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RIO - Recognition, Insight, Openness

Welcome to RIO!

RIO is a program offered by Counseling Services. It is a 3-session workshop series that focuses on Recognition, Insight, and Openness. RIO is specifically designed to help students build skills for managing psychological pain.

RIO Wave graphic

The main goal of RIO is to provide participants with tools both to recognize their concerns and to develop a clearer idea of what they want to change.

RIO uses a 3-session model. Participating in RIO over the course of three sessions allows sufficient time to understand the concepts as well as the opportunity to practice in-between sessions.  Keeping it to three one-hour sessions allows students to find time in busy schedules to participate in RIO. 

RIO Virtual

RIO is now available virtually! 
If you are interested in RIO Virtual, you will need to have first met with an on-campus counselor (initial triage or other).  RIO Virtual allows you to watch each of the three videos according to your own schedule.  (We recommend spacing the video viewings about 1 week apart.)

Important Notes:

  • RIO Virtual involves 3 videos sessions.  It is important to watch all 3 sessions (40-45 minutes each) and to follow along in the provided workbook.
  • To be eligible for RIO Virtual, you must have had at least an initial triage appointment with a counselor.  

RIO Resources

Apps for mindfulness, meditation, and mood tracking:
Visit apps for a full list of app recommendations.  

Online Playlists for Breathing and Mindfulness:

On Spotify:

On YouTube:

Websites for General Information:

RIO Reference Information

Beauregard, M. (2007). Mind does really matter: Evidence from neuroimaging studies of emotional self- regulation, psychotherapy, and placebo effect. Progress in Neurobiology, 81, 218 – 236.

Harris, R. (2009).  ACT made simple: An easy-to-read primer on acceptance and commitment therapy.  Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Hölzel, B.K., Carmody, J., Vangel, M., Congleton, C., Yerramsetti, S.M., Gard, T., & Lazara. S.W. (2010).  Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density.  Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 191:1, 36-43.

Kumari, V. (2006). Do psychotherapies produce neurobiological effects? Acta Neuropsychiatrica, 18, 61 – 70. 

Linden, D. (2006). How psychotherapy changes the brain: The contribution of function neuroimaging.  Molecular Psychiatry, 11, 528 – 538.