Serena Goldsmith gains from her own recovery journey

Serena's SMCSU GraduationSerena Goldsmith, ASW, MSW
CSUSM Alumnus

Serena Goldsmith earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at CSUSM and is a Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Clinician, and a Peer Support Specialist.

In addition to her years of professional experience providing individual counseling and group therapy to clients with mental health diagnoses, Serena has been living with bipolar disorder, type I  for 26 years.  As a mental health recovery educator and advocate, she is passionate about sharing the knowledge she gained from her own recovery journey, as well as from her work with clients, and provides hope and practical recovery tools to others.

20170517_195619Serena was chosen by the CSUSM MSW Faculty as the MSW Nominee for the Dean’s Outstanding Graduate Student in 2017.

Serena spoke at the International Bipolar Foundation, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the Tri-City Medical Center, and UCSD’s School of Medicine. Serena has spoken about mental health recovery and stigma reduction to students at schools and universities throughout San Diego and was interviewed by CBS 8 News, KPBS Evening Edition News, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and Everyday Health.  She is a certified facilitator for the Copeland Center’s WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) class and SAMHSA’s Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) peer support group and leads a Mindfulness Meditation class.

When not pursuing her career passions, Serena enjoys spending time with friends and family and taking care of her cat, Pumpkin.  Serena also enjoys inventing healthy plant-based recipes, doing yoga and other forms of exercise, singing and listening to different types of music, reading books and articles related to healthy living, writing poetry, and spending time in nature.