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 5-15 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.

Please note: all groups for the fall 2020 term will take place virtually via Zoom. 

Groups Schedule

Skills for Wellness Support Group

This is a 6-week support group to help you find strategies and skills to cope. You can expect to learn how to be more present, identify difficult thoughts and feelings, more effectively regulate emotions and reactions, and do more of what matters to you by clarifying your values and setting goals. This group will focus on psychoeducation, skill development and practicing experiential exercises that can be applied to your day-to-day life. The hope is to build awareness and understanding of who you are and what you stand for in this world to help find purpose and take steps towards a meaningful life.

Individuals interested can call 519-661-3030 to register. Keep in mind there is a cap on spots available, be sure to sign up as soon as possible to ensure a place in the group. Once signed up, a group facilitator will contact you to do an individual intake.

  • Thursdays, Starting January 28th, 2021 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. (via Zoom)

Trans-ceptance Support Group (NEW!)

This is a 6-week support group for trans, non-binary, 2 spirit, and questioning students looking to explore gender and navigate their unique experiences. Topics to be chosen by group and can include gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, coming out, and transition options. This is a trans and non-binary positive space facilitated by a cis-feminine and cis-masculine ally.

This is a closed group (not a drop-in) for trans and non-binary individuals who have questions, are looking for support, and want to offer their own unique perspective and expertise.

Individuals interested can call 519-661-3030 to register. Keep in mind there is a cap on spots available, be sure to sign up as soon as possible to ensure a place in the group. Once signed up, a group facilitator will contact you to do an individual intake.

  • Thursdays, Starting February 4th, 2021 from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. (via Zoom)

Parent Loss Support Group

This is a professionally facilitated, weekly support group over Zoom for students who have lost a Parent during the time they are studying at Western. It’s a safe space to connect with others to give and receive emotional and practical support and learn about grieving your loss.

Individuals interested can call 519-661-3030 to register. Keep in mind there is a cap on spots available, be sure to sign up as soon as possible to ensure a place in the group. Once signed up, a group facilitator will contact you to do an individual intake and schedule group dates and times.

Journey Together: Sharing Our Lived Experiences. A Support Group for BIPOC Students.

This is a virtual support group for students who identify as racialized (Black, Indigenous, Person of Colour). This is a pilot wellness group that aims to create a safe and healing space to share lived experiences with race-related stress. Together in sharing our common lived experiences, we draw a collective voice to:
• not feel alone
• process and learn from each other's wisdom
• create a community to uplift and support one another
• empower through collective healing, growth, and transformation

This group will be co-facilitated by two psychotherapists from Health and Wellness who are themselves Persons of Colour. Group Facilitators: Rose Aquino and Ramona Fernandez.

Individuals interested can call 519 661-3030 to register. Please keep in mind that there is a cap on spots available, so be sure to sign up as soon as possible. Once signed-up, a group facilitator will contact you to do an individual intake. Please note that you are welcome to join throughout the term.

  • Tuesdays, Starting January 26th, 2021 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. (via Zoom)

For more information and to set up an appointment to register, please call Health & Wellness at 519-661-3030.

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.

Virtual sessions running Winter 2021:

Laura Evans Wellness Workshop: Emotion Regulation

Workshop Date: Thursday, Feb 11 @ 2PM via Zoom

Program Description: Feeling emotions is a normal part of our everyday lives. We can't stop having emotions (nor would we want to), but we can choose how to respond to our thoughts and feelings in ways that work for us rather than against us. Emotion regulation involves skills that we can learn and develop to increase our awareness of our emotions and to effectively manage and respond to emotional situations.

By participating in this workshop, you will:
• Build emotional awareness by identifying, describing, and understanding emotions
• Differentiate between helpful and unhelpful emotions
• Be introduced to different emotion regulation strategies before, during, and in response to an emotional situation

For more information or to register, click HERE

Laura Evans Wellness Workshop: Sleep

Workshop Date: March 22, 4PM - 5PM via Zoom

Program Description:
Sleep is critical to ensure maximum productivity. It increases your ability to concentrate and focus, allows you to approach challenges with a more positive attitude, and can have positive effects on your memory and health. By participating in this workshop, you will learn to recognize the value of restful sleep, apply strategies to improve sleep quality and implement practical tips to improve alertness. This workshop will describe sleep's vital role in maintaining health along with valuable and practical tips and strategies that participants can apply to get quality, restful sleep and stay alert.

For more information or to register, click HERE

Laura Evans Wellness Workshop: Compassion Fatigue During COVID-19

Workshop Date: Coming soon!

Program Description: In this workshop, we will explore the concept of compassion fatigue; what it is, how it presents itself, and strategies you can use to overcome its effects. Develop the knowledge and skills to recognize, understand, and better respond to compassion fatigue in yourself and in others. 

For more information or to register, click HERE

Laura Evans Wellness Workshop: Mindfulness Meditation

Workshop Date: Thursday, March 18 @ 10AM via Zoom

Program Description: 
This workshop will explore the science and practice of mindfulness. Attendees will be guided through a number of at-home activities to experience mindfulness practices firsthand.

For more information or to register, click HERE