RIO (Recognition/Insight/Openness)

RIO is a 3-week psychoeducational workshop series designed to help students learn quick and useful tools and develop a clearer sense of what they would like to change in their lives.  RIO is a curriculum-driven workshop series with structure and specific learning objectives, with each workshop building on material from the preceding one(s).  Participation is strongly encouraged but personal disclosure is not required. The workshops were designed to respect students’ individual privacy while still providing ample space to begin building skills through experiential learning opportunities. All participants will receive a workbook to accompany exercises within the workshops.  Students may participate in RIO more than once if they are interested in doing so. 

Why RIO?

In an effort to provide high quality professional services to students, UCS will be offering an innovative program specifically tailored to provide quick and useful tools without overburdening the busy schedules of CSUN students. After completing the initial paperwork and first meeting with a therapist, most students will be enrolled into the RIO (Recognition, Insight, and Openness) workshop series. At the completion of RIO, students have the opportunity to meet with their intake therapist to review their experience and collaboratively discuss the next steps in their change process (e.g, referral into a UCS group; short-term individual counseling at UCS; open-ended individual counseling in the community; referrals to other resources). 

RIO Workshops Schedule for Spring 2019


  • 11:00 a.m
  • 1:00 p.m.


  • 1:00 p.m.


  • 2:00 p.m.


  • 11:00 a.m.
  • 3:00 p.m.


  • 2:00 p.m.

Student Workbook

Our RIO Student Workbook is made available to all students participating in the RIO Workshop Series offered by UCS. Upon arriving for the first workshop in the series, students will receive a hard copy of the workbook to accompany the exercises within the workshops.