Groups & Workshops Offered Remotely by Zoom

Fall 2020 

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Avenge Distorted Thoughts

Would you like to learn how to avenge negative self-talk?? Would you like to learn how to shield yourself against 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.

  • Section 1: Day/Time is Fridays 2 - 3 pm, starting 9/18/20
  • Section 2: Day/Time is TBD.  To start late September.
  • 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

Charging the Final Stretch

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

  • Day/Time/zoom details to come

Managing ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

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: Tuesdays 2-3 pm starting 9/15/20

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 click the zoom links below to join your sessions of choice.  Download the MHT (RIO) Student Workbook before beginning.  

The series is offered during several different days and time slots. Just choose your preferrence based on which of these times works in your schedule.

Monday 1 - 2 pm Series

Monday 2 - 3 pm Series

Monday 3 - 4 pm Series

Tuesday noon - 1 pm Series 

Tuesdays 1 - 2 pm Series

Fridays 10 - 11 am Series

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 McCallion if you have any questions.

  • Day/Time: Wednesdays 1 - 2 pm.  Section 1 is 9/9 through 10/14/20.  Section 2 is 10/21 - 12/9/20.
  • 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: Thursdays 3:30-4:40 pm, 9/24 through 10/15/20
  • Section 2: Wednesdays 11 am - noon, 10/7 through 10/28/20
  • 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: Weds 9:30-11 am
  • 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: Oct 15, 2020 at 6 pm
  • Join through Zoom: Email AACAE or Cedric for link  

Café con Chisme (hosted by El Centro)

An open/drop-in meeting to be together and enjoy a hot drink with pan dulce while discussing diverse topics that range from current events, campus issues, and personal/professional development. All the while sharing stories of health and well-being.

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: Fridays, 11 am-noon, starting 9/18/20
  • Email Ned Peck, LCSW, for zoom link and for a brief consult  

Lifestyle Wellness Group

Are you ready to take your wellbeing to the next level and you are not sure how?  This group reviews what lifestyle factors are associated with physical, emotional, relational, intrapersonal, and academic wellness and then we challenge each other to set goals and stick with them until they become part of your lifestyle.  If you are up for a positive group of people dedicated to helping you and getting help from you to live a happier, more meaningful life, then we would love to have you!

  • Date/Time: Fridays 2-3 pm, starting 9/18/20
  • Email Shane Calhoun, PsyD, for Zoom link and for details / more information

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.  Zoom links will be provided once you are officially "signed up" for the group.]

Building Balance

Facilitators: Andrea de Cleyre and Daniel Gautreau

Day/Time: Tuesdays 1:30- 3 pm, starting 9/22/20

In this 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 Andrea or Daniel.  Contact Andrea or Daniel if you want more information.

Grief and Loss Support

Facilitators: Paula Nedelcoff and Melanie Barnett

Day/Time: Tuesdays 2 - 3 pm starting 9/15/20. 

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. 

Managing Anxiety and Maximizing Wellness

Facilitator: Shane Calhoun

Day/Time: Wednesdays 1-2:30 pm, starting 9/16/20

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: to come

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: To be determined

Day/Time: to come

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:  Ned Peck and Melanie Barnett

Day/Time: Mondays 2-3:30, starting 9/28/20

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.