Group Counselling and Therapy Services


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


For the Virtual Care for Carers workshops series, being delivered in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, please click here for information.

For the Call-in Counselling Clinic for Seniors, please click here for information.


Summer 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

July 2020

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: July 27th, 1:00pm (45 mins)


Healthy Relationships 101
Due to current restrictions on gathering and the closure of non-essential services, how we once lived is now drastically different. We have been forced to spend more time in our homes and as a result more time with the people we live with. Whether you live with a partner, your children, other family members or roommates, we are encountering a lot more togetherness. Sometimes the more time we spend together the more challenges can arise. It can be difficult to not have the same outlets we once did to escape too when we needed space or time to ourselves. This workshop looks at how to maintain positive and healthy relationships as we continue to move through this new reality.

Date & Time: July 23rd, 1:00pm (45 mins)


Intentional Self-Care
This workshop looks at practical ways to implement 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 14th, 10:00am (45 mins)


Managing Big Emotions with DBT Skills
Managing big emotions can be hard at the best of times, but when we find ourselves faced with big change or challenging situations emotions can be harder to control. This workshop looks at skills and strategies we can use to manage our emotions more effectively day-to-day.

Date & Time: July 22nd, 10:00am (45 mins)


Mental Health Awareness
During these challenging times it is normal to experience a range of emotions. In the midst of uncertainty, we can often find ourselves feeling anxious or depressed. This workshop provides an overview of anxiety and depression and examines the impacts that our current situation is having on our mental health. The workshop explores basic coping strategies and CBT based skills for managing.

Date & Time: July 9th, 10:00am (45 mins)


A Mindful Experience
This workshop provides participants with an introduction to mindfulness and a chance to spend time using mindfulness practices to manage stress. If you have ever been interested in learning about the different ways you can integrate mindful practices into your life, this workshop is for you! The workshop is interactive, come prepared to meditate, relax and be immersed in the present moment.

Date & Time: July 15th, 10:00am (45 mins)


August 2020

Building Intimacy in Relationships
This workshop provides participants with an introduction to mindfulness and a chance to spend time using mindfulness practices to manage stress. If you have ever been interested in learning about the different ways you can integrate mindful practices into your life, this workshop is for you! The workshop is interactive, come prepared to meditate, relax and be immersed in the present moment.

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


Healthy Communication
Healthy Communication is the cornerstone of any relationship. We need to be able to share our thoughts, ideas and feelings with the people in our lives. In relationships, communication can be challenging and, where there is stress or strain already occurring, effective communication can become non-existent. This workshop looks at the basics of healthy communication in relationships. It introduces skills and strategies that can be used to navigate challenging conversations and to strengthen communication skills overall.

Date & Time: August 25th, 10:00am (45 mins)


Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
During these rapidly changing times, it is important to have a toolkit of coping skills and strategies we can rely on to support our mental health. The Mindfulness & Self-Compassion workshop will focus on positive and practical options for coping when you’re feeling overwhelmed. This interactive workshop is skills-based. Participants will spend time practicing strategies to decrease anxiety and depression.

Date & Time: August 20th, 1:00pm (45 mins)


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: August 18th, 10:00am (45 mins)


Radical Acceptance
Radical acceptance is about accepting life on life’s terms and not resisting what you cannot or choose not 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 overall mental wellness.

Date & Time: August 19th, 10:00am (45 mins)


Self-Care for Helping Professionals
Self-care isn’t just about eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep. While important, these elements only scratch the surface of an intentional and successful wellness plan. Maintaining physical, mental and emotional health is vital for everyone, but it can be particularly important for those working in front-line professionals helping individuals with case work, housing and shelter, counselling, therapy and outreach programs and services. This workshop focuses on mindfulness as a core foundation for building an intentional self-care plan and looks at practical ways to implement self-care into your daily routine. This workshop also focuses on burnout and compassion fatigue as it relates to helping professionals.

Date & Time: August 27th, 10:00am (1.5 hours)


Social Media and our Mental Health
Now, more than ever, people need online connections. Social isolation can have a major impact on our mental health. At the same time, connecting online or being flooded with unsettling messaging for extended periods can increase anxiety levels and/or depression. This workshop looks at the impacts social media can have on mental health and examines how we can balance being connected online while maintaining positive mental wellness.

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

Understanding Anxiety
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 13th, 1:00pm (45 mins)




*Catholic Family Services also offers professional workshops for other agencies and businesses. Some examples include: Self Care for Helping Professionals, Stress Management in the Workplace, Work/Life Balance Seminars, and more (including custom presentations). Please connect with Amanda Fellows at or 705-726-2503, ext. 113 for more information.


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