Programs for Empowerment & Healing

CARE recognizes that healing from sexual and relationship violence isn't limited to one modality or program.

Healing can take many forms and can be different for everyone. Empowerment and Healing programs create transformative and nurturing spaces where students who have experienced trauma can find safety, connection, community and support. We help develop, co-sponsor and/or promote campus programs that may provide restorative experiences that facilitate opportunities for reconnection to the self. Many of these programs offer opportunities to address the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual effects of traumatic experiences. Check out some of the free programs we've offered in the past and learn about our upcoming sessions. Please follow us on Facebook for more details about upcoming Empowerment & Healing Programs, or contact us for information regarding these programs at

These programs explore healing through the power of art activism and personal artistic expression. If you don't have the need to talk about what's happening, art can be helpful in processing emotions, thoughts and feelings.

  • Art Canvas: Connect with what you are feeling, use a canvas and paint brush as you are guided through this modality of healing.
  • Soul Collage: Join Student Affairs Case Managers as they guide participants through an interactive art exercise designed to empower and address your "soul" needs. Whether it's coping with stress or anxiety, or wanting to do a bit of "soul searching," Soul Collage is a program for you.
  • More to come!

This eight-week yoga series for survivors of sexual trauma explores reconnection to the self through mind, body and spirit. This program provides survivors of sexual violence a means of becoming reacquainted with their bodies, helps them become grounded in the present moment, and allows them to explore the benefits of mindfulness as they connect breath to movement in guided practice and meditation. Students must submit an application to participate in the yoga series. For more information about the program, or to apply, please contact Karla Aguilar, CARE advocate, at (951) 827-5669 or

For those seeking indvidual or group support, these sessions will provide tools for how to express and process difficult emotions, and develop self-compassion and self-care strategies. Sessions are free and confidential, facilitated by Counseling and Psychology Services (CAPS).

If you're a female-identified UCR student who has experience sexual assault, you're invited to join us for one of two therapy groups:

  • SoulSpeak is a 10-week group for those who experienced sexual assault as an adult.
  • Voices of Hope is a 10-week group for those who experienced it as a child.

CAPS is currently working on offering group support for male-identitied sexual assault survivors and gender-non-conforming sexual assault survivors. Please call CAPS at (951) 827-5531 for more information on these programs or to schedule an intake assessment.

Guided Meditations

  • UCR CAPS offers relaxation exercises.
  • UCLA hosts a great website with free guided meditation exercises.
  • Access guided muscle relaxation and guided imagery from our partners at Dartmouth University.
  • You can enjoy the deep relaxation, stress relief and benefits of meditation now with the Take a Break app (available for iOS and Android). Featuring two popular meditations from the Meditation Oasis podcast, the app gives you the option to listen with or without music or nature sounds. You can also listen to the relaxing music and nature sounds without the meditations.

Breathing Exercises

  • AnxietyBC offers this guide to calm breathing (sometimes called “diaphragmatic breathing"), a technique that helps you slow down your breathing when you’re feeling stressed or anxious.
  • The 3 Minute Mindfulness (available for iOS) app offers free breathing exercises to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.

Wellness Wednesdays

  • Boost your social, physical and mental health with free, fun workshops every week. During each Wednesday of the quarter, The WELL and its campus partners lead a wellness activity in HUB 269 at 4pm. Free refreshments are always provided and the topic changes weekly, so come to any or all sessions. Past programs have included Native American beading, Movies for Mental Health, self-care yoga, speed-friending and midterms massage. These events are open to all UCR students. Check for this quarter's schedule.

PB&J (Peanut Butter & Jogging)

  • PB&J is a fun way to work some activity, socializing, stress-relief and nutrition into your day. Meet at The WELL (HUB 269), walk or run with people of all fitness levels on a route that changes daily, then enjoy snacks after your morning workout. Grab your food and go, or stay and socialize. All are welcome! PB&J hours change quarterly, so check for the current schedule.
  • Self-Defense Workshops: These personal safety and self-defense workshops combine awareness, assertiveness and verbal confrontation skills with safety strategies and physical techniques that increase someone's likelihood to successfully escape, resist and survive any violent attacks on or off campus.
  • Safety Strategies: Find out more information on protective and risk-reduction strategies when on and off campus with our Education resources.



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