Psychological Services Groups

About SDC's Groups:


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.

Mindful Parenting Group May 3, 2018 to June 14, 2018 1-3pm WSS Room 3130
This is a 6-week group (**No session May 24) on Thursdays 1-3pm specifically designed for students who are also parents. This group focuses on guided instruction in mindfulness meditation and yoga and includes education about mindfulness-based mood-regulation strategies as they pertain to parenting topics. The group aims to teach ways of coping with parenting stress, and in doing so, to support the healthy development of children. The group is also meant to be a setting where student parents can gain support from other student parents. Students do not need any prior experience with meditation to participate. Parents of all ages of children are welcome to participate.
UniQ SupporT - A LGBTQIA2S+ Group (For Graduate Students) May 10, 2018 to June 14, 2018 9 - 11 am To Be Determined
UniQ SupporT – An intersectional LGBTQIA2S+ affirmative psychoeducation and support group for graduate students

We know it can both be amazing and sometimes difficult to be a lesbian, gay, bi, trans (including binary and non-binary), queer, intersex, asexual, or Two-Spirit (LGBTQIA2S+) person. Would you like to talk to other graduate students who are members of the rainbow family and perhaps experiencing similar things to you? Would you like to explore your wonderful resilience and perhaps learn new coping strategies to deal with heterosexism and cissexism? Maybe you would like help coping with LGBTQIA2S+ negative attitudes in the spaces you are working in as a grad student? Perhaps you would like a safe and supportive place to discuss issues related to your family, such as family planning, your relationship with your kids, or managing LGBTQIA2S+ negativity in your family? Then please consider joining us at UniQ SupporT!

UniQ SupporT is a new group offered at UWO’s Student Development Centre, starting Thursday, May 10th 2018. This group will be an intersectional LGBTQIA2S+ affirmative psychoeducation and support group for current Western graduate students. It will be a closed group (not drop-in) for graduate students who are members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community. UniQ SupporT will be held in an accessible room in a low traffic area, with an accessible gender-neutral bathroom very close by. It will be facilitated by Chérie Moody (she/her/hers) and Jennifer Perkins (she/her/hers), two settler, queer, cis women.

If you are a graduate student who is interested in registering, please register for the group and leave us your phone number. We will call you with group location details. If you have questions please call Chérie at 519-661-2111 ext. 85433. We look forward to connecting with you!

This group will run on Thursdays from 9-11 am for 6 weeks.
Mindfulness for Grad Students
FULL (No waiting list available)
May 15, 2018 to June 26, 2018 10am-12noon WSS Room 4150
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 this 7-week group will learn to 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 thoughts and emotions. Regular attendance is required. Please note that 4150 is in our locked area on the 4th floor of the Western Student Services Building. Please meet by the elevators before 10am and wait to be let back to the group room.
Emotion Regulation Group
FULL (Go on waiting list)
May 23, 2018 to July 4, 2018 1:30 - 3:30 pm 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 6 weeks (except on June 27).

Please note that attendance to the first session (May 23 at 1:30 pm) is mandatory as confidentiality, group roles and responsibilities, etc. are reviewed. In order to participate and continue in the group, you must be at the first session, no exceptions.
Managing Stress & Anxiety Group
FULL (Go on waiting list)
May 29, 2018 to June 26, 2018 9:30 - 11:30 am WSS Room 4139 (PAL Centre)
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 Tuesday mornings for 4 weeks. There is no session on June 12.

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

Healing Through Movement Group May 14, 2018 to June 25, 2018 3:00 - 3:45 pm WEC UCC 76
The Healing through 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.

This group will run every other Monday from May 14 - June 25 (i.e., May 14, May 28, June 11 and June 25).

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