Chico Distance & Online Education

Wellness Center Workshops

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Counseling & Wellness Center Workshops

Online video forums from the CSU, Chico Counseling & Wellness Center explore areas of student interest and promote healthy lifestyles. The online application allows you to access the materials at any time, review the presentation multiple times, and print any handouts. 

Holistic Approaches to Stress Reduction


Aldebra Shroll, M.D.
CSU, Chico Student Health Service

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Dr. Aldebra Shroll of the campus Student Health Service talks about the importance of stress reduction to physical as well as mental health. She cites research that suggests 50-80% of illnesses have stress-related aspects. Stress can actually induce physiological changes in the body. After outlining symptoms and causes of stress, Dr. Schroll offers a number of approaches to stress reduction, among them acupuncture, meditation, yoga, exercise, dietary supplements, laughter, and breathing and movement techniques. She focuses on the mind-body connection and opportunities for stress sufferers to “heal themselves.”

Presentation time: 24 minutes

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Addicted to Love

Dr. David Hibbard, Psychology Department
Dr. Gail Walton, Child Development Department

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Do you want to learn how to get the most out of your relationships? Want to know the “secrets” of successful couples? Do you wonder if you’ll ever meet your “soulmate”?

Presentation time: 60 minutes

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Yoga “Come-Pose Yourself”

Lisa Gorman, RN, MT, E-RYT

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Why Yoga? Learn the healthy benefits of yoga and participate in a 60-minute yoga session with a focus on relieving shoulder tension, improving posture, and decreasing stress.

Presentation time: 60 minutes

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What Are You Worth? Enhancing Self-Esteem

Dr. Pat Patterson, Counseling & Wellness Center

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The reputation you have with yourself” is how Dr. Patterson defines self-esteem in this workshop. He also calls it “the lifeblood of psychological survival” and a key to empowerment, belonging, competence, and security. Learn to evaluate and enhance your own self-esteem.

Presentation time: 46 minutes

Click here to see Dr. Patterson tell the story of his journey from East Los Angles - where his third grade teacher said he would never learn to read - to earning his PhD and embarking on his long career as a counselor at CSU, Chico.

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-Symptoms of Low Self-Esteem

-Eleven Distortions that Affect Self-Esteem

-Disarming Distortions




Don’t Let the Strain Take You Out of the Game

Dr. Stephanie Chervinko, Counseling & Wellness Center

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Learn how to cope with, and even prevent, negative stress. Stress can be a positive, as it can motivate you, keep you alert, and help you to perform at your peak level. But too much stress is unhealthy, mentally and physically. Dr. Chervinko looks at how you can prevent and reduce negative stress.

Presentation time: 49 minutes

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Self-Care Quiz

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Hooking Up: Sex, Alcohol and Regret

Anna Lind Thomas, Residence Community Coordinator

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In this informative presentation, “hooking up” is defined as a physical encounter between two people with no strings attached. The strong link between casual sex and alcohol is explored, as well as such related issues as unwanted sex, sexual violence, differing standards for men and for women, conformity, and regret.

Presentation time: 53 minutes

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It’s Easy Being Green

Gavin Dixon, Alyson Sward, Desi Hatton, Associated Students  Recycling

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Enjoy three informative presentations:

  • Environmental Health 21:12
  • Dangerous Cosmetics 10:24
  • Take Back the Tap 15:25

Total presentation time: 47 minutes

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Handout - The Truth Behind the Bottle

Your Pursuit of Happiness

Dr. Lana McKnight, Counseling & Wellness Center

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How to you define happiness? How happy are you? Dr. McKnight explores issues around well-being, including the Satisfaction with Life Scale, the three aspects of happiness, and the field of positive psychology. You will learn about the factors that are most important to your happiness and how to strengthen your sense of well-being.

Presentation time: 40 minutes

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Nutritious Cooking

Brittany Rigg & Katie Burt, CSU, Chico students
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CSU, Chico students Brittany Rigg and Katie Burt show you how to make two healthy food items – stuffed bell peppers and watermelon smoothies. Their step-by-step approach is easy to follow. Brittany and Katie offered this Wellness Center cooking class for their fellow students as members of the organization LINK (Leaders in Nutrition Knowledge). In addition to cooking classes, LINK offers grocery store tours and talks on nutrition issues.

Presentation time: 25 minutes

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Bell Pepper Recipe

Watermelon Cooler Recipe


Discovering Chico

Rachel Luger, CSU Chico Student

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CSU, Chico student Rachel Luger presents numerous ideas for great outdoor adventures in Chico and throughout the North State. She gives you the basic information about exploring Bidwell Park, Feather River Flume, Feather Falls, Lake Oroville, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Whiskeytown Falls, Table Mountain, and more. The Associated Students’ Adventure Outings program presents activities at several of these sites - for a schedule of outings and additional information, check out the Adventure Outings website.

Presentation time: 31 minutes

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Why We Struggle in Relationships

Scott Wyman, MFT
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Everything is great at the beginning of a relationship - it’s a wonderful whirlwind of romantic infatuation, “just like the movies.” But how do you sustain a healthy relationship after the “honeymoon period” is over? Scott Wyman looks at the negative impact of individuals’ unresolved issues on relationships, and makes suggestions on how to overcome these barriers to positive relationships.

Presentation time: 59 minutes

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