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

Fall Meditation Programs - Recovering From COVID with Mindfulness

Pandemics involve global grief and uncertainty. Whether we’ve suffered infection, loss or restriction, we’ve been stressed and lessened by factors beyond control.

Now there is a possible ‘fall recovery’.

Mindfulness provides ways of making peace with body and mind - and gathering strength for what lies ahead. Strong evidence supports beneficial effects on the immune system.

In ten sessions, we will train in shamatha, vipassana and loving kindness methods guided by neuroscience and clinical science.

Two Programs:

Tuesdays 5:30 - 7:00 beginning September 29, 2020

Wednesdays 12 - 1 beginning September 30, 2020

Registration Form- Tuesday Mindfulness Group fall 2020

Registration Form-Wednesday mindfulness group

Free Videoconference Workshop:

Monday October 5, 2020
5:30 – 6:30 pm

Learning To Be Your Child's Emotion Coach

We are all facing many changes to our regular routines, in addition to coping with the uncertainties brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of this change and unpredictability, it is not surprising that children and youth are showing a range of emotional responses, such as anxiety, sadness, anger, and frustration, among others. Parents are often left wondering how they can support their children to manage these intense emotions as they arise. Emotion Coaching is a strategy that parents can use to support the emotional well-being of children, adolescents, and adults.

The YUPC is pleased to offer a free 1-hour webinar on Emotion Coaching for parents and caregivers. This strategy helps parents respond to their child’s emotions empathically and learn to guide their children in managing their feelings, while also providing practical support. During this webinar, participants will be guided through this 3-step strategy.

While the session is free and will be offered through zoomhealth videoconference, you need to register your interest in attending as space is limited. Please send an email to


Fall  Meditation Programs

The clinic will resume offering two meditation groups during the Fall of 2020 through a virtual format.  The theme of the upcoming fall programs along with registration information will be posted in early September.

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

Tuesdays from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Previous Group Programs - not yet scheduled for the 20/21 academic year

Circle of Security (CoS) Parenting Group.

The clinic is planning to offer this program again during the 20/21 academic year.  Information will be updated in early 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.


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

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

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Foundations Level Workshop - Will not be offered until 21_22 academic year

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!
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