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You are probably aware of our individual counselling services but did you know we offer a wide range of group programs as well?  Oftentimes addressing problems and challenges in a group format can be preferable over individual therapy as it eases isolation, helps to normalize experiences, and offers the opportunity for mutual support. The following may help you to make an appropriate referral based on issues your students may present (or which you may observe) in class, in your office, or on-line.

Shyness/Difficulty Participating in Class Discussions or Group Projects
  • Shyness Clinic – participants will acquire new ways of managing their shyness and discover how to make it work to their advantage
  • Get Out of Your Shell – this group teaches students assertive communication skills including setting limits, making requests, and dealing with criticism
  • Interpersonal Therapy – provides the opportunity to practice being more authentic when interacting with others
Stress or Anxiety
  • Worrywart – explores topics such as coping with uncertainty, problem-solving, and disengaging from catastrophic thinking
  • Mindfulness Meditation for Stress Reduction – through meditation and body awareness, students will begin to recognize their reactive stress and negative thought patterns, and how to stay in the “here and now”
Self-Confidence/Self-Criticism
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy – helps students to reduce self-criticism and see themselves through more compassionate eyes.
  • Building Resilience -  this group is designed to build on students’ strengths and coping strategies so that they can face tough times with a sense of personal empowerment and pride
  • My Body: My Way (Weigh) – If students are struggling with their eating or body image this open group is a place to come for support.
Grief/Sadness
  • Lift the Depression – provides the skills and perspectives needed to change negative and self-defeating thoughts, shift attitudes, and improve mood
  • Facing Loss – Offers a supportive atmosphere in which group members can share their loss as well as ideas and materials they have found helpful
Lack of Motivation/Skipping Classes
  • Help – I’m Reconsidering My Educational Direction and I Don’t Know Where to Start – with a focus on self-assessment, participants identify potentially more suitable educational options and discover how to create a more meaningful student experience
Cultural Adjustment
  • Building Bridges – Students who came to Canada after the age of 12 and who are having difficulty relating to Canadian culture will find this group to be a place to discuss their experiences and connect to other newcomers.
  • Culture Clash – This open group explores the experience of living with multiple cultural identities and building coping strategies where conflict and confusion may arise.
Personal Relationship Problems
  • Family Relationships: Leaving the Baggage Behind -  this group explores strained family dynamics and their continuing impact on individuals and their current relationships
  • Relationship Lab: Learning Dating and Couple Skills – topics addressed in this group include communication, social, negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Interpersonal Therapy  – provides the opportunity to practice being more authentic when interacting with others
  • Gay, Bi, Queer, Men’s Discussion – students explore their sexuality as it relates to connection to self, other GBTQ men, family and the community at large
  • Lesbian, Bi, Queer Women’s Discussion -  students explore their sexuality as it relates to connection to self, other LBQ women, family and the community at large
Poor Academic Performance/Misgivings about Program Choice
  • Help – I’m Reconsidering My Educational Direction and I Don’t Know Where to Start - with a focus on self-assessment, participants identify potentially more suitable educational options and discover how to create a more meaningful student experience
Post-Ryerson Planning for Final Year Students
  • Final Year and Stuck in First Gear – students challenged by the notion of relinquishing their student role and stepping into the “real” world will acquire the tools and resources needed for moving forward
  • The ABC’s of Getting into Graduate and Professional Schools – this series will help students understand the process of applying, and introduce approaches to presenting themselves on paper and in person in order to stand out from the competition

 

For more information about any of these groups interested students should contact the Centre for Student Development and Counselling, JOR 07C, 416-979-5195, www.ryerson.ca/counselling