Groups are a great way to learn new skills with other students who understand and can relate to what you are experiencing. For those groups that are designated as 8 Week Groups, pre-registration is required. Please contact the Health & Wellness Centre via email (email@example.com), phone (416-287-7065), or talk to your counsellor or other helping professional. Those 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. 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 at mid to end of September. If you are already registered in the group, you will receive a confirmation email closer to the start date.
8 WEEK GROUPS (weekly attendance, pre-registration required)
Body Acceptance- Mondays 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.
Family: From Stress to Support – learn strategies & skills to foster healthier family relationships, Mondays 3-4pm
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.
Cultural Connections – Tuesdays, 12-1pm
Creating a safer space for racialized students to discuss impacts of racism and oppression, build community, and enhance wellness.
Self-Compassion– Wednesdays 3-4pm
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.
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Group – Wednesdays 5-7pm
The Wellness Recovery Action Plan® or WRAP®, is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. WRAP for Youth will help to draw attention to some of the things that help to maintain their wellness, become aware of early warning signs and triggers, and develop plans for actions to take when important indicators are noticed. Led by Mood Disorders Association of Ontario.
Creating Social Connections – Thursdays 12-1pm
Participants will have the opportunity to practice specific techniques that may be helpful in reducing social anxiety, social isolation or loneliness.
Skills for Change – Fridays 12-1pm
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.
DROP IN GROUPS
Creative Commons –Tuesdays 3-4pm
A group for students interested in creating as a means to wellness. Various art media will be used. All materials provided!
Relaxation and Meditation— Wednesdays, 3-4pm - SL-279
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.
LGBTQIA2S Group– Thursdays 5-6pm
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.
Graduate student Group- Thursdays 6-7pm
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.
Wellness Walks – Thursdays 3-4pm - Meet at ARC Quad
Join us for a 1 hour walk around the beautiful campus trails. Physically and mentally benefit from being active outdoors. We will encourage meaningful conversations, meditation strategies and various movement methods to stimulate your body and soul. Meet at the ARC Quad at 3pm.
Building Social Confidence – Fridays from 2-3pm – IC 318
This group is a drop-in group focusing on helping students increase their confidence in social situations. Group members will work on building skills through relevant and practical activities, gain peer support, and opportunities to practice new skills to increase confidence.