with alcohol and drugs.  Abstinence is not required.  This is not a 12-step group.  For more information, feel free to call Stephie at 707-826-3236.

Best of You

Facilitator: Stephanie McGrath

Day/Time/Location: Wednesdays from 3-4:20 pm, Lower Library, Room 22

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. No need to sign up, just show up! Contact Stephie at 707-826-3236 if you wish to learn more about this group!

Café con Chisme

Facilitator: Meghan Martinez

Day/Time/Location: Fridays, 2-3:20 pm, LatinX Center.  

Café con Chisme, is a social event that we use to practice self-care. The goal of the event is to provide a safe space for students to feel comfortable enough to express their feelings and thoughts about community issues, personal matters, or simply getting to know the best restaurants in town! Don’t forget to join in for a hot cup of coffee, pan dulce, and some chisme!

This discussion group is a collaborative venture with the LatinX Center.  

First Generation College Student Club

Facilitator: Krystal Jacob

Day/Time/Location: Day/Time TBD, at the MCC.

Come join us!  See flyer (linked to title above) for details.

This club is a collaborative venture with EOP.

Midday Mindful Moment

Facilitator: Shane Calhoun (with occasional guest appearances from Craig Beeson)

Days/Times: Thursdays 12:10 to 12:30 

Location: NHE 120

Let this be a nice mindful break in your day.  Come for a 20-minute guided meditation and discussion.  Meditations will vary. Open to all members of the HSU Community-- students, staff, faculty and administration.  No experience necessary.

One Breath

Facilitators: Brian McElwain and Dayne Menardo

Days/Times: Tuesdays 5-6

Location: NHE 120

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.

International Student Support Group

Facilitator: Shannen Vong

Day/Time: Thursdays 4-5 pm 

Location: Feuerwrker House-Center for International Programs, Conference Room

Being an international student can pose unique challenges. The focus of this support group is to utilize supportive dialogue and assist international students in traversing the challenging academic, social and cultural environments involved with being an international student. Open to all international students.

Trans Support Group

Facilitator: Krystal Jacob

Fridays from 1-2 pm, NHE room 120

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

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

Tuesday Night Insight

Facilitator: Mike Bishop

Tuesdays from 6-7:30 pm, at the AACAE (NHE 206)

This is an open group designed to provide students with the opportunity to discuss and share their experiences as students in the African American community, as well as on campus, in order to develop continued support and unity. This discussion group emphasizing confidentiality, positive regard, and respect for all. 

This dicsussion group is a collaborative venture with the AACAE.

Womyn of Color Support Group

Facilitator: Shannen Vong

Day/Time: Wednesdays 5-6 pm

Location: MCC Vine Deloria Room

The Multicultural Center (MCC) and CAPS have partnered to provide a weekly support group for Womyn of Color.  The focus of the group is to provide a safe space and supportive atmosphere where womyn of diverse backgrounds can engage in open discussions related to their experiences on campus, challenges, and concerns about local and/or national issues.  This group is also an opportunity to network and meet other Womyn of Color on campus.  Topics include but are not limited to: academics, relationships, racism, values, etc. For more information, feel free to contact Shannen at 707-826-3236


Our workshops are offered throughout the year. Dates and locations will be posted here. If you wish to request one of these workshops, outside of the schedule below (for example, for a classroom, meeting, or other pre-set gathering) we are happy to "bring the workshop to you"-- to make a request contact Brian McElwain or Stephanie McGrath.

Dare to Self-Care

Facilitator: Morgan Eubank

Upcoming: 12/8/17 from 5-6 pm, Library Fishbowl

Click HERE to sign up.

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 with a self-care box/bag to help manage that stress.

Exploration of Body Image

Facilitators: TBD

Upcoming: TBD

Click HERE to sign up.

Do you want to be more positive about how you view your body and appearance?  Are you curious why so many people struggle with body image?  Come join us to learn ways to increase positive body image and explore the messages that teach us what “beauty” looks like.

5-minute Anxiety Busters

Facilitator: Stephanie McGrath

Upcoming: 11/28/17 from 5-5:50 pm, Library 114

Click HERE to sign up.

Who doesn't get overwhelmed with anxiety now and then? Attendees will learn some easy to learn/easy to remember/easy to use yet surprisingly effective tips to help stop anxious thoughts from wrecking your mood!

Finding Focus: Managing ADHD

Facilitator: Pio Kim

Upcoming: 9/27 and 10/2/17, from 5-6 pm, Library 114

Click HERE to sign up.

This workshop will review how inattention or difficulty focusing impacts college students and what the causes of ADHD are. Finding Focus will help students learn various skills and tools for lessening inattention and cope with the impact of ADHD on their college life. We will cover pharmacological treatment, mindfulness practice, behavioral techniques, and some occupational considerations.

The Happy Map

Facilitator: Jen Sanford

Upcoming: TBD

Click HERE to sign up.

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. Come figure out your own map to enriching your happiness and flourishing in life.

Learn How to Improve Your Social Skills and Boost Confidence

Facilitators: Shannen Vong and Morgan Eubank

Upcoming: TBD, Library 114

Click HERE to sign up

Want to learn how to win friends and influence others? Stop by and learn tips on how to improve your social skills and self-confidence!

Lose Yourself to Find Your Major

Facilitator: Johneen Manno

Upcoming: TBD

Click HERE to sigh up.

Explore loss experiences to inform your path.  Undeclared majors and graduates with hopes to contribute to the world in passionate ways can gain tools to better understand their goals, and how they come to choose them.

Mind Over Mood

Facilitator: Stephie McGrath

Upcoming: TBD, Library 208

Click HERE to sign up.

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 tips for dealing with interpersonal conflictsa and self-critical thoughts. They will create their own personal lists of how to help themselves get through upsetting moments in life.

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.

Self Care Workshops with the Residence Life Therapist

Facilitator: Craig Beeson

Days/Times: TBD

Learn self-care techniques for managing stress, self-hygiene, homesickness, adjustment, dealing with emotions and much more! All students are welcome.

PENDING GROUPS and WORKSHOPS (that we would like to get off the ground)

Below are Groups likely to begin late Fall/early Spring if we have enough student interest. Please call CAPS (707-826-3236) if you would like to join any of the below groups. With enough expected participation, we will make them happen.

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 CAPS at 826-3236.


CAPS will offer the following trainings throughout the year and by special request. Call CAPS to speak to the facilitator if interested.

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.