Group programs

Learn new skills to maintain your well-being.

Upcoming group programs


Managing Stress, Anxiety, and Intense Emotions

Join your fellow students in learning practical and effective skills for managing stress and intense emotions. Participation will include access to a free mobile app that will help you through a series of learning modules.

When: Tuesdays, starting Sept. 21, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. or Wednesdays, starting Sept. 22, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Where: All sessions will be held virtually

Eligibility: UCalgary students aged 18-30

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Group programs

Build the skills you need to deal with the concerns you're having through our group programs. Groups are facilitated by psychologists and social workers from the mental health team. Some groups may be offered virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our group programs are available to students only. If you have questions about our groups, please email Megan at megan.mackay@ucalgary.ca

Are you dealing with higher than usual stress or anxiety? Register for one of our group programs created to give you the skills to help get them under control.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Megan MacKay at megan.mackay@ucalgary.ca. 

  1. Anxiety Management

    Are you having a hard time dealing with feeling anxious, nervous, fear, or discomfort?

    Learn ways to change behaviours that can contribute to feeling anxious in this four-week program. 

     

  2. Making connections: Overcoming social anxiety - By referral

    Do you want to overcome social anxiety that's interfering with your ability to make social connections?

    Learn ways to manage social anxiety in this four-week program (by referral only).

     

  3. Strategies for Exam Anxiety

    Is anxiety and fear impacting your test performance?

    Learn skills to increase confidence and improve test writing performance in this three-week program.

    Fall 2021: 

    Tuesdays (November 16, November 23, November 30) from 2:30pm - 4:00pm. In-person at Student Wellness Services

    Registration will open in early October. 

  4. Roots of Resiliency

    ( *Not Offered During COVID-19 Virtual Services)

    Are you experiencing mild to moderate stress, anxiety or depression?

    Learn from professionals to improve your resilience and personal wellness, while earning an honorarium, in this seven-week program. 

    Learn more about Roots of Resiliency »

Master your mood and take charge of your emotional well-being with group programs designed to help you make positive changes to your thinking and behaviours.

  1. Grief Support Group

    This is a group for individuals who have lost a loved one that will explore narrative ways of making meaning and supporting individuals’ preferred relationships with deceased loved ones.

    This virtual support group is a four-week program for those who have lost a loved one. To ensure that this group is the right fit, once registered you will be contacted via email by the group facilitator and asked a series of screening questions. If this group is deemed to not be the right fit, we will assist in connecting you to appropriate resources. 

    Fall 2021: 

    Tuesdays (Oct 12, Oct 19, Oct 26, Nov 2) from 3:00 - 5:00pm via Zoom

  2. Happiness Basics

    Do you want to learn how to maintain or enhance your current level of happiness? 

    Increase your happiness using principles from positive psychology in this four-week program. 

    Learn more about Happiness Basics »

    Fall 2021: 

    Thursdays (October 7, October 14, October 21, October 28) from 10:00am - noon. Virtual via Zoom

     

  3. Mindfulness

    Are you finding it difficult to manage stress or emotions and want to learn a practice to help manage those feelings?

    Learn about the practice and participate in guided meditation on Wednesdays via Zoom in this five-week program. 

    Learn more about Mindfulness 

     

  4. Anger Management

    Do you have trouble dealing with anger, frustration, aggression & hostility? Are your angry feelings impacting your relationships, stress levels, school performance? Do you have trouble letting go, moving on, or choosing a different path?

    Learn ways to calm down, choose more effective responses and change thinking patterns that can negatively impact your life in this four-week program.

    Fall 2021 group cancelled due to low enrolment. 

  5. Love Yourself

    Sometimes it feels easier to value, support, and encourage those around us, compared with our selves.  If you've noticed a tendency to discourage yourself by acting as your own biggest judge, critic, or bully, this group can help.  Across 4 sessions, we'll explore ways to increase appreciation, respect, and kindness for yourself, while better recognizing and reducing the negative messages that get in the way of loving yourself.

    Session #1 - Setting the Stage

    Session #2 - Examining the Labels

    Session #3 - Re-Writing the Story

    Session #4 - Taking it Forward

    Fall 2021: 

    Mondays (October 25, November 1, November 8, November 15) 12:00 - 1:00pm via Zoom

Be as successful as possible in grad school with these programs designed to help you build the skills and resilience you need for this time in your academic career. 

  1. Anxiety Management

    Are you having a hard time dealing with feeling anxious, nervous, fear, or discomfort?

    Learn ways to change behaviours that can contribute to feeling anxious in this four-week program.

    Fall 2021

    Wednesdays (September 22, September 29, October 6, October 13) from 10:30am - 12:00pm 

    Register here. 

  2. Equipping Yourself for Success

    Are you a graduate student? Is time slipping away from you or are you struggling to gain momentum to finish your dissertation?

    Learn skills to help you succeed in grad school in this series of 90-minute sessions. 

  3. Survive and Thrive in Grad School 

    Do you feel like you're "surviving" grad school, and want to know what it feels like to "thrive"?

    Join other graduate students in a supportive, confidential environment where you can discuss things impacting you. We'll cover stress management, self-care, motivation and goal setting, managing conflict, managing the job search, and more.

     


Why groups?

Group programs can seem daunting (hello, social anxiety), but working through common issues and shared concerns together has benefits such as: 

  • Giving and receiving support
  • Tuning in to your own feelings
  • Building your wellness toolkit 
  • Relating to others in healthy ways