Group Therapy Schedule

Health & Wellness Centre Groups – Winter 2017

Join a group to gain support from fellow students and learn you are not alone in what you are experiencing.Learn new skills to enhance your university experience and improve your general health and well-being.  

There are groups that you attend weekly for 8 weeks, and are attended by the same group of students each week. For those groups that are designated as 8 WEEK GROUPS, pre-registration is required.  Please contact the Health & Wellness Centre via email (health-services@utsc.utoronto.ca), phone (416-287-7065), drop by, or talk to your counsellor or other helping professional. You will need to confirm your weekly attendance in these groups.

Groups designated as DROP IN can be attended by any student, even if you are currently suspended, on a work term, or taking a semester off.  Bring a friend if you want, and simply show up when you can!

All groups will take place in the Health & Wellness Centre, SL-270, unless otherwise noted. Most groups will be starting near the end of January 2017.

8 WEEK GROUPS

Self-Compassion– Tuesdays at 12-1pm

Learn skills to combat your inner critic by fostering a sense of self-compassion. The group will practice techniques aimed at relating to yourself more kindly, recognizing that the human condition is imperfect, and mindfully experiencing your thoughts and emotions.

Creating Social Connections – Wednesdays at 3-4pm

Participants will have the opportunity to practice specific techniques that may be helpful in reducing social anxiety, social isolation or loneliness.

Mood Matters - Wednesday at 12-1pm

Learn the relationship between your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and learn new coping strategies. The group will also practice specific techniques to reduce stress and manage difficult emotions.

Mind & Body Strength – Wednesdays 3:15-4:45pm, starting January 11 -  TPASC Building

Register for this unique course and receive $20 in T-bucks (this is not a typo).  Rejuvenate this new year with the Flourish team leaders to manage your stress through physical and cognitive skill-building activities. Learn the basics of cardio, strength, and flexibility exercises in the studio and fitness centre. Boost your resilience through setting personal goals, applying character strengths, and practicing relaxation techniques.

Mirror, mirror – Self-image and disordered eating- Thursdays at 12-1pm

Participants will learn how to increase their awareness about their own healthy and unhealthy habits. This workshop will include interactive activities, helping participants learn ways to improve body image, and question myths our society holds about beauty.

Strength-Based Resilience Group – Tuesdays at 3-4:30pm OR Thursdays at 3-4:30pm

This group focuses on building strengths to boost resilience, wellness and ways to learn to deal with psychological distress.  Learn to cultivate positive emotions, foster healthy relationships and pursue meaningful goals.

DROP IN GROUPS

Pause – Mondays from 315—345pm, starting January 23

Take 30 minutes out of your busy week to pause and find a few moments of quiet and relaxation. Every week will be a hands-on practice in finding quietness within ourselves. This may include meditation, visualization, or deep breathing, for example. 

Relaxation and Meditation— Wednesdays, 3-4pm - SL-279, starting January 4

Learn about the concepts of mindfulness meditation and how it can help with managing stress, increasing concentration and improving overall health.  A meditation will be completed every week.  No previous meditation experience necessary.  Mats and meditation cushions provided.

Graduate student Group- Time and Date TBD. Starting February 2017.

Pursuing a graduate degree can be emotionally, psychologically and often physically taxing.  Join fellow graduate students to discuss relevant topics related to coping and learn new strategies for managing the myriad of stressors unique to the graduate experience.

Over the RAINBOW LGBTQ+ Group– Fridays at 12-1pm, starting January 13

The LGBTQ+ support group is open to any students who identify within the LGBTQ+ community or may be questioning their gender identity and/or sexual orientation. The group will explore LGBTQ+ related topics including coming out processes, experiences of marginalization, and advocacy of queer and trans rights and identities. The group will also offer supportive space for discussion, and a variety self-care strategies.