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
Sleep Hygiene: Tips for getting a good night’s rest
Facilitator: Denise Alton (she/her), MSW, RSW
When: Tuesday, May 11 from 2:15-3:15 pm
Where: Zoom, Link to be provided the morning of the workshop
Sleep is essential to both our physical and emotional well-being and is also greatly affected by the stress we feel in our everyday lives. Social distancing can make everything feel out of order and may have changed the way we view and practice trying to get a good night's rest. In this one-hour workshop, we will learn the do's and don'ts of sleep hygiene and explore how the messages we send ourselves about sleep may be affecting the quality of sleep we get. Whether we are in the midst of social distancing or living our everyday lives, sleep hygiene provides us with guidelines and practices to promote a healthy, restful night, increasing our chances of feeling well the next day.
Managing Negative Body Image
Facilitator: Lauren Drouillard (she/her)
When: Wednesday, May 26 from 3:30-4:30 pm
Location: Zoom, Link to be provided the morning of the workshop
During this pandemic, we continue to face a variety of stressors; including increased isolation, disruption of our regular daily routines, heightened anxiety, and continued uncertainty about the future. On top of this, we’re also managing comparison to peers and social media messaging around ‘the quarantine 15’ and getting a 'perfect summer body' as the seasons change. In this time that feels so high pressure, the temptation to control and change our bodies can creep in, causing negative body image.
Together in this one-hour virtual workshop, we will explore what body image is, factors that can negatively impact how we feel about our bodies and ourselves, as well as coping skills to help work against this.
Please come with an open mind and willingness to explore!
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 3:30-4:30pm
*Please note that this drop in will be temporarily paused the week of April 13th and resuming on May 4th. Registration will remain open and all registrants will be contacted prior to the May 4th session*
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.
Building Resilience: Understanding Stress and Building Skills to Cope
Facilitator: Helen Leung, MSW, RSW & Amar Ghelani, MSW, RSW
When: Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00pm – May 19, 26, June 2 & 9.
Where: MS Teams, links to be sent to participants in advance of the first meeting.
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).