Wellness Promotion Services

Are you interested in learning more about your relationship with alcohol or cannabis in a non-judgmental environment?  BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening & Intervention for College Students) and CASICS (Brief Cannabis Screening & Intervention for College Students) are individual conversations with one of our trained staff members about substance use.  BASICS and CASICS consist of two sessions, each 45-60 minutes in length and can take place through Zoom or in person in Commonwealth Hall.  Through the BASICS and CASICS programs, students gain insight into their substance use behaviors, receive personalized feedback about their patterns of use, learn accurate information about substance use to make the best personal decisions regarding use, and receive strategies to reduce current and future risk.  BASICS and CASICS programs are free and open to any student.  

To learn more about BASICS and CASICS, check out this brief video about the programs:

BASICS and CASICS

Click to register for BASICS or CASICS 

Sometimes things in life get in the way of taking care of ourselves – including prioritizing our health and well-being.  We understand that college students frequently go through life transitions which may require a little extra support.  We are here to help. 

What is Wellness Coaching?

Wellness coaching is an individualized process that empowers students to explore and practice strategies to support their health and well-being focusing on the four s’s: stress, sleep, social support, and substance use. Coaching is a short-term, action-oriented tool to help students explore their strengths and personal motivations, identify topics they want to explore, and work towards their health and well-being vision utilizing sustainable strategies in a supportive environment.  Potential outcomes of participating in Wellness Coaching include increase in self-awareness, acquisition of new knowledge and skills, attainment of personal and professional goals, sustainable behavior change, increased life satisfaction, and becoming one’s best self.   For more information about coaching, please click here .

Wellness Coaching is: free, short-term, private, action-oriented growth relating to a specific area of health and well-being.

Wellness Coaching is NOT: a substitute for licensed mental health services, diagnosis or treatment, a long-term commitment.

What Should I Expect with Coaching? 

  • To learn more about yourself and your strengths, and how you can use them to support your well-being journey. To develop new skills to help you flourish and thrive at WCU and beyond.

  • To challenge yourself (and be challenged by your coach!) to step outside your comfort zone and push past limits we often set for ourselves.

  • To invest yourself and your time in order to get out as much as you can from Wellness Coaching.

  • To have fun!

Ready to sign up for Wellness Coaching?   

Meet the Coaches:

*Click on image for additional information about each coach.

Jayme Trogus, she/her/hers

Name: Jayme Trogus

Pronouns: she/her/hers

StrengthsFinder: Arranger, Relator, Responsibility, Input, Learner
VIA Character Strengths: Honesty, Fairness, Forgiveness, Kindness, Hope

Position Title: Director

Phone: 610-436-0730

Email: jtrogus@wcupa.edu

Education: (In Progress): Doctorate of Health Sciences - East Stroudsburg University; Master's of Public Health - East Stroudsburg University; B.A. Social Work - Millersville University.   I am a first generation college student.

Strengths: I believe that everyone has the ability to be well and achieve the well-being goals they would like to accomplish in order to become the best version of themselves.  I approach wellness coaching through a lens of curiosity - asking questions to help students discover and identify their path towards well-being.   I utilize my strength as a relator to connect with students through coaching as they work towards and achieve their health and well-being vision.  I am creative in my thinking and like to explore challenges as opportunities.

Professional Interests: The best part of my work in the Office of Wellness Promotion is working with students and helping to cultivate and support their health and well-being journey.   In addition to wellness coaching, I enjoy conducting research into innovative practices and programs, problem solving how to best meet the needs of our campus community, working with our department team in their efforts to develop initiatives to support student success at WCU, and supporting the growth and development of our team.  I enjoy public health theory and critically thinking through behavior change strategies.  I've spent over 15 years working in health promotion on college campuses and have a great deal of knowledge and experience in a variety of topical areas.  I continue to explore the interconnectedness among topics and the impact of external factors on our ability to be well.

Personal Interests: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.  I practice well-being through exercise (my favorite being running and walking), keeping a gratitude journal, and listening to music.  I like to prepare meals for my family, enjoy reading, and playing outdoor games (wiffle ball and kickball especially) - I can be a little competitive!

Catie Baxter

Name: Catie Baxter

Pronouns: she/her/hers

StrengthsFinder: Strategic, Learner, Empathy, Achiever, Communication

VIA Character Strengths: Honesty, Love of Learning, Spirituality, Curiosity, Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence

Position Title: Associate Director

Phone: 610-436-0732

Email: cbaxter@wcupa.edu

Education: BA in Public Relations and Journalism from Montclair State University; MA in Public Relations from Rowan University; Graduate Certificates in School Communications, and Wellness Coaching from Rowan University; first-generation student

Strengths: When it comes to well-being, everyone needs something different and there is no approach that works the same for every person. As a coach, I like to use my strengths in empathy and communication to help you identify the strengths and gifts you hold within you. In identifying your passion areas, you can also recognize potential aspects of well-being you would like to grow in and focus on those areas using the strengths that you already have.

Professional Interests: As a part of the Office of Wellness Promotion, I appreciate the opportunity I have to support students through their time as a Golden Ram through impactful methods such as individualized coaching and conversations or large-scale programming to reach bigger groups. Mental and spiritual well-being are some of my personal and professional passion areas, and I have gone through multiple courses on mindfulness practices to learn what is the best fir for you. Using my years of experience in mindfulness practices, I hope to support individuals in recognizing small and large practices they can utilize to enhance their life experiences.  

Personal Interests: I love to read and write, especially if I can be outdoors. I also enjoy traveling and hope to visit all 50 states, and also love to bake and do arts and crafts. I am a certified reiki practitioner and like to spend time creating my own mindfulness practices.

Erika McKee

Name: Erika McKee

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Top VIA Character Strengths/or Strengths Finder Strengths: Restorative, Adaptability, Intellection, Activator, Empathy

Position Title: Graduate Assistant for Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Education

Phone: (610)-436-0730

Email: em960058@wcupa.edu    
 
Education:  Easton Area High School- Easton, PA- Graduated in 2016, Alvernia University- Reading, PA- Graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor’s in Addiction and Mental Health Treatment with a minor in Psychology, West Chester University- West Chester, PA- Expected Graduation Spring 2023 with a Master’s degree in Public Health 

Strengths: When I work with individuals, I tend to use a solution focused approach to assist reaching short-term goals. I focus on asking questions to try and understand the whole person and their situation(s).  I assist, support, provide information, and collaborate with students to brainstorm ways to improve their well-being.

Professional Interests: I’m passionate about public health, alcohol education, helping students improve their overall well-being, and practicing mindfulness.  
 
Personal Interests: I enjoy reading, painting, exercising, going for walks, and quoting The Office!  

Kailey Schissler

Name: Kailey Schissler

Pronouns: She/Her 

Position Title: Graduate Assistant for Wellness Coaching and Large-Scale Programming

Phone: (610)436-0730

Email: KS906141@wcupa.edu    

Education: University of Delaware- Graduated in 2022 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology with minors in Human Development and Family Science and Disability Studies, West Chester University- Expected Graduation Spring 2024 with a Master’s degree in Social Work 

Professional Interests: I’m passionate about mental and physical health, wellness, utilizing a strength-based approach, and promoting a growth mindset. I am constantly working on my own self-growth and hope to assist you in your own journey!

Personal Interests: I enjoy yoga and working out, reading, cooking, and spending time with friends and family! I am also passionate about fundraising and service and have been very actively involved with the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation!

Wellness Coaching Q&A's:

How Do I Sign-Up for Wellness Coaching?

 Students can sign-up for Wellness Coaching through the link below.

Is Coaching Free?

Wellness Coaching is free. A no show fee may be applied if there is more than one session missed.

How Many Sessions Is Wellness Coaching?

Wellness Coaching consists of 3 sessions.  Students will meet with their coach for a 1-hour session to start followed by 2, 30-minute sessions over a 6-week period.  Students relying on their wellness coach for longer term support (more than 1 semester focusing on the same topic) will be referred to campus resources for additional support.

Where Do Wellness Coaching Sessions Take Place?

Sessions are held in-person or remotely via Zoom or by phone. Locations are determined between the coach and student.

I've Already Participated In Coaching But I Have New Goals I Would Like To Work On.  Can I Sign Up Again?

Yes! We recognize that you may have different goals that you would like to work on.  

The Coaching Process Is Not What I Expected. Can I Back Out?

Yes. We ask that you let your coach know. Students who no show for appointments more than once may be charged a no show fee.

Is Coaching A Confidential Resource On Campus?


No. Wellness coaching is a private resource meaning that information shared will remain private between, you, the student, and your facilitator with the following exceptions:
Disclosure of sexual misconduct-including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual abuse, and harassment
Concern of safety to yourself or to another person, including criminal behavior
Facilitators are not confidential resources on campus. On-campus confidential resources include the Center for Counseling & Psychological Services (610-436-2301) and Health Services (610-436-2509).

I Have Questions About Wellness Coaching.  Who Should I Contact?

Please email wellness@wcupa.edu. You may send your questions directly or include your availability for staff to setup a time to answer all of your questions. 

I Would Like To Refer A Friend, Can I?

You can help spread the word about the Wellness Coaching program and encourage friends to reach out.  While we can suggest the program to others, we can't make other people want to participate. Feel free to share the Wellness Coaching Flyer to help spread the word about the program.

eCHECKUP TO GO (alcohol and cannabis assessments)

Students are encouraged to learn about their use of alcohol and cannabis through completing the eCHECKUP tools.  


Do you drink alcohol? How many calories do you typically drink in a week? How much money do you spend in a month? How does your alcohol use compare to other WCU students and students in the US?

Take 8-10 minutes to get personal, confidential feedback about alcohol use with the eCHECKUP Alcohol. Want to talk about your results? Call (610-436-0730) or email (wellness@wcupa.edu) Wellness Promotion to set up a time to talk.

Alcohol eCHECKUP to Go Program Link 

Take 8-10 minutes to do the eCHECKUP TO GO: Marijuana and get personal, confidential feedback about marijuana use. Want to talk about your results? Call (610-436-0730) or email (wellness@wcupa.edu) Wellness Promotion to set up a time to talk.

Marijuana eCHECKUP to Go Program Link 

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