Workshops & Groups

Health and Counselling programs are an effective way to learn skills and tools for managing the problems that impact a person's daily life. The goal of each program is to share tools, strategies and a variety of resources. Below are just some of the programs that we offer in Health and Counselling.  

Yoga for the Mind

Free drop-in class open to SFU students, faculty and staff.
No registration required.

Stretch, Breathe, Relax.
No previous yoga experience required! All fitness & flexibility levels welcome.

Fall 2017 Dates:

Wednesdays 9:30am - 10:20am (Sept 20 - Nov 29 )
Location: VIP Room (Lorne Davies Complex - SFU Rec)

Fridays 9:30am - 10:20am (Sept 22 - Dec 1)
Location: Fitness Studio (AQ)


Guided Meditation

Free drop-in class open to SFU students, faculty and staff.
No registration required.

This program provides the opportunity to connect with your body, relax your mind and discover tools for bringing more calm and ease into your life.

Fall 2017 Dates:

*ongoing until final exams

Tuesdays: WAC Library room 3101
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Wednesdays: MBC Group Room 1 & 2 (SFU Health & Counselling)
12:30pm - 1:30pm
*Wednesdays focused on mindfullness practices*

Fridays: MBC Group Room 1 & 2 (SFU Health & Counselling)
12:30pm - 1:30pm

Far From Home, but Not Alone

Moving to a new place and culture can make the difficult transition to university even more complex and stressful.

This group is designed to be a safe, connection and inclusion space with special consideration for international and out-of-town student issues. Topics of discussion and resource focus will depend on the needs of the participants. Possible themes may include: isolation, loneliness, transition stress, cross-cultural learning and communication, financial pressures, discrimination, systemic violence, and personal/collective empowerment. Conversation can lead to new strategies, increased hope and happiness, but it may also arouse strong feelings, therefore, a commitment to mutual respect is an important prerequisite to participation.

*Contact to find out more.

Fall 2017 dates:

Burnaby Campus
Mondays, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Location: Maggie Benston Centre, Room 0309

Surrey Campus
Thursdays, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Location:  Maggie Benston Centre, Room 4010

Managing Academic Distress Group

Fall 2017
Wednesdays 2:00pm-3:30pm (Oct 4 - Nov 24)

Create Change! Practice and explore new strategies to cope with academic or emotional distress, procrastination or stress and anxiety from transitioning to post secondary.

*Contact to find out more.

SOS & SID Workshop

more info here.  

The Supporting Students in Distress & Thoughts of Suicide workshop gives participants a brief introduction on how to recognize potential signs of distress and/or suicide risk and how to determine if an ‘urgent’ referral is required. Participants will learn how to ask about suicidal thoughts and learn how to communicate and respond with helpful interpersonal skills.

People who regularly interact with students (for example faculty) or who have a leadership, "gate-keeper" or "customer-focused" role may find these workshops of particular value.

Active Health Program

A growing body of evidence shows exercise can positively impact depression.

The Active Health Program at Simon Fraser University is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Health and Counselling Services and SFU Recreation offering students being treated for depression an option to supplement their treatment with exercise.

Winner of the 2017 Best Practices Award in College Health from the American College Health Association (ACHA), for excellence and innovation in college health clinical services

*Contact to find out more.

More info here

Better Coping Group

Fall 2017
Fridays 11:00am - 12:15pm 

Get ahead of stress! Gain skills and tools for academic success & personal wellness.

*Contact to find out more.

Hope & Safety Group

Fall 2017
Wednesdays 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: Women's Center

A support group for self-identified women who have survived sexual violence.

Contact to find out more.

Dissertation/Thesis Support Group

Thursdays, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sept 14 - Nov 30, 2017

Tuesdays, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Oct 10 - Nov 28, 2017

Are you a masters or PhD student writing a dissertation or thesis? Feeling blocked, stuck, overwhelmed, frustrated, or isolated?

Common challenges during this period can include setbacks in the writing process, perfectionism and procrastination, difficulties with your supervisor, additional stress in relationships with family and friends, or self-doubt and anxiety about the future. This group will provide a safe and confidential space for graduate students writing a thesis or dissertation to share their experience and receive support from each other and the facilitator. It will focus on peer and emotional support, goal setting, and anxiety/stress management.

*Contact to find out more.

Building Social Confidence Group

Fall 2017
Tuesdays 2:30pm-4:00pm  

Introduces strategies, practices and support for approaching social situations, building confidence, and managing anxiety so students can pursue our valued goals.

*Contact to find out more.

ADHD Support Group

Fall 2017
Tuesdays 2:00pm-4:00pm 

A place where adults impacted by ADHD can talk about their experiences and support one another.

*Contact to find out more.

ACT on Anxiety

Fall 2017
Thursdays 1:30pm-3:30pm (Sept 14 - Nov 24)

Do you worry a lot about the future? What others think of you? Where your life is going?
Everyone experiences anxiety, but the key is to learn how not to let it stand in the way of doing things you care deeply about. Experiential learning will provide you with a new set of skills which will allow you to: free yourself from the constant struggle with worries, anxieties and fears; reduce unnecessary suffering anxiety can cause;  and get your life back, simply by changing your relationship with your thoughts and feelings.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach for anxiety.

*Contact to find out more.

Online Courses:

Online Course: Bouncing Back


A course designed by SFU Health Promotion to help you learn about strategies, tools and resources for supporting your well-being and resilience as an SFU student.

Course available here

Online Course: HiFIVE

The HiF.I.V.E. initiative aims to eliminate stigma towards those who are experiencing mental health distress or illness (now or in the past). Every person has mental health, and mental health wellness can vary at any given time. All individuals in the SFU campus communities are invited to take the pledge to respect and embrace anyone experiencing mental health distress or mental illness.

In this online training course, you are encouraged to explore your beliefs about mental health problems. You will learn facts about common mental health conditions (such as anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia), as well as gain a greater understanding of ways you can help reduce stigma and support others.

Together we can make a difference! The course is free and takes between two to three hours to complete. Start today and learn how to reduce the stigma of mental health distress effectively!

Course available here

Past Workshops:

Let’s Talk

Free drop-in, informal consultations for graduate students.
No registration required.

This program is designed for graduate students who may not need traditional counselling but who could benefit from one-to-one consultation and support. These consultations can help you access to support, provide perspective, and help you explore resources and options. 

Spring 2018 dates to be announced.

Skills for Successful Self-Management

Do you struggle with letting your emotions get the better of you, interacting with other people or feeling emotionally overwhelmed? What about always worrying about the future?

Skills for Successful Self-Management is about learning to de-clutter your mind and control your emotional reactions. Life can be hard and sometimes dealing with people can be a struggle. This program will help you to balance your priorities and demands both in life and in relationships and help you gain skills in how to deal with people in effective ways.

Spring 2018 dates to be announced.

Identity Affirming Interpersonal Group
For individuals who may self-identify as LGBATQ+ or allies

The aim of this group is to provide a safe and confi­dential space for students who may identify as LGBATQ+. Straight allies are also welcome to be involved. Areas of discussion will depend on the needs of the participants. Possible themes include: self-esteem, relationships, coming out, finding social support, heterosexism, and developing your own personal identity.

Members are not required to have “issues” with sexual orientation and/or gender identity to join and are not required to disclose their orientation. Members are required to come with an open mind and to show respect for others in the group.

Spring 2018 dates to be announced.