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OCASG ONLINE: Understanding and Controlling Stress

June 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a live webinar
We now live in a time filled with uncertainty and chaos. So many things in our lives are out of our control.  Many of us may experience anxiety, stress, helplessness, confusion and isolation.  We seek answers to the unknown while being flooded with information, unable to distinguish fact from fiction.

The Corona virus has increased the daily stress we encounter, which exacerbates physical and mental health symptoms we may have already experienced before this pandemic.

This webinar will focus on what we CAN control and what we CAN do to decrease our stress and find calm within the chaos. It includes two exciting speakers.

The first speaker, Robyn Gantsweg, willl explore:

  • What Has Changed?
  • What Change Means for Us
  • Change & Stress
  • Identifying & Recognizing the Effects of Stress
  • Focusing on What We CAN Do!
  • Activities To Reduce Stress

The second speaker, Debi Davis, will teach participants deep breathing and relaxation techniques and lead the group in a guided imagery exercise.

  • How the body responds to stress
  • How chronic stress affects various body systems
  • The long-term effects of stress
  • How to evaluate your stress
  • Ways to relieve your stress

The facilitator will teach participants deep breathing and relaxation techniques and lead the group in a guided imagery exercise. Come join us for a breath of fresh air to bring calm and comfort into your life during this very stressful time.

About the Speakers

Robyn Gantsweg
Robyn Gantsweg is a person with lived experience and has a PhD in Clinical Psychology.  With over 25 years’ experience as a mental health client, provider and peer advocate, she experiences and sees how change affects all of us and understands the importance of embracing change.  Since 2002, she has worked with the Peer Self-Advocacy Program at Disability Rights California as a Senior Coordinator and Program Manager, teaching people with mental health disabilities their rights and how to advocate for their own needs and goals.
Debi Davis
Debi Davis is a person with lived experience and a long time mental health advocate. She volunteered with Riverside County Patients’ Rights office for ten years. Ms. Davis created a client advocacy group called WE C.A.N. (Client Advocacy Now.) The group developed and presented skits dealing with mental health stigma throughout California.

In 1997, she graduated summa cum laude from UC Riverside with a BA degree, and in 2001 received a Master’s degree in Social Work from California State University, San Bernardino.

For the last 12 years, she has worked in the Peer Self-Advocacy program of Disability Rights California as a Peer Self-Advocacy Trainer. She facilitates self-advocacy groups at in-patient and crisis residential mental health facilities.


June 18, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



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