Group Care and Workshops
Each group will incorporate a presentation of relevant material with
All Psychological Services Groups
This is a 4-week psychoeducational 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
- Mondays from January 28 -
February25 (9:30 - 11:30 a.m.)
- Mondays from March 4 - 25 (9:30 - 11:30 a.m.)
This group offers mindfulness and defusion strategies applied to procrastination, anxiety
- Mondays from February 25 - March 25 (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.)
This Healing Through Movement Group is geared 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 type of practice focuses on the mindful experience of bodily sensations
- Not being offered currently
The goal of this group is to build support and skills for students who are navigating the university experience largely on their own due to lack of parental or family support. This group aims to help students who may have lost a parent, have a difficult relationship with their parents or who have parents who are not supportive or understanding of a student’s mental health issues and /or challenges while at university. This is a 2 hour process support group where there will be a topic to discuss each week as well as time to support and help one another with ongoing issues. This group is appropriate for any students who are interested in building a community to help one another not feel so alone.
- Mondays from February 1 - March 29 (12:00 - 2:00 p.m.)
This is an 8-week Acceptance and Commitment Therapy group that will be active with goal setting, values clarification and learning skills to cope with difficult thoughts and feeling, more effectively. The goal of this group is to gain awareness and understanding of who you are and what you stand for in this world, which helps us to find purpose and take steps towards a full meaningful life. This group will focus on psychoeducation and experiential exercises. This group is appropriate for anyone experiencing mild to moderate depression/anxiety or anyone feeling lost/stuck in their lives.
- Tuesdays from January 29 - March 26 (9:30 - 11:30 a.m.)
- Wednesdays from February 1 - March 29 (9:30 - 11:30 a.m.)
This group focuses on guided instruction in mindfulness meditation and basic
- Tuesdays from February 5 - March 26 (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.)
- Thursdays from February 7 - March 28 (9:30 - 11:30 a.m.)
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); and somatic experiencing (Dr. Peter Levine)].
Please note that attendance
- Wednesdays from February 6 - March 27 (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.)
The task of the Social Thriving Group is to work together to create an environment where we can grow and develop emotionally. This often happens in creative and spontaneous ways and can lead to the group speaking more directly and honestly, despite and with its differences among members. This group is appropriate for students who are experiencing anxiety, low mood, loneliness, or who are feeling isolated. The group meets weekly from October 3 – April 24.
- Wednesdays from October 3 - April 24 (2:30 -
The Social Anxiety Group is a 7-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,
- Thursdays from February 7 - March 28 (9:30 - 11:30 a.m.)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Skills Group is designed to offer students an introduction to core CBT concepts and develop foundational skills in mood management. CBT is an evidence-based approach that has been shown to be highly effective in treating a variety of psychological concerns, including mood and anxiety. This group is most appropriate for students who are struggling with primary mood concerns (e.g., depression, anxiety, anger, panic, guilt). This group will provide students with an opportunity to: increase self-awareness; understand the connection between thoughts, moods, and
The CBT Skills Group will take place over the course of 5 weeks. Each session builds upon the previous session, so it is important to attend all sessions. This will be a closed group.
- Mondays from January 21 (tentative start date) - February 18 (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.)
Psychological Services will be offering a drop-in parent support group this fall. It will be held on Fridays from 1-3pm in WSSB 4150 (in our locked office area; meet by elevators on
- January 25, February 8, March 8, March 22, 2019
- Mondays from May 6 – June 17 (1-3 p.m. in WSS 3130)
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 Psychological Services. No registration required. Drop in at UCC 369 for discussion and refreshments (hot drinks and snacks are provided). Visit http://iesc.uwo.ca/iesc_services/iesc_events/talk.html http://www.events.westernu.ca/events/iesc/2018-10/talk.html?date=20181016 for more information.
- UniQ SupporT – An intersectional LGBTQIA2S+ affirmative psychoeducation and support group
- Thursdays from January 31 - March 14 (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.)
- If you are interested in participating in our UniQ SupporT group, please click here for more information
and to register .
*Groups will not be offered during the Spring Reading Week (February 19 - 23)
For more information please contact Psychological
The Laura Evans Wellness Workshops is supported by a gift from Marilyn and Rick Evans and family in
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.
For more information and to register, please visit the registration webpage.