California Institute of Integral Studies presents: Poetry for Mental Health (LGBTQIA+)

A virtual workshop featuring award-winning short films, poetry-writing activities, and video resources. This workshop will focus on mental health within the LGBTQIA+ community. All are welcome!

Featured Campus and Community Resources:

CIIS Counseling and Acupuncture

CIIS Grief and Counseling Center

Mental Health Association of San Francisco

Featured National Resources:

Crisis Text Line
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Trans Lifeline
The Trevor Project
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
Black Mental Health Alliance


Date:April 13, 2021
Time:3:30 pm - 5:30 pm


California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Workshop Evaluation

Click here to download a summary of the post-workshop evaluations.
100% of students felt that the workshop created awareness of mental health issues
100% of students reported that the workshop reduced stigma related to mental illness
66% of students not in therapy reported an increased likelihood of seeking support for well-being
I felt welcomed and valued in a gentle manner – there was no “us” vs. “them” attitude "
-Student Attendee

Interactive Presentation

Films Screened

Films screened and discussed at this workshop

Factory Talk
Staging Face
View Film Library


Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission The MHSOAC provides vision and leadership, in collaboration with clients, their family members, and underserved communities, to ensure Californians understand mental health is essential to overall health. MHSOAC holds public mental health systems accountable, provides oversight for eliminating disparities; promotes wellness, recovery and resiliency; and ensures positive outcomes for individuals living with serious mental illness and their families.
Zoi Dorit Eliou Dr. Eliou is a psychologist working with patients with severe psychiatric disorders and has a background as an expressive arts therapist. She is a firm believer in the power of art to transform lives and offer hope.
Dr. Sabina Correa, Psychologist and Owner of Napa Psychological Services Dr. Correa is a forensically trained psychologist who owns a small group practice in the Napa Valley. She enjoys working with transgender or genderqueer patients and her staff members work with poly and kink communities. As a psychologist, she is in a unique position to facilitate sex-reassignment-surgery letters/evaluations and assist in connecting with transition services.
Cindy Shu, LMFT Hello, my name is Cindy Shu. I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist based in San Francisco. I am a first generation Chinese American. I provide therapy to primarily Asian American and other BIPOC adults in their 20’s and 30’s who may struggle with anxiety, depression, and trauma. I offer support to those who may experience generational and cultural differences within their family systems. Location: San Francisco, CA. I offer online therapy to California Residents. Specialty: I support individuals with anxiety, depression, and trauma. I provide a safe space for individuals to explore therapy and cultivate tools to help manage emotional health, develop healthy relationships and strengthen one's identity. Insurance/Payment: Private Pay, I can offer a Super Bill upon request. Language: English/ Spoken Mandarin
Victoria Julita Spiers, LMFT l Tender Liminal Care Therapy with the Bay Area Gestalt Institute I am a queer gender-fluid multicultural 2nd gen Filipinx-American therapist of color. My approach is humanistic, existential, holistic, somatic, and relational with Gestalt as my core foundation.