Groups, Events & Trainings

We offer a number of student-only, multi-session wellness groups and one-time events. These aim to provide participants with the opportunity to learn skills to improve their health and well-being while also connecting with other students and health professionals.

We also have a number of different trainings designed to help students, staff and faculty support others. Our trainings are currently only being offered online due to COVID-19.

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Quotes from Participants

"I really liked the balance between teaching and exercises."

"I loved how we shared our stories and issues, then worked together to address them."

"I enjoyed practising mindfulness in a group setting."

 

Student-Only Wellness Groups

These are facilitated by health care professionals and run 6 to 8 weeks depending on the group. These groups are offered both in the fall and winter terms, starting in October and February. Fall 2020 wellness groups will be done online via zoom. If you would like more information about these groups, please consult the descriptions found on this page, or email counselling.services@queensu.ca

This 6-week group is for students who are experiencing sleep problems and/or insomnia. The group will support you in creating circumstances more conducive to sleep since not getting enough can negatively impact your grades and ability to cope. Due to the nature of this group, it will be closed to new participants after the third week.

At the end of this group, you will:

  • Learn the science behind sleep and how it can be applied to your life
  • Track your sleep patterns to optimize your natural internal sleep-wake rhythms
  • Analyze your sleep hygiene practices and make suggested improvements
  • Learn techniques to reduce anxiety that may be keeping you awake

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A one-hour practice over 6 weeks for students who want to improve their focus and decrease stress. You will get the opportunity to experience a variety of mindfulness exercises in an environment that allows you to ask questions and receive feedback. In addition, the group provides accountability to keep you on track as you integrate the practice of mindfulness stress reduction into your daily life.

At the end of this group, you will learn:

  • The theory and practice of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: a clinically supported program for alleviating stress, anxiety, panic, and depression
  • How to focus on the present moment to permanently change the way you handle stress
  • A variety of formal and informal mindfulness techniques

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This professionally facilitated 10-week group allows students to share what is troubling them the most and helps you understand that you are not alone with your struggles. This group encourages you to share your concerns in a safe space and is open to any Queen’s student living in Ontario.

At the end of this group, you will learn:

  • How to manage your emotions and life in more helpful ways
  • How to share your concerns and receive support from others
  • Solutions to better manage your emotions and behaviours

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This professionally facilitated 10-week therapy group is for students who are struggling to manage overwhelming emotions. It is designed to help you deal with crises and teaches you to control unhelpful behaviours. This group is open to any Queen’s student living in Ontario.

At the end of this group, you will learn:

  • Why you may be struggling to manage your emotions
  • To describe and understand the function of your emotions so you can better regulate them
  • How to reduce your tendency to get swept away by overwhelming emotions
  • How to implement concrete strategies, including mindfulness, to improve your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours so that you are no longer feeling overwhelmed

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This 6-week psycho-educational group is for students who experience stress and anxiety that may feel overwhelming. You will learn how to better understand your anxiety and learn proven strategies to cope better so you feel less overwhelmed.

At the end of this group, you will learn:

  • Causes of anxiety and proven strategies to reduce symptoms
  • To implement your own behavioural strategies to help you feel less anxious
  • The link between thoughts and emotions and find ways to manage both
  • Common thinking traps and find ways to challenge them
  • How to let go of worries and change your responses to anxiety triggers over time

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This 9-week professionally facilitated group is designed to help students with autism succeed in a university environment. You will get an opportunity to come together to share strengths and learn strategies to successfully navigate an environment designed for the neurotypical. 

At the end of this group, you will:

  • Share your experiences of being neuro-diverse in a world designed for the neurotypical
  • Connect with other students to build a sense of solidarity and learn how to counteract shame
  • Identify challenges you have or may experience at university and learn coping strategies
  • Identify and share your strengths to increase your self-esteem and become more effective at problem-solving

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This 8-week professionally facilitated group is a safe space for students who have experienced sexual violence. Through support and education, you will get an opportunity to gain skills and strengths that build resiliency and lead to a sense of self-empowerment.

At the end of this group, you will:

  • Understand the impact of sexual violence
  • Develop effective coping skills to deal with the emotional aftermath
  • Explore issues such as trust, intimacy, setting boundaries, assertiveness, and positive body image

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This 6-week group is for students that experience chronic pain (e.g., students diagnosed with arthritis, migraines, fibromyalgia, low back pain, etc.). This group will teach you about chronic pain and provide an overview of strategies (e.g., energy conservation, pain management techniques, joint protection) that will help to improve your participation in academics and other activities that are meaningful to you.

At the end of this group, you will:

  • Understand the mechanisms of chronic pain and what factors can exacerbate or improve pain
  • Learn from each other by sharing strategies and resources that you have found helpful while navigating university
  • Develop a support network with other individuals in the group

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This 8-week psycho-educational program is for students who are experiencing issues related to substance use, misuse, or abuse.  Students will have the opportunity to engage in topics related to substance use and learn how it affects their lives in different ways,  This group is open to students from Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College Attendance is not required at every session; students are encouraged to attend any sessions they might find helpful.  This group will be co-facilitated by Tania Nicholls (St. Lawrence College’s Wellness Team) and Heather Robinson (Youth Addictions Counsellor at Addiction and Mental Health Services Kingston).

At the end of this program, you will:

  • Examine reasons for changing substance use and setting goals
  • Learn how substance use impacts the brain & how it impacts learning
  • Understand triggers and develop coping strategies
  • Learn stress management techniques by exploring self-care and mindfulness strategies
  • Explore additional supports and resources

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Student-Only Events

Join our Peer Health Educator (PHE) volunteers for interactive cooking sessions to learn how to prepare a healthy and budget-friendly meal, while connecting with other students. Each session will have a different theme and recipe.  We are currently exploring ways to offer these sessions virtually – stay tuned for more details!

Peer Health Educator volunteers put together Fresh Food Boxes for students to purchase and pick up. Boxes contain all the fresh produce and key ingredients to prepare a quick, easy and healthy recipe which makes approximately 4 servings. We are currently exploring ways to offer these using curbside pick-up – stay tuned for details!  

  • Cost is approximately $10 per box
  • Sign-up to purchase a fresh food box

For more information, please email bewell@queensu.ca

Join our Peer Health Educator volunteers for weekly runs if you want to start running, increase your distance, improve your time, and/or simply find some running buddies. There is a beginner program for students looking to train to complete a 5K race, and an intermediate program for students who are looking to get faster. We are currently exploring ways to offer a virtual run club and/or in-person physically distanced runs – stay tuned for details!

  • This is a sanctioned Rec Club with Queen’s Athletics & Recreation and costs approximately $10 per term
  • Register for fall and/or winter term; club members can attend any or all scheduled group runs
  • For more information, please email run_club@gogaelsgo.com 

Until we are able to safely have our St. John’s Ambulance dogs and handlers back on campus, you can enjoy some virtual therapy dog videos. Research shows that interactions with therapy dogs can increase oxytocin (chemicals responsible for bonding) and dopamine (chemicals responsible for happiness) levels while lowering levels of cortisol (the chemical responsible for stress).


 

Student, Staff, Faculty Trainings

If you are interested in organizing a private group training, please complete our online request form. Please note, we require a minimum of TWO WEEKS notice to schedule a training.

Training Request Form

This online session will provide participants with the most effective strategies to be physically active while physical distancing. It will touch on the upcoming 24-hour Movement Guidelines for Adults and outline the impacts physical activity has on physical, mental and social health.

Participants will:

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Cost: free

Fall 2020 Dates:
September 17 from noon–1 pm (for staff/faculty) 
September 24 from 4–5:30 pm (for students)

This online session provides information about the mental health and mental illness model. The purpose of this session is to learn how to recognize if students are struggling with physical distancing, with particular emphasis if someone is in immediate distress and/or in crisis. Participants will gain practical tips on what to say and do in order to connect someone with the appropriate resources.

At the end of this 1.5-hour training, participants will:

  • Understand mental health and mental illness using the dual-continuum model
  • Be able to recognize when someone is in distress
  • Know practical steps to take to help someone who is in distress
  • Learn about remote mental health resources that are available

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Cost: free

Fall 2020 Dates:
October 7 from 1:00–2:30 pm

Watch a previously recorded version of this session below

This online session will give you a chance to look at what you are currently doing to manage stress and allows you to create, or enhance, your own self-care plan. You will also get the chance to develop a specific plan to start a new health behaviour. Changing healthy behaviours can be hard, especially while physical distancing, but engaging in positive coping strategies is one of the more effective ways to manage stress.

At the end of this 1.5-hour training, participants will:

  • Understand stress, the stress response and stress management
  • Recognize the benefits of stress and how to harness it
  • Create an individualized self-care plan
  • Develop a specific action plan to start a new health habit

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Cost: free

Fall 2020 Dates:
December 10 from 1:00–2:30 pm

Watch a previously recorded version of this session below

This training consists of two parts:

  • Part 1: LivingWorks Start (1–2 hours)
    This evidence-based training program introduces a four-step model for helping keep someone safe from suicide. It uses simulations and interactive videos to build and practice helping skills.  This training is hosted by LivingWorks, an organization specializing in suicide prevention training. START is self-directed, completed independently and at your own pace.
  • Part 2: Live Webinar Debrief (1 hour)
    Completed after the LivingWorks START training, this live ZOOM webinar provides an opportunity to debrief about the training, address questions or concerns, and review campus and community resources. The webinar is facilitated by staff from Queen’s who are certified safeTALK trainers.

Registration for part 2 will close 1 week prior to the date/time to allow participants enough time to receive online access and complete part 1.

At the end of this online training, participants will:

  • Learn how to recognize people who are having thoughts of suicide
  • Be able to connect people who are having thoughts of suicide with the appropriate resource
  • Know more about on-campus and community resources available

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2020-21 Costs: $15 for students, $30 for staff/faculty

Fall 2020 Dates:
November 12 from 1:00–2:00pm

Upcoming Events

Oct

14

Wednesday

Managing Chronic Pain at University
Multi-Day Event
Online via Zoom - link sent by email upon registration
Managing Chronic Pain at University

A professionally facilitated online support group, for students (living in Ontario only) that experience chronic pain who want help improving their participation in academics and other activities.

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Oct

15

Thursday

Sleep Better Now
Multi-Day Event
Online - link sent by email upon registration
Sleep Better Now

A professionally facilitated online support group for students who are experiencing sleep problems and/or insomnia.

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Oct

16

Friday

Navigating University with Autism
Multi-Day Event
Online - link sent by email upon registration
Navigating University with Autism

A professionally facilitated online support group designed to help students with autism succeed in a university environment.

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Oct

21

Wednesday

Understanding Substance Use. New! Fall 2020. Starting Oct. 14 Wednesdays 3:30pm-5:00pm Online Via TEAMS
Multi-Day Event
Online – link sent by email upon registration
Understanding Substance Use

This 8-week professionally facilitated psycho-educational program is for Queen’s and St. Lawrence College students to receive support for issues they may be experiencing related to substance use, misuse or abuse.

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