Breakout Sessions

 

9:00 AM- 10:00AM SESSIONS


The Half Hour of Power - How three 10 Minute Increments Each Morning Can Empower Your Day

Learn how the first half hour of your morning can empower you to enter your day from a place of calm, intention and goodwill. Tracy will teach you a set of mindfulness and meditation techniques that can be applied anytime, anywhere. You will learn why the first few minutes of the morning are important for the rest of your day from a neural-circuitry standpoint and how meditation and mindfulness can positively impact your sense of self, clarify your direction for the day, and strengthen your relationships. 

Location: University Center, Room 207

Presenter: Tracy Taris, M.A. LMFT

 

The "What To Do's" Before, During and After Marriage

The waters of divorce are often cold and murky.  In this session, Denise Lite will tell you what to do before, during and after the divorce process; pitfalls to look for; how to minimize the costs and expense during a divorce and offer amazing resources for parents with small children going thru a divorce.  It’s not to be missed!

Location: University Center, Room 212

Presenter: Denise Placencio, Esq.

 

Looking Your Best at Any Age! 

Come spend an hour with Ruth and let her answer your questions about skin care and makeup. She will teach you how to look YOUR MOST BEAUTIFUL, whether you have only a few minutes in the morning or time to spare. She will also show you how to dress up your look to go out, and troubleshoot the most common concerns like dark circles, acne and wrinkles. Ruth's background as an artist will help clear up the confusion about color correctors, and take the scary out of eyeshadows. Let this be an hour to relax, get some insider beauty secrets, and feel more beautiful than when you arrived! 

Location: University Center, Room 205

Presenter: Ruth Stanke, Makeup and Hair Design Specialist

 

Defining Health in the 21st Century

What is health?  How do we measure and evaluate it?  In this age of technology, we have more information and tools for “health promotion” at our disposal than ever before.  But as we strive toward feeling and functioning well, where and how should we focus our efforts?  In this workshop, we will explore how health is defined, evaluated, and improved safely and effectively.

Location: University Center, Room 211

Presenter: Lisa Hooper, MA, Professor, Kinesiology, Health & Physical Education at College of the Canyons

 

COMMUNICATION:  What works and what are communication limitations

One of my favorite Princess Bride quotes is:  I do not think you understand the meaning of that word (inconceivable).  Communication is all about intent, attention, empathy, humility, non-judgment, and of course skill and practice.  This workshop will focus on the relationship of communication in relationships with others and myself.  Together we will discuss the components, necessary skills/practice tools which can enhance the quality efficacy of communication events.  In addition, we will address those procrastinated difficult conversations and tools for conflict resolution. 

Location: University Center, Room 208

Presenter: Doris Marie Zimmer, MS, CPC, FC, CRC

  

Does Everything Really Cause Cancer? The truth behind cancer myths

From leaving plastic water bottles in the car and drinking diet soda, to playing soccer on Astroturf or using a cell phone, it sometimes feels like nearly everything in our daily lives is suspected of causing cancer. In truth, only 120 agents (chemicals/radioactive agents/viruses) have been definitively identified as carcinogens, or cancer-causing substances. Additionally, many of these require high dose exposures to be considered dangerous. In this presentation we will discuss how scientists track and identify carcinogens and how to distinguish facts from common cancer myths.

Location: University Center, Room 206

Presenter: Kelly Cude, Biological Science Professor at College of the Canyons

 

Navigating the Stress and Challenges of Caring for Aging Family Members

In this session you will learn about resources available for senior care.  You will walk away with information about the multiple senior living options, insurance options and strategies to cope with the emotional difficulties of caregiving for an aging family member.

Location: University Center, Room 210

Presenter: Marissa Kirby, NHA, CHC, CHPC

 


 

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Break


 

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM SESSIONS


 

How to Relax: The Philosophy of Yoga

Understand the philosophy of yoga. Learn how to incorporate yoga in your daily life. Learn yoga poses, breathing techniques, meditation. No mat or workout clothes required - these techniques can be performed in a chair, at a desk, in any attire. 

Location: University Center, Room 258

Presenter: Asawari Kelkar, Adjunct Mathematics Instructor at College of the Canyons

 

Female and Fabulous: Why Every Woman Needs an OB/GYN

UCLA Health’s Dr. Katherine Taylor, will discuss the scope of the OB/GYN medical practice, explore routine well-woman care, including what to expect for your stage in life and the new recommended guidelines for screening exams.

Location: University Center, Room 207

Presenter: Dr. Katherine Taylor

 

Your Greatest Superpower - Your Intuition

We tend to live and make decisions according to what was taught us growing up, what is acceptable by society, or what we are expected to do at work, home, or in school.  But , we all have our own internal GPS system that leads us to our greatest life experience.  We have simply lost the ability to listen to it and don’t realize the power we have when we follow it.  Come learn how to following your gut can take life to a new level.

Location: University Center, Room 210

Presenter: Debbie Reeves Wolpert, P.T. Physical Therapist/Partner, Vargo Physical Therapy

 

Looking Your Best at Any Age! 

Come spend an hour with Ruth and let her answer your questions about skin care and makeup. She will teach you how to look YOUR MOST BEAUTIFUL, whether you have only a few minutes in the morning or time to spare. She will also show you how to dress up your look to go out, and troubleshoot the most common concerns like dark circles, acne and wrinkles. Ruth's background as an artist will help clear up the confusion about color correctors, and take the scary out of eyeshadows. Let this be an hour to relax, get some insider beauty secrets, and feel more beautiful than when you arrived! 

Location: University Center, Room 205

Presenter: Ruth Stanke, Makeup and Hair Design Specialist

 

Menopause Myth Busters

Most women will spend the majority of their adult lives in menopause, yet many are unprepared to make educated, individualized choices about how to confront it. How will it affect my body?  My mind?  My relationships?  Should I take hormones?  Will they cause cancer?  What does “bioidentical” mean? Dr. King navigates the mountains of information about menopause and empowers you to embrace one of life’s biggest changes with confidence. 

Location: University Center, Room 206

Presenter: Dr. Jeremy King

  

Paranoia is debilitating, awareness is empowering. Sign up and know the difference

In this workshop you will gain awareness and learn preventative measures to keep yourself safe. 

Location: University Center, Room 211

Presenter: Tammy Castor, Director, Campus Safety at College of the Canyons

 

Grief & Loss: Are you or a loved one suffering from a broken heart? 

Did a death, divorce, or the end of a relationship cause it? Or was it caused by any of the forty other losses a person might experience such as moving, pet loss, or a change in finances or health? People say you have to let go and move on in your life, but they don’t tell you how to do that.  In this session we will discuss the six myths about recovering from grief, how grief adversely affects you and your relationships, why grief is individual and unique, and how to respond to others experiencing grief. 

Location: University Center, Room 208

Presenter: Gina Thompson, Student Services Program Coordinator at College of the Canyons & Certified Grief Recovery Specialist


  

11:30 AM - 11:45AM

Break


  

11:45AM - 12:45PM SESSIONS


 

SELF-CARE:  Taking Care of ME without Burnout: 

Have I lost my New Year’s Focus?  Why do I have so many obstacles when I start something new?  I am tired of feeling like a failure because I do not finish.  Did I take on too much?  Is my self-care even important?  Personal Self-Care is known by so many different monikers:  Work/Life Balance, Self-Actualization, Smart Goals, Resolutions, etc.  This workshop will share information and have discussions about ‘my self-care formula’.  We will discuss real life examples to understand how to create a healthy and fulfilling life experience and what works or not.  We will explore creating strategies without emotional exhaustion and/or negative self-talk that undermines my completions.  This can be a first step to a happier and more satisfied life experience.

Location: University Center, Room 208

Presenter: Doris Marie Zimmer, MS, CPC, FC, CRC

 

Paranoia is debilitating, awareness is empowering. Sign up and know the difference 

In this workshop you will gain awareness and learn preventative measures to keep yourself safe. 

Location: University Center, Room 211

Presenter: Tammy Castor, Director, Campus Safety at College of the Canyons

 

Family Empowerment and Growth Through Addiction. 

Family Empowerment and Growth can come from having the courage to change in the midst of the chaos by seeing it as an opportunity for growth.

Location: University Center, Room 212

Presenter: Tim Traurig, President/Founder of "A Light of Hope Support Center"

 

Leading with Balance and Resilience 

Student Panel DIscussion

Location: University Center, Room 213

Moderator: Victoria Dangtoumda

College of the Canyons Student Panel: Kayla May Jaramillo

 

Community Engagement with the League of Women's Voters

Become involved in your community with the League of Women's Voters.

Location: University Center, Room 210

Presenter: Michelle Jenkins, Board of Trustees President at College of the Canyons

 

Living with Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety at some time, and it can be quite useful in helping to avoid dangerous situations; this session will explore the nature of anxiety how to manage when it becomes more intense, is longer lasting and it interferes with work, activities and relationships.

Location: University Center, Room 107

Presenter: Larry Schallert, LCSW, Assistant Director, Student Health & Wellness/Mental Health Program

 

Why is Sleep Important? Sleep and Wellness

In this informative session,  Dr. Sam Kashani will explain the basic information on the importance of sleep to the body, followed by a brief and general classification of the most common sleep disorders. Dr. Kashani will also describe what can be done to achieve healthy sleep and how to improve sleep and overall wellness.

Location: University Center, Room 206

Presenter: Dr. Sam A. Kashani

 

Midlife Re-Boot!

Are you between 40 and 60? Have you been on the rollercoaster of Midlife that includes mood swings, hot flashes, rage, depression, weight gain, emotional outbursts, your body betraying you, brain fog, feeling like,  “Did I miss it?  Or "Is this it?” Does your life no longer feel satisfying? Are you mourning your life choices or the choices you didn’t make? Do you feel like it’s too late to start over? STOP! Midlife is the perfect time to RE-Boot! your life. Midlife is part of a transformation that can be turned into a rebirth, a rediscovery of your true north, and the start of an amazing, authentic chapter of your life. Come find out how.

Location: University Center, Room 207

Presenter: Dr. Andrea M. Slominski, PhD


  

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch


 

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Keynote Speaker - A New Era in the Treatment of Breast Cancer – A New Survivor

Rena Callahan, MD, Medicine, Hematology Medicine, Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine

Over the past three decades, there has been a revolution in the understanding and treatment of breast cancer.  This change has been led by scientific advances that demonstrate that breast cancer is not one disease, but rather many different diseases each requiring unique treatment, tailored to the individual.  As a result, survival rates have improved for both early and late stage breast cancer.  And, the definition of breast cancer “survivor” has evolved. 

Dr. Rena Callahan reviews breast cancer treatment then, now, and into the future and its impact on the evolution toward this new type of survivor.