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:

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Workshops

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

Defeating Worry:  Thinking Strategies to Reduce Anxiety

Facilitator: Denise Alton, MSW,RSW

When: Friday, March 5, 1:00-2:30pm

Where: Zoom, link to be sent the morning of the Workshop

Our thoughts are powerful directors of our emotions.  Do you often find yourself making negative, scary predictions about what is to come?  Does your mind seem to be concerned about unlikely “what if” scenarios that rarely come true?  This workshop is for you!  From a cognitive perspective, our thoughts and the way we respond to these thoughts are responsible for the creation of anxious feelings.  Join us for the first part of this two-part series on managing worry.  This workshop explores how to begin changing your relationship with anxiety provoking thinking!

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Enhancing Your Well Being

Facilitator: Madeline Keogh, M.Ed., RP

When: Tuesday, March 9, 1:30-2:30pm

Where: Zoom, link to be sent the morning of the workshop

In this one-hour session, we will be looking at stress; what the stressors are in our lives right now, how we experience stress and how we manage it. A model of activities for having optimal health of mind will be introduced and an opportunity to create a plan for optimizing one's own mind health will be provided.

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Defeating Worry: Behavioural Strategies to Reduce Anxiety

Facilitator: Denise Alton, MSW,RSW

When: Friday, March 19, 1:00-2:00pm

Where: Zoom, link to be sent the morning of the Workshop

In part two of this two-part series, we check in on our thoughts and discuss the behavioural aspects of worry and anxiety.  Join us in this hour long workshop that explores the behaviours that reinforce and maintain worry and anxiety as well as action oriented activities and challenges you can do to minimize the effects of excessive worry!  Attending Anxiety 101 is not mandatory but it is strongly recommended before attending this workshop.

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Avoiding Procrastination

Facilitator: Helen Leung, MSW, RSW

When: Wednesday, March 31, 1:00-2:00pm

Where: Zoom, link to be sent the morning of the workshop

Many students struggle with getting things done and it comes with an emotional and practical cost.  In this workshop, we move beyond seeing procrastination as laziness by exploring its emotional and behavioural roots and learning some strategies to overcome it. Don't put this off...

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DON’T PANIC! Practical tips to calm yourself when you feel like you’re losing it!

Facilitator: Emily Reed, M.Ed, C.Psych, RP, CCC

When: Thursday, March 25, 4:00-5:00pm

Where: Zoom, link to be sent the morning of the workshop

Pounding heart, sweaty palms, and catastrophic fears.  If you’ve ever experienced an anxiety attack or a panic attack, you know what I’m talking about.  This workshop aims to take some of the power away from panic by: informing you what panic is all about, why it happens and, most importantly, things you can do to lessen the frequency and intensity of panic.

Register today!

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Groups

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. 

commUNIty Drop-in

Facilitators: Lauren Drouillard, MSW, RSW and Helen Leung, MSW, RSW

When: Weekly, every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30pm beginning on Tuesday Jan. 19th 

Where: MS Teams – further information to be provided after registration.

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. 

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Struggling with Sleep Group

Facilitator: Emily Reed, M.Ed, C.Psych

When: *Updated* Wednesdays 1:30-3:00pm, March 10, 24, & 31. 

Where: MS Teams – further information to be provided after registration.

This three-week group will provide students with psychoeducation about sleep and some of the barriers to getting a good night's rest.  The group will be based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy-Insomnia principles and will support group members in understanding how their ways of thinking, as well as their behaviours, can interfere with a restful night.  Together, over three weeks, group members will be introduced to a number of techniques, including sleep logs to support the development of more restorative sleep.  In order for students to receive the maximum benefit from this group, attendance to all three sessions and complete sleep-related homework assignments between sessions are required. 

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Building Resilience: Understanding Stress and Building Skills to Cope

Facilitator: Denise Alton, MSW, RSW and Helen Leung, MSW, RSW

When: Mondays, 1:30-2:30pm – March 8, 15, 22 & 29. 

Where: MS Teams, information to be emailed upon registration

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).

Register today!

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