Workshops are currently in development addressing coping with feeling/looking different, self-confidence, and bullying.
Like the CIOS website, these workshops are open to anyone with or without skin disease, anyone looking to improve their confidence and self-image using different strategies in a safe setting among peers that is fun and nonjudgmental.
Workshops are not to be considered formal therapy. They are focused, live versions of what goes on here via the Community page. There is no substitute for meeting and laughing with people in person!
Except for the Outside-In Beauty sessions where it is helpful to have parents present, parents of preteens and teens will have the option for a parallel parents’ workshop/support group session, to encourage older children to experience workshop activities on their own.
Please email us if you are interested in attending a workshop that is not currently listed with an upcoming date and time.
Address visible differences by improving your skin care and makeup techniques. Tips will be tailored to the needs of each workshop’s attendees.
- baseline products & tips for acne or sensitive skin
- camouflage makeup for blemishes
- camouflage makeup for birthmarks & vitiligo
Beauty is not just about what your features look like, but how you wear them! Improve your attractiveness instantly by letting your confidence, fun and friendliness show.
- “Name It, Own It”: admitting your insecurities or personal flaws and then brainstorming specific ways to face them or compensate for them
- The Smile Meter
- practice better photo-taking (posture, smiles)
- introduction to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
Use theatre techniques to improve self-confidence and social interactions in the real world, and learn how your differences can become your superpowers.
You can “try on” different ways of behaving and dressing in costumes, in an environment of fun & acceptance. Learn to use creativity & humor to accept yourself and others more freely, to become more comfortable in your own skin.
- confident use of personal space
- facial expressions & gestures
- music & dance for stress relief
- laughter as medicine (standup comedy, humor instead of shame)
- finding your personal look
- role playing to deal with bullies and rude strangers
Use art and art therapy techniques to express and explore feelings about yourself and your life, or just to stretch your skills.
Multimedia options will be in part tailored to the interests of attendees (eg drawing vs painting vs 3D media projects including Rainbow Loom bracelets).
Use journaling or creative writing for catharsis and exploration of your personal challenges. Explore how what we see as ugliness or mistakes can be turned into something beautiful.
This workshop deals the most directly with bullying and fear of getting bullied. It is appropriate for those who have been hurt emotionally or physically but do not know what to do about it, as well as to empower parents of young children who fear their child may someday become a target of bullies due to their differences.
Participants and parents will be introduced to strategies for coping, online and offline antibullying resources, and referrals to mental health professionals who specialize in trauma and bullying.
- Is it “just” teasing or is it bullying?
- when ignoring the bully doesn’t make it stop
- my school won’t listen to me
- when to seek a mental health professional (therapists vs psychiatrists)
This workshop is geared toward preteens and teens and their relationship with online social media and television/print media.
While we address body image and identity in all the workshops, this one focuses on how media affects us and how we see ourselves and others through it.
- What do models and celebrities really look like?
- How much exposure is too much exposure?
- How media affects our body image.
- Constructing a positive body image for all shapes and sizes
- Using social media to highlight, not hide