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Emotional Wellbeing Workshops


What are the Emotional Wellbeing Workshops?

Emotional Wellbeing Workshops will help you grow and Learn by Doing!   These workshops offer quick, effective solutions and useful tools for common concerns like anxiety (Anxiety Toolbox), relationships (BRIDGE), and depression (Getting Unstuck).   We know your schedules are full – these workshops are designed to be high value, helping you learn new skills and gain insight while connecting with other students. 

What can I expect?

Each Emotional Wellbeing Workshop is a three-session series that meets once per week for three weeks.  Each meeting is 50  minutes.  All workshops come with a workbook to help you practice new skills and apply ideas in between sessions.   There is no charge for workshops at Cal Poly – your student health fees cover this service.  We ask that you commit to the full series when you sign up and attend each session, as they build on one another.

Can I attend more than one?

You are free to do more than one workshop and to repeat them as often as you like!  If you are interested in attending any (or all!) of the workshops, schedule a Brief Screening and tell the counselor you meet with.  If you are already seeing a therapist at Counseling Services, tell them you are interested in a workshop, and they'll get you connected.  

Call us today at 805-756-2511 to get started.

anxiety toolbox

Anxiety Toolbox focuses on helping you understand anxiety symptoms and build skills to manage these symptoms. The sessions include modules dedicated to: (1) understanding anxiety, (2) introducing a method for slowing down and disentangling the experience of anxiety, and (3) developing alternative responses to anxiety.  By the end of the workshop, you will have your own individualized plan for managing anxiety.  
Workshop Day Dates Time Facilitator LOCATION
Anxiety Toolbox Friday 10/6, 10/13, 10/20 10:00-11:00am Dr. Becca Gillis Virtual
Anxiety Toolbox Wednesday 10/11, 10/18, 10/25 3:00-4:00pm Dr. Paul Carbajal In Person
Anxiety Toolbox Monday 10/16, 10/23, 10/30 11:00am-12:00pm Ms. Allison Parker Virtual
Anxiety Toolbox Friday 10/20, 10/27, 11/3 11:00am-12:00pm Ms Johneen Manno In Person
Anxiety Toolbox Thursday 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 2:00-3:00pm Dr. Shala Cole Virtual
Anxiety Toolbox Thursday 11/2, 11/9, 11/16 11:00am-12:00pm Dr. Paloma Moran Virtual
Anxiety Toolbox Tuesday 11/7, 11/14, 11/28 1:00-2:00pm Ms. Shawna Dobson Virtual
Anxiety Toolbox Monday 11/13, 11/27, 12/4 2:00-3:00pm Ms. Mayra Lopez Virtual

Anxiety Toolbox 

Thursday 11/16, 11/30, 12/7 3:00-4:00pm Dr.Ana Cabezas Virtual
Anxiety Toolbox Friday 11/17, 12/1, 12/8 11:00am- 12:00pm Ms. Mayra Lopez Virtual

rio (recognition/insight/openness)

Recognition, Insight, Openness (RIO) focuses on building skills and creating flexibility in how you respond to distress. The sessions include modules dedicated to: (1) helping you gain a deeper understanding of your concerns, (2) creating flexibility in how you view and approach these issues, and (3) helping you take steps toward living with a wide range of emotions.  By the end of the workshop, you will have a better sense of your personal values and how you want to focus your energy.  
Recordings of guided meditations used in RIO from the Cal Poly Counseling Services YouTube channel.
Full-length video clips of each RIO session, hosted by Florida International University (Go Panthers!).
Workshop Day Dates Time Facilitator Location
RIO Friday 10/6, 10/13, 10/20 11:00am-12:00pm Dr. Ana Cabezas Virtual
RIO Thursday 10/12, 10/19, 10/26 11:00am-12:00pm Dr. Paul Carbajal Virtual
RIO Wednesday 10/18, 10/25, 11/1 3:00-4:00pm Dr. Becca Gillis Virtual
RIO Thursday 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 4:00-5:00pm Dr. Sarah Colwell Virtual
RIO Monday 10/30, 11/6, 11/13 1:00-2:00pm Dr. Jennifer Armstrong Virtual


Tuesday 11/7, 11/14, 11/28 10:00-11:00am Dr. Diana Menendez In Person
RIO Monday

11/13, 11/27, 12/4


Ms. Cheri Love Virtual


getting unstuck

Getting Unstuck focuses on helping you understand depressive symptoms and build skills to manage these symptoms. The sessions include modules dedicated to: (1) understanding depression, (2) exploring how thoughts and behaviors impact depression, and (3) addressing how you can begin to make changes to thoughts and behaviors in order to better manage depression.  By the end of the workshop, you will have your own individualized plan for getting unstuck!  
Workshop Day Dates Time Facilitator Location
Getting Unstuck Thursday 10/12, 10/19, 10/26 11:00am-12:00pm Dr. Isaac Brandt Virtual
Getting Unstuck Friday  10/20, 10/27, 11/3 2:00-3:00pm Dr. Paloma Moran In Person
Getting Unstuck Tuesday 10/24, 10/31, 11/7 3:00-4:00pm Dr. Alison Aylward Virtual
Getting Unstuck Thursday 11/2, 11/9, 11/16 2:00-3:00pm Dr. Becca Gillis Virtual
Getting Unstuck Monday 11/13, 11/27, 12/4 1:00-2:00pm Dr. Shala Cole In Person
Getting Unstuck Wednesday 11/7, 11/14, 11/28 10:00-11:00am Mr. Ben Campos Virtual


BRIDGE (Building Relationship Intimacy and Dialogue Effectiveness) focuses on identifying ways to foster healthy relationships via self-monitoring, effective communication, and conflict resolution skills. The sessions include modules dedicated to help you: (1) better understand your values and boundaries in relationships, (2) learn the role of culture in communication, different styles of communication, and strategies for effective communication, and (3) identify common causes of conflict and effective conflict management techniques.
Workshop Day Dates Time Facilitator Location
BRIDGE Tuesday 10/10, 10/17, 10/24 11:00am-12:00pm Ms. Cheri Love In Person
BRIDGE Wednesday 10/25, 11/1, 11/8 2:00-3:00pm Ms. Shawna Dobson Virtual
BRIDGE Thursday 11/9, 11/16, 11/30 2:00-3:00pm Ms. Amelia Ramirez In Person
BRIDGE Monday 11/13, 11/27, 12/4 10:00-11:00am Ms. Allison Parker In Person
BRIDGE Friday 11/17, 12/1, 12/8 1:00-2:00pm Dr. Jenn Armstrong Virtual


Seeking Serenity is informed by dialectical behavior therapy and is designed for students who experience overwhelming emotions that feel difficult to manage. The sessions include modules dedicated to: (1) distress tolerance, (2) emotion regulation, and (3) mindfulness.  By the end of the workshop, you will have strategies for better managing overwhelming emotions.

Please note that, depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may be required to be concurrently enrolled in individual counseling (either through Counseling Services or off campus) in order to participate in Seeking Serenity.  Your initial consultation counselor will discuss this with you prior to enrollment.

Seeking Serenity Workbook

Workshop Day Dates Time Facilitator Location
Seeking Serenity TBD TBD      
Seeking Serenity TBD TBD      



Nourish is a three-session group that was created to be helpful in learning how to recognize and better manage eating disorder symptoms. The main goals of Nourish are to allow students to develop more awareness of the impact of their eating disorder and to develop tools to begin to heal. Since treatment for eating disorders tends to be multi-faceted (e.g., individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, monitoring by a medical provider and Registered Dietician, etc.) and may require longer term treatment, Nourish is considered a supplement to individual therapy and focuses on providing psychoeducation about eating disorders, discussing individual motivations for change, and starting to design treatment strategies that are specific to each student.

Nourish Student Workbook

Workshop Day Dates Time Facilitator Location
Nourish Mondays 10/23, 10/30, 11/6 3:00-4:00pm Alison Aylward, PhD In Person
Nourish Fridays 11/3, 11/17, 12/1 9:00-10:00am Amelia Ramirez, LMFT Virtual


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