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 erica_van_driel@sfu.ca.

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.