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Emotional Well-Being Workshop Series - Understanding Highly Sensitive People

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Each year, Counseling Services presents the Emotional Well-Being Workshop Series to bring in mental health professionals from both on- and off-campus to discuss a wide variety of topics related to having a healthy emotional life. Each workshop will be on a Wednesday from 12:00 - 12:55 in Avery Library, and free lunch will be provided on a first-come basis.

On May 29th, Dr. Amanda Cassil and Dr. Grace Goodman will be leading a workshop on understanding Highly Sensitive People - sometimes abbreviated HSPs. High sensitivity is a trait first recognized by Dr. Elaine Aron in 1991. She began researching Highly Sensitive People, finding it is present in 15-20% of the population (biologists have found it in over 100 other species as well!). Highly Sensitive People are more likely to be aware of subtleties in their environment, to process information more deeply than their peers, and to become overwhelmed by sensory input. Join us to learn more about what defines high sensitivity and how to navigate the world as a Highly Sensitive Person.

Dr. Amanda Cassil is a psychologist and the founder of STEM Psychological Services in Pasadena and works primarily with graduate and early career women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. Dr. Cassil works with many Highly Sensitive People to help find ways to leverage sensitivities to become more successful at school and work. Dr. Cassil received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena. She has previously worked at the Caltech Counseling Center as an intern, postdoc, and staff member before starting her own practice at STEM Psychological Services.

Dr. Grace Goodman is a psychologist at STEM Psychological Services, working with undergraduate and graduate women in STEM fields. Dr. Goodman received her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena and has experience working in community mental health centers and medical clinics.