*Information on this page was last updated August 26, 2016.

If you're having trouble coping with the demands of university life - or even regular everyday situations - this series of workshops can help you build the skills you need to thrive. 

Contents

Coping Workshops Do you have trouble coping with everyday situations?
Balanced Thinking We feel the way we think. We can change how we feel by changing the ways that we think
Behavioural Change Sometimes, we behave in ways that maintain our problems or even work against us
Emotional Regulation Sometimes, our emotions can feel out of control
Balanced Living How do we apply healthy life skills as a university student with multiple demands?

Coping Workshops

Better Coping Workshop Series

Do you have trouble coping with everyday situations? 
Do you…

  • Worry constantly about worst-case scenarios?
  • Blame or criticize yourself, even when things are going well?
  • Feel like your emotions are overwhelming and difficult to tolerate?
  • Avoid situations or activities because it makes you nervous or because you think you’ll fail? 
  • Push yourself to do things perfectly, but still feel like a failure?

If some of these apply to you, we can help. We’re offering a series of four workshops that will help you develop your coping skills so that you can better meet the demands of university, work and your personal life.

 

 

 

SGS Better Coping Skills Workshop Series

We’re offering additional workshops designed for graduate students that will help you develop your coping skills so that you can better meet the demands of university, work and your personal life.

For more information, please visit the School of Graduate Studies website.

When and Where

Mondays from​ 1 - 2:30 p.m. on the following dates. Bring your lunch!
The School of Graduate Studies, 65 St. George (Room 201)

Fall 2016

  • Nov 28: Managing Emotions
  • Dec 12: Healthy Behaviours

Winter & Spring 2017

  • Jan 16: Balanced Thinking
  • Jan 30: Balanced Living
  • Feb 13: Emotion Regulation
  • Feb 27: Healthy Behaviours
  • Mar 13: Balanced Thinking
  • Mar 27: Balanced Living
  • Apr 10: Emotion Regulation
  • Apr 24: Healthy Behaviours
  • May 8: Balanced Thinking
  • May 22: No workshop on Victoria Day
  • May 29: Balanced Living

 

 

Victoria College Better Coping Skills Workshop Series 2016

Health & Wellness is offering a series of four workshops that will help you develop your coping skills so that you can better meet the demands of university, work and your personal life.
 
When:

Every second Wednesday from 12 - 1:30 p.m. on the following dates:

Spring 2017

  • January 18: Balanced Thinking
  • February 1: Healthy Behaviours
  • February 15: Managing Emotions
  • March 1: Balanced Living
  • March 15: Balanced Thinking
  • March 29: Health Behaviours
  • April 12: Managing Emotions

Bring your lunch!

 

 

Who can attend: Students who have been screened or assessed by Health & Wellness or who may have been placed on a waiting list for treatment.

When: Every Tuesday and Friday, from 12 - 1:30 p.m. Bring your lunch!

Where: Group Room B, Mezzanine Level (enter through Housing Services), Koffler Student Centre, 214 College Street (room changes will be posted on our website and Group Room B as required.)

Registration: Registration is for the Workshop Series (four workshops in total, described below) and can be done by calling the Health & Wellness Centre at 416-978-8030 or contacting your intake counsellor/clinician.  Registration is limited to 25 participants, so register early!

If you can’t make it in person, you can do it online! While we think the workshops are best done in-person, with a facilitator and your peers, you can complete the workshop series by registering online for our webinar series.

 

 


Registration: Registration for the SGS workshops can be done by calling the Health & Wellness Centre at 416-978-8030 or contacting your intake counsellor/clinician. Registration is limited to 20 participants, so register early! If you have accommodation needs, please advise during registration.

Cancellation: If you are unable to attend session, please call us to cancel to avoid cancellation charge. Refer to our Cancellation policy for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where: Goldring Student Centre, 150 Charles Street West in the Wymilwood lounge

Who can attend: Students currently registered with Victoria College

Registration:

There are several ways we can it easier for you to register for the Victoria College workshops:

  • Call the Health & Wellness Centre at 416-978-8030 and identify you are a student at Vic
  • Contact your intake counsellor/clinician
  • Register online

Registration is limited to 25 participants, so register early! If you have accommodation needs, please advise during registration.

Balanced Thinking

We feel the way we think. We can change how we feel by changing the ways that we think

Do you:

  • Think of worst-case and catastrophic scenarios?
  • Blame yourself and criticize yourself?
  • Worry endlessly about even minor issues?
  • Push yourself to do things perfectly but still feel like a failure?
  • Think you’re an “impostor” and worry that others will “find you out”
  • Think you’re worth only as much as you accomplish?

 

 

This workshop will help you:

  • Learn to identify unhelpful thinking styles
  • Learn about anxious thinking, depressive thinking, self-critical thinking, perfectionistic thinking, and excessive worry
  • Learn and practice ways to challenge and modify unhelpful ways of thinking and to think in a more “balanced” way

Behavioural Change

We all behave in ways that aren’t always in our best interests and sometimes, we behave in ways that maintain our problems or even work against us.

Do you:

  • Stop doing activities that give you satisfaction and enjoyment?
  • Avoid people, places, situations, or activities because it makes you nervous, anxious or even panicky? 
  • Delay tasks and responsibilities until it’s almost too late?
  • Bend over backwards, never say “no”, do things you don’t want to do, avoid conflict, or do too much because you want to avoid disapproval from others, rejection, anticipated failure, or just because you think something bad might happen?

 

 

This workshop will help you:

  • Learn to manage your day-to-day life to increase satisfaction and a sense of mastery
  • Learn about the pitfalls of avoidance and its relationship to procrastination, perfectionism, anxiety, and low mood
  • Learn how to approach tasks in manageable steps
  • Learn how to challenge your unhelpful beliefs through experimentation
  • Learn how to face your fears

Emotional Regulation

Emotions are natural reactions to positive and negative events that happen in our day-to-day lives.  Sometimes, our emotions can feel out of control.

Do you:

  • Experience emotions that feel like they escalate from 0 to 100%?
  • Experience emotions that fluctuate in intensity from moment to moment?
  • Are your emotions so uncomfortable that you try to avoid them, numb them, get rid of them, prevent them, ignore them, or direct them towards others?

 

 

This workshop will help you:

  • Learn about healthy and unhealthy experiences of different emotions
  • Learn about healthy and unhealthy expressions of emotions
  • Learn to adjust your distressing emotions in healthy ways when you have the ability to modify the situation
  • Learn to cope with distressing emotions when the situation cannot be changed

Balanced Living

We all know what’s healthy for us, but how do we apply healthy life skills as a university student with multiple demands? 

 

 

This workshop will help you:

  • Learn to improve your sleep habits
  • Learn about healthy eating  on campus and at home
  • Manage your time to meet your goals
  • Work towards balancing your education, work, and personal life
  • Learn about “buffers” against stress and depression
  • Learn about different methods of relaxation and mindfulness and where you can find these activities on campus and your community
  • Learn about your psychological vulnerabilities and early warning signs of mental health issues
  • Learn when it might be time to ask for help