Group Programs

Below is a listing of upcoming group programs.  If you have questions about any of these programs, please send an email to the clinic at or call the clinic at 416-650-8488.

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Workshop

Up your EQ and improve your emotional competence in your work, relationships and life by attending this 5 week workshop.  In this program you will learn:

  •  why emotions are important and what their universal characteristics are.
  •  the difference between healthy and problematic emotions.
  •  how to manage your emotions better to work more productively.
  •  how emotion competence can lead to more satisfying relationships

Date & Time: March 4th to April 1st, 2020, every Wednesday for 5 weeks from 6:00 to 8:00pm
Location: Room 102A, Behavioural Sciences Building, York University, Keele Campus (Steeles and Keele)
Fee: $200.00 for 5 sessions. The fee is fully reimbursable for York employees through the health plan.Students may be re-imbursed through the York Federation of Students health plan or other workplace extended health plans.

Emotional Intelligence Workshop Winter 2020 Registration Form

Winter Meditation Programs

By the most reliable data, we live in the one of the most fractious periods of recent history. This observation applies politically, but additionally to families and relationships of all kinds. Much suffering is the result.

With mindfulness practice, an internal unity is cultivated, with the intention of becoming more peaceful and generous. With mindfulness, we give ‘peace’ a chance while cultivating a positive, helpful togetherness. One form of mindfulness, termed Loving Kindness Meditation, is a key to discovering a less fractious and more dynamic way to live.

In this 8-week mindfulness course, we combine three traditions to reduce suffering and find satisfaction – these are Buddhist perspectives on mindfulness and the secular-scientific traditions of cognitive behaviour therapy and neurophysiology. Rather than being divisive, these traditions converge to help us find personal peace and create communal harmony.

These groups are appropriate for both a novice meditator and those with more experience. Two Group times

Tuesdays beginning February 4, 2020 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Tuesday evening meditation registration form

Wednesday beginning February 5 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Wednesday lunch hour registration form

Goal Management Training Program (GMT)

  • Trouble staying focused?
  • Struggling to complete what is on your to-do list?
  • Looking for ways to improve your attention and focus?

York University Psychology Clinic is pleased to offer a 10-week cognitive training program. This program has shown its effectiveness internationally over the past 20 years. It involves 10 sessions taking place over 2 hours and between session work to learn the GMT method to improve executive functioning in daily life. It was developed and evaluated at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences, a renowned academic health science centre.

The program is designed for people who would like to improve their executive functioning, including their attention and ability to focus with the goal of reducing attention errors and generally better achieve their goals. Individuals with and without attention-related diagnoses (such as ADHD) are welcome to participate.

Topics Covered include:

  • Awareness of cognitive errors and lapses in attention
  • Focusing attention through body awareness and breathing
  • Automatic pilot mode – doing tasks through habit
  • Goal setting strategies and methods
  • Decision making and breaking down tasks

Unsure if the program is for you?

Prior to beginning the program, facilitators will meet with you individually to ensure the program is  a good fit for you and discuss your goals.

Dates:         Tuesdays, beginning February 4 and ending April 14, 2020
Time:           12-2pm
Location:     Rm 102A, Behavioral Science Building

Facilitators: Jenkin Mok, MA and Sara Pishdadian, MA under the supervision of Dr. Gary Turner
Fee: $100 for the program

GMT 2020 registration form

Managing Social Anxiety: 10 session cognitive-behavior group therapy program.

Do you find that you are uncomfortably anxious in certain situations? Are you scared of public speaking?  Do you worry constantly that people are judging you negatively regardless of what you do or say?  If you related to any of these statements, there is hope?  Come and participate in this 10 session group program.

What you will learn by participating in this group:

Learn different coping strategies to help lower/manage anxiety in social situations
Learn how to identify, challenge and reframe thinking patterns that promote anxiety
Learn how to use relaxation techniques to reduce anxiety
Learn how to gradually approach feared situations and build confidence

Time:   6 - 7 pm, every Thursday beginning January 30, 2020 and ending April 2, 2020
Location:   Room 102, BEhavioral Science Building
Fee:   $350.00 for 10 sessions (fee is reimbursable through most workplace etended health plans, this fee includes a helpful workbook)

CBT for Social Anxiety - REGISTRATION FORM

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Foundations Level Workshop - Fall 2019 program

In this 5 week group program held on Wednesday evenings between 6 and 8 pm you will:

  • Learn why emotions are important and their universal characteristics
  • Learn to tell the difference between healthy and problematic emotions
  • Learn to map out and understand your own personal emotional patterns
  • Learn how to manage your emotions better to work more productively, have more satisfying relationships and live a more emotionally intelligent life!

Date: every Wednesday evening from November 13 through December 11, 2019

Location: Room 102A Behavioral Science building Keele Campus, York University

Fee:  $200 for 5 sessions.

Fall 2019 Emotional Intelligence registration form

Fall Mindfulness Meditation Groups

Mindfulness methods revolve around peace-making with self and others.  The 'shamatha' technique involved treating each thought equally by noting it and then directing attention to breathing sensations.  In the fall program we explore and learn from this method.  We use three traditions for guidance - the mindfulness tradition (which has existed for 2500 years), the tradition of neuropsyiological science and the psychotherapy tradition of cognitive behavior therapy.

The fall program focuses on how you can feel your heart and relax, with a calmer heart beat and more mental acuity.  We use a narrative approach that helps transform "wired and tired" experience to calm competence and more interpersonal flexibility and generosity.

The clinic is pleased to offer our spring/summer meditation programs again on Tuesday evenings (5:30 - 7:00 pm) and/or Wednesday lunch hour (12 - 1 pm).  Our programs are geared to both novice meditators and individuals who practice meditation more regularly in their lives.

Facilitators: Dr. Paul Ritvo

Dates:  Tuesday evenings beginning - October 1 through December 3, 2019
Wednesday lunch hour - October 2 through December 4,  2019

2019 FALL Registration Form- MBCBT Tuesday

2019 Fall Wed. Meditation Group

Education Series: Memory and Aging Program

YUPC is pleased to once again offer this education workshop series that was developed and evaluated by Baycrest, a renowned academic health science centre focused on aging. The program is targeted for older adults who are interested in learning about memory changes that normally occur with age, and strategies to improve their everyday memory performance.

Topics Covered include:

  • Changes in memory that normally occur with age;
  • The effect of medical and lifestyle factors on memory;
  • The effect of stress and relaxation on memory
  • How to minimize age-related changes;
  • strategies for improving memory functioning

This fall we are offering the program over the lunch hour; twice a week for a total of 10 session.

For additional details, here is the Memory and Aging Flyer

Dates: Mondays & Wednesdays, beginning September 24 and ending October 31, 2018

Time: 12 - 1:00 pm

Location: Rm 102A, Behavioral Science Building

Facilitators: Jenkin Mok, MA and Sara Pishdadian MA (candidate) under the supervision of Dr. Jill Rich

Fee: $120.00 (includes workbook)

The program only accepts 14 registrants, so register early. Memory and Aging Registration form

Free New Program - Dealing with Dementia in your Family: A Skills-Based Approach

The York University Psychology Clinic is offering the CARERS (Coaching, Advocacy, Respite, Education, Relationship, Simulation) Program, an 8 session skill-based groups for family caregivers of people with dementia. The focus is on practical skills-based tools and emotional supports needed to provide care for family members with dementia. This program will help you:

  • Develop more effective problem solving skills
  • Develop practical skills to improve communication and manage dementia related behaviors
  • learn new skills by practicing them with the help of standardized patients trained to work with caregiver to simulate specific challenging situations encountered at home
  • process emotional reactions to caregiving
  • develop an enhanced sense of capability and feel less isolated

We also provide a concurrent arts-based program for people with dementia. The York University Psychology Clinic is accredited to provide the Reitman Center CARERS Program.

Date and Time: 1:00 – 3:30 pm every Tuesday beginning March 5, 2019 for 8 weeks (March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23)

Location: Room 102A, Behavioral Science Building, York University, Keele Campus

Please note that you will be contacted for a screening interview to make sure the group is appropriate for you.

Dementia Caregiver Registration Form

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Workshop

If you want to understand your emotions more - this is a group for you. This group will help you improve your emotional competence in your work, relationships and life! During this 9 session group you will:

  • learn why emotions are important and what their universal characteristics are;
  • learn to tell the difference between healthy and problematic emotions;
  • learn to map out and understand your own personal emotional patterns;
  • learn how to manage your emotions better to work more productively,
  • have more satisfying relationship and live a more emotionally intelligent life!

Time: Program will be offered again during the winter of 2019

Fee: $300.00 (includes binder with support material)

Parenting Program - Circle of Security (CoS)

The clinic is pleased to offer a 4 session parenting program this fall. The CoS intervention is a parenting program that is intended to help caregivers increase an awareness of their children's emotional and attachment needs. With increased awareness, parents can expand their moment-to-moment parenting choices where needed, and optimize the parent-child relationship.

This intervention is designed to promote parental sensitivity, which in turn helps support healthy relationships throughout a child's lifespan.

Program will be offered during the winter of 2019