Performance Anxiety Prevention

Join us in honor of National Prevention Week, to continue the important conversation on  positive mental health. Cali Werner, an LCSW, Ph.D. Student, and 2020 U.S. Olympic Trial Marathon runner will lead an informative and timely conversation on performance and social anxiety.

The spectrum of performance anxiety (carrying out or accomplishing a task) ranges from being in a play, giving a speech, playing in a sport, doing your job well, taking a test, or even cleaning your room can fit in the spectrum; it’s vast. Cali specializes in providing freedom, resilience, and positive coping strategies to help individuals overcome the barrier of performance and social anxiety to experience life to their fullest potential.

Whether to inform yourself for others, yourself, or both; this universal conversation is intended for educators, administrators, prevention specialists, parents, and students.


7:30 P.M.-8:30 P.M. CT




Cali Werner’s clinical interests and areas of expertise include OCD, athletes’ repetitive and ritualistic performance inhibiting behaviors, confidence, and anxiety surrounding performance in sport.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Rice University where she competed as a Division I collegiate distance runner winning nine conference titles and an Honorable Mention All-American in the 10k. HER most recent athletic success was competing in the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

While at Rice, Cali was obtaining her degree in Sport Management when she was diagnosed with OCD, although she had struggled with it from the young age of four. Treatment changed her life in many ways and her love for the sport reignited as OCD tendencies dissipated. All this to say, her personal experience pushed her career transition into mental health.

Cali received her master’s degree in social work with a specialization in OCD from Baylor University, and is currently working on her Ph.D. in clinical social work at Baylor while continuing to see patients virtually.

Her current research on OCD and perfectionism in athletics coincides with her love for running. She is dedicated to raising awareness and speaking on behalf of those with mental illness by educating and providing resources and hope. To learn more about Cali, visit

Here is what she has to say: “Life is too short to let stress and routine take the passion out of something you were once passionate about. Don’t let it steal your spark. Evidence-based treatment works.”

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