Psychological Services Groups

About SDC's Groups:

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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: Talk About Life in Canada January 23, 2018 to March 27, 2018 12:30 - 1:45 pm UCC 371
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. The TALK group provides a place to discuss and share with others the experience of being an international student at Western as well as receive information and support.

This group is co-facilitated by staff from both The International and Exchange Student Centre and The Student Development Centre. No registration required. Drop in for discussion and refreshments (hot drinks and snacks are provided). For more information go to http://www.events.westernu.ca/events/iesc/2018-01/talk-talking-about-life-in.html?date=20180123
Managing Procrastination, Anxiety, and Stress: A Student’s Toolkit
FULL (Go on waiting list)
February 27, 2018 to March 27, 2018 1:30 - 3:30 pm WEC UCC 76
University is a stressful time! If you are struggling to get started on important tasks and keep stress and anxiety levels manageable in your life, this group is for you! Over five weeks, we will explore each of these topics in turn. To begin, we will discuss the reasons behind procrastination and will review strategies for overcoming procrastination when it starts to hinder academic performance. As midterm seasons arrives, we will look at what anxiety is, how to keep the experience of anxiety manageable, and how to become more aware and non-judgemental of this experience. Lastly, just in time for finals, we will look at how to manage stress and maintain a balanced and psychologically-healthy lifestyle as a student.
Mindfulness Meditation Group
FULL (No waiting list available)
February 27, 2018 to April 10, 2018 10am-12noon WSS Room 3130
This group focuses on guided instruction in mindfulness meditation and basic yoga, and includes education about mindfulness-based mood-regulation strategies. The group is meant to reduce psychological problems and teach ways of coping with stress, depressed mood, and anxiety. You do not have to have any prior experience with meditation or yoga to participate.
Mindfulness Meditation Group March 1, 2018 to April 12, 2018 1:30-3:30 WSS Room 3130
This group focuses on guided instruction in mindfulness meditation and basic yoga, and includes education about mindfulness-based mood-regulation strategies. The group is meant to reduce psychological problems and teach ways of coping with stress, depressed mood, and anxiety. You do not have to have any prior experience with meditation or yoga to participate.
Managing Stress & Anxiety Group
FULL (Go on waiting list)
March 2, 2018 to March 23, 2018 9:30 - 11:30 am 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.



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

GroupDate(s)TimeLocation
Healing Through Movement Group January 8, 2018 to April 30, 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.



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