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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 Graduate Students of the Faculty of Social Sciences

    Share your experiences with fellow graduate students from your faculty.

    This group is for masters or PhD students in the Faculty of Social Sciences. It is the ideal place to break social isolation and become socially connected to develop a sense of community and resiliency. It is facilitated by two psychotherapists.

    To participate, send an email to couns@uOttawa.ca.

    Meetings will be held using Microsoft Teams.

     

    English meeting dates: Thursday afternoons starting May 20, 2021

    • May 20 - 12:30 p.m. to 2.00 p.m - Alone and apart, feeling alone together
    • May 27 - 12:30 p.m. to 2.00 p.m - Breaking barriers within us
    • June 3 -12:30 p.m. to 2.00 p.m - Social recession to social connection
    • June 10 - 12:30 p.m. to 2.00 p.m - Physical fitness and mental fitness

     

    French meeting dates: Tuesday afternoons started May 18, 2021

    • May 18 – 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Alone and apart, feeling alone together
    • May 25 – 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Breaking barriers within us
    • June 1 – 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Social recession to social connection
    • June 8 – 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Physical fitness and mental fitness
    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 and Ananta Chauhan aka Baljit Kaur, PhD, RP, PET

    When: The support groups will resume in September 2021.

    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 Bernadette Ingungu, M.A Counselling, RP (Q), CCC.] 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: The support groups will resume in September 2021.

    Mindful Roads
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    Amidst a life that has turned mostly virtual, it can be very powerful to connect with nature and with ourselves. This community aims to support you and to keep you accountable in your desire to step away from your screen and to find time during the week to move your body outdoors.

    You set your own pace and design your own routine. The counsellors and the rest of the community are here to accompany you and support you once you come home and reconnect.

    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.

    The support groups will resume in September 2021.

     

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