Health & Wellness Centre Groups – Winter 2020
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 (email@example.com), phone, 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.
8 WEEK GROUPS (weekly attendance, pre-registration required)
Mood Matters – Mondays 12pm; SL-266;
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.
Self-Compassion– Tuesdays 3 pm; SL-266;
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 pm; SL 266;
Creating a safer space for racialized students to discuss impacts of racism and oppression, build community, and enhance wellness.
Creating Social Connections – Thursdays 12 pm; SL-266;
Participants will have the opportunity to practice specific techniques that may be helpful in reducing social anxiety, social isolation or loneliness.
Mind & Body – Thursdays 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm, 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.
DROP IN GROUPS
The Art of Being Mindful – Mondays 3-4:30 pm; Makers Space, UTSC Library;
Find your artist’s way. Learn to cultivate presence, inner peace and improve your focus. Through this mindfulness-based arts group series, you will learn how to more effectively process your feelings and thoughts through creative art activities.
Relaxation and Mindfulness — Wednesdays 4 pm; SL-266; (begins January 8th)
Join our Peer Support Team, led by student peers, as we learn about the concepts of mindfulness and relaxation, and how it can help with managing stress, increasing concentration and improving overall health.
LGBTQIA2S Group– Thursdays 5:00 pm; SL-266; (begins January 9th)
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 pm, HL 445; (begins January 16th)
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.
Peer-to-Peer Drop In, Tuesdays & Fridays, 12:00 -1:30 pm, (begins January 6th)
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.