Group Care and Workshops

Group Care

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 5-12 people. Group members are expected and encouraged to participate in group discussions. 

All Mental Health Support 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.

Groups Schedule

Journey Together: Sharing Our Lived Experiences. A Support Group for Black and Racialized Students

Journey Together is a wellness support group for Black and Racialized students to share, in a safe and healing space, academic and personal journeys that relate to identities and lived experiences. 

This group will run bi-weekly on Wednesdays from February 1 to March 29. Read more about this group on the Black and Racialized Student Supports page. 

Empowering Your Queer Identity

This group aims to provide a supportive, educational, and discussion-style experience related to LGBTQ+ and gender-related topics, experiences, and dialogue. The group serves as a safe space to explore identity and give/receive mutual support. Facilitators will open the group with a relevant educational topic and then mediate discussion related to the content with room to expand the conversation in other directions.

The group will run Tuesdays from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. from January 17 to April 4. This group is open throughout the term, so join any week! Register by emailing health@uwo.ca.

Intro to Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

This 4-week group will incorporate the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance emotional resilience. This group will explore how to cope with difficult emotions, maintain healthy relationships, and embrace both the positive and negative situations in life. Participants will learn how to develop and strengthen mindful self-compassion techniques and skills to draw on in their daily lives.

The group will run for 4 consecutive weeks: January 31, February 7, February 14, and February 28, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m in Thames Hall Rm 3118.

Register by emailing health@uwo.ca. 

Social Thriving Group

Social Thriving Group is a 6-week group 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 towards individualized goals and practicing social interactions in a safe, non-judgmental, and strength-based setting.

The group will run weekly on Thursdays from February 2 to March 16.

Register by emailing health@uwo.ca.

Learn2Thrive

Was your last academic year tough? Want to do better but don't know where to start? Learn2Thrive is an initiative aimed to help students thrive, academically and personally.

Being a student doesn't mean that you have to be satisfied with being in a state of survival. There are strategies, tools, and support that can make a real difference and take you from striving to be resilient in the face of challenges to a place where you can really thrive. There is a lot of research on what helps humans flourish and the Learn2Thrive program exists to provide a supportive space for you to explore your own path towards a state of thriving.

To register or learn more visit the Learn2Thrive Website.

Intro to Mindfulness Skills

This group focuses on the practice of being present. Learn how to step out of living in auto-pilot and into living awake, with eyes wide open over the course of three weeks as you participate in skill-building, reflection, and experiential exercises in a small group setting.

This group will take place Wednesdays January 25, February 1 and February 8 from 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. in Thames Hall Rm 3118.

Register by emailing health@uwo.ca.

Intro to Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills

This group focuses on building skills and increasing confidence in saying no and asking for our needs to be met. In these three group sessions, we will explore how we can say no and ask for our needs to be met in an effective way and problem solve challenges that arise along the way. Building friendships and ending relationships will also be explored.

This group will take place Thursdays February 9, February 16 and March 2 from 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. in Thames Hall Rm 3118.

Register by emailing health@uwo.ca.

Intro to Distress Tolerance Skills

This is a 3-week group that focuses on building skills for tolerating stressful events and emotions. Learn how to sit with, distract from, and accept painful emotions and urges when you can't make things better right away, and don't want to make matters worse. Improve your confidence in managing (or surviving) the moment as you participate in skill building, reflection, and experiential exercises in a small group setting.

This group will take place Wednesdays March 1, March 8 and March 15 from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in Thames Hall Rm 3118.

Register by emailing health@uwo.ca.

Intro to Emotion Regulation Skills

This group focuses on building an understanding of why we have emotions and the function they serve. We will review skills to be able to stop unwanted emotions from starting in the first place, change unwanted emotions once they start and increase resilience and your ability to cope with difficult things.

This group will take place Thursdays March 23, March 30 and April 6 from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in Thames Hall Rm 3118. 

Register by emailing health@uwo.ca.

Mental Health Workshops

Anxiety 101

Are you ready to take control of your anxiety? This 90-minute workshop will equip attendees with the knowledge and skills needed to understand and manage anxiety. This workshop will offer practical knowledge and skills to address anxiety symptoms and how to cope.

Some of the topics that will be discussed are: What is anxiety?, Functional vs. Non-Functional Anxiety, What is my anxiety telling me?, What makes us more vulnerable to anxiety? and Coping strategies.  

This workshop is running the second Wednesday of each month February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, and June 7 from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. in Thames Hall Rm 3176. Register by emailing health@uwo.ca.

Improving Body Image

Ever wondered how to improve your relationship with your body? Do you find yourself looking at your body in the mirror for long periods of time, comparing your body to other bodies, or avoiding going to the beach or pool party so you do not have to show your body? This 90-minute workshop will help address these concerns and teach you skills to work on improving your relationship with your body.

Tuesday, January 31 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Thames Hall Rm 3176. Register by emailing health@uwo.ca.

Transitional Grief and Adjusting to Change

This 90-minute workshop will explore transitional grief while discussing the mourning process involved in difficult life transitions such as attending University in a new setting. This workshop will discuss how to manage the emotional experiences which arise when adjusting to new changes.

A grieving process can take place when significant adjustments and painful transitions occur in our life, such as joining a new university. These changes might lead to uncomfortable emotions, especially when the immediate future does not maintain the same comfortability and familiarity as it once had before the change occurred. This workshop will address how life transitions can be experienced as a loss which can lead to feelings of guilt, anger, loneliness, anxiety, and instability. In addition, we will examine how loss can affect a person's life and explore how to move forward to create a new sense of balance, connection, and belonging.

This workshop will explore the intersection of old and new ways of being to allow participants to creatively experiment with new methods of knowing and doing. We will discuss how managing this transition may involve practicing new skills, exploring previously held beliefs, trying new things, identifying personal needs, and building one's capacity to tolerate expansion and new opportunities while simultaneously tolerating the discomfort and difficult emotional experiences which come with change. This workshop will help students adjust to the challenging life transitions that occur when attending University, while learning how to adaptively cope with the loss of former lifestyles and ways of being.

Thursday, February 23rd in Thames Hall Rm 3172. Register by emailing health@uwo.ca.

Laura Evans Wellness Workshops

The Laura Evans Wellness Workshops is supported by a gift from Marilyn and Rick Evans and family in honour of their daughter and sister, Laura. Laura was a third-year psychology student at Brock University who at age 19 died of suicide.

In celebration of Laura's generous spirit and willingness to help others, her family wishes to ensure all students can access and benefit from the psychoeducational information provided through this program.

All Workshops are approved activities for the co-curricular record.

Workshops Schedule

Check back for winter term dates.