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 Group

This is an active 6-week therapy group. We will discuss building awareness and understanding of who you are and what you stand for in this world, which helps us as human beings to find purpose and take steps towards a meaningful life. If you are looking to find strategies and skills to cope this group may be of interest to you. 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, and practicing experiential exercises, to apply these strategies to your day to day 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.

  • Thursday's, October 22 - December 3 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. (via Zoom)

Emotion Regulation Group

This is a 7-week psychoeducational and experiential group designed to help participants develop skills for understanding and experiencing emotions.  General discussion topics will include identifying and understanding emotions, reducing emotional vulnerability and decreasing emotional suffering by integrating aspects of Linehan’s DBT Emotion Regulation module as well as other neurobiological and psychotherapeutic concepts [e.g., “window of tolerance” Dr. Dan Siegel & Dr. Pat Ogden; polyvagal theory (Dr. Stephen Porges); somatic experiencing (Dr. Peter Levine)].

Please note that attendance to the first session is mandatory as confidentiality and its limits, as well as group roles and responsibilities will be reviewed.  In order to participate and continue in the group, you must be at the first session—no exceptions.

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.

  • Wednesday's, October 14 - November 25 from 1:30 - 3:30 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 5-week 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

This group begins on November 5, 2020.
Time: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Session dates: Thursdays – November 5, 12, 19, 26, December 3

There is a limit to the number of participants so be sure to sign up as soon as possible.

For more information and to setup 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 Fall 2020:

Laura Evans Wellness Workshop: Emotion Regulation

Workshop Date: Tue. Nov 24 from 2pm-3pm

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: Thu. Nov 26 from 4pm-6pm

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