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 yupc@yorku.ca.

Winter Meditation Program - Coping with the COVID Pandemic with Mindfulness

The winter of 2021 is more difficult due to pandemic disease, lockdown and vaccine uncertainty. Best estimates reflect significant mental health impacts across the population.

Mindfulness meditation provides a science-based approach to reducing anxiety and elevating mood. It has been used on the York University campus with impressive positive outcomes (e.g. Ahmad, El Moor, Ritvo, 2019; El Moor, Ritvo, Ahmad, 2020; Ritvo, Ahmad, El Moor, 2020).

In this 10 week mindfulness group, we follow a science - based path to enhanced psychological and physical health.

Date:     Wednesdays beginning February 10 through to April 21, 2021)

Time:    12 - 1:00 pm

Location:  Virtual through zoomhealth

Fee:  $200 for the group program; $70.00 for students with valid ID

Registration Form Winter 2021 Wednesday meditation program

 

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 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 sessions 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 on 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 sessions 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 at 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