Fall 2018 Wellness Workshops

Free pizza or donuts at every workshop!!

Empowerment in Overcoming Childhood Sexual Abuse

Tuesday  09/25/2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Meeting Center (Previously the Lower Commons), Pine Room

Attend this workshop to take a step closer to increasing knowledge, awareness, and collective inner strength as we explore childhood sexual abuse, its impact on all our lives, and the strong survivors who thrive in the face of life’s adversity.

Presenters: Jeffrey Andreas Tan, PhD, and Hattie McNutt, LMFT, CAPS Therapists

CATCH the Transformation: CHECK Your Lens – CHANGE Your Life      

Thursday 09/27/2018
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
The Meeting Center (Previously the Lower Commons), Pine Room

The college experience and life in general can be extremely stressful. Balancing school, work, activities, and relationships can be overwhelming, especially if 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 in living your best life; less anxiety – less doubt – more balance! 

Presenter: Tavon Harris, MSW, CAPS Therapist


Tuesday 10/02/2018  
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
The Meeting Center (Previously the Lower Commons), Pine Room

This workshop will focus on the warning signs, types of abuse, cycle of violence, why victims stay, and how to support a survivor through interactive activities and survivor testimony.

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


Tuesday 10/2/2018 
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10/3/2018
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Student Health Center, Room 140

Learn about the health benefits of increasing your daily activity with the help of our peer health educators. Together, participants will be given the tools and knowledge to gain motivation on how to live a more active lifestyle, including a Fitbit for the quarter. Only CSUSB students are eligible to borrow the Fitbits – but all may attend. These Fitbits allow participants to track their steps, sleep, water and food intake, and much more! Along with achieving their personal goals, participants can also win small prizes through weekly challenges, and have the opportunity to win the grand prize of a Fitbit Alta!  There are only 30 free Fitbit rentals available – students must rsvp to Melissa Acuna in order to reserve a Fitbit.

Presenter: Melissa Acuna, MPH, Health Education Assistant

Creative Coyotes

Every Thursday beginning 10/4/2018 and ending 11/29/2018
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Student Health Center, Rm. 140

Creative Coyotes - Join us each week for a different craft related activity. The activities promote self-dis-covery, empowerment, relaxation, stress relief and personal fulfillment. Please arrive on time and plan to stay until the end in order to complete your project. All craft supplies included.

Suicide:  Creating Conversations Rather Than Silence                    

Wednesday 10/10/2018
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
The Meeting Center (Previously the Lower Commons), Pine Room 

Suicide is a difficult topic. While our tendency as a society may be to avoid the discussion altogether, the reality is that the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention estimates that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. More than 1,000 college students die by suicide every year. Come to this workshop to engage in a frank and supportive discussion about suicide and how you can effectively talk to and intervene with someone who may be struggling with suicidal thinking. 

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


Wednesday  10/17/2018
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
The Meeting Center (Previously the Lower Commons), Pine Room 

This workshop will focus on the 7 qualities of a healthy relationship, how to “fight fair,” and the difference between healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships through interactive activities and group discussion.

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

Coping with Anger                                   

Tuesday 10/23/2018
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
The Meeting Center (Previously the Lower Commons), Pine Room 

Did you know that anger is a healthy emotion? Often, we aren’t taught how to deal with anger in a productive way. Through the use of a feelings log and a discussion of “hot buttons,” students will learn effective ways to recognize and handle their anger in order to improve their daily lives.

Presenter: Melissa Acuna, MPH, Health Education Assistant

Meditation 101                               

Thursday 11/01/2018
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
The Meeting Center (Previously the Lower Commons), Panorama Room

Have you ever found yourself feeling consumed by worries and “what if’s?” Do you find yourself wishing that you could live in the moment, enjoying more of the pleasant things in life? Would you like to feel more connected with yourself and to improve your ability to regulate difficult emotions?  Meditation has been shown to be effective in decreasing stress, managing moods, and it can help you feel more present in your own life. Come learn more about the benefits of meditation and how mindfulness can be incorporated into your daily life! No previous experience in meditation is required. 

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

I Got My Own Back                                           

Wednesday 11/14/2018
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
The Meeting Center (Previously the Lower Commons), Panorama Room

Ever feel like you’re there for everybody but not there for yourself? Ever notice how you put yourself down but are easily able to pick others up? You’re not alone. Come join us as we learn how to “have our own backs” by treating ourselves with kindness, compassion, warmth, and patience.

Presenter: Sarah Sawaf, MSW, CAPS Therapist             

Handling Holiday Stress                                

Monday 11/19/2018
Noon - 1:00 p.m.

The Meeting Center (Previously the Lower Commons), Pine Room

For many, the holidays are a joyous time of taking a break from the stress and strains of regular life to remember what is truly important and to re-connect with family and friends. However, the holidays can also be a stressful time of encountering difficult family dynamics – and for some, the sad reminders of loss and disappointments. Come to this workshop to learn tips regarding how to de-stress your holiday experience and make the most of it.

Presenter: Rachel Keener, PsyD, CAPS Therapist                               

Sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services

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