Group programs

Learn new skills to maintain your well-being.

Upcoming group programs


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.

    Fall 2021

    Wednesdays (September 22, September 29, October 6, October 13) from 10:30am - 12:00pm. In-person at Student Wellness Services

    Registration will open on our Events page in mid-August. 

  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. Mastering your mood

    Are you feeling sad, depressed or hopeless? Have you lost interest in things you used to enjoy? Do you have negative thoughts about yourself and your future that make taking action hard?

    Learn ways to change thinking patterns that can negatively impact your mood in this five-week program.

  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 (September 30, October 7, October 14, October 21) from 10:00am - noon. Virtual via Zoom

    Registration will open in mid-August

  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 »

    Fall 2021: 

    Mondays (September 20, September 27, October 4, October 18, October 25) from 1:00 - 2:00pm. Virtual via Zoom.  

     

  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: 

    Thursdays (October 14, October 21, October 28, November 4) from 2:30 - 4:00pm. In-person at Student Wellness Services

    Registration will open in mid-September. 

  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: 

    Fridays (October 8, October 15, October 22, October 29) from 12:00 - 1:00pm 

    Registration will open in early September. 

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 

    Registration will open on our Events page in mid-August. 

  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