Drop-In Support Groups & Workshops Offered Remotely by Zoom

Spring 2020 (March/April/May)

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Charging the Final Stretch

A workshop on setting goals, creating a schedule, and motivating yourself. Cosponsored by, and cohosted with, the Learning Center.

Defense Against Distorted Thoughts (DADT)

Would you like to learn how to make negative self-talk Riddikulus? Would you like to learn how to disarm the impact of racing thoughts? This workshop will focus on: the distorted thoughts often associated with anxiety and depression, new ways of understanding them, learning rational comebacks against them, and ways to cope and reduce the most common symptoms.

Managing Social Isolation & Anxiety in Crisis

Tips for how to manage the anxiety that can come from shelter-in-place and social distancing, as well as ideas for how to spend your time, are parts of this drop-in workshop. Free apps and site links are mentioned.

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. Based on the "RIO" workbook (Recognition, Insight, & Openness). Only 1 hour per section. Do all sections in one day, one week, or over several weeks, Your choice!  Just choose one time per section to finish the whole series.  Download the MHT (RIO) Student Workbook before beginning.  Please contact Johneen Manno before dropping into one of the Zoom links below to RSVP for the group-- this helps with our planning!  

Monday Mindful Moment

In the midst of uncertainty and change, come rest your mind and center yourself in a mindful space. A CAPS clinician will lead you in a 10-15 minute guided meditation to peacefully start the rest of your week. Open to all HSU students, staff & faculty.  

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 a learning a new meditation skill (breath meditation, body scan, gentle yoga, etc.) and a group discussion.  Contact Elizabeth if you have any questions.

  • Wednesdays 3-4 pm on 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/29
  • Join through Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/346531723
  • Each week will include a new mindfulness topic, guided meditation, and group discussion.  

Staying Healthy (Body and Mind) While Quarantining: a Q&A

  • Wednesday, April 15, 5-6 pm
  • Join through Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/372191626
  • Join a Student Health Physician Assistant, a Counseling and Psychological Services Therapist, and the campus Health Educator to have your questions answered about staying well in the campus residence halls & in off-campus housing. 
  • Contact CAPS if you need more information.

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.  

Trauma 101

A group for students who have experienced a traumatic event and want additional tools to help them manage their symptoms. Three sessions are divided into content that builds upon itself. Session 1 covers basic information about trauma, the fight/flight/freeze response, and an introduction to CBT. Session 2 focuses on strong emotions and students learn relaxation skills to practice at home. Session 3 focuses on avoidance and grounding techniques.  

  • Mondays, 2-3 pm
  • Contact Elizabeth for information and for Zoom link.


AACAE Talking Drum Circle (co-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 CAPS & African American Center Academic Excellence.  (See flyer by clicking on group title above.)

Harm Reduction from Alcohol and Drugs

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

  • Wednesdays, 11am-12pm (started and open!)
  • Email Ned Peck, LCSW, for zoom link and with any questions  

Sexual Identity

A safe space for anyone who is seeking support to explore issues regarding sexual orientation identity.

Trans Support

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


[open groups require an initial meeting with the leader/s of that group; contact them if you have interest in joining]

Managing Anxiety and Maximizing Wellness

Facilitator: Shane Calhoun

Day/Time: Tuesdays 2:30-4 pm [still open to new members]

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. 

Post-traumatic Growth

Facilitators: Jacqueline Mayrand 

Day/Time: Thursdays 3-4:30 pm [full]

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.

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

Facilitators: Jacqueline Mayrand

Day/Time: Fridays 10:30-noon [still open to new members]

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.

Relating to Self & Others  

Facilitators:  Andrea de Cleyre

Day/Time: Fridays 3-4:30 pm [full]

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.