Health & Wellness Centre Groups – Online Groups for Fall 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.
Registered Weekly Groups (weekly attendance, pre-registration required)
DBT-Informed Skills for Managing Emotions
Mondays 2pm-4pm starting Sept. 28, ending Dec. 14. (12 weeks) and/or Wednesdays 2pm-4pm
This group will introduce participants to the main concepts of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy as well as teach skills from the 4 main modules: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. This group is best suited for students looking to decrease the role of impulsivity in their lives as well as those who would like to work on understanding, coping with, and managing their emotions and relationships. Participants will engage with DBT skills from each module and complete practice exercises that encourage application to everyday life. Please note that this group requires a brief intake interview as part of the registration process.
Drop In Groups
Finding Self-Acceptance using principles of Self-Compassion
Thursdays from 1-2:30pm. Starting Oct 01,2020, ending Dec 17 (12 weeks)
This group seeks to provide a space to explore our understanding of ourselves using a compassionate focused lens. The journey into building a healthy relationship with yourself starts with learning principles around self-acceptance, self-image, self-esteem, self-confidence and ideal self. 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.
Get on Anxiety, Lessen Stress
Wednesdays from 2:30-4:00pm. Starting Sept 30, ending Dec 16. (12 weeks)
The GOALS group is designed to cover a topic each week relevant to what students might experience this semester, ranging from procrastination, finding one’s ideal study environment, staying socially connected, transitioning to online learning, stress management, self-care, exam jitters and more. This group offers a supportive space to discuss and share tips, skills and strategies to help students achieve their goals.
LGBTQ+ support group
Thursdays 5pm-6:30p. Starting Oct 01,2020, ending Dec 17 (12 weeks)
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 to cope with day to day stressors.
Combatting Racism: From Bystander to Upstander
Tuesday, September 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday, October 21, 3:00 - 5:00pm
Thursday, November 19, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
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 psycho-educational group aims to create a safe and inclusive space to explore how inequities create psychological distress, impact physical health and maintain cyclical deprivation. The group will also explore the ways that these inequities are embedded in cultural ideas, artifacts and symbols of the superiority of a specific culture and a race. We will also discuss the Will and practical Ways that can help us to move from bystander to upstander—taking purposeful and impactful actions to combat anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, Islamophobia, and other forms of oppression
Peer-to-Peer Drop In Groups
Tuesdays & Fridays, 1:00 pm -2:30 pm
This drop-in group is facilitated by students who have been trained in peer support skills and mental health. This group is ideal for students that want to talk about experiences of mental health, learn different coping strategies, and learn about available resources on campus.
Understanding Yourself and Your Anxiety
Tuesdays 3p-4:30p. Staring Oct 6th, 2020
You are not alone in experiencing anxiety. Anxiety can makes you feel worried, nervous and uneasy, all the time. Anxiety is the most common psychological concern among post-secondary students, exacerbated many folds in the wake of COVID-19, racial inequities and uncertainty. No matter how your anxiety may manifest itself, this four part group offers you practical and relevant strategies, including specific and effective mindfulness-based practices to deal with anxiety. Each Session begins and ends with a brief mindfulness practice.