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Counseling Services Skills Groups

Counseling Services currently offers two skills-based group programs, 2-Week Tune-Up, a 2-session skills series, and 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).

Both skills groups below are psycho-educational, meaning that they focus on providing information and teaching new skills. Both groups use a workbook (provided) to support reflection both in session and between sessions. Group facilitators will occasional ask for feedback, and group participants are willing to share as little or as much as they would like.

2-Week Tune-Up

This is a NEW group for Spring 2022. 2-Session Tune-Up is a 2-session psycho-educational and interactive workshop series. The group 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.

The group utilizes teaching methods such as video clips and journaling reflections. The skills incorporate a variety of methods to support participants in building an effective and varied “coping toolbox." These skills include both cognitive coping skills and sensory/body interventions to support physical regulation of emotional responses. Skills introduced will be practiced both in session and between sessions, and each participant will complete the two session series with a personalized coping skills plan.

RIO (Recognition, Insight, Openness)

RIO Wave graphicRIO is a 3-session psycho-educational series that focuses on Recognition, Insight, and Openness via increased mindfulness awareness. RIO is specifically designed to help students build skills for managing psychological distress, including painful emotions. The goals of RIO include helping participants create a new understanding of and relationship with psychological pain, to learn new strategies that will become part of one's own personal "coping toolbox," and to increase insight of one's own values in order to identify a path towards change.

RIO utilizes both in-session exercises and between session practice suggestions. Teaching incorporates analogies and examples, and skills include breath awareness, grounding techniques, and guided visualization. At the end of each RIO session, participants will identify their own next steps, and by the end of the group, each participant will have created a future plan based on their own individual values.

RIO Virtual

In addition to in-person (see schedule below), RIO is available in a virtual, asynchronous format. RIO Virtual is a 3-video 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). If you are interested in this program, you will be given access to both the videos and the workbook.

Skills Group Schedule, Spring 2022

There are a total of 6 groups scheduled in April-May. All group sessions are about an hour long and are held in the Lauderdale Health Center Conference Room, Room 209 (2nd floor, end of hall, last room on left)

2-Week Tune Up

  • Fridays, 1-2 pm, 4/1, 4/8 - in progress; closed to new members
  • Fridays, 11 am-12 noon, 4/15, 4/22 - in progress; closed to new members
  • Fridays, 11 am-12 noon, 4/29, 5/6 - in progress; closed to new members
  • Mondays, 3-4 pm, 5/2, 5/9


  • Fridays, 1-2 pm on 4/15, 4/22, 4/29 - in progress; closed to new members
  • Fridays, 2:30-3:30 pm on 4/22, 4/29, 5/6 -in progress; closed to new members
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
  • Both of these 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.