Schedule & Workshop Descriptions

You are EXCUSED FROM FIELD to attend. All activities are free.

Registration opens on MONDAY,  10/14.

Please register for one of the following sessions at See below for details about the workshops offered throughout the day and the Special Presentation by the Professional Development & Self-Awareness Committee and the Social Work Arts Group.

Morning Session

  • 9:30 AM – 10 AM: Check-In
  • 10 AM – 10:55 AM: Workshops
  • 11 AM – 11:55 AM: Workshops
  • 12 AM – 1:00 PM: Special Presentation by the Professional Development & Self Awareness Committee and the Social Work Arts Group
  • 1 PM – 2 PM: Lunch – Catered by Tropical Sensation
Afternoon Session
  • 12:30 – 1 PM: Check-In
  • 1 PM – 2 PM: Lunch – Catered by Tropical Sensation
  • 2 PM – 3 PM: Special Presentation by the Professional Development & Self Awareness Committee and the Social Work Arts Group
  • 3 PM – 3:55 PM: Workshops
  • 4 PM – 4:55 PM: Workshops
Evening Session
  • 5 PM – 6:30 PM: Dinner – Catered by Tropical Sensation
  • 6:30 PM – 7:25 PM: Workshops

When you register, you are automatically entered to win one of dozens of great prizes like awesome Columbia swag and major discounts to shops nearby the school.


Special Presentation by the Professional Development and Self Awareness Committee (PDSA) and the Social Work Arts Group (SWAG)

SWAG & PDSA team up to provide a forum to share true life narratives from instructors, advisors, administrators, and staff members of their interactions with students.

This sharing of experience was a specific recommendation stemming from the recent visit from Professor Carmen Gonzalez. She observed how little students know and understand of the perspectives and experiences of these community members and ultimately about the role that students play in shaping our environment.

We invite you to come and deepen your understanding of how issues of power, privilege, and identity emerge between instructors, advisors, administrators, and other school employees and students. Sharing will be followed by a moderated discussion with all present to understand our individual and collective responsibilities in creating a respectful and inclusive environment.



Artist’s Lounge

Facilitator: The Student Union

10 AM – 5 PM (All Day)

This is a day-long, self-led relaxation space. We will provide art supplies to make collages, scrapbook pages, and greeting cards.  Bring your own scraps from event programs, movie-stubs, photos, admission tickets, and magazines to make scrapbook pages or postcards to send to faraway friends and family. If art is not your thing, bring a book to read while you sip tea and listen to music.

The Game Room

Facilitators: The Student Union and Natalie Millman, MSW Student

10 AM – 5 PM (All Day)

Try out some artisan board games that you’ve probably never heard of! Instead of boring games you’ve played a hundred times, like Monopoly, Sorry!, or Life, explore recently-published games like Tsuro, 7 Wonders, Innovation, Story Cubes, and more! You’re also welcome to come watch TV shows and play video games. Popcorn will be served!

Quiet Space

10 AM – 7:25 PM (All Day)

Did you know that CSSW has a special quiet space where you can go to collect your thoughts and reflect? Spend some time in room 413 and get to know you newest favorite place to “just be” at CSSW. No formal activties are planned for this space. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a “quiet space” just for you.

Fierce Compassion Meditation

Michael Shawe, MSW Student

10:00 AM – 10:55 AM; 11: 00 AM – 11:55 AM

Changing the world is a tall order, but it is possible if we first start with ourselves. Fierce compassion is about courageously sitting with ourselves and looking  within to find acceptance for our limitations.  We spend so little time looking within and it is the key to compassion for ourselves and others that is necessary to truly change the world.

Whispers of the Soul: The Art of Spoken Word / Performance Poetry 

Najee Omar, Performance Artist / Writer

10:00 AM – 10:55 AM; 11: 00 AM – 11:55 AM;

3:00 PM – 3:55 PM; 4:00 PM – 4:55 PM

An introductory writing workshop that will explore the elements of performance poetry. What happens when words get together and have a surprise party that lift  from the page and dance on the tips of tongues? We will write. We will explore. We will share.

Liberation Writing

SWAG (Social Work Arts Group)

10:00 AM – 10:55 AM; 11: 00 AM – 11:55 AM

In Liberation Writing, students will experience the transformative, healing power of writing. Through personally and collaborative processes, we will explore our stories and experiences, and use writing as an act of collective liberation!

Life Stories: Value Your Story, Value Your Clients’ Stories

Natalie Millman, MSW Student, Class of ’14

10:00 AM – 10:55 AM      

Everyone has a story. As a clinician, programming specialist, policymaker, or all-around advocate, you want to show your clients that you value their life stories. However, many of us suffer from feeling like our own life stories don’t matter. This workshop will focus around why life stories are valuable and how we can empower ourselves through reviewing our life stories – and how this can translate to supporting clients in their own struggles.

Signs, Symptoms and Care for Vicarious Trauma

Amanda Glass /Yesika MontoyaCSSW Field / CSSW Advising

11: 00 AM – 11:55 AM; 6:30 PM – 7:25 PM

This workshop will address the understanding of vicarious / secondary trauma. It will help students identify the signs, symptoms, risk factors and coping mechanisms that they can use.  The workshop will part informational and part experiential with time permitting Q & A. The purpose of the workshop is to begin help student identify some tools, and develop awareness about the role of self-care throughout the course of their careers (both as student learners and professionals)

A Simple Practice to Increase Overall Well-Being

Natasha Dachos  CSSW, Office of Advising, Assistant Director

3:00 PM – 3:55 PM; 6:30 PM – 7:25 PM

In this workshop we will first look at what stress is and how it affects us.  We will then learn five practices of one concept that can help reduce stress and more importantly lead to increased overall well-being.  And no, it’s not meditation, although that can also be helpful!

What Alice! can do for you: FREE Health Promotion Services

Melinda Chu-Yang, Alice! Health Promotion, Health Promotion Specialist

3:00 PM – 3:55 PM

This workshop will outline all of the free health promotion services that are available to students that focus specifically on stress, sleep, relationships, alcohol, nutrition and much more!

Self-Care Beyond Manicures, Happy Hour & Retail Therapy: Finding Our Own Medicine  

E Maria Garcia Mugg, CUSSW ’11 and Tanisha Douglas, CUSSW’11, Undoing Racism Internship Project (URIP)

3:00 PM – 4:55 PM (2 hour workshop)

This workshop will create discussion and practice around honoring all parts of our selves in our “work”. In order for us to counter systems of oppression, we have to recognize self-care as a lifestyle choice. This means making space for ourselves every day to honor and recognize our growth and setbacks, and to find the right medicine to remedy our “self” as we grow and change in our work. Without the reclamation of a deep primal connection to ourselves and the histories we carry, we can lose ourselves. We can only undo racist and sexist roots if we know how to untangle ourselves from them and learn to trust our instincts and intuition again. During this interactive and reflective workshop, students will engage in indigenous healing traditions from various cultures focused on deepening our connection to self and our needs.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga 

Lindsay Byron, CUSSW Wellness Caucus

3:00 PM – 3:55 PM

A gentle vinyasa flow class that will include warm-ups, 3 rounds of sun salutations, a creative sequence of postures which include revolved poses, gentle twists, backbends and forward folds. It will also include a 5 minute meditation period before we sink into savasana. We will link breath to movement, but, above all else, you are encouraged to go at your own pace. Playlist will include music to get lost in the flow! (A limited number of mats will be available to borrow, but if you have your own, please bring it).

Journal Writing for Self-Care

Warren Green, Director, CSSW Writing Center

3:00 PM – 3:55 PM; 6:30 PM – 7:25 PM

Details to be announced.


3:00 PM – 3:55 PM; 4:00 PM – 4:55 PM; 6:30 PM – 7:25 PM

Come dance your worries away. Bachata is a type of dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. We will teach you the basics of this lively form of dance.

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