Psychological Services Groups

About SDC's Groups:

NEW CANCELLATION POLICY

Each group will incorporate a presentation of relevant material with discussion and practice of new strategies among group members. It is a place for students to learn about new skills, increase self-awareness and share their experiences with others. Groups are generally small ranging from 5-15 people. Group members are expected and encouraged to participate in group discussions. We ask that students not sign up for more than one group per term. Space is limited in every group. For more information please go to our FAQ page.

Groups involve 4 to 8 two-hour weekly sessions. If you are on a waiting list, you will be notified via email if you have been registered successfully.

All Psychological Services Groups are approved activities for the co-curricular record. However, please note that if you miss more than 2 group sessions in one term that this activity cannot be verified on your co-curricular record.

It is the responsibility of the student to add any desired activities to their own co-curricular record. For more information or to add Psychological Services Groups as an activity to your co-curricular record please click here.

Psychological Services Groups that are available for online registration are listed first. Some groups require an “internal referral” by a counsellor at SDC to make sure that it’s an appropriate fit for you. These groups are listed at the bottom of the page. Registration procedures for these groups will be provided in the description.

Please check back towards the end of the first month of the term for a complete list of groups that will be offered during the term.

All groups are free. To register for any group you would like to attend please click on the checkbox beside the title of the presentation(s) and press the 'Register' button at the bottom of the table.

RegisterGroupDate(s)TimeLocation
TALK About Life in Canada Group January 24, 2017 to March 28, 2017 12:30-1:45pm UCC 371
This is an open International Student Discussion Group that is offered jointly by Psychological Services and the International and Exchange Student Centre.

Being an international student can be an exciting and life-changing experience. There are many new things to discover as you adjust to your new surroundings. If you are interested in discussing and sharing experiences about living and studying in a new culture, then this weekly group may be for you. Weekly Discussion Topics Include: adapting to a new culture, making new friends, communicating across cultures, managing change and stress, finding resources to achieve your academic goals, maintaining health and well-being while away from home.

This is an open, drop-in group that meets on Tuesday afternoons. Registration is NOT required for this group and you may join at any time. Please note that the new cancellation policy does not apply to this group.

Also there will be no session during reading week on February 21st.
Emotion Regulation Group February 1, 2017 to March 29, 2017 1:30-3:30pm WSS Room 3130
This group is designed to help develop skills for understanding and managing emotions. Discussion topics will include identifying and understanding emotions, reducing emotional vulnerability and decreasing emotional suffering.

This group meets every Wednesday afternoon for 7 weeks.

Please note there will not be any session during Reading Week or on March 15.
Managing Anxiety and Stress Group February 3, 2017 to March 3, 2017 10:00am-12:00pm WSS Room 3130
This is a four-week psycho-educational group that meets once per week for two hours. This group aims to help students cope with academic and personal stress. Topics will include thought exercises and behavioural strategies that are often helpful in coping with stress. In addition, self-care, time management, and procrastination will be addressed. Space is limited.

This group meets on Friday mornings for 4 weeks. There will be no session during reading week.

Social Anxiety Group February 6, 2017 to April 3, 2017 2:00-4:00pm WSS Room 3134
This 7-week group is designed to help alleviate the discomfort and stress of social anxiety through a variety of approaches and techniques. Discussion topics will include challenging unhelpful thoughts and expectations as well as exposure to social situations via group role-plays. This group involves working toward individualized goals and practicing social interactions in a safe, non-judgmental setting.

This group meets on Monday afternoons for 7 weeks.

Please note there will be no session during reading week.

Mindfulness Meditation Drop-in Sessions February 7, 2017 to March 28, 2017 10:30-11:20am UCC Room 76 (in the Wellness Education Centre)
Come practice mindfulness meditation skills or try it for the first time in a relaxed, casual environment. Participants will practice mindfulness meditation skills via audio-recording.

No weekly commitment necessary and no registration required. However, registered participants will be given priority should the group reach maximum capacity. This groups runs on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-11:20am.

Please arrive a few minutes before 10:30am. Due to the nature of the group late-comers cannot be accommodated.

UCC 76 is in the basement of the UCC adjacent to the bookstore.

Also please note that this group is exempt from the cancellation policy.


Mindfulness Meditation Drop-in Sessions February 9, 2017 to March 30, 2017 10:30-11:20am UCC Room 76 (in the Wellness Education Centre)
Come practice mindfulness meditation skills or try it for the first time in a relaxed, casual environment. Participants will practice mindfulness meditation skills via audio-recording.

No weekly committment necessary and registration is not required. However, registered participants will be given priority should the group reach maximum capacity. This groups runs on Thursday mornings from 10:30-11:20am.

Please arrive a few minutes before 10:30am. Due to the nature of the group late-comers cannot be accommodated.

UCC 76 is in the basement of the UCC, left of the stairs and adjacent to the bookstore.

Also please note that this group is exempt from the cancellation policy.


Mindfulness Meditation Group February 14, 2017 to April 4, 2017 2:00-4:00pm WSS Room 3130
Mindfulness is defined by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn as a process of paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, without judgment. Participants in the group will develop a non-judgmental awareness of what is happening in the present moment to help reduce stress, improve concentration, and gain a clear understanding of emotions.

This group meets on Tuesday afternoons.

Please note there will be not be a session on February 21 during reading week.
Distress Tolerance Group February 14, 2017 to April 4, 2017 9:30 - 11:30 AM WSS Room 3130
Do you often feel overwhelmed? Do you have difficulty coping with intense emotions? This 7-week group is designed to help employ strategies for surviving and tolerating distress. Discussion topics are heavily focused on distress tolerance skills such as self-soothing, distraction, improving the moment, increasing awareness and acceptance.

This group meets on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 AM for 7 weeks.Please note there will not be a session on February 21st during reading week.


For the Groups below, Register by Contacting our intake office at 519-661-3031

GroupDate(s)TimeLocation
Body Sensation Awareness Movement Group January 9, 2017 to April 10, 2017 Mondays, 3:00 - 3:45 pm Wellness Education Centre (WEC) - UCC 76
This Body Sensation Awareness Movement Group is appropriate for students who are wanting to become more comfortable with sensations originating from within the body as a result of a possible history of complex trauma or other anxiety-related experiences (i.e., panic). This practice focuses on the mindful experience of bodily sensations in the moment during gentle yoga-like forms. In this group, a limited number of physical forms will be introduced and repeated weekly, with choices offered to you in the expression of each form. No physical assists will be done.

This is an open group so participants can join at any time during the term and participate in as many or as few sessions as they would like. We encourage you to speak to the group leaders if you have any questions or concerns about the group.

**Please contact the SDC intake office if you are interested in participating in this group at 519-661-3031.

Steps to Wellness - Anxiety & Depression Education and Support Group February 6, 2017 to April 3, 2017 1:30-3:30pm WSS Room 3130
This is an 8-week group designed to help students learn and practice specific skills to better manage anxiety and depression. The group will provide a safe and supportive environment, with psycho-education, discussion and homework components aimed at cultivating students overall well-being. Discussion topics will include: understanding anxiety and depression; sleep, exercise and nutrition; getting organized and money management; communication; values/strengths; self-esteem; mindfulness and self-talk; and play.

Please contact intake at the Student Development Centre (519-661-3031) to inquire about registration procedures for this group. Registration is required and it is not available online.**

Steps to Wellness - Anxiety & Depression Education and Support Group February 9, 2017 to April 6, 2017 2:00-4:00pm WSS Room 3130
This is an 8-week group designed to help students learn and practice specific skills to better manage anxiety and depression. The group will provide a safe and supportive environment, with psycho-education, discussion and homework components aimed at cultivating students overall well-being. Discussion topics will include: understanding anxiety and depression; sleep, exercise and nutrition; getting organized and money management; communication; values/strengths; self-esteem; mindfulness and self-talk; and play.

Please contact intake at the Student Development Centre (519-661-3031) to inquire about registration procedures for this group. Registration is required and it is not available online.**



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