Counseling Services Skills Groups

Counseling Services currently offers several skills-based group programs, 2-Week Tune-Up and MiND, both 2 sessions, plus RIO, a 3-session mindfulness skills series. If you are interested in one of the groups below, request an appointment via (or ask your counselor in our office).

The skills groups below are psycho-educational, meaning that they focus on providing new information and teaching new skills. These groups use a workbook (provided) to support reflection both in session and between sessions.

Skills Group Schedule, FALL 2022

2-Week Tune-Up

  • TBD


  • FRIDAYS, October 21 & 28
    2:30 - 3:30 pm
    Facilitator: Beth Cholette
  • FRIDAYS, November 11 & 18
    2:30 - 3:30 pm
    Facilitators: Beth Cholette & Faye Zhang
  • FRIDAYS, December 2 & 9
    11 am - 12 noon
    Facilitator: Faye Zhang

Groups are held in the Lauderdale Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Room 209.

Description of Skills Groups Offered
  • 2-Week Tune-Up
    2-Week Tune-Up is a 2-session workshop series. It is designed to support students in building a variety of adaptive coping skills for managing emotional distress that may be getting in the way of day-to-day functioning. The in-session activities focus on supporting improved understanding of emotional responses through a cognitive-behavioral lens. Skills introduced will be practiced both in session and between sessions, and each participant will complete the series with a personalized coping skills plan.
  • MiND (Mindfully Navigating Distress)
    MiND is a 2-session workshop series focused on developing the ability to be mindful. The program utilizes guided in-session practices to build skills for paying mindful attention, becoming less stuck, creating space around distress, increasing self-compassion, and identifying a plan for moving forward. All students in the MiND group will be given a workbook both to follow along in-session and to continue their practice on their own.
  • RIO (Recognition, Insight, Openness)

    RIO is a 3-session psycho-educational series that focuses on Recognition, Insight, and Openness via increased mindfulness awareness. The goals of RIO include to create a new understanding of/relationship with psychological pain, to develop new skills to add to one's own personal "coping toolbox," and to increase insight of one's values in order to identify a path towards change. RIO utilizes a student workbook that includes  both in-session exercises and between session practice suggestions.

    RIO Virtual

    In addition to in-person, RIO is available in a pre-recorded format. RIO Virtual is a 3-video YouTube series that allows you to progress according to your own schedule. Each video session is just under an hour (with options for breaking up into 10-20 minute segments). Those interested in this program will be given access to both the videos and the workbook.

Skills Groups Enrollment Information
  • To enroll in one of the above skills groups, you must be referred by one of our counselors (to request an appointment, go to
  • Skills groups use a workbook that has writing prompts, exercises, homework suggestions, and other information. You will be given a copy of this workbook during your first session; it is important to bring the workbook to all sessions. No one else will see your workbook - it is provided for your own reference and for you to keep.
Skills Group Resources

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

Online Playlists for Mindfulness, Breathing, and Meditation:

On Spotify:

On YouTube:

Websites for Further Information:

Skills Group 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.

Support Groups

Counseling Services has paired with other student support offices to offer specialized support groups. More information is available on our more information is available on on our Support Groups page.