Groups & Workshops
Groups & Workshops are powerful vehicles for change. When we participate in a group with others who are living with similar concerns, we begin to realize that we are not alone in our struggles. We explore and learn new skills, practicing these in the safety of the group. Groups can be an empowering experience; feeling the support of the facilitator(s) and fellow group members can increase our motivation and energy to create the change we want for ourselves.
Please check out the groups & workshops outlined below and choose one (or more) that you believe is a good fit for you:
Please note that all Counsellor facilitated workshops listed on this page are now CCR approved! Beginning January 2021, attend 4 HCC workshops and complete an evaluation survey for each between January and April to receive CCR credit.
For workshop descriptions and registration information for CCR approved Peers Supporting Peers programming, please go here: https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/health/mental-health/peers-supporting-peers-psp/psp-workshops
Redefining Self-Care: An intersectional understanding of self-care & how to care for ourselves.
Facilitator: Vi Phan, MSW, RSW
When: Tuesday, July 20 from 2:00-3:30 pm
Where: Zoom, Link to be sent the morning of the workshop
Self-care is a topic that you may have been hearing a lot about, especially during the pandemic. Research suggests that practicing self-care leads to improved well-being but you may not know how to begin or if your current efforts toward self-care are enough. In this 1.5-hour long workshop, we will explore the many different definitions of self-care and the ways that we can put this into practice in our day to day lives. Moving beyond stereotypical self-care activities, we will use an intersectional lens to work toward determining the best self-care practices to address our own unique needs to put together a plan of action that works for you!
Please note that group members will be asked to provide facilitators with a contact phone number, emergency contact and current Ontario address prior to the start of each group session.
Facilitators: Lauren Drouillard, MSW, RSW and Helen Leung, MSW, RSW
When: Weekly, every Tuesday from 3:00-4:00pm *no meetings in August, see below*
The commUNIty drop-in will be taking a brief pause break for the month of August, as the co-facilitators will be away throughout the month. Registrations will remain open during this time, and we encourage you to sign up to join us for back to school in September 🙂
The last commUNIty drop-in meeting before the break will be Tues. July 27th, and the group will resume again on Tues. Sept. 7th (no groups on August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th or 31st).
Where: MS Teams, Link to be sent the morning of the drop-in.
Please join us for this virtual support group: a safe online meeting space for UTM students to connect, support each other, and pick up some general coping strategies for managing student life. Each week, an HCC counsellor will introduce a topic for discussion and provide students with an opportunity to talk with each other about what is on their minds. Participants can request topics for future sessions and are encouraged to bring their lived experience and wisdom to the table! Together, we'll talk about how to build a community at UTM, live out our values, and discuss how we are doing moment to moment.
Building Resilience: Understanding Stress and Building Skills to Cope
Facilitator: Vi Phan, MSW, RSW & Amar Ghelani, MSW, RSW
When: *Updated* Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00pm – July 28, August 4, 11 & 18
Where: MS Teams, links to be sent to participants on the first morning of the group.
This is a 4-part weekly workshop series that will be offered each month to UTM students. This series offers an introduction to understanding stress; its benefits and challenges; the skills and supports needed to cope well in university and develop long-term resilience (the ability to bounce back from overwhelming forms of stress).