LGBTQ+ Radical Self-Care Groups

Join co-facilitators Donna and Ashley for the Fall 2020 series of LGBTQ+ Radical Self-Care Groups!

But what is 'radical self-care'? Queer writer Audre Lorde puts it best: "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare". This could mean:

  • Taking care of your needs before others' - you can't pour from an empty glass!
  • Nurturing your self-worth, beyond what others see in you
  • Finding personal fulfilment away from consumerism
  • Practicing self-compassion and being kind to oneself
  • Accepting yourself, with all your complexity, messiness, and flaws
  • Being sustainable with your resources and being considerate towards yourself
  • Learning to love yourself unconditionally

In these groups, focused on supporting queer communities, we'll be tackling some big topics, sharing and listening, and forging genuine connections through our shared experiences right now. By the end, you'll walk away with some different perspectives on group topics, a growing sense of self-compassion, and new skills to add to your self-care 'toolkit'! These groups are not intended to be a therapeutic space, though you may find them to be similarly beneficial. Read more about one participant's experience at a group here!

Out On Campus provides an accessible and inclusive space for all students. 

About the facilitators

Ashley is the Coordinator for SFSS Out On Campus, the LGBTQ+ resource centre. He has been volunteering and working in queer organisations and academic research for the past 10 years, focusing on various issues such as prejudice, sexual health, and community-building.

Donna is in her final year of studies at SFU towards becoming a counselling psychologist. She has worked in the field of health and wellness for over 30 years and co-owns a private fitness studio in Surrey with her wife. 

Schedule

Working from Home - Strategies to keep you connected with self and others

DATE

Wednesday, October 28

TIME

2:30 to 4:00pm

LOCATION

Online via Zoom

How do we stay motivated in an environment meant for relaxation and how can we step back and reconnect with our lives outside of work and study? Join counselling practicum student, Donna Hutchinson, and Out On Campus Coordinator, Ashley Brooks, for a wholesome discussion on how we define productivity, how we tie productivity to our self-worth, and how we can be productive while also finding value and fulfilment elsewhere.

How to create healthy habits - Simple steps to get you started

DATE

Tuesday, November 17

TIME

2:30 to 4:00pm

LOCATION

Online via Zoom

Making lifestyle changes can prove to be difficult especially when the changes seem overwhelming or you feel as though you don’t even know where to begin. Join counselling practicum student, Donna Hutchinson, and Out On Campus Coordinator, Ashley Brooks, to talk about the process of change, strategies you can implement to help get you started, and discuss how to overcome obstacles or challenges that might be getting your way now or have gotten in your way in the past.

Building Healthy Relationships - A candid talk about chosen family

DATE

Tuesday, December 8

TIME

2:30 to 4:00pm

LOCATION

Online via Zoom

How do we build and maintain healthy and sustainable relationships with our chosen family while also having to keep our distance? Join counselling practicum student, Donna Hutchinson, and Out On Campus Coordinator, Ashley Brooks, to talk about the families we can create, how we're organizing our social bubbles, and the important skills of boundary-setting, consent, and nonviolent communication.

HOW TO JOIN

To register for this program, please fill out the consent form and email it to Donna at couns_practicum207@sfu.ca.