Group Counselling and Therapy Services

Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County currently offers FREE groups and workshops. Due to Covid-19 we have moved our services to an online platform. Group descriptions and registration information is listed below.

 

Virtual Workshops (Adult and Youth)

Participants are required to register for virtual workshops using the Eventbrite link listed below. Please note that virtual workshops are offered using 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.

*Please note that workshop attendance is limited to 25 participants. In order to ensure a spot, we recommend registering as soon as possible. *

Adult Workshops – Ages 18+

Caregiver Burnout
During these challenging times we often find ourselves with limited resources. When we are in a caregiver role, we rely on our resources and supports to get through. This workshop looks at what burnout is, what it feels like and how it impacts our overall wellbeing. The workshop also explores stress management, self-care and strategies to prevent burnout.

Date & Time
June 16th, 10:00am: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/caregiver-burnout-tickets-105157079656

 

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
June 11th, 10:00am: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/heathy-communication-tickets-105153258226

 

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
May 21st, 10:00am: SOLD OUT

 

Managing Big Emotions
Strong emotions can be confusing at the best of times, but when we find ourselves faced with great 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 by day.

Date & Time
June 10th, 10:00am: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/managing-big-emotions-tickets-105089152484

 

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
May 26th, 1:00pm: SOLD OUT
June 25th, 10:00am: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mindfulness-self-compassion-tickets-105014055868

 

Navigating Relationships Amidst COVID
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
May 29th, 11:00am: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/navigating-relationships-amidst-covid-tickets-103847897858

 

Our Mental Health and COVID – Navigating Challenging Emotions
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 looks at the impacts that our current situation is having on our mental health and examines skill and strategies to manage powerful emotions.

Date & Time
May 28th, 11:00am: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/our-mental-health-covid-navigating-challenging-emotions-tickets-103846672192

 

Parental Resiliency
Resilience in parenting has been defined as the ability to use one’s resources and knowledge to deal with childrelated problems or setbacks in an adaptive way. Parenting under normal circumstances can be challenging at times, but when faced with new and stressful circumstances, it can be hard to be adaptive. This workshop examines the importance of developing coping skills and how this contributes to overall resiliency. We will explore the challenges of parenting and how to “bounce back” when things are tough.

Date & Time
June 9th, 1:00pm: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/parental-resiliency-tickets-105106337886

 

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
May 25th, 11:00am: SOLD OUT
June 22nd, 10:00am: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/radical-acceptance-tickets-104974856622

 

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
June 19th, 10:00am: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/self-care-for-helping-professionals-tickets-105015113030

 

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
May 27th, 10:00am: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/social-media-our-mental-health-tickets-103842074440
June 29th, 1:00pm: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/social-media-our-mental-health-tickets-105130730846

 

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
June 17th, 1:00pm: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/understanding-anxiety-tickets-105154497934

 

Youth Workshops – Ages 12-18

An Introduction to Mindfulness
Now more than ever people need to be connected online. Social isolation can play a major role in impacting our mental health. At the same time connecting online or being flooded with unsettling information for extended periods of time can increase anxiety levels or make us feel depressed. This 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
May 25th, 1:30pm: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/an-introduction-to-mindfulness-youth-tickets-103837863846

 

Self-Care Strategies for Youth
The Self-Care Strategies workshop looks at the importance for self-care in the midst of these challenging times. It is normal to feel overwhelmed by emotions and experience stress in the midst of uncertainty. We will explore positive methods for self-care and discuss how these methods can be implemented practically and consistently. We will focus on building a self-care plan and discuss how to use self-care to maintain healthy levels of stress. There is focus on intentional self-care and the importance of that at any age.

Date & Time
May 27th, 1:30pm: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/self-care-strategies-youth-tickets-103845023260

 

Social Media & Our Mental Health
Now more than ever people need to be connected online. Social isolation can play a major role in impacting our mental health. At the same time connecting online or being flooded with unsettling information for extended periods of time can increase anxiety levels or make us feel depressed. This 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
May 21st, 1:30pm: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/social-media-our-mental-health-youth-tickets-103834989248

Groups

Registration for multi-session group programming can be done by e-mailing your name and phone number to info@cfssc.ca

The Power of Emotion
A three-part workshop for women centered on understanding emotions and regaining control. The program is centred on self-reflection, understanding triggers and building coping strategies for effectively managing emotions.

Date & Time: May 28th, June 4th & 11th 5:30-7:30pm

 

Women’s Self-Discovery
A program which has been adapted to reflect the current climate of the world; this interactive six-session, once a week group for women explores concepts and skills related to mindfulness, self-compassion, self-esteem, and self-care. Recognizing that stressors have changed and/or increased for many, this group will offer a supportive environment in which to learn and practice new or adapted coping strategies, while also emphasizing a positive relationship with self.

Date & Time: May 25th-June 29th weekly from 5:30-7:30pm

 

 

*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 AFellows@cfssc.ca or 705-726-2503, ext. 113 for more information.

 

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