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.

Register for Groups, Events, and Trainings 

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. 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

Register for Sleep Better Now 

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

Register for Mindfulness for Stress Reduction and Anxiety 

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

Register for Group Psychotherapy

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

Register for Managing Powerful Emotions 

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

Register for Learn to Deal with Stress and Anxiety 

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

Register for Navigating University with Autism  

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

Register for PEGaSUS Group for Survivors of Sexual Violence 

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.  

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

Register for Understanding Substance Use

This drop-in group will be led by a different therapist at Student Wellness Services each week. It will provide students with a variety of short mindful practices to take and begin incorporating into daily use. The last 15 minutes are optional for those who wish to stay and debrief what the practice was like.

Techniques will include:

  • Connecting to your Spirit
  • Self-compassion
  • Flow
  • Practicing gratitude
  • Meditation containers

Register for Mindful Moments


 

Student-Only Events

Join our Peer Health Educator (PHE) volunteers for a 30-60 minute interactive session to learn how to prepare a quick, easy, inexpensive and healthy recipe.

  • All students are welcome, regardless of your skill level in the kitchen!
  • Students will receive the Zoom link & recipe upon registration

Cooking sessions are typically offered in the fall and winter terms. Click here to register for an Online Cooking Session

Peer Health Educator (PHE) volunteers put together Fresh Food Boxes for students to order and pick up on campus. Boxes contain all the fresh produce and key ingredients to prepare a quick, easy and healthy recipe which makes approximately 4 servings.

To help maintain physical distancing guidelines, students will be sent a pick-up time upon registration that is within our contactless pick-up timeframe.  If this pick-up time frame presents as an accessibility barrier, please email bewell@queensu.ca to discuss alternate arrangements. Delivery options can be arranged for those students who use Kingston Access Services and are unable to coordinate curbside pick-up.

Fresh Food Boxes are typically offered in the fall and winter terms. Click here to purchase a Fresh Food Box

Register to receive a FREE Mason Jar that contains all the ingredients and spices to prepare a quick, easy and healthy soup or stew which makes approximately 4 servings.

To help maintain physical distancing guidelines, students will be sent a pick-up time upon registration that is within our contactless pick-up timeframe. If this pick-up time frame presents as an accessibility barrier, please email bewell@queensu.ca to discuss alternate arrangements. Delivery options can be arranged for those students who use Kingston Access Services and are unable to coordinate curbside pick-up.

Mason Jar Soups/Stews will be offered in Spring 2021. Click here to register to get a FREE Mason Jar Soup/Stew

Join our Peer Health Educator (PHE) volunteers for weekly beginner/intermediate runs during the fall and/or winter terms if you want to start running, increase your distance, improve your time, and/or simply find some running buddies.

This year in light of COVID-19 run club has adapted its setup to minimize potential risk and ensure everyone's safety. This includes:

  • Limiting runs to 10 people
  • Maintaining a minimum distance of 10m when running without a mask
  • Meeting outside and keeping a physical distance of 2m with a mask
  • Ensuring every participant completes the ARC's COVID-19 screening process prior to every run

 
Students will need to bring a phone, student card, and mask to check-in at the ARC. You will then be directed to meet the Peer Health Educators outside near Mitchell Hall before going on the run. Note, it is mandatory that you register for a run in advance and we are unable to provide storage for any belongings. Reflective armbands are available on request.

During the fall and winter terms, join our St. John’s Ambulance (SJA) Therapy Dog and their handler for a walk around campus.

Not able to join us for an outdoor dogs on campus?  Feel free to enjoy some virtual therapy dog videos.


 

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:

Register for How to be Physically Active 

Cost: free

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

Register for Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress

Cost: free

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

Register for Creating a Customized Self-Care Plan

Cost: free

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

Register for Online Suicide Prevention Training

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

Upcoming Events

Jun

17

Thursday

Identifying and Responding to Someone in Distress during Physical Distancing
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
ONLINE via Zoom
Identifying and Responding to Someone in Distress during Physical Distancing

Learn how to recognize when someone is struggling and how to respond with particular emphasis on someone in immediate distress and/or in crisis

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Jul

15

Thursday

Identifying and Responding to Someone in Distress during Physical Distancing
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
ONLINE via Zoom
Identifying and Responding to Someone in Distress during Physical Distancing

Learn how to recognize when someone is struggling and how to respond with particular emphasis on someone in immediate distress and/or in crisis

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Jul

20

Tuesday

Creating a Customized Self-Care Plan during Physical Distancing
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
ONLINE via Zoom
Creating a Customized Self-Care Plan during Physical Distancing

Learn evidence-based ways to manage stress in order to develop a specific plan to start engaging in a new health behavior immediately (or in the very near future)

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Aug

24

Tuesday

Identifying and Responding to Someone in Distress during Physical Distancing
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
ONLINE via Zoom
Identifying and Responding to Someone in Distress during Physical Distancing

Learn how to recognize when someone is struggling and how to respond with particular emphasis on someone in immediate distress and/or in crisis

See Event Details

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