Groups & workshops

Summer 2018 groups

We are currently offering the following groups & workshops.

Registration is completed by calling 250-721-8341 or in-person at Counselling Services. More information about each group can be found below.

Career Curiosity

Career Curiosity?

Got questions about your future?

Invest 3 hours in your future. In this workshop you will complete a variety of self-assessment exercises and develop a plan for discovering future career possibilities.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Facilitators: Konstantinos Chondros, Ashley Wan and Kristen Yang

Location: Counselling Services, University Centre, room B270

Help for Anxiety and Low Mood Drop-In Workshops

Help for Anxiety and Low Mood  Drop-In Workshops

These one-hour workshops will provide you with brief information and practical skills for coping with low mood (mild depression), anxiety symptoms, and the thinking patterns that fuel them. Attend one workshop or both. You do not need to register–you just need to be ready to take manageable steps in order to feel better.

Action for Low Mood: Thursday, June 7, 2018, 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Learn more about how to set goals and take action in a way that can begin to boost your mood, support self-care and help you tackle demands at university.

Realistic Thinking: Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Raise awareness and recognition of common unhelpful thinking patterns that accompany low mood and anxiety, and how you can apply alternative, more helpful perspectives.

Facilitator: Leah Wilson

Location: Counselling Services, University Centre, room B270

Please note: If you are interested in attending a drop-in group session and you have never been to Counselling Services before, or have not been within the last year, please arrive 20 minutes prior to the start of the session to complete forms. Due to the duration and nature of the group, late arrivals will need to wait until the next session to attend.

Introduction to Self-Compassion

Introduction to Self-Compassion

Do you ever think or feel that you are not good enough? Do you feel bad about yourself? Are you especially hard on yourself? Are you your own worst critic?

Participants will be introduced to self-compassion as a way of responding to one's self that is different from self-judgment or self-criticism. We will explore the three components of self-compassion, the benefits of self-compassion, and the differences between self-compassion and self-esteem. Emphasis will be on experiential exercises but this workshop will also include an educational component, group discussion, and some handouts to take home for personal use. Registration is encouraged but drop-in is also available.

Thursday, May 31 & June 14, 2018

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Facilitator: Kristen Yang, Practicum Counsellor, MA (Candidate) 

Location: Counselling Services, University Centre, room B270

Please Note: Registration is encouraged but drop-in is available. For students who are new to Counselling Services, please arrive 20 minutes before the group start time to fill in a demographic information form.

Connection and Support

Connection and Support

This five-session group is designed to offer UVic students who are struggling with stress (relationship, academic, other) a place to connect with peers for support.

It is a facilitated group wherein participants are welcomed to share their challenges, intentions, and hopes with the group, while also offering mutual support. This group is designed to meet you where you are. Session content is determined by issues and topics raised each week by group members.

*Group participation requires a referral from a counsellor.

Thursdays, May 31 – June 28, 2018

2:30 – 4:00 pm

Facilitator: Konstantinos Chondros

Location: Counselling Services, University Centre, room B270

Mindfulness Skills for Stress and Anxiety

Mindfulness Skills for Stress & Anxiety

Mindfulness has been scientifically shown to decrease the effects of stress and anxiety, and to increase mental focus and creativity and a sense of peace and well-being. This workshop is appropriate for students who are new to mindful approaches to stress and anxiety, as well as those who would like to revisit or reinforce their mindfulness skills.

*Group participation requires a referral or brief meeting with a counsellor.

Fridays, June 1 – June 15, 2018

1:30 – 3:00 pm

Facilitator: Emma Mason

Location: This group will meet at Counselling Services for the first session, but we anticipate spending time outdoors most weeks, so appropriate footwear and clothing is recommended.

zZz: Strategies for Improving your Sleep

zZz: Strategies for Improving your Sleep

Participants will gain an understanding of the importance of sleep and how sleep impacts one's functioning. We will explore what gets in the way of healthy sleep, as well as some suggested strategies to improve sleep. This interactive workshop will include a presentation, group discussion as well as some handouts to take home with you. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018 or Wednesday, June 13, 2018

1:30 – 3:00 pm

Facilitator: Erica Stuart, MA (Candidate) 

Location: Counselling Services, University Centre, room B270

Please Note: Registration is encouraged but drop-in is available. For students who are new to Counselling Services, please arrive 20 minutes before the group start time to fill in a demographic information form.

Thesis Completion Group

The Thesis Completion Support group is a weekly group for UVic Masters or Doctoral students looking for support and inspiration from peers around moving forward with their graduate research work. Working on your thesis or dissertation can be an isolating and daunting process—this group offers students a place to connect with others who can understand this experience and are at different stages with their own research. It is student-led and receives regular consultative support from Psychologist Leah Wilson, with Counselling Services. If you are interested in joining one of the Thesis Completion Support Groups or learning about how to start your own Thesis Completion Support Group, please contact counsell@uvic.ca.

Counselling Services is looking for expressions of interest from trans, non-binary, two spirit, and other gender diverse UVic graduate students, or students doing research on transgender topics, in joining a Thesis Completion Support Group. In order for this group to go ahead, we will need to have enough interest from folks to create a group. The Thesis Completion Support Groups are peer-led, with the consultative support from a Counselling Services clinical staff member. They typically meet once per week for 1.5 hours, and the sessions follow a flexible structure that is outlined by the group of students participating. To express your interest or for additional questions please email counsell@uvic.ca.