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)

Returning to In-Person Learning: Coping with the Even Newer Normal

Facilitator: Lauren Drouchard (she/her), MSW, RSW

When: Friday, February 4, 2022 - 2:00-3:00pm

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

 Change is hard for us all. Over the past two years, we have been forced to adapt to constant changes in our routine; moving from in-person to remote learning, and now back again to in-person learning. This change in routine can cause feelings of stress and anxiety for many. In this workshop, we'll talk together about any hard feelings we have around the return to campus, as well as how to manage and cope with these feelings using CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) strategies, taking back control, boundary setting, connection to our values and strengths, and more.

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Digital Well-Being: Building Habits for a Healthy Relationship with Technology

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

When: Wednesday, February 23, 2022 - 3:15-4:45pm

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

If you have ever stayed up too late on social media or found yourself scrolling through your phone when you meant to be studying, this workshop is for you. In this 1.5-hour workshop, we will be discussing the impact of technology use on our well-being by assessing our digital diets and learning strategies to build the relationship that we genuinely want with the technology in our lives.

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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.

Building Resilience: Understanding Stress and Building Skills to Cope

Facilitator: Amar Ghelani, MSW, RSW

When: Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00 pm - January 26, February 2, 9, & 16, 2022

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).

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BIPOC and QTBIPOC Circle

Facilitator: Vi Phan, MSW, RSW

When: Last Wednesday of every month.  Upcoming dates: January 19, 2022 - 3:30-4:30pm

Where: MS Teams, links to be sent on the morning of the group.

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.   

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Dealing with Hard Feelings

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

When:  Tuesdays, 2:30-4:00 pm - January 25, February 1. 8, & 15, 2022

Where: MS Teams, links to be provided

For many of us, experiencing certain emotions can be particularly 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 hard feelings go away. At times, we may use actions to 'get rid of' these hard feelings that can hurt us in the long run.  However, emotions, including the hard ones, are all part of being human and living life, 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 hard feelings, 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 and helpful way. By the end of this group, participants will develop their own personal plan for dealing with feelings that challenge them the most!

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

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

Facilitator: Katrina Levasseur Nedamat (she/her)

When: Thursdays, 1:15-2:45 pm - February 3, 10, 17, March 3, & 10, 2022 (Please note there is no meeting over Reading Week on February 24)

Where: MS Teams, links to be provided

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 Behavioural 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. 

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

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Mindful Self-Compassion: Learning to treat yourself as you would treat a friend

Facilitator: Denise Alton, MSW, RSW

When: Tuesdays, 1:30-2:45 – February 8, 15, March 1, 8, 15, 2022

Where: MS Teams, links to be sent via email

Have you ever noticed your inner voice?  At times, we may notice that our inner voice treats us more like an enemy than a friend with harsh criticism and unhelpful self-talk.  Based on the writing and research of Dr. Kristin Neff, this group teaches us how to use mindfulness to take a different approach to the way we respond to our emotions and thoughts.  We can begin to accept our experiences and ourselves just as we are.  Together, we will move toward the golden rule of self-compassion: to treat ourselves as we would treat a friend.  This 5-week group aims to teach participants how to show themselves compassion, kindness and soothing and to understand that we are not alone when we struggle.

Registrants will be contacted by the facilitator for a brief conversation about participating in the group.

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