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U-Thrive Educational Services

First Year Experience is partnering with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to offer first-year and new transfer students a mental health and wellness program in their first year here at CSUSB. The program will be administered through the support of U-Thrive Educational Services.

U-Thrive offers research-based skills and tools in the fields of Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, and Self-Compassion to help students manage stress, become more resilient, and thrive throughout their undergraduate experiences and beyond. Students will participate in a five-hour, five-module program focusing on the topics of well-being, stress, mental health, mindfulness, and self-compassion.

Students will not only have the opportunity to learn and grow in the areas mentioned above, but will build a community with other students who are committed to life-long wellness.

Participation Requirements:

  • Attend a 45-minute welcome/program overview meeting
  • Complete all five modules (average 60 minutes each)
  • Attend five mandatory 50-minute debrief sessions (facilitated by FYE and CAPS)
  • Complete a pre and post assessment
  • Total number of hours to commit during the spring semester = ONLY 10 HOURS (not including recommended activities and additional resources) 

Students who participate in the program will learn:

  • Strategies for managing stress
  • Tools for building resilience
  • Deeper insight into what constitutes happiness
  • Self-awareness, understanding, acceptance and compassion
  • How to find purpose and meaning

Program Facilitation Plan

Completing the Modules

Each module includes videos with moments for reflection, optional activities based on the topic, and additional resources including articles, books, websites and published research papers. Students will only be required to watch the videos, complete the reflections and will be encouraged to review selected additional resources and participate in the activities offered.

Participating in Debrief Meetings

During the debrief/check-in meetings, students will join other students, the First Year Experience Coordinator and CAPS counselors to debrief and reflect on what was presented in the module. This will be an opportunity for students to share their experiences, learn about others experiences and find ways to support each other. This will be your opportunity to tell others how you are now more intentionally incorporating what you have learned into your daily activities, habits and lives.


Hear from previous U-Thrive participants!

<a href=";showinfo=0">Watch Your Mental Health Matters: Join Our U-Thrive Program This Spring YouTube Video</a>

Other Resources

National Mental Health and Wellness Student Statistics 

Learn more about Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)