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Community Wellness Program


CFSSC offers FREE groups and workshops. Due to COVID-19, we have moved our services online.


Fall 2020 – Workshop Schedule*

*Workshop attendance is limited to 25 participants. Please register early to secure your spot.

Participants are required to register for virtual workshops using the Eventbrite link provided. Virtual workshops are offered on the Zoom platform. Participants must have access to the technology needed to participate. There are options to call in, as well as video participation. Links to attend the workshop will be sent out 24 hours prior to the workshop start time. You are encouraged to check out the platform prior to the workshop and become familiar with the layout. This will help to support a smooth login process on the workshop date.

Participant Guide for using Zoom-based Webinars

November 2020

Building Intimacy in Relationships
Intimacy is the closeness between people in personal relationships. It’s what builds over time as you connect with someone, grow to care about each other, and feel more and more comfortable during your time together. It can include physical or emotional closeness or even a mix of the two. Sometimes as relationships evolve and we get caught up in the busyness of life, intimacy can slip to the back burner in our relationship. This workshop explores the importance of intimacy in relationships and how to start rebuilding what you have lost.

Date & Time: November 12th, 10:00am (45 mins)


Exploring Loss and Transition
Change is hard at the best of times, but our current circumstances have forced us all to change things rapidly. Even as restrictions begin to lift, things are different, and we are all adapting to a new sense of normal. This workshop looks at building strategies that address change, transition, and loss. Content will focus on the impacts of COVID, however, strategies used can be applied to many different scenarios.

Date & Time: November 26th, 10:00am (45 mins)


Radical Acceptance
Radical acceptance is about accepting life on life’s terms and not resisting what you can’t (or don’t want to) change. Radical acceptance is about saying yes to life, just as it is. The unpredictability of the world today can increase stress and anxiety. It can be challenging to move through life feeling a lack of control. Building the skill of radical acceptance can help us to come to terms with challenging situations and improve our overall mental wellness.

Date & Time: November 4th, 6:00pm (45 mins)


Social Media & Our Mental Health
Now more than ever people need to be connected online. At the same time, connecting or being flooded with unsettling information for long periods of time can make you feel anxious or depressed. Our social media workshop looks at the impacts social media can have on our mental health and examines ways we can balance being connected online but also maintaining positive mental wellness.

Date & Time: November 17th, 1:00pm (45 mins)


December 2020

I’ll be STRESSED for the Holidays…
Does this sound like every holiday season for you? This year, more than ever, we will be dealing with all sorts of stressors that can wreak havoc on our lives. During this webinar, we will discuss all the different ways that stress can pop up and unravel all our neatly wrapped plans. We will review competing priorities and creative ways to tackle those growing lists. Focusing on self-care and self-compassion will also be highlighted with ways to include mindfulness during the holiday season.

Date & Time: December 10th, 1:00pm (1 hour)


How to Tackle the Holiday Ho-Hums
The holidays can be a time of emotional highs, but also lows. It’s not uncommon to feel loneliness and sadness interspersed with happiness during the season. People who struggle with depression may experience an increase in symptoms during the holiday seasons due to family dynamics, expectations or increased stress. This workshop will look at navigating depression during the holidays and strategies to implement to manage it more effectively.

Date & Time: December 15th, 10:00am (1 hour)


Multi-Session Groups

Please note that groups are being offered by virtual means only at this time. Sessions will occur weekly using the Zoom Health platform. Participants must adhere to having their video and audio turned on each week. If you are interested in participating in a group, please call 705-726-2503. You will be required to complete a phone intake prior to the group start date. Multi-session groups are limited to 15 participants, so please register asap to secure your spot.

DBT Skills Group
Marsha Linehan’s dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based model of therapy that helps people learn and use new skills to build lives they feel are worth living. DBT is made up of four main components: core mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. These components consist of skills that help us to be more present in our bodies, lives, and relationships; understand and manage our emotions; cope with and survive intense emotions, and improve our relationships.

This group is psychoeducational and well consist of discussion, weekly “take-home” practice, videos, and mindfulness activities.

Date & Time: Begins October 14th from 10:00-12:00 for 8 weeks.


Women’s Self-Discovery
Sometimes we need space and time to breathe, to be open to new ideas, to self-discovery. Daily life stressors, work, family, relationships, and focusing on your goals can become very task-focused.

The Women’s Self-Discovery Group provides women the opportunity to come together for self-discovery through self-compassion; self-esteem; self-care; mindfulness discussions and activities. It’s a safe and confidential environment for women to grow at their own pace. This group is suited for women who are interested in their own personal growth.

Date & Time: Begins October 15th from 5:30-7:30 for 6 weeks.




Catholic Family Services also offers other workshops series, including professional workshops for other agencies, organizations and businesses.

Some examples include:

For more information, or to book your workshop, please contact:

Amanda Fellows
CFSSC Program Manager, Community Development
AFellows@cfssc.ca or 705-726-2503, ext. 113