Coms Day of Service at Transitions - Mental Health
The COMS Department Social Events Committee was established in Fall 2018, with Dr. Leslie Nelson and Dr. Andrea Terry serving as Co-Chairs and Dr. Lauren Kolodziejski, Dr. Ritch Woffinden, and Dr. Anuraj Dhillon serving as committee members. Recently, the Social Events Committee partnered with Transitions - Mental Health Association (TMHA) for the committee's 1st annual "Day of Service" on June 7, 2019.
According to the TMHA website, TMHA is “a non-profit organization serving San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara Counties, Transitions-Mental Health Association is dedicated to eliminating stigma and promoting recovery and wellness for people with mental illness through work, housing, community and family support services.”
Dr. Terry, Dr. Kolodziejski, and Dr. Nelson put together a workshopping event for those who have been impacted by TMHA to polish and refine the stories they tell to community members about the benefits of TMHA. Dr. Terry focused on communication apprehension (i.e., speech anxiety), Dr. Kolodziejski offered advice for handling Q & A, and Dr. Nelson concentrated on nonverbal and verbal delivery skills with workshop participants. The Social Events Committee is excited about the possibility of a continued partnership with TMHA, whereby they can offer additional workshops in the future.