Adult Learning, Socials & Be Well Webinars

Join us for our popular Be Well webinar series, interviewing industry experts in mindfulness and mental wellness, along with other virtual hangouts like book and movie clubs, online socials, and more activities geared for adults and seniors!


Be Well Webinars

Be Well WebinarsJoin us every week for a short Q&A webinar with industry experts on mindfulness. 

Learn how to focus on the present, and receive guidance on how to live a vibrant, fulfilling life relevant to our times.

With over 30 years of experience in mental health and mindfulness, Jonathon Collopy, Ph.D., and executive director of the Ryan Family YMCA, will moderate discussions on how to cultivate calm and build resilience in ourselves.

Registration is free.


Archive of Past Be Well Webinars

Check out recorded videos of our previous Be Well webinars, as we explore mindfulness and learn useful techniques to reduce stress and increase wellness.

Neuro-Feedback, Mental Health and Optimal Performance

Special Guest: Dr. Silva, Co-owner of the San Diego Center for Neurofeedback, founder of SD Center for Counseling and CEO of Fusion Care Group
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — May 13, 2021

Neurofeedback is a method of non-medication, physiological treatment to address mental health conditions such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD and other conditions. This approach, also called EEG Biofeedback or brain training, helps train your brain to self-regulate and correct issues that impact optimal performance. Join us to learn the many applications and benefits that can be realized through Neurofeedback.


Helping Families Thrive with HOPE & Resilience

Special Guest: Dr. Wendy Pavlovich, American Academy of Pediatrics, Chapter 3, Co-Chair of Committee on Adverse Childhood Experiences, Aimee Zeitz, YMCA Childcare Resource Service, Regional Director of Strategic Advancement, Brittany Vetter, LCSW YMCA Youth & Family Services, Program Director Victims of Crime Programming, Lori Clark, Social Policy Institute at San Diego State University, Chief Program Officer
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — April 29, 2021

April is National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. The most important thing we can do to help children thrive is to support families before they reach a crisis. Join us for a live panel discussion with experts around HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences), the evidenced-based Strengthening Families approach, and building resilience not only for families but for the community.


New Plan for Mental Health Calls

Special Guest: Megan Patrick-Thompson, PhD, Program Director Mobile Crisis Response Teams
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — April 15, 2021

A new strategy is being implemented in our community, to allow for clinicians to respond to mental health calls versus the police. Join us to learn about this pilot for Mobile Crisis Response Teams being expanded in the months to come.


Overcoming Anti-Asian Racism

Special Guest: Nellie Tran, Ph. D., Community Psychologist, Associate Professor SDSU, Community-Based Block Multi-Cultural Counseling Program
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — April 8, 2021

For Asian, Asian-Americans and our allies, let’s have a talk about how to act against hate, starting with ourselves..


Overcoming Coronasomnia: Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep

Special Guest: Nancy J. Lin, Ph.D.
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — March 25, 2021

The past year has displaced a sound night’s sleep, with restlessness and uncertainty. Learn how to put an end to sleeplessness, insomnia, and excessive worry.


Reflections on the Year in Pandemic

Special Guest: Stu Schreiber
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — March 18, 2021

At the start of the pandemic, author Stu Schreiber began his journey walking, witnessing and remarking on the influence of the pandemic on the people he encountered. Join us for a conversation exploring this remarkable year through the stories shared along the way.


Vaccines 101: All You Need To Know

Special Guest: Dr. Sayone Thihalolopavan, Public Health Services of the County of San Diego Health and Human Services
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — March 11, 2020

Join us for this opportunity to learn about the COVID-19 vaccine, what to expect, what it means to have the vaccine, clarify misconceptions, as well as answers to all your questions.


Thich Nhat Hanh’s Local Presence

Special Guest: Brother Phap Luu, Ordained Monk
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — March 4, 2020

Brother Phap Luu, an ordained monk, will share about Thich Nhat Hanh’s Deer Park Monastery and the dream to bring the practice of mindfulness to people throughout the world. Learn about the “Wake Up” movement, his involvement in the Happy Farm, and the deep aspiration to make the simple practice of mindful breathing and embracing strong emotions available at all levels of education.


Black Movers and Shakers of San Diego

Special Guest: Yvette Porter-Moore, Historian and Geneaologist
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — February 25, 2020

Historian and geneaologist Yvette Porter-Moore joins us for a conversation about the history of Black San Diego, its past and present leaders and their contributions. She will share her research tracing the genealogy of some of our Black leaders.


Love Your Heart

Special Guest: Gabe Gutierrez, Program Coordinator for the Strategy and Innovation Division of the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — February 18, 2020

February offers a heart-centered period of time for us to consider how best to care for ourselves by understanding heart healthy habits. Join us for a conversation exploring what are the best practices and local resources available to us.


Building Peace with Justice in San Diego

Special Guest: Andrew Blum, PhD, executive director, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at USD and a senior leader at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP.)
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — February 11, 2020

With the conflict and division that is present in our country, there is a need for real solutions and the cultivation of peace. Dr. Blum has dedicated his professional life to peace building efforts through regions of conflict in the world. Join us to learn how we can bring about “Peace and Justice” in our community.


Is Your Desk a Sacred Space?

Special Guest: Eric Klein, Founder of Wisdom Heart
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — February 4, 2020

My desk is a place I spend a lot of time. Of course, some of the time at my desk is joyous, energizing and fulfilling. Other times, it’s more of an exercise in frustration and angst. Join us in a conversation, to pursue creating a space where we seek the highest of our efforts, a sacred space.


Keep Your Mind Sharp

Special Guest: Dr. Michael Plopper, specializes in those suffering from Dementia and Alzheimers, expertise on brain health, Medical Director of Clinical Trials, Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — January 28, 2020

Research shows evidence of a dramatic increase in the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Join our conversation to learn about ways that we can reduce our risk factors, keep our mind sharp and increase brain health at any age.


Envision Your Life

Special Guest: Barbara McNally, author of “Unbridled” and “Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife”, and "Four Faces of Femininity"
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — January 21, 2020

Utilizing the process of creating a vision board, project where you want your life to go (both personal and professional) in the next year.


Living an Intentional Life

Special Guest: Jessica Zemple, Professional Life and Business Coach, Founder of “Life Shucker," Author: “Shuck this Way”
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — January 14, 2020

As we open to a new year, choose this opportunity to live your life by consciously setting intentions in all aspects of your world. Align your mind, body and soul to let your life flow.


A Christmas Carol

Special Guest: David Ellenstein, Artistic Director, North Coast Rep
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — December 17, 2020

The vibrancy of the theater is evident in the North Coast Rep’s reimagined way to experience Charles Dickens’ masterpiece. The fresh adaptation is an example of the theaters role in making the world a better place. Hear how this timeless story has been reimagined for today.


Finding Peace and Joy this Holiday Season

 

Special Guests: Dr. Pradeep Gidwani, Christine Cole, LCSW and Kristina Halmai, LMFT
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — December 10, 2020

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress are at the forefront of the conversation right now – from the effects of the pandemic such as virtual learning to the spike in coronavirus cases. It’s important to consider what our kids are going through right now, especially with the holidays around the corner. Join us for a live panel discussion with experts as we work to support the whole family to promote resiliency and give families something to look forward to this holiday season.


Breathwork

Special Guest: Laura Fuller, M.A., C.Ht.
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — December 3, 2020

Most of us do not breathe fully, we hold back the breath and have been doing so most of our lives. When we start to breathe fully and consciously we are easily able to release what we have been holding and open to an incredible expansion of consciousness. Join us on this journey towards inner change.


Gratitude

Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — November 19, 2020

This time of year we often reflect on giving thanks for our lives and those we share it with. Connecting with and offering gratitude benefits ourselves on many levels. Join us for an experience of deepening gratitude in our lives.


Nature Bathings

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Special Guest: Rhana Kozak Ph.D.
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — November 12, 2020

“Time enjoyed in nature enhances cognition, creativity, and vital physiological markers of good health. These are reasons enough, but there is more going on.” From Nature’s Wild Genius - Attune Your Life to the Power of Nature. Join our conversation to explore how mindful time in nature can alleviate stress and worry.


Practicing Self-Care in an Upside Down World

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Special Guest: Ken Druck, Ph.D
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — November 5, 2020

There has never been a time where self-care practices have been more essential to keeping our immune systems, relationships, livelihoods, and ability to be responsible citizens strong. Best-Selling Author, Dr. Ken Druck can offer methods that will be beneficial to integrate into our lives in the days, weeks, months to come.


Supporting Local Solutions

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Special Guest: Bob Dalton, founder of Sackcloth and Ashes
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — October 29, 2020

Join us for an important conversation with Bob Dalton, founder of Sackcloth and Ashes, on his involvement and need for support in the homeless population. He was called to get involved with a local homeless shelter after he found his mother living on the streets in 2013. This passion grew to the creation of Sackcloth and Ashes that works towards creating solutions for helping the homeless.


Hypnosis, Accessing the Power of the Subconscious Mind

 

Special Guest: Christina Higgens, CMS-CHT, NLPP
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — October 22, 2020

Hypnosis and the use of trance states to delve into our subconscious has been a transformative part of human experience for millennia. Hypnosis can be used to assist in reaching our full potential as well as to alleviate various forms of suffering. Learn how you may apply Hypnosis in your life!


Honoring our Hispanic Heritage

 

Special Guest: Council Member Vivian Moreno
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — October 15, 2020

Join Council Member Vivian Moreno for a discussion exploring the history, vibrancy and contributions of the San Diego Hispanic community. Learn about her dedication to improving the region’s underserved communities, mentoring our youth, advancing causes on behalf of women and pursuing efforts to ensure equitable services and resources are provided to all San Diegans.


Experience the Art of Natural Healing

 

Special Guest: Dr. Hadar Elbaz
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — October 8, 2020

Join Dr. Hadar Elbaz for a discussion on how to easily integrate natural remedies to support your body in healing naturally. She'll demonstrate how to integrate a comprehensive detox plan that supports your body’s natural healing abilities creating a cleanse from within as well as in your environment.


Fighting for Youth

 

Special Guest: Billy Moore, President of ABC Youth Foundation
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — September 24, 2020

Join us for an important conversation with Billy Moore, son of Archie Moore, Light Heavyweight Champion of the world and President of the ABC Youth Foundation. Learn about the community resource Billy has created by using boxing to instill discipline, respect and other positive values into the lives of youth to prevent them from falling into dangerous lifestyles.


From Parent to Teacher: Distance Learning Success!

 

Special Guest: Winward Academy and Blue Shield Promise
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — September 17, 2020

Join us as we bring together a panel of experts to offer support, guidance, tips and tools to not just survive but thrive during distance learning. Learn tips to keep your children engaged and excited to learn as we discuss ways to improve distance learning and the impact of the pandemic on school aged youth. Let our expert panel empower your child to be successful in this new learning environment.


Spreading Kindness

 

Special Guest: Tom Tait
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — September 10, 2020

Learn what inspired Tom Tait, former Anaheim Mayor, to pursue a position in office and how he built his candidacy platform on spreading kindness. See how you can get involved in the movement that has developed the "City of Kindness," and included work with Dalai Lama and Lady Gaga.


Have A Laugh!

 

Special Guest: Bob Alper
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — September 3, 2020

Humor is essential right now as laughter makes us feel better, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Join us we talk with professional comedian Bob Alper, who has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN and more.


Cooking the Rainbow

 

 

Special Guest: Chef Bai
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — August 27, 2020

Join Chef Bai for a healthy, nutritious cooking demonstration, with tips and recipes to incorporate into your meal planning. Chef Bai is passionate about creating a lasting impact while changing the core of the relationship we all have with food. Her team believes that everyone deserves to feel their best, and are here to help you figure out how to do that.


Music and Healing

 

Special Guest: Armando Cepeda, executive producer at Encore Event Entertainment
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — August 20, 2020

Our conversation with Armando Cepeda, will explore the relationship between music and health. Music is an elixir for the soul, so join us to learn about how it affects our minds and well-being.


The Real Life Forrest Gump

 

Special Guest: Brady Silverwood
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — August 4, 2020

Join us for a conversation with Brady Silverwood, the real-life Forrest Gump, to understand what prompted this inspiring endeavor, the lessons learned along the way and what this 24 year old plans to tackle next.


Cultivating Inner Peace During Outer Chaos

 

Special Guest: Emily Silva Hockstra
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — July 28, 2020

Emily Silva Hockstra quit her corporate job in 2014 to pursue her dreams of becoming an author and starting her own business. She launched a coaching company which specializes in helping women harness their bravery to bring their gifts into the world. She helps her clients with career changes, starting their own businesses and cultivating their spiritual lives. She lives with her husband in San Diego when they aren't traveling to create their next soul adventure.


BE WELL - RISE! San Diego

 

Special Guest: Salina Villegas
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — July 21, 2020

Often, we know what change needs to happen throughout our city but struggle addressing it. Join our conversation with Salina Villegas from RISE! San Diego on how to shift the mindset and get engaged.


Art, The Precious Present

 

Special Guest: David Cummings, Ph.D.
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — July 14, 2020

 

Viewing and experiencing art offers the opportunity to be present, tap into the senses, and touch into a form of mindfulness. Join David Cummings, Ph.D., in an immersive event that provides stress reduction and appreciation for what is now.


Mindfulness Travels: This Summers Vacation

 

Special Guest: Larry Cammarata, Ph.D.
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — July 7, 2020

Join us on a summer holiday retreat as Larry Cammarata, Ph.D. guides us in cultivating present-centered awareness, kindness, compassion, and joy for yourself and the greater good of others. Mindfulness Travels provides educational retreats to inspiring, beautiful places throughout the world with leaders in the field of mindfulness and mindful movement.


Eliminate Racial Discrimination

 

Special Guest: Francine Maxwell, President, NAACP San Diego
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — June 30, 2020

Join us as we discuss racial tension in today's society with Francine Maxwell, President of the NAACP San Diego. The NAACP seeks enactment and enforcement of laws to secure civil rights. Through informing the public of the effects of racial discrimination, they seek its elimination. Educating individuals of their constitutional rights is vital to enacting them. Listen, learn and be involved in “eliminating racial discrimination” to help create a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.


Meditation and Mindfulness from the Kadampa Buddhist Perspective

 

Special Guest: Gen Kelsang Lhadron, resident teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center San Diego and Buddhist nun
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — June23, 2020

Gen Kelsang Lhadron, resident teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center San Diego and Buddhist nun, is defining mindfulness versus meditation, the energetic experience of bringing Buddha into practice, and what bringing practice into daily activities could look like.


Leadership In Times of Stress and Change

 

Special Guest: Mark J. Tager, MD, CEO, ChangeWell Ph.D.
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — June 16, 2020

During these unprecedented times, leaders can bring out the best in people in the wake of change. Dr. Mark Tager will provide an overview of the key skills that keep people healthy, focused and productive. Whether you are a CEO, a manager or supervisor, a community influencer or a parent guiding your children, this webinar will help you find the skills to make your efforts more positive and effective.


Stand Together Against Hate

 

Special Guest: Christopher Tenorio, Chairperson, San Diego Regional Hate Crime Coalition
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — June 9, 2020

Now more than ever, there is a need to come together and take a stand against hate. Through dialogue, outreach and education we can prevent hate in our community. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” This is the guiding principle of SD Regional Hate Crimes Coalition and we invite you to join our conversation focused on unity during these challenging times.


When You Are Called Upon…Seize the Opportunity

 

Special Guest: Trevor Hoffman, Hall of Fame MLB Pitcher
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — June 2, 2020

A conversation with our Hall of Fame Closer, Trevor Hoffman of the San Diego Padres, exploring being prepared for when you are called upon, to perform at your highest level. How Trevor has developed his body, mind and spirit for professional and personal achievement. Being in the moment, and managing high pressure situations. Skills and abilities from Trevor’s professional life that translate to our lives today.


A Clear Voice on Mental Health: De-stigmatize and De-mystify Mental Illness

 

Special Guest: Suzette Southfox, director of education, National Alliance on Mental Illness
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — May 26, 2020

Our conversation with NAMI, will provide education about mental illness with the goal of dispelling ignorance and stigma for those with mental illness, their families and our community. Let’s learn about what is available to us for education and support, as well as how we can advocate for more research and an improved system of mental health services across the country.


The Healing Power of Relationships

 

<Special Guests: Krysta Esquivel and Kristina Halmai
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — May 19, 2020

Join our YMCA experts in a conversation about how connections with others can decrease stress and increase positive coping skills. Krysta Esquivel, M.S.W., executive director of YMCA Youth and Family Services, and Kristina Halmai, LMFT, YMCA Clinical Innovation, share techniques to help us function in a healthier manner, both mentally and emotionally.


Anxiety Rescue: Techniques for Emotional First Aid

 

Special Guests: Leslie Fadem
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — May 12, 2020

With tremendous change, transition and unknowns in our lives, psychotherapist Leslie Fadem helps us gain insight and information to develop self-help, as well as skills and tools to support our loved ones, family and friends.


Brain XP: Teen Mental Health

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Special Guest: Christine Frey — Creator of the “Brain XP” Project and author of “Brain XP: Living with Mental Illness, A Young Teenager’s Perspective”
Moderated by Dr. Jonathon Collopy — May 5, 2020

We invite parents and teens to join us for a conversation on teen mental health, with special guest Christine Frey. The discussion will provide a better understanding of the mental health journey and experiences of young adults. We will explore topics ranging from bullying and social isolation to identifying anxiety and depression. Learn how to identify the signs, how to help and ways to speak with your teen regarding mental illness. Visit brainxp.org for resources on teen mental health or information on Christine Frey.


How to Show Up to Uncertainty

 

Special Guest: Jessica Zemple — Life coach and founder of Life Schucker
Moderated by Jonathon Collopy — April 28, 2020

Join us as we speak to Jessica Zemple, life coach and founder of Life Shucker, to acknowledge these uncertain times, its impact on us, and how best to "show up." Jessica will help us explore practical tools to meet uncertainty, find grounding, feel more empowered and discover the pearls hidden in these uncharted waters. Visit lifeshucker.com for more information.


Mindfulness 101

 

Special Guest: Peter Kirchmer — mPEAK program director, Center for Mindfulness, UCSD School of Medicine
Moderated by Jonathon Collopy — April 23, 2020

Join Pete Kirchmer, director of mPEAK Program at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, as we explore proven practices for self-care, stress reduction, and achieving both personal and professional goals. Visit mpeakcoaching.com for more information.


The Plant Remedy: How To Be Mindful About Food

 

Special Guest: Bailey Ruskus — Le Cordon Bleu trained chef and certified integrative nutrition coach
Moderated by Jonathon Collopy — April 21, 2020

Join Bailey Ruskus, aka "Chef Bai," as she talks about the top five things to do in your kitchen to support your immune system, effortlessly build flavor with ease, and take control of your health through mindful food choices. Visit www.chefbai.kitchen for more information.


Keep Your Eye On The Ball! Inspiration During Challenging Times

 

Special Guest: Dave Roberts — Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers
Moderated by Jonathon Collopy — April 16, 2020

Managing the Los Angeles Dodgers, one of the world’s most iconic professional sports teams, comes with a lot of pressure. Dave Roberts shares his insights on how to successfully mediate life’s stressors, recognize what is most important and find inspiration.


Psychological Resilience During Uncertainty

 

Special Guest: Sara Gilman — Psy.D, LMFT, founder of Coherence Associates
Moderated by Jonathon Collopy — April 14, 2020

Psychological resilience helps us cope with stress, which is incredibly important now. Sara Gilman will help us understand psychological resilience and how we can strengthen it. Learn simple tools to bring equilibrium to your mind and body for daily stress management.

Visit coherenceassociates.com for more information on psychological resilience or Sara Gilman.


The Power of Positive Attitude

 

Special Guest: Dr. Lee Rice — founder of the Lifewellness Institute
Moderated by Jonathon Collopy — April 9, 2020

The lens we use to encounter life has an impact on our physical, mental and emotional health. By training our minds to focus on positivity, we can dramatically improve how we react to life. Learn to enhance your positivity from Dr. Lee Rice, founder of Lifewellness Institute. Visit mylwi.com for more information.


Spirituality in Challenging Times

 

Special Guest: Eric Klein — founder of Wisdom Heart
Moderated by Jonathon Collopy — April 7, 2020

Learn tangible skills and practices from Eric Klein, founder of Wisdom Heart and author of "Awakening Corporate Soul: Four Paths to Unleash the Power of People at Work."

This forum will explore how to stay centered and be less distracted by powerful emotions that arise from times of unrest. Visit wisdomheart.com for more information on mindfulness or Eric Klein.


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