Dr. Robin Smith Leads Campus Workshops This Spring on Using the Creative Arts for Empowerment, Enrichment and Excellence
January 26, 2013
University College Student Wellness staff coordinator Lorna Best has planned a series of Behavioral Health Workshops for the Spring 2013 semester. Celebrity psychologist and former therapist-in-residence for The Oprah Winfrey Show Dr. Robin Smith will facilitate the workshops. The first program on Self-Care: Personal Respect and Balance begins at 6 pm on Tuesday, February 12 in the UPS Conference Room of the new Residence Hall. She will return to conduct two more workshops in March and April--one on drug and alcohol education--the other on suicide prevention.
The series theme, Using the Creative Arts for Empowerment, Enrichment and Excellence, is planned to inspire and help students have successful academic and social experiences while at Cheyney University.
Dr. Smith is the youngest child in a family for which high achievement was mandatory. Her father, Warren E. Smith, MD, was a psychiatrist who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and spoke Swahili, Japanese, German, and Greek. Her mother, Rosa Lee Smith (now 84), was one of the first African-American women to graduate from the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work. Her grandmother, Addie Belle Spencer (now 102), is the child of a freed slave and became a nurse in her 60s.
The workshops are made possible through a grant from the Morehouse School of Medicine’s HBCU Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health which, in turn, was made possible by funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.