Spring 2019 Wellness Workshops

Free donuts or pizza at every workshop!!


Mindfulness for Managing Moods and Stress

Thursday -- 04/04/2019
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The Meeting Center (Previously the Lower Commons), Panorama Room

Do you find yourself constantly worrying about the future and feel that your mind jumps from thought to thought?  Is it a challenge to sit with uncomfortable emotions and to express them in a constructive manner?  Meditation has been shown to assist in managing stress and anxiety and can increase our ability to be aware of and to regulate our emotions.  Come learn about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and how you can incorporate these skills into your daily life!  No prior meditation experience required.

Presenter: Gwendolyn (Wendy) Brower-Romero, MS, LMFT, CAPS Therapist

Navigating the World of Social Media                              

Wednesday -- 04/10/2019
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
The Meeting Center (Previously the Lower Commons), Panorama Room

Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter – social media promises greater connection, but do you ever find yourself feeling lonelier and more insecure after spending time on social media? Join us as we discuss the perks and downsides of social media, and learn how to find a healthy balance.

Presenter: Mary Hakimeh, MA and Natalya Newcomb, MA, CAPS Therapists

Understanding and Coping with Anxiety         

Thursday --  4/18/19
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: The Meeting Center (Previously the Lower Commons), Panorama Room

What is anxiety? Do I have it? If so, how do I deal with it? Come join us as we talk about the different forms that anxiety can take. Attend this workshop to better recognize warning signs, triggers, and strategies to cope.

Presenter: Sarah Sawaf, LCSW, CAPS Therapist

The Buzz                                   

Wednesday -- 04/24/2019
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION: The Meeting Center (Previously the Lower Commons), Panorama Room

Whether you already drink with friends and family, or are thinking of trying it for the first time, knowing the facts about alcohol can help your next social gathering be a great one. This workshop will help you understand the basics of alcohol, alcohol safety, common myths, and other tips to help your next night out stay safe and lively.

Presenter: Melissa Acuna, MPH, Student Health Center

Communication is Key                    

Tuesday -- 04/30/2019
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: The Meeting Center (Previously the Lower Commons), Panorama Room

Do you find yourself having trouble resolving problems within your relationships? You try to talk it out, but it usually ends in an argument and you wonder -- how did we get there? This workshop is for those who want to grow in having healthy conversations. You will learn listening and communication skills and will be able to identify the traps and patterns that can send a discussion into an argument. Join us as we learn about healthy communication skills to use in any relationship.

Presenter: Mari Ulate, LMFT, CAPS Therapist

Transform Your Lens on Life                                  

Wednesday-- 05/08/2019
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Location: The Meeting Center (Previously the Lower Commons), Pine Room 

The college experience and life in general can, at times, be extremely stressful. The challenges of school, work, activities, relationships, and finding balance can begin to overwhelm you as you allow doubt and negative self-talk to invade your thoughts.  But you can TAKE BACK YOUR THOUGHTS!  The goal of this workshop is to introduce you to a simple, yet effective, strategy that will EMPOWER YOU to CATCH, CHECK, and CHANGE your negative thinking. Once identified, you CAN TRANSFORM your negative thoughts into positive statements that will assist you to live your best life; less anxiety – less doubt – more BALANCE! 

Presenter: Tavon Harris, MSW, CAPS Therapist

To Be Continued...How Will You Continue Your Story?

Monday -- 05/13/2019
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
The Meeting Center (Previously the Lower Commons), Panorama Room 

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? How about being stuck and focused on just one part of your life story? You’re not alone. During the course of our lives, we may find ourselves telling the same story that we have rehearsed time and again. Come join the discussion of ways to change the way we tell our story. Although we may not be able to change the past, we can change the way we view it and tell it to others. This may free us to feel and think about our story differently and prepare us for a healthier future.  

Presenter: Manuel Malek, MA, CAPS Therapist

Do’s and DONUTS of Online Dating                                     

Thursday -- 05/16/2019
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
The Meeting Center (Previously the Lower Commons)
Pine Room

This workshop presented by the Campus Advocate and VOICE peer educators offers a conversation over coffee and donuts with the aim to de-stigmatize online dating and hooking-up. We will provide a panel and discussion of personal experiences, general education regarding options of sites such as Tinder, Grindr, and OK Cupid, and offer tips and strategies to promote personal safety.

Presenter: Marina Rodriguez, MA, Campus Advocate and VOICE Peer Educators

Overcoming Trauma                                                     

Thursday 05/30/2019
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The Meeting Center (Previously the Lower Commons), Panorama Room

Many people experience traumatic events in their lives – but most naturally recover from them. This workshop provides an overview of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, how it develops, and clinically proven ways to overcome it for those who have gotten stuck in their recovery.

Presenter: Rachel Keener, PsyD, CAPS Therapist            

Sexually Transmitted Infections                                                                 

Monday 06/03/2019
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
The Meeting Center (Previously the Lower Commons), Panorama Room

This workshop will tell you what you need to know to keep safe and avoid common pitfalls related to Sexually Transmitted Infections. The presentation will include a brief overview of STI’s, including testing, treatments, and the top 10 tips for preventing them.

Presenter: Richelle Marracino, MD, Student Health Center


Sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services

If you are in need of a disability-related accommodation to participate in one of these programs, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services three working days in advance at
(909) 537-5040 or