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.

2SLGBTQIA+ Support Group

SCHW offers a bi-weekly drop-in support group to York's 2SLGBTQIA+ student community. SCHW counsellors who identify as part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ 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.

For more information, email us at schw@yorku.ca.

Days & Times

The last group session of the term was on May 24. Stay tuned for updates on the next meeting!

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 email schw@yorku.ca.

Days & Times

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

Racialized Students Support Group

The Racialized Students Support Group is a group facilitated by three racialized counsellors at SCHW. The monthly drop-in group provides a safe space for students who identify as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Colour (BIPOC) to reflect on their identities, experiences, and challenges and to build community. A focus of the group will be placed on processing and healing from racial trauma.

To join the next group or to ask more for more information, please contact Sawan Sengupta at sawans@yorku.ca and Dhivya Balakrishnan at dbala@yorku.ca.

Days & Times

The Racialized Students Support Group is held on the last Wednesday of each month from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

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

Trans and Non-Binary Support Group

Connect with the Trans and Non-Binary Support Group to meet other students and navigate gender in a relaxed and safe space. Feel free to share as much or as little as you want. Ask questions, just listen in, or chat and make some new friends! Our group is facilitated by Jay Jonah, a trans-masculine social worker who specializes in supporting trans and non-binary folx. Open to all trans, non-binary, gender-non-conforming folx and those who are questioning their gender.

Days & Times

The last group session of the Winter 2022 term was held on March 30. Stay tuned for updates on the next meeting!

Trauma-informed Yoga Group for female-identifying students

Trauma-informed yoga is an approach to creating a supportive space in which students can learn emotional regulation skills through breath work and body awareness, while centering on safety, simplicity, and choice-making. The principles guiding trauma-informed yoga recognize that any individual participant may have experienced trauma. This group aims to honour survivors as the experts of their own bodies and experiences. Using the utmost sensitivity, the facilitator will place emphasis on the individual’s personal agency and available options for positioning their bodies. Themes for this term include Restore, Courage, & Kindness.

Days & Times

These virtual group sessions will take place on May 31, June 28, July 26 & August 30, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. If you are interested in registration or would like to know more about the group, please contact our facilitator via email at angela28@yorku.ca. Zoom links will be shared with participants upon registration.

For instructional recordings from previous sessions, browse through our yoga resources.