Community Wellness Program
CFSSC offers FREE groups and workshops. Due to COVID-19, we have moved our services online.
Summer 2021 – Webinar Schedule*
*Webinar 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
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Series (July 21-August 18)
The DBT series is a five-week, five-webinar program providing a high-level overview of the respected work of Dr. Marsha Linehan. Topics and skills covered include mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Series webinars can be taken together or separately.
Each webinar is one hour in length and requires pre-registration.
DBT Webinar #1: Series 101 – The Basics
This is an introductory webinar on what exactly DBT is and how it was formed. This is meant for anyone who may or may not have heard of DBT and wants a little more information. This series will introduce the teachings of Dr. Marsha Linehan; creator of the DBT model. In this session, the four main components of DBT are briefly described with the hopes you will join in the rest of the series for further explanation.
Date & Time: July 21st, 10:00am (1 hour)
DBT Webinar #2: Mindfulness
Is your mind full of all the things you need to do in a day? Are you overwhelmed with it all? In this session, we will define and introduce mindfulness under a DBT lens. This session will examine what mindfulness is and how it can be used in moments of crisis. Brief mindfulness practices will be shown so you can learn how to return to the present and tackle what’s in front of you.
Date & Time: July 28th, 10:00am (1 hour)
DBT Webinar #3: Emotion Regulation
Stressed? Overwhelmed? Frustrated? Who isn’t sometimes? When these emotions arise, are you ready? This session will discuss how emotions are created and how we can deal with them as they arise. We will also look at whether or not the emotions that come up fit the situation. A few emotion regulation skills will be introduced as well for you to practice in moments of extreme emotion.
Date & Time: August 4th, 10:00am (1 hour)
DBT Webinar #4: Distress Tolerance
Do you ever feel like this situation or crisis is impossible to face? Sometimes we have to evaluate our level of suffering and who it is affecting. Distress Tolerance skills can help us” accept a situation without approval. Why? To lessen our own suffering and make the situation less stressful to us.
Date & Time: August 11th, 10:00am (1 hour)
DBT Webinar #5: Interpersonal Effectiveness
“No!” Such a small word, but it has a big impact. In this session, we will review communication skills and how DBT utilizes strong assertiveness skills. Learning how to say no is difficult. In this session, we will go over how you can practice saying no without feeling guilty. Also, how to find your voice to speak up for what you need and/or want.
Date & Time: August 18th, 10:00am (1 hour)
This workshop looks at practical ways to integrate self-care strategies into your personal and professional life. With the current climate of the world, and stress and anxiety levels increasing, implementing self-care strategies has never been more important. Participants will have space to self-reflect and identify triggers for stress. They will look at creating a personal self-care plan and how to be an active participant in implementing that plan.
Date & Time: July 15th, Noon (1 hour)
The Depression Discussion
Depression can be draining. It can also cause us to want to isolate and withdraw which can impact our mental health in a negative way. This workshop will focus on identifying depression, how it can manifest in our lives and how it can manifest in our bodies. We will look at the correlation between depression and suicide risk and will explore effective coping skills.
Date & Time: July 20th, 1:30pm (1 hour)
The Power of Emotion
The Power of Emotion explores the range of stress-related emotions. It looks at some of our most powerful emotions: how they manifest, what triggers them, and how to manage them more effectively.
Date & Time: August 19th, 10:30am (1 hour)
Anxiety can be overwhelming. We can get caught up in our thoughts and emotions and find ourselves unable to relax or calm down. Given the current situation, our anxiety can be amplified and we may have new fears or worries that pop up. This workshop provides an overview of what anxiety is and how it can manifest. It explores coping strategies and methods to improve overall wellness.
Date & Time: August 24th, 10:30am (1 hour)
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 will consist of discussion, weekly “take-home” practice, videos, and mindfulness activities.
Date & Time: Wednesday mornings (10:00am – 12:00pm)
Spring: May 5th – June 23rd (Group Intake April 28th)
Fall: Oct 6th -Nov 24th (Group Intake Sept 29th)
The Power of Emotion
This workshop is designed specifically for women and explores the range of emotions we can experience in response to stress. The Power of Emotion looks at some of our most powerful emotions, how they manifest, what triggers them, and how to manage them more effectively.
Date & Time: Thursday afternoons (1:30pm – 3:30pm)
Fall: October 7th, 14th, 21st
Catholic Family Services also offers other workshops series, including professional workshops for other agencies, organizations and businesses.
Some examples include:
- Self Care for Helping Professionals
- Stress Management in the Workplace
- Work/Life Balance Seminars
- Custom Presentations
For more information, or to book your workshop, please contact:
CFSSC Program Manager, Community Development
AFellows@cfssc.ca or 705-726-2503, ext. 113