SCHW Groups

Benefits of group counselling

  • Learning that you are not alone in feeling a certain way
  • Increasing your awareness of proactive behaviours and coping strategies from interacting with others who may have similar concerns
  • Practicing and improving your interpersonal skills
  • Taking emotional risks with others that can prepare you to take similar risks outside of the group
  • Developing a feeling of cohesion, trust, and mutual support with fellow group members
  • Making friends with other students on campus

Process Group

SCHW Process Groups are held weekly and are open only to invited students. The group is led by a SCHW counsellor. Topics discussed change on a weekly basis and are student-driven according to need. Students have an opportunity to obtain psychoeducation and provide their peers with mutual support, information, and skills.

To see if a process group is right for you, please first meet with a counsellor for a walk-in session. Walk-in sessions are offered on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Days & Times

There are two SCHW Process Groups. One group meets Mondays from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the other group meets Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

LGBTQ2S+ Support Group

SCHW offers a bi-weekly drop-in support group to York’s LGBTQ2S+ student community. SCHW counsellors who identify as part of the LGBTQ2S+ community facilitate this group and create a safe and positive space where stories can be shared and support given. The group gives students the opportunity to be themselves in a world that often says that being themselves is not okay. Topics covered include coming out, gender and sexuality, finding safe spaces on campus/ during COVID-19, managing stress, connecting with broader community supports, and self-care. Group members are encouraged to lead the conversation and have agency over deciding what they would like discussed on any given week.

To join the next group or for more information please email Massimo Zangari at mass23@yorku.ca.

Days & Times

The LGBTQ2S+ Support Group meets every other Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. No registration is needed.

The fall 2021 kick-off meeting will take place on September 15 with co-host TBLGAY.

Gay Men's Process Group

This group provides a safe space to discuss all issues related to the gay men or queer men community. Individuals interested in joining the group will need to first set-up a group screening to assess their needs and to discuss group norms and rules.

To connect for a group screening and/or for more information, please call 416-736-5297.

Days & Times

The Gay Men’s Process Group meets every Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Racialized Students Support Group

SCHW offers a drop-in support group to York’s Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Colour (BIPOC) student community. The Racialized Students Support Group is a group co-facilitated by two racialized counsellors at SCHW and the Traditional Knowledge Keeper from The Centre for Aboriginal Student Services (CASS). The drop-in group provides a safe space for BIPOC students to reflect on their identities, experiences, and challenges and to build community. A focus of the group will placed on processing and healing from racial trauma.

To join the next group or for more information please contact: Tara Pouyat at tpouyat@yorku.ca or Sawan Sengupta at sawans@yorku.ca.

Days & Times

The Racialized Students Support Group will be meeting in the summer at the following days and times. No registration is needed.

June 30, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
July 28, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
August 25, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Virtual Trauma-informed Yoga Group

SCHW offers a trauma-informed yoga support group for female-identifying students. The trauma informed yoga group is co-facilitated by certified trauma yoga instructor and two SCHW counsellors. The group provides a safe supportive space for students in which students learn connection with the breath and body awareness. The trauma-informed yoga group emphasizes on safety, simplicity and choice-making for students. A focus of the group will be placed on processing and healing from trauma. Registration is required.

To register for the group or for more information, please email: Angie Ciuffetta at angela28@yorku.ca.

Days & Times

The Virtual Trauma-informed Yoga Group will be meeting in the fall semester at the following dates and times:

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Violence

You are not alone! Student Counselling, Health & Well-being co-facilitates a support group for survivors of sexual violence with The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education. The support group meets every Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Register by contacting the Centre at 416-736-5211 or thecentre@yorku.ca