Groups & Workshops Offered Remotely by Zoom

Fall 2021 

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ADHD Culture, Lifestyle, and Skills Group

Managing ADHD or attention difficulties can be tough since it is not a struggle that is outwardly apparent and because symptoms show up a bit differently for everyone.  Join us to get some support around managing your symptoms so that it doesn't interfere with your academics.  We also practice brain-training strategies to help lengthen your attention span and sharpen your focus.  No diagnosis needed!  Just give us a call and let us know you are planning to attend. Contact Shane Calhoun with any questions and for the Zoom link.

  • Day/Time: TBD
  • Email Shane for Zoom link

Avenge Distorted Thoughts...of Anxiety and Depression

Would you like to learn how to avenge negative self-talk?  How about shielding yourself from the impact of racing thoughts?   

This 4 session workshop will focus on: the negative thoughts (cognitions) often associated with anxiety and depression, offer rational comebacks, ways of understanding and coping with anxiety/depression, and ways to reduce the most common symptoms of anxiety and depression. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please contact the CAPS office and schedule an appointment with one of our psychotherapists.

  • Section 1 is Tuesdays 10:30 am-noon.  Start date TBD.
  • Section 2 is Fridays 2 - 3:30 pm.  Start date TBD.
  • Click here to download the packet for these groups
  • Contact Lisa Turay if you have any questions and to get the Zoom link to the meeting
  • Note: A prior CAPS intake or SST session is required prior to joining the group

Mental Health Toolbox (MHT)

Whether described as Jedi mind tricks, or stress management, or tools for difficult emotions, this workshop has consistently received great reviews from students who participated. You will be guided through a process that has helped students across several CSU campuses walk away with their own toolbox of thought exercises that will give you a better sense of your personal values and how you want to focus your energy. This is a three-part series done best in order: Recognition, Insight, & Openness.  Only 1 hour a week for 3 weeks total!  No need to complete an intake appointment at CAPS in order to attend, just email us in advance for the zoom link or contact us prior to the series to officially "sign up."  Download the MHT (RIO) Student Workbook before beginning.  If you sign up for a series, you will receive a link for the zoom  meeting through your SHC health portal about 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.  You can email Johneen Manno if you have any questions.

Days and Times TBD -- please check back

Mindful Living

Interested in learning some basic mindfulness meditation skills and practicing in a supportive setting? Mindfulness meditation can help reduce stress, stabilize your mood, increase compassion toward yourself and others, and enhance concentration. Each session consists of learning a new meditation skill (breath meditation, body scan, gentle yoga, etc.) and a group discussion. Contact Elizabeth McCallion if you have any questions.

  • Day/Time: TBD
  • If interested in joining (and for the zoom link), contact Elizabeth McCallion.
  • Each week will include a new mindfulness topic, guided meditation, and group discussion.  

Relationship Skills

This 4 week workshop covers the following topics: what we want in relationships, what is challenging, communication, agreements, hearing other's feelings and needs, apologies and forgiveness.  We will look at what we bring to relationships including our socialization, our role models (the relationships we saw growing up), and experienced trust, connection, and/or loss and separation.  We will look at ways to be allies to each other.  Individuals and couples are welcome.

  • Section 1: TBD
  • Section 2: TBD
  • Contact CAPS at 707.826.3236 to schedule an intake appointment.  Your intake clinician can refer you to the workshop.
  • Contact Andrea de Cleyre if you have questions or want to hear more.  

Seeking Safety

Gain awareness and insights about the effects of trauma and post-traumatic stress. Learn coping tools to improve your life functioning and limit the interference of trauma in your life. We will also work on shifting from ways of coping that are counterproductive to healing toward safer healthier coping practices.  

  • Day/Time: TBD
  • Contact Ned Peck if you have questions as well as to get the zoom link. 

Trauma 101

A one session workshop for students who have experienced a traumatic event and want additional tools to help them manage their symptoms. We will cover basic information about trauma, as well as topics such as: the fight/flight/freeze response, working with avoidance, and grounding techniques.  

  • Day/Time/Zoom details to come
  • Contact Elizabeth McCallion for information and/or to express your interest.  The frequency of this workshop will be based on interest/demand.



[These are groups you can simply "drop-in" on.  No need for prior CAPS contact.]

AACAE Talking Drum Circle (hosted by AACAE)

Student centered safe space that allows students to connect over issues most important to them; occasional guest faculty and staff speakers provide additional support and resources. This discussion group is a collaborative venture between Cedric Aaron of CAPS & African American Center Academic Excellence.  (See flyer by clicking on group title above.)

  • Date/Time: TBD
  • Join through Zoom: Email AACAE or Cedric for link  

Breaking Isolation

Join in for a weekly zoom meeting and find support, connection and understanding in this time of social distancing.  This group is a "process group" with no agenda except being heard and listening to others.  It is meant to provide support to one another.  Who knows what you might find out about others and yourself?  For more information, contact Paula Nedelcoff.

Café con Chisme (hosted by El Centro)

  • Day/Time: TBD
  • Information TBD for the zoom link to attend the event.

All are welcome! We discuss diverse topics, profession development, & share stories."  

Harm Reduction from Alcohol and Drugs

A supportive group where you can discuss your relationship with substances and discover strategies to make changes.

  • Date/Time: TBD
  • Email Ned Peck, LCSW, for zoom link and for a brief consult  

Trans Support

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

  • Date/Time: Fridays, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, start date TBD.
  • Join through Zoom: obtain a link prior to group by contacting Lisa Turay
  • Contact Lisa Turay, LPCC, if you have any questions



[Open groups require an initial meeting with the leader/s of that group; contact them if you have interest in joining.  Zoom links will be provided once you are officially "signed up" for the group.]

Building Balance

Facilitators: TBD

Day/Time: TBD

In this Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills group, you will learn and practice coping strategies to help you better manage your emotional health. It is more like a class than a therapy group. Topics include: mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance. Each group session consists of a mindfulness exercise at the beginning, introduction of a new skill, discussion/experiential practice, and a skill to practice during the week on your own. This group requires a referral from a CAPS clinician and a group consult with Lisa or Shane.  Contact Shane Calhoun or Lisa Turay if you want more information or you have interest in this group.

Ecotherapy Group

Facilitators:  Lisa Turay & Daniel Gautreau

Day/Time: Wednesdays 11 am - 12:30 pm, start date TBD

This group will meet IN PERSON, in the forest on and near HSU's campus, to explore our understanding of self and of others through our connection with nature.  Click on group title for flyer.  Email: Lisa Turay if interested and to sign up.

Grief and Loss Support

Facilitators: Johneen Manno

Day/Time: TBD

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 to about your loss with others who are also in the process of grieving and thus understand the pain that you are going through. Contact Johneen Manno if interested in this group.

Managing Anxiety and Maximizing Wellness

Facilitator: Shane Calhoun

Day/Time: TBD

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. Contact Shane Calhoun if interested in this group.

Post-traumatic Growth

Facilitators: Jacqueline Mayrand 

Day/Time: TBD

Trauma affects us emotionally, spiritually, in our relations, and particularly, trauma affects how we feel in our bodies! This group will help you understand and identify your trauma-related responses, help you regulate impulsive and self-destructive behaviors, and modulate the highs and lows of your emotions and arousal. It will be a safe place to learn and to practice exercises that are designed to help you tolerate your own emotions and body experiences so that the past doesn’t control how you feel about the present.  Contact Jacqueline Mayrand if interested in this group.

Relating to Self & Others  

Facilitators:  Andrea deCleyre

Day/Time: TBD

Zoom link will be sent to all members of group.

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 yourselfs and others in a safe and supportive atmosphere.  Contact Andrea deCleyre if interested in this group.

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

Facilitators: Ned Peck 

Day/Time: TBD

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 or email the leaders of the group, Ned Peck.