GROUPS & WORKSHOPS - 2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR

PROCRASTINATION WORKSHOP

Is procrastination dragging down your academic performance or other areas of your life? Come learn strategies specific to your individual procrastination habits to help you stop putting things off until another day.  This workshop is open to any students from UNB/STU.

Thursday, February 8th at 9:00 am        

Monday, March 12th at 1:30 pm

STANDING OVATION:  ROCKIN’ THE STAGE & OVERCOMING ACADEMIC ANXIETY

What do athletes, class presenters, performing artists and thesis defenders have in common?  They are required to perform even when they are nervous or worried about the outcome.  If you are not doing as well as you could during exams, class presentations, recitals & thesis defenses etc., this practical workshop will help!  This workshop is open to any students from UNB/STU.

Thursday, February 22nd at 10:30 am

LIVING LIFE TO THE FULL

Want to know how to feel happier, more confident and worry less right now? Would you like to learn new ways of dealing with what life throws at you?  Living Life to the Full offers you enjoyable and interactive courses that will help you understand your feelings, thoughts and behaviors, and what to do about them!

In 6 fun, friendly 90-minute sessions, Living Life to the Full helps people make a difference in their lives. Each session is moderated by a trained facilitator and includes a booklet, handouts, exercises and discussions.  Any students interested in this must have an appointment with Counselling Services prior to the start of the group.

Wednesdays from 2:30-4:00 pm starting January 24th

MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION GROUP

Want to find out what mindfulness is all about?  Get to know yourself better, learn to handle stress differently, and improve the quality of your everyday life.  Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a 6 week group that will help students learn meditation and mindfulness practice.  This group is open to any students from UNB/STU.

Thursdays from 2:30-4:00 pm starting January 25th

Wednesdays from 9:00-10:30 am starting January 31st


CREATIVE COPING

Creative Coping is an 8 week group for students looking for alternative ways to improve their mental health, manage problems and connect with others.  Using a variety of art therapy techniques such as painting, art journaling, collage and mixed media, students will develop coping skills to help manage life’s difficulties.  This experiential therapy group requires no background or skill level in art!  Any students interested in this must have an appointment with Counselling Services prior to the start of the group.

Thursday groups run from 2:00-4:00 pm starting January 11th

CBT Group for LGBTQ+

Has your mental health been affected by experiences you've had as an LGTBQ+ person?

Explore indentity based stressors that add to emotional distress (ex: homophobic or transphobic bullying, family rejection).  Challenge negative thoughts and feelings, and focus on healthy coping. Jennifer Campbell & Nathan Thompson are facilitators for the group which runs Fridays from 1:30-3:00 pm starting January 26th.  To register, please email Jennifer at  Jennifer.campbell1@unb.ca or call 453-4820.

IMPROV FOR ANXIETY GROUP

Come and enjoy improv in a judgment-free environment where you can express yourself without fear of failure!  Improv is a form of theater where every part of the performance is made up on the spot.  It’s a great way to help manage social anxiety and become more comfortable in group and one-on-one social settings.  Participants will learn to trust and support one another, and each individual can be  silly and open knowing they will not be judged. 

Is the Improv for Anxiety Class Right for Me?
1. Does being nervous or uncomfortable around other people keep you from doing things you want to do?
2. Does your fear of public speaking or talking to instructors get in the way at school?
3. Is being embarrassed or looking stupid one of your worst fears?
4. Do you limit how involved you become with people because you are afraid of letting them get to know you? Do you worry that if people really knew you, they wouldn’t like you?
5. Do you find yourself turning down invitations to social events because you know you would feel uncomfortable if you went?
6. Does being the center of attention make you feel very uncomfortable and self-conscious?
7. Do you worry about looking nervous in front of other people?
8. Do you have trouble stating your opinion or asking for something you deserve because you worry about what others will think of you?

For more information, please contact Matthew Maclean at macleanm@unb.ca

Location: Memorial Hall Auditorium - Mondays 5:30-7PM starting January 15th and ending on March 19th.  Pre-register by contacting our office at 453-4820 or tjones@unb.ca.

THERAPEUTIC ROLE-PLAYING GAME

In a RPG, you are playing a narrative-based game that exists almost entirely in a shared imaginative space.  Each player assumes the role of a unique individual (called a Player Character, or PC) whose actions and thoughts they control.  In addition to the players, a Game Master (GM) describes the setting where the game will take place and controls other characters (Non-Player Characters, or NPCs) for the PCs to interact with.  Typically, games proceed through a back-and-forth narrative (with occasional dice rolls) between PCs and the GM.  A TRPG uses narrative and dramatic play to help address social and emotional challenges. Through the experiences of your character and involvement in the game, you will be provided with an opportunity to grow, learn and explore.

How will it work?

  1. First, you will have a short meeting with the organizer of the group, Matthew MacLean, to talk about what you would like to get out of a TRPG group.
  2. Once enough players have been found, we will work together to find a time that works for everyone.
  3. There will be weekly 2-hour sessions that will run for 8 weeks.

How can I register?

  1. Please contact Matthew MacLean, Counsellor/GM, at macleanm@unb.ca or 447-3128.

Anything else I should know?

  1. No previous experience is necessary, everything you need to know to play will be provided.
  2. The TRPG group will operate as a welcoming, supportive environment where you will not be judged by your ability to play.