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

Did you know you can earn CCR credit by attending Counsellor facilitated workshops?  Please see here for more details:

Wellness CCR | Health & Counselling Centre (utoronto.ca)

Defeating Worry: Strategies to change your anxious thinking (Part One)  

Facilitator: Sofia Pelaez (she/her), MSW, RSW  

When: Wednesday, July 13th, 1:15-2:15pm

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

Does your mind seem to be focused on the future and worst-case scenarios? Is frequent worry interfering with your ability to enjoy life and focus on the present? If this is the case, this workshop is for you! In part one of this two part series, you will learn to identify the assumptions, beliefs and predictions (aka thoughts) that contribute to anxiety. You will also learn specific and practical strategies to reframe the thoughts that lead to feeling anxious and worried. Join us for information, tips and strategies for defeating the worry that causes anxiety!    

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Defeating Worry: Strategies to reduce anxiety through action (Part Two)  

Facilitator: Sofia Pelaez (she/her), MSW, RSW  

When: Wednesday, July 27th, 1:15-2:15pm

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

In part two of this two-part series, we will discuss the behavioural aspects of worry and anxiety. This hour-long workshop explores the behaviors and unhelpful habits that reinforce and maintain worry and anxiety. You will learn how to change your responses to anxiety triggering situations as well as action-oriented activities you can do to feel less anxious and worried!  Attending Part One is not mandatory but it is strongly recommended.  

Register today!

Mindfulness Introduction: What is it and why is it so popular?

Facilitator: Vi Phan (she/her), MSW, RSW

When: Tuesday, August 9th, 2:45-3:15pm

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

Mindfulness helps us to live our lives in the present moment, but what exactly does that look like and how might this be beneficial to you? If you’re curious to learn more about mindfulness join us for this 1.5-hour introduction workshop where you’ll learn about the various ways mindfulness is used to increase one’s ability to regulate emotions, decrease stress, increase focus and improve a person’s overall physical and mental health. Join us as we explore how to feel more engaged and connected to the world by simply adding some mindful presence to our lives.  

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Tapping into our inner wisdom: An introduction to addressing problems and difficulties with openness and clarity

Facilitator: Katrina Levasseur Nedamat (she/her), MSW, RSW

When: Wednesday, August 24th, 1:15-2:45pm

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

If you have ever felt “too emotional” or “not emotional enough,” you’re in good company. Most of us have struggled at one time or another with either feeling emotionally overwhelmed or rationally detached. By drawing from Mindfulness and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) techniques, this 1.5-hour workshop will provide a roadmap to help navigate life's difficulties and problems in a way that feels effective and meaningful to you.

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.

*All students who register for a group will be contacted by one of the group facilitators (HCC counsellors) for a brief, 15-minute phone call (gathering of information and opportunity to ask any questions about the group).

Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC) Focus Group

Facilitator: Vi Phan, MSW, RSW (she/her)

When: July 6, 2022 – 1:30-2:15pm – Virtual 
Where: Zoom - link to be provided the morning of  

When: July 7, 2022 – 1:30-2:15pm – In-person
Where: William G. Davis Building, 2nd floor, Room 2045

Do you self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) student?  Are you interested in providing feedback on the programming offered by the Health and   Counselling Centre (HCC)?  We want to hear from you!

The Health and Counselling Centre (HCC) is holding a BIPOC Focus Group, to be facilitated by a BIPOC counsellor and BIPOC work-study students. The goal of this group is to survey the BIPOC community to determine what programming the UTM BIPOC community would be most interested in attending in the 2022-2023 school year. Self-care swag bags will be given to all participants in the focus group.

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Dealing with Hard Feelings

Facilitators: Helen Leung, MSW, RSW (she/her)

When: Tuesdays, July 12- August 2, 2022, 1:30-2:30pm

Where: MS Teams

For many of us, experiencing certain emotions can be difficult and uncomfortable. Whether it be feeling anxious, sad or angry, it is natural to want to avoid feeling upset and to find ways to make these emotions go away. At times, we may our actions during these challenging times may hurt us in the long run. Emotions are a part of being human and we cannot avoid them. In this 4-week group, participants will learn more about the role of emotions in their lives, what happens when we can’t deal with our emotions, and learn skills drawn from mindfulness, CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), and DBT (dialectical behaviour therapy) to help them to manage emotional distress in a safe way. By the end of this group, participants will develop their own personal plan for dealing with feelings that challenge them the most!

Register today!

Think, Feel, Do: A CBT group for Anxiety and Low Mood

Facilitator: Katrina Levasseur-Nedamat, MSW, RSW (she/her)

When: Thursdays, July 21- August 18, 2022, 1:30-3:00pm

Where: MS Teams

Inviting all students to join us for a 5-part series program where we will build our awareness about managing anxiety and low mood. This group will help students work with their thoughts and feelings in a different way. We will use the Cognitive Behavoural Therapy Model (CBT), to learn how thoughts, feelings and actions interact with each. From there, we will learn some skills and strategies to challenge thinking styles that may contribute to anxiety and low mood as well as behavioural actions we can do to change our feelings.

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Building Resilience: Understanding Stress and Building Skills to Cope

Facilitator: Amar Ghelani, MSW, RSW

Dates: Tuesdays, July 6-27th, 2:00-3:00pm

Where: MS Teams

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!

BIPOC and QTBIPOC Circle

Facilitator: Vi Phan, MSW, RSW

When: TBD

Where: MS Teams

Inviting all BIPOC and QTBIPOC students to join us for this supportive, inclusive drop-in circle where we will create a safe environment to discuss and reflect on our intersectional identities and lived experiences.  The drop-in sessions will be facilitated by racialized counsellors from the Health & Counselling Centre.  Come to chat, share and connect with your peers on a variety of student driven topics with a specific focus on our cultural and racial identities and experiences.  

Registration for this group is currently closed. More dates TBA.

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