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. Registration for groups is on this website

Groups involve 4 to 8 two-hour weekly sessions. If you are on the waiting list please attend the first session in order to determine if there will be room in the group.

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.

Please check back by the third week of September for a list of groups/lectures being offered this term and register.

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 September 27, 2016 to November 15, 2016 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.

MOODment Group
FULL (No waiting list available)
October 1, 2016 to December 15, 2016 6:30-8:00pm UCC Room 76F (in the Wellness Education Centre)
This is a group offered to Western Students by Psychologist & Adjunct Clinical Professor in Psychology Dr. Lindsey Forbes. This group is not offered by Psychological Services.

Are you struggling with stress, anxiety, sleep, low mood, or ADHD? Would you like to discover the positive effects of physical activity on your mental health?

This is a 9-week group program designed to increase your awareness of the mental health benefits of exercise & to help you to use regular physical activity as a tool to enhance your mental health.**This group is suitable for all fitness levels & is most appropriate for students who are not regular exercisers! **

Fall 2016 Session: Tuesdays @ 6:30-8pm October 11 – December 6 Wellness Education Centre, UCC 76F

Cost: $320*

*Reimbursable as Psychological Counselling under your Student Health Plan or Extended Health Benefits. Fee is equivalent to about 2 standard therapy sessions.

To register for this group please contact Dr. Lindsey Forbes at lforbes3@uwo.ca or (519) 280-6697. www.drlforbes.com

Please note that the group is indicated as "FULL" as online registration is not availble for this group. Please contact Dr. Forbes to register.
Mindfulness Mediation Drop-in Sessions October 6, 2016 to December 1, 2016 10:00-10:50 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 Thursday mornings from 10:00-10:50am.

Please arrive a few minutes before 10:00am. 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. The front entrance to the Wellness Education Centre may be closed at the time. If it is closed, the entrance to the room behind the centre across from the hair salon will be accessible.

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


Mindfulness Meditation Drop-in Sessions October 7, 2016 to December 2, 2016 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 Friday 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. The front entrance to the Wellness Education Centre may be closed at the time. If it is closed, the entrance to the room behind the centre across from the hair salon will be accessible.

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


Mindfulness Meditation October 11, 2016 to December 6, 2016 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 Oct 25th or Nov 29th.
Distress Tolerance October 13, 2016 to December 1, 2016 2:00-4:00pm 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 skills for surviving and tolerating distress and overwhelming emotions. 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 Thursday afternoons for 7 weeks.

Please note there will be not be a session on October 27th
Managing Anxiety and Stress October 14, 2016 to November 4, 2016 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.

Steps to Wellness - Depression Group
FULL (No waiting list available)
October 17, 2016 to December 5, 2016 2:00-4:00pm WSS Room 3130
**DISCLAIMER: This group may not be full. Please contact intake at the Student Development Centre (519-661-3031) to inquire about registration procedures for this group. Registration is required.**

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.

Interoceptive Yoga
FULL (No waiting list available)
October 17, 2016 to December 19, 2016 UCC Room 76 (in the Wellness Education Centre)
David Emerson's Interoceptive yoga was developed as an adjunct to trauma therapy for individuals with histories of complex trauma. This practice focuses on the mindful experience of bodily sensations in the moment during gentle yoga poses. 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. Chairs will be provided in case seated yoga is preferred.

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.

**By internal referral only (please talk to an SDC counsellor if you are interested in participating in this group)
Social Anxiety Group October 17, 2016 to November 28, 2016 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.

Emotion Regulation Group October 19, 2016 to November 30, 2016 2:00 - 4:00 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 7 weeks.

Managing Anxiety and Stress November 11, 2016 to December 2, 2016 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.



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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Groups offered in previous terms:

Drop in Groups

Mindfulness Meditation Drop-in

Talk: Talk About Life In Canada

International Women's Group

Multi-Week Commitment Groups

Depression Group

Distress Tolerance Group

Emotion Regulation Group

Healthy Communication Group

Managing Anxiety and Stress Group

Mindfulness Meditation Group

Mindful Parents Group

Mood and Anxiety Management Group

Public Speaking Anxiety Support Group

Social Anxiety Group

Trans-Postive Mental Health Support Group



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