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Wellness Groups and Workshops

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    As part of the Stepped Care approach, this option includes:

    • In-person group therapy to support student mental health;
    • Best practice approaches for depression, anxiety, stress and interpersonal relationships;
    • An opportunity to develop a sense of community and resiliency;
    • Possible referral by a therapist to a group that fits your interests and needs.

    Drop-In Wellness Groups and Therapeutic Workshops

    Counsellors hosts regular therapeutic group activities that aim to empower students and foster resilience. These activities range in topics and format—from online webinars to art therapy groups, allowing you to participate in the activities that best suit your needs.

    These sessions are facilitated by professional counsellors and peer counsellors to provide an opportunity for students to learn, share and connect in a safe and confidential space.

    Support group for students from racialized communities

    Support group for students from racialized communities

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    This support group is for University of Ottawa students from racialized communities in general. Racialized communities are defined as all people who are non-Caucasian or non-white. It will be facilitated by two psychotherapists of colour. This group is the ideal place for you to get a sense of perspective and understanding of what is happening in and around you.

    To participate, send an email to couns@uOttawa.ca. Participating students must live in Ontario.

    The meetings will be held using Microsoft Teams software. They will be bilingual.

    Hosted by :

    • Pierre, K. Bercy, MBA, MA, RP(Q), CCC
    • Ananta Chauhan aka Baljit Kaur, PhD, RP, PET

    When: Every Tuesdays at 7 p.m. starting October 27th

    Meeting dates
    Date Time
    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 7 p.m.
    Tuesday, November 3, 2020 7 p.m.
    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 7 p.m.
    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 7 p.m.
    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 7 p.m.
    Tuesday, December 1, 2020 7 p.m.
    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 7 p.m.

     

    Support group for students belonging to Black communities
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    Do you consider that your skin colour raises certain challenges that make it difficult for you to cope?

    This support group is for uOttawa students belonging to Black communities. It will be facilitated by two racialized psychotherapists [Pierre, K. Bercy, MBA, MA, RP(Q), CCC and Jacklyn St Laurent, RP, CCC, PhD (Candidate)] and will be an opportunity to take stock of the situation and to better understand what is going on inside you and around you.

    To participate, send an email to couns@uOttawa.ca. Participating students must live in Ontario.

    Meetings will be held using Microsoft Teams software. They will be bilingual.

    When: Every Monday at 7 p.m. starting November 9, 2020

    Meeting dates
    Day Time
    Monday, November 9 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Monday, November 16 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Monday, November 23 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Monday, November 30 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Monday, December 7 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Monday, December 14 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Art Therapy
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    Use your artistic talents to express and reflect your experience with mental health.

    We invite you to express yourself through your preferred artistic medium (photography, drawing, poetry, painting, music, etc.) to creatively showcase your experience with that mental health theme.

    A group discussion facilitated by counsellors will be held at the end of each month to bring together anyone interested in sharing their experience of, and reactions to, this artistic exercise and provide mental health support in an open, safe, non-judgmental, and positive virtual space.

    To participate, submit your piece of art using the online form.

    All submissions are welcome. Meetings will be held on Zoom.

    Meeting dates
    Theme Language Date
    Coping with the reality of COVID-19 English Monday, September 28, 1:00 p.m.
    Coping with the reality of COVID-19 French Monday, September 28, 2:00 p.m.
    Identity English Monday, October 19, 1:00 p.m.
    Identity French Monday, October 19, 2:00 p.m.
    Stress English Monday, November 2, 1:00 p.m.
    Stress French Monday, November 2, 2:00 p.m.
    Relationships English Monday, November 16, 1:00 p.m.
    Relationships French Monday, November 16, 2:00 p.m.
    Gratitude English Monday, November 30, 1:00 p.m.
    Gratitude French Monday, November 30, 2:00 p.m.
    Goal-setting Workshop
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    This workshop will provide you with a user-friendly tool to help you better understand and develop your goals. It will also help you to build motivation by identifying what gets in the way of these goals and what actions bring you closer to them.

    Watch the video about the life map exercise to learn more.

    Meetings will be held on Zoom.

    To register, please send an email couns@uOttawa.ca.

    Meeting dates
    Language Date and Time
    English November 2 at 1:00 p.m.
    French November 2 at 2:30 p.m.

     

    Mindful Roads
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    Counselling Services has set up a new Mood Walk Community at uOttawa.

    For now, walks will be done individually. Just choose a walk that inspires you, grounds you and connects you with nature.

    You can do it at any time, but we will have specific dates for you to connect and share your experience with others who are also doing these Mood Walks. These sessions will be held every other week and the whole experience should last about one hour.

    Join the Mindful Roads Community on Microsoft Teams to connect with other students and Mental Health and Wellness Counsellors.

    Download the Mindful Roads PDF to do these walks on your own.

    Support Group for International Students
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    Are you an international student interested in sharing your experiences? Are you interested in improving your stress management skills and meeting new people?

    Join the community on Teams to learn more and to attend the virtual gatherings.

    Meeting dates - Fall 2020
    Date Time
    Tuesday, December 1 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    Friday, December 11 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

     

    The meeting schedule for Winter 2021 will be added soon. Join the community to be the first to know!

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