Groups & workshops

Winter 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.

ACT Now

ACT Now

Does anxiety and/or depression interfere with your life? Are you ready to make some meaningful changes?

Using mindfulness and acceptance-based exercises from Acceptance and Committment Therapy, this group will give you tools to keep anxiety and depression from being a barrier to living the life you value.

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

Time/Day: 10:45 am12:15 pm, Thursdays

Dates: February 8March 8, 2018

Facilitators: Susan Dempsey and Practicum Counsellor Erin Suerink

Time/Day: 2:304:00 pm

Day: Tuesdays

Dates: March 6March 27, 2018

Facilitators: Susan Dempsey and Practicum Counsellor Christina Gentile

Location: Counselling Services, University Centre, room B270

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.

Time: 1:004:00 pm

Dates: Friday, February 9, Monday, March 12 or Friday, April 13, 2018

Facilitators: Emma Mason, June Saracuse & Dawn Schell

Location: Counselling Services, University Centre, room B270

End-of-Term Mindfulness Skills for Stress and Anxiety Workshop

End-of-Term Mindfulness Skills for Stress and Anxiety Workshop

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 one-hour 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. We will be learning through various practices in session.

Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Times: 1:00–2:00 pm OR 2:00–3:00 pm

Facilitators: Erin Suerink and Vivien So

Location: Counselling Services, Room B270, University Centre

Registration Information

Sign-up is required.

Students currently seeing a counsellor at UVic may ask their counsellor to sign them up.

For other interested students please call 250.721.8341 or email counsell@uvic.ca to sign up.

For students new to Counselling Services, please arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the group start time to fill in a demographic information form.

Exploring the Nature of Grief and Loss

Exploring the Nature of Grief & Loss

The death of a loved one can be overwhelming. Loss is a universal event, yet grief is an individual experience. The purpose of this group is to explore the role grief plays in our healing process.

Through the sharing of experiences in a caring, supportive and respectful environment, this group will explore issues related to adjusting to a life without that person. Our goal is to better understand our individual experience of grief by learning how others cope with painful times.

Potential topics include:

  • Coping strategies and resources
  • Normal grief reactions
  • Different kinds of loss
  • Anniversaries
  • Culture, rituals and ceremonies
  • How to ask for support
  • How does this experience change who I am?

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

Time: 2:304:00 pm

Day: Wednesdays

Dates: January 10April 11, 2018 (no session Feb. 14)

Facilitators: Baptist Chaplain Angela Wood, Counsellor Wendy Lum, & Practicum Counsellor Christina Gentile 

Location: UVic Multifaith Chapel

Gaining Social Confidence

Gaining Social Confidence

We are social beings and the longing for connection with others is universal, yet the fear of socializing can be a hindrance in making social connections here at UVic.

In 11 sessions, we will heighten an awareness of yourself in relationship to self, others and within various situations. We will practice ways of speaking, sharing and interacting with others.

We will:

  • Gain awareness and learn to manage our anxiety or panic
  • Find your own level of comfort
  • Expressing your ideas or opinions
  • Meet new people
  • Learn to say no
  • Practice with participants to gain confidence

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

Time: 1:00-3:00 pm

Day: Tuesdays

Date: January 23 – April 10, 2018 (no session February 13)

Facilitators: Vivien So and Erin Suerink

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 all three, or the same workshop several times. You do not need to register–you just need to be ready to take manageable steps in order to feel better.

Anxiety: Increase your understanding of how our nervous systems are wired to react to stress and anxiety, and how you can calm the symptoms in order to function more effectively in university and in life.

Action for Low Mood: 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: Raise awareness and recognition of common unhelpful thinking patterns that accompany low mood and anxiety, and how you can apply alternative, more helpful perspectives.

Time/Day: 1:002:00 pm, Tuesdays

Time/Day: 3:004:00 pm, Thursdays

Dates: January 23April 5, 2018

Facilitators: Emma Mason, Dave O'Brien, June Saracuse and 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.

Managing Anxiety and Panic Attacks - A CBT Workshop

Managing Anxiety and Panic Attacks – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workshop

Panic attacks come with general anxiety about the possibility of having another attack. Avoidant behaviours and unrealistic beliefs, in the long run may become detrimental as they limit quality of life or relationships. Workshop topics covered:

  • Understanding emotional, thinking and physiological aspects of anxiety and panic attacks
  • Learning relaxation and calming exercises
  • Recognizing internal and external triggers of panic attacks
  • Designing and implementing planned exposure exercises
  • Evaluating the impact of your thinking on your panic and anxiety escalation
  • Planning for future challenges of recurring panic attacks or increasing anxiety

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

Time: 1:00-2:30pm

Day: Thursdays

Dates: February 22–March 29, 2018

Facilitators: Konstantinos Chondros MS, Pre-Doctoral Psych Intern and Vivien So, Practicum Counsellor

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 three-session workshop series 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. Choose one month's set of 4 dates or come to several month's sessions.

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

Time/Day: 2:454:15 pm, Thursdays

Dates: February 1–March 1, 2018 (no session February 15)

Facilitator:  Dave O'Brien

or:

Time/Day: 1:303:00 pm, Fridays

Dates: March 223, 2018

Facilitators: Emma Mason,

Location: Counselling Services, University Centre, room B270

Sexualized Violence Support Group

Sexual Violence Support Group

Have you experienced sexualized violence and find it is still having an effect on your life?

In this specialized group for self-identified women, you will have the opportunity to give and receive information and support about the effects of sexualized violence, and ways to continue the journey of healing.

*Students who are interested in this group should call Counselling Services and arrange a brief meeting with a counsellor prior to enrolling for the group.

Time: 1:002:30 pm

Day: Fridays

Dates: February 2March 23, 2018 (no session Feb. 16)

Facilitators: Susan Dempsey, June Saracuse & Practicum Counsellor Christina Gentile

Location: Counselling Services, University Centre room B270

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.

Information sessions are held at least once a semester (enrolment dependent). If you are interested in signing up for a session, or would like more information about the session, please email counsell@uvic.ca.