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Health & Wellness Centre Counselling and Therapy Groups – Online Sessions for Spring 2022

UTSC Health & Wellness Centre offers three types of health and wellness group sessions. 
Please see the mental health and wellness focused groups and workshops facilitated by Counsellor/Therapists here:

Register for all groups via CLNx.

  1. Mental Health Workshops. These workshops are educational in approach.  They provide information and support to cope and improve your well-being and better understand mental health surrounding various topics and issues.
  2. Drop-in Groups. Participants are encouraged to engage throughout the session. These groups focus on developing and improving self-care strategies. Participants may join these groups at any point throughout the series, weekly registration is required.
  3. Therapy Groups. Weekly attendance is mandatory, and an intake assessment is required. The student must reside in Ontario due to governmental regulations. Therapy groups help change attitudes, behaviour and habits that may be unhelpful; and promote more constructive and adaptive ways of coping.
     

  

DBT-Informed Skills for Surfing Stress and Emotions

Wednesdays 2-4pm   

Counsellor: Maria Garcia and Leah Erlich

Type: Therapy Group – Virtual 

  Date of First Session: May 11, 2022             Date of Last Session: July 27, 2022 

This DBT informed group will introduce participants to skills they can use to manage their reactions to stress and emotions.  At each rolling admission week participants will be oriented to the upcoming materials including distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness skills.  A variety of methods will be used including handouts, short videos and practice using skills. 

The same participants will be meeting weekly over 10-12 sessions.  Registration is open until group reaches capacity.   Participants will be required to register with the Health & Wellness Centre to participate in this group. 

Please email health.utsc@utoronto.ca to register for this group. This group requires a brief intake interview as a part of the registration process.

 

Understanding Yourself, Understanding Your Anxiety

Thursdays 5pm-6:30pm 

Facilitators:  Dr. Tayyab Rashid

Type: Mental Health Workshop – Virtual 

 Date of First Session: May 12, 2022             Date of Last Session: July 28, 2022 

You are not alone, to experience anxiety. Anxiety makes you feel worried, nervous and uneasy—constantly. Anxiety is the most common psychological concern among post-secondary students, exacerbated many folds in wake of COVID-19, racial inequalities and uncertainties. No matter how your anxiety manifests, this six-week group offers you practical, relevant and effective strategies, including specific mindfulness-based practices to deal with anxiety. Each Session begins and ends with a brief mindfulness practice.

May 12: Session 1: Understanding Yourself and Your Anxiety

May 19: Session 2: How Anxiety Keeps you on the Edge?

May 26: Session 3: Taming Your Anxious Mind: Techniques & tools - General

June 2: Session 4: Which Type of Anxiety bothers you most? OCD, Panic, Social, PTSD

June 9: Which treatments may work better for you?

June 16: Understanding Anxiety within Your Cultural Context

July 7: Session 1: Understanding Yourself and Your Anxiety

July 14: Session 2: How Anxiety Keeps you on the Edge?

July 21: Session 3: Taming Your Anxious Mind: Techniques & tools - General

July 28: Session 4: Which Type of Anxiety bothers you most? OCD, Panic, Social, PTSD

August 4: Which treatments may work better for you?

August 11: Understanding Anxiety within Your Cultural Context

Registration closes at 8am the day prior to the group.  If you missed registering for this workshop on CLNx, please email health.utsc@utoronto.ca to inquire how to join. 

 

Combatting Racism: From By Stander to Up Stander 

Tuesdays 2pm-3:30pm 

Facilitators: Dr. Tayyab Rashid 

Type: Mental Health Workshop – Virtual 

 Date of First Session: May 10, 2022             Date of Last Session: July 26, 2022

COVID-19 has sharpened the structural and societal inequities that have long existed and permeated disproportionately across racialized communities. These inequities have been maintained by power dynamics that translate into a lack of access to resources and opportunities. This series of workshops aims to create a safe and inclusive space to explore different dimensions of inequities that have created psychological distress and maintained cyclical deprivation. Each workshop will focus on a specific topic with strategies to move from bystander to upstander—in combatting anti-Black Racism, anti-Indigenous, anti-Asian, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, gender and 2S+LGBTQ based discrimination and other forms of oppression.  This session is recognized on the CCR.  Attendees will be given a link to complete a MS Forms as a reflection for each session they attend and CCR validation will be done at the end of the semester.

1. May 10: Historical practices and processes which have perpetuated Racism

2. May 17:   "Othering": Specific forms of Othering manifested through Anti-Black, Anti-Indigenous & Systemic Racism including Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Anti-Asian Racism & 2S+LGBTQ based discrimination. 

3. May 24: Racial Trauma

4. May 31: Micro-aggression: actions, habits & practices

5. June 7: Cultural Differences in Communication

6. June 14: Intersectional identities

7. June 21: Creating culturally responsive psychological interventions

8. June 28: Exemplary initiatives and practices combatting racism

9. July 5: From by Stander to Upstander: Strengths-Based Strategies & Skills

10. July 12: Putting all of the above into action

Registration closes at 8am the day prior to the group.  If you missed registering for this workshop on CLNx, please email health.utsc@utoronto.ca to inquire how to join.

Summer Lovin’: a workshop series on the relationship between sex and mental health 

 Thursdays 2:30pm -4pm 

Facilitators:  Chanda Chandalala and Leah Erlich

Type: Mental Health Workshop

Location: Virtually and In-Person SL-270 

 Date of First Session: May 26, 2022             Date of Last Session: July 28, 2022 

This series of workshops is meant to be a fun, inclusive, and safe space to discuss the many intersections between sex, sexuality, relationships, and mental health. Each workshop will focus on a specific topic to elicit discussion and explore ways that sex and mental health influence one another and consequently our relationships. This series aims to help students to gain a better understanding of themselves, their values, beliefs and attitudes towards sex, relationships, and mental health. This workshop series is explicitly inclusive of diverse sexual and gender identities and relationship types. Students may attend as many or as few as they wish.

May 26, 2022:  But I Took Sex Ed in High School! Why Now?: Navigating Relationships and Sexuality in University

This workshop will explore the balance between fulfilling relationships and academic, family, and personal responsibilities given the freedoms, challenges, and resources that are all part of university life. This workshop will also detail the resources on campus around sexual health, sexuality, mental health, and sexual violence.

June 2, 2022: Who Am I?: Exploring Ourselves As Relational and Sexual Beings

In this workshop, we take a look within ourselves to identify what values, beliefs, desires, and attitudes about relationships, sex, and sexuality are important to us. Space will be held for participants to share their findings if they wish, and any self-disclosure is entirely optional! We will also be discussing tools to continue to develop our understanding of ourselves in a more ongoing way.

June 9, 2022: Consent 101: The Basics

This workshop will review some of the basic ideas behind and frameworks of consent. Please note that this workshop will discuss the relationship between consent and sexual violence, and that the facilitators will be available after the workshop for support as needed.

June 16, 2022: Consent 201: Into the Weeds

This workshop will go into more detail about ways to obtain and give consent, how we manage when things go wrong, and how to have nuanced conversations about this complex social transaction. Please note that due to the nature of the workshop, discussion of consent violations will likely occur, and facilitators will be available after the workshop for support as needed.

June 23, 2022: Communication About Sex and Relationships: I Know It’s Important, so How Do I Do It?

This workshop will address the question “what should I be thinking about when communicating with (potential) partners about sex and relationships?”. 

July 7, 2022: Intersections of Sex and Culture

Culture has a huge impact on the way we look at sex and relationships, whether we are looking at cultures defined by geography, race, family, or other identities that might not fit neatly into categories. This workshop will start to explore some of the ways that the multiple cultures each of us belong to inform the ways we conceptualize sex, sexuality, and relationships.

July 14, 2022: Relationships, Sex, and Body Image

Registration closes at 8am the day prior to the group. If you missed registering for this workshop on CLNx, please email health.utsc@utoronto.ca to inquire how to join.

 

 Creative Circle: End of Week Retreat to Express and Decompress

Fridays (Biweekly) 3pm-4:45pm 

Facilitators:  Kirstin Cohen 

Type: Drop-In Group – In Person

Location: SL 270  

Date of First Session: May 13, 2022             Date of Last Session: July 22, 2022 

Creativity can be an important means for supporting our overall wellness. Accessing our creativity offers us another outlet for expression and helps us to make sense of some of the challenges we may be experiencing in new ways. Join us in this unique therapeutic art group as we come together to tap into our creativity through art, crafts, writing, movement and more to create and explore new possibilities for wellness. This group offers a space to practice letting go of expectations, perfectionism and comparisons. Whether you consider yourself to be a creative person, or you're simply curious to explore new ways of engaging in self-care, join us as all are welcome!

Registration closes at 8am the day prior to the group. 

This group is being offered in person – SL 270

If you missed registering for this workshop on CLNx, please email health.utsc@utoronto.ca to inquire how to join.

 

Cinematherapy: Healing and Transformation through film

Fridays (Biweekly) 3pm-4:30pm 

Facilitator: Danielle Farmer and Kulsum Khan 

Type: Drop-In Group – In Person

Location: SL 270  

 Date of First Session: May 20, 2022             Date of Last Session: July 29, 2022 

Watching a film with conscious awareness can help us identify and understand our core beliefs and can assist in altering and challenging our thoughts. Join us for a bi-weekly viewing and discussion of Popular Movie clips through a cognitive- behavior therapy lens.  Students will leave each session with increased emotional awareness, insights, and inspiration.  

Registration closes at 8am the day prior to the group. 

This group is being offered in person – SL 270

If you missed registering for this workshop on CLNx, please email health.utsc@utoronto.ca to inquire how to join. 

 

Wellbeing Wanderers:  Be Nurtured by Nature  

Thursdays 4pm-5pm 

Facilitator: Kulsum Khan 

Type: Drop-in Group – In Person:

Location:  H Wing Patio

 Date of First Session: May 26, 2022             Date of Last Session: August 4, 2022 

This Drop-in group is open to all staff, students, and faculty. It is a total of 45 minutes with 5 minutes at the beginning and 5 minutes at the end of the session for informal sharing and questions, giving individual’s flexibility in arriving and departing. The session will begin with: a brief introduction, a short practice (breath meditation, body scan, mindfulness activities and compassion and gratitude practices) leading in to a walk on the Valley Land UTSC Trail. Participants will have the opportunity to share, ask general questions about mindfulness and coping with stress

*No drop in Thursday June 30th due to University Closure

Participants will be meeting in the H wing Patio.  Participants can just drop in, no registration required

This group is being offered in person. Feel free to email health.utsc@utoronto.ca to inquire. 

 

Creating My Care Kit

Wednesdays 3pm-4pm 

Facilitator: Ahil Nageswaran and Danielle Farmer 

Type: Drop-in Group – Virtual 

 Date of First Session: May 25, 2022             Date of Last Session:  June 29, 2022 

This group intends to teach self-care strategies using a self-compassionate lens. The journey into building a healthy relationship with yourself starts with learning principles around self-kindness, self-acceptance and self-care. This group uses a trauma informed, intersectional approach into exploring identity with curiosity and compassion to learn skills on the path to creating a loving relationship with yourself.

Registration closes at 8am the day prior to the group.   If you missed registering for this workshop on CLNx, please email health.utsc@utoronto.ca to inquire how to join.