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Fall 2020 Virtual Personal Effectiveness & Academic Workshops

If interested in attending any of our workshops, please send an email to: with your full name, 900 student ID#, MSU Denver email address, and the name, date & time of the workshop(s). 


Virtual Personal Effectiveness Workshops

Life Interrupted: Managing the Disappointments, Disillusionment, and Frustrations of Dreams Thwarted or Deferred

This is a workshop for students who are trying to come to terms with the diminished sense of control ushered in by COVID-19.  There will be opportunity to process unexpected interruptions in academic, personal, and social plans; dealing with real or anticipatory losses; and finding ways to reassess, rebuild, and carve out new paths again toward promise and fulfillment.

Facilitator:  Gail Bruce-Sanford, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Date/Time: Thursday, September 24th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


Taming the Inner Critic

Most of us are familiar with nagging thoughts that tell us we are not good enough, that cast doubt on our goals, and undermine our accomplishments. We can learn how to buffer imposter feelings with kindness. This workshop provides simple tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way to critical thoughts. Learn how to stop being so hard on yourself and cultivate greater self-compassion.

Facilitator:  Caela Day, Psy.D.,Staff Psychotherapist 

Date/Time:   Monday, September 28th, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon


Mindfulness Practices Group

This virtual workshop is for those who would like to learn about mindfulness practices and bring these practices into daily life. We will review the principles of mindfulness and practice exercises together.

Facilitator: Raymond Gornell, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist  

Date/Time:  Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17 & 11/24


Dream Interpretation

Have you ever wondered what your dreams mean?  Do you have the same dream repeatedly and wonder why?  Do you wake up from from a dream and think, "That was crazy!"?  People have been assigning meaning to dreams as long as we have been having dreams.  They can be vivid, powerful, or just plain weird.  But they almost always provide a window into our subconscious.  Come to this workshop and take a look through that window.

Facilitator:  Michael Malmon, Ph.D.,Staff Psychologist 

Date/Time:   Tuesday, November 3rd, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.


Relaxation Skills Videos - (access anytime)

Watch the first two videos in a series reviewing relaxation skills by Staff Psychologist, Dr. Ray Gornell. Relaxation skills have proven helpful in reducing the impact of stress and anxiety. The first video teaches the basic relaxation technique and lasts approximately 10 minutes. This video is educational in nature and does not replace consultation with a mental health professional. You can view the video on YouTube.


Self-Help Resources

Find web-based resources, mental health apps, personal growth videos, mindfulness resources, and a free online assessment on the MSU Denver Counseling Center website.



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