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 on Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00pm from January 14 to March 31, 2020. Please join us in room 0309 of the Health and Counselling Service Centre, Burnaby Campus, located on the bottom level of the Maggie Benston Centre. 

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.

Sean Heaslip is completing his pre-doctoral internship at SFU Health & Counselling as part of his PhD in Counselling Psychology. Prior to this internship Sean worked as a Registered Clinical Counsellor, primarily with male survivors of sexual abuse, as well as seeing clients through his private practice. Sean employs an emotion focused, trauma informed approach to counselling, and views the therapeutic relationship as both transformative, and as a context for interventions that facilitate growth, change, and healing. Sean is also partially blind, and employs a feminist lens to consider both his own, and client’s intersectionalities and their impact on the therapeutic process.