Mindfulness series for UCalgary students

Mindfulness is learning how to be fully present in the moment. In these sessions, we’ll explore what Mindfulness is and is not, how we can use it to manage stress and how it’s a foundation for navigating a complex life. We’ll discover how Mindfulness is a skill we already possess, it just needs to be developed.

Mindfulness helps us work out how we are “being” while we are “doing”. There will be time for questions, personal reflection and comments. An open heart and mind will be beneficial. References and resources are provided.

What to Expect:

  • Each session is 2.5 hours.
  • You can register at any time, even after the series has begun.
  • The first three sessions will cover a core curriculum of basic practices. The last three sessions are drop in if you missed earlier sessions and/or to enhance your practice. The value of these sessions is proportionate to your participation.
  • Chairs will be provided, but you can bring a cushion if you prefer sitting on the floor.
  • A beginner’s mind, curiosity, a non-judgmental attitude, trust and courtesy will enhance your experience.
  • The sessions allow you to practice and explore mindful sitting, breath-work, attention to your senses, walking, body awareness (using simple yoga poses) and mindful eating.
  • Session 1 will include, in part, a presentation on the history of Mindfulness – its relevance to wellness and mental health and the research that supports Mindfulness practices. The rest of the sessions are experiential.
  • Each session has guided instruction and opportunity for conversation and questions.
  • You’ll be invited to do daily practice between sessions (10 – 15 minutes daily). Daily personal practice is shown to enhance the benefits of mindfulness.
  • Anonymous evaluation forms are distributed at the end for feedback. No personal data is reported on.

This series is open to all UCalgary Students. No previous experience with Mindfulness or meditation is required.

Sessions begin Tuesday, May 1 and run to Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

For more information and to register: Mindfulness Series for UCalgary students

Launch + Skills program

Launch + Skills is a new program offered in Calgary by the Sinneave Family Foundation that helps support emerging adults (age 15-25) with a diagnosis of autism plan for their future and build the skills they need to be successful. The program includes transition planning support, group workshops and individualized skills coaching to help young people become more independent and achieve their goals. This program would be beneficial for students in high school or post-secondary school to help build organizational skills, social skills and healthy living skills.

To find out more, visit the program website, call 403.210.5000 or email launch@sinneavefoundation.org

W2RAP UP 2018

The Student Success Centre, Libraries & Cultural Resources, and the SU Wellness Centre have partnered to run a program called W2RAP UP from April 3 – 4, 2018.

This program provides Writing, Wellness, Research, and Academic Support, as well as Peer-Assisted Study Sessions. Through group sessions, you will have an opportunity to receive support for exam-preparation, research, and writing, as well as support for maintaining holistic wellness during the final stretch of the term. Writing Tutors and Academic Development Specialists will offer one-on-one sessions. Stress-reduction activities will also be offered. This event will provide you with access to services and resources on campus to help you as you wrap up the term!

Consult the website for a full list of events: http://www.ucalgary.ca/ssc/wrap_up

 

SU Wellness Centre: Strategies for Exam Anxiety

Who is this group for? Students who experience anxiety and fear that is impacting their test performance.

Why group? Many students report finding it very helpful to connect with others who are experiencing similar concerns. Groups provide a safe and supportive environment where students are free to learn and participate at their own pace and comfort. Furthermore, students can benefit by helping others and build a sense of community. All groups are based on evidence-based guidelines, and research shows that group is often as effective, or more effective than individual counselling for certain concerns.

What happens in this group? The Strategies for Exam Anxiety Group looks at your thinking, emotions and test performance to understand how they are connected. You will be introduced to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) ideas to help reduce your anxiety and improve your test performance. Included in the sessions will be strategies for improving your test performance, inviting relaxation and ways to increase confidence in test writing situations.

Sessions:

  • Module 1, Introduction: Understand anxiety and its impact on test performance. Understand the connection between your thoughts about tests, your emotions and test performance. Understand anxiety reduction strategies.
  • Module 2, Strategies: Understand and apply anxiety reduction strategies to improve your test writing performance. Begin practice with these strategies to help improve your performance and experience with test writing.
  • Module 3, Refining Practice: Discuss and refine exam anxiety reduction strategies. Understand and practice with additional strategies. Plan for future success.

 Winter 2018 Dates/Times:

  • Fridays, 2:30pm-4:00pm: February 2, February 9, February 16
  • Wednesdays, 2:00pm-3:30pm: March 28, April 4, April 11

Location: Wellness Centre Classroom

Please check in with reception when you arrive.

Group sessions run weekly. We recommend that participants complete all 3 sessions.

Register Online: http://www.ucalgary.ca/wellnesscentre/group_support

The Body Project, new sessions!

The Body Project is a program aimed at helping young women feel better about their bodies. All female-identified students are invited to take part in these peer-led sessions that will help you challenge and resist societal pressures to conform to an unrealistic standard of beauty.

Sessions will run in January and February of 2018.

To register, visit:

ucalgary.ca/wellnesscentre/thebodyproject

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