Nurturing Resilience is a weekly support group for students of all genders who have experienced any form of sexual violence. Developed in partnership with the SFSS Women's Center, SFU's Health & Counselling Services and SFU's Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office, this group meets weekly in the All Genders Resource Area at the Women's Center (TC 3014) on Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00pm from September 17 to December 3, 2019.

For more information about joingin the group, please contact Erica Van Driel, Counsellor, at

Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

About the Facilitators:

Erica Van Driel is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who joined the SFU Health & Counselling team in Fall 2018 and has been working in partnership with the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office since Spring 2019. Erica practices within client-centred, holistic, and trauma-informed frameworks in order to co-create a space of warmth and safety. She is committed to meeting students with a collaborative, compassionate, and non-judgmental approach in order to explore life’s challenges. Prior to SFU, Erica worked as a support worker with women experiencing gender-based and sexualized violence in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

My name is Kadie Bogardi and it is with great privilege that I introduce myself as a practicum student with the SFU Health and Counselling team.  Throughout the past five years, I have worked as a teacher in the Langley School District—most frequently in the role of a special education teacher. I have always shared a deep dedication and respect toward the growth and healing that psychotherapy can offer, and in fall of 2017, I began my Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology at SFU.  As a counselling trainee, I believe in healing through a means of meaningful connection between people, animals and our natural environment.  I practice with the belief that compassion, empathy, authenticity, transparency and a non-judgemental stance can cultivate the conditions for change.  Moreover, I often find myself rooted in a relational model of healing, wherein counsellor and client share in a growth-fostering relationship; each influenced by the interaction with one another and co-creating connection, safety and change.  Finally, with regard to my areas of interest, I am drawn toward pathways in healing from trauma and the way in which such events can present through physiological means. Additionally, I practice mindfulness based exercises and the inclusion of animals in the human healing process. It is with great honour and gratitude that I share this bit of myself with you and for the opportunity to work alongside Erica with the Nurturing Resilience Group.