Health & Wellness Centre Groups – Fall 2019
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 6-8 weeks, and are attended by the same group of students each week. You will need to be registered for these groups. Please contact the Health & Wellness Centre via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone (416-287-7065), drop by, or talk to your counsellor or other helping professional.
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. Groups will be starting near the third week of September.
8 WEEK GROUPS (weekly attendance, pre-registration required)
Creating Social Connections – Tuesdays, 2-3pm - SL270
Participants will have the opportunity to practice specific techniques that may be helpful in reducing social anxiety, social isolation or loneliness.
Self-Compassion– Mondays, 12-1pm - SL270
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.
Cultural Connections – Wednesdays, 2-3pm - SL270
Creating a safer space for racialized students to discuss impacts of racism and oppression, build community, and enhance wellness
Mood Matters - Fridays, 11-12pm- SL270
Every week will be a hands on practice in finding ways to manage stress and difficult emotions. This may include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques, meditation, visualization, or deep breathing, for example.
Mind & Body, 3-4:30pm - TPASC
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.
Family: From Stress to Support, Wednesdays 3-4pm - SL279
Biological or otherwise, family members provide support, and can also be sources of stress. Learn culturally responsive skills and strategies to foster healthy family relationships which can support your academics and career development
DROP IN GROUPS
Relaxation and Meditation— Wednesdays, 3-4pm - SL270
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.
LGBTQIA Group - Thursdays, 5-6pm - SL279
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 of self-care strategies
RESiliency Group – Thursdays, 12-1 pm, HL445, beginning in October - HL445
The RESiliency group is facilitated by Residence Staff and builds upon a peer support model. The group provides support to UTSC residents who may be experiencing emotional difficulties and help students know they are not alone. Students who are studying abroad may find it especially helpful as they may not be able to disclose their personal struggles to family and friends
Buidling Social Confidence - Fridays, 2-3pm - Intranet
Work on building skills through relevant and practical activities, gain peer support, and opportunities to practice new skills to increase confidence.
Peer-to-Peer Drop in, Tuesdays & Fridays, 12:00-1:30pm - SL279
This drop-in group is facilitated by student peers. Come and speak to fellow peers, learn different coping strategies, and learn about available resources on campus