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.

Fall Meditation Program: Relax and Open Your Heart with Mindfulness

A scientific approach to mindfulness indicates evidentially-based benefits to your heart and brain. Your heart relaxes with a slower beat and there’s increased heart rate variability (an index of heart health and autonomic balance).  Your brain is served by improved sleep and increased neuro-inhibition while awake.

As you proceed through this 10-week course of personal change,relaxing and opening will be important themes that assist you in applying the science of mindfulness.

We will employ online communications as well as in-person meetings.  If you are willing to wear a Fitbit (Heart Rate Charge), we can feed back your 24 hour heart rate for a better understanding of your unique stress patterns - and their transformation through mindfulness.

This program will be offered at two times:

Tuesdays 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Wednesdays 12 - 1:00

Tuesday Fall Meditation Registration form

Wednesday Fall Meditation Registration form

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