Sept. 8, 2021

Wellness workshops and training available this fall

Over the last year, universities have seen a dramatic increase in the number of students seeking mental health support.
Wellness workshops and training available this fall

Due to the pandemic and ongoing changes, many students have faced various degrees of declining mental health. We may not always have control over our circumstance, but one thing we can control is how we interpret and deal with stressors that come our way

While single-session counselling and coordinated-care offerings remain at the forefront of mental health services at Student Wellness Services (SWS), this year, students can expect to see a stronger focus on a health promotion perspective and an increase in virtual workshops and training options.

Participating in SWS workshops can help you understand what stressors may trigger negative responses and give you the tools you need to manage them. Not only do they contribute to developing a healthy mindset, they also help you recognize when others are in need of support. Wellness education can have a positive impact on increasing your mental health awareness and help-seeking behaviours.

This fall, SWS has many virtual workshops and training options to explore. Check the events calendar often for new additions.
Virtual Workshops (50-Minute)

Anxiety Management
Do you find anxiety overwhelming? Learn how to work with your anxiety, rather than being consumed by it.

Sept. 16 | noon
Sept. 28 | noon

Motivation and Procrastination
Learn about the nature of motivation and strategies to reduce procrastination and improve time management

Sept. 20 | noon
Sept. 29 | 5 p.m.

Discover Your Self Care Feeling drained or like you never focus on yourself? Learn how planning can enhance your well-being. You’ll get an individual wellness assessment and your own wellness plan.

Sept. 9 | 5 p.m.
Sept. 21 | 5 p.m.

Healthy Thinking
Having trouble with difficult or negative thoughts? Learn strategies to manage negative thoughts, emotions and mood in this workshop.

Sept. 13 | 5 p.m.
Sept. 22 | noon

Managing Wellness in a Pandemic
This workshop is designed to help cover a number of topic areas for wellness, including isolation, mindfulness, stress, self-care, and overall well-being. Learn how to define mental health, create a self-care plan, and how to manage stressful times.

Sept. 14 | noon
Sept. 23 | 5 p.m.

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.

Sept. 22 | All Day

Stress Management
Learn strategies to develop a stress-positive mindset and explore healthy coping skills.

Sept. 15 | 5 p.m.
Sept. 27 | noon  



Anxiety Management Group (Virtual)
The Anxiety Management program looks at the physical, cognitive and behavioural aspects of anxiety and uses relaxations strategies, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), behavior change and other skills and strategies to help cope with anxiety. During 4 weekly sessions, participants will learn skills and strategies to change thinking and behaviours that contribute to anxiety.
Sept. 22 | 10:30 a.m.

Grief Support Group (Virtual)
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. Participants will be asked some screening questions to determine fit for the group.

Oct. 12 | 3 p.m.



Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Intervention Training
Question, Persuade, Refer is an evidence-based suicide prevention training that can
be used by anyone to safely and compassionately respond to suicide.

Sept. 23 | noon - 2 p.m.
Oct. 13 | 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Nov. 24 | 10 a.m. - noon
Dec. 16 | 2 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Inquiring Mind Student Mental Health Training
The Inquiring Mind is a mental health literacy and anti-stigma training offered through Student Wellness Services in collaboration with the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Sept. 28, Oct 5
Part 1 Sept. 28 | 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Part 2 Oct. 5 |2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Oct. 27, Nov. 3
Part 1 Oct. 27 | 10 a.m. - noon
Part 2 Nov. 3 | 10 a.m. - noon

Community Helpers Training

Community Helpers is open to all UCalgary students, faculty, and staff who are interested in expanding their skills and knowledge on the topic of helping and supporting others who are experiencing a problem or are in distress.

Oct. 6 | 2 p.m - 6 p.m.
Nov. 9 | 1:00 p.m. -  5:00 p.m.

Safer Substance Use: Harm Reduction 101
In this two-hour training, you'll learn about the harm reduction approach, strategies for reducing harms related to substance and alcohol use, and ways to recognize and respond to overdose.

Sept. 21 | 10 a.m. - noon
Oct. 26 | 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Nov. 24 | 4 p.m. -  6 p.m.

UCRC Recovery 101 and Ally Training
This training will cover the basics of addiction and recovery within the university context. It will serve as a jumping-off point to explore and enhance their commitment to being an ally to others who experience addiction or are in recovery.

Oct. 1 | 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. for students
Oct. 21 | 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. for faculty and staff