Workshops, Groups & Events

This is where you'll find workshops and ongoing group events hosted by the various departments in the Student Wellness Centre. You'll also be able to find information on various community events by organizations the Student Wellness Centre promotes or finds of relevant interest.

Please note that these workshops & group sessions are exclusively for students at Trent University and will take place in the Student Wellness Centre Group Room in Blackburn Hall Suite 135.8 unless otherwise noted.


Fall 2019 Schedule

Groups and workshops offered during the 2018-2019 academic year included: 

Pathways to a Better You: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Wellness Workshops

These workshops are designed to help you identify your emotions, thoughts, and behaviours so that you can transition into a healthy, happier, and more productive lifestyle. You will receive information about different CBT concepts and have the opportunity to apply these concepts to your own experience, without having to share your story with the group. You can come to whichever workshops you might find most helpful- you don’t have to attend them all!

There are four different workshops in total, focusing on goal development and achievement, understanding mood and body interactions, the impact of thoughts on our moods and behaviour, and underlying belief systems and how to challenge them. You will leave these workshops with a better understanding of yourself as well as multiple resources to assist you on an ongoing basis.

Location: LEC 212

Dates & Time: All workshops are Thursdays 10am-11:30am 

  • Getting Started with Goals: October 3, November 7
  • Anxiety, Mood, & Your Body: October 10, November 14
  • Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviours: October 17, November 21 
  • Core Beliefs, Values, & Activation: October 31, November 28

Registration: Email Riley Farquhar to register for any workshops of interest.


ACT-ing into a Meaningful Life: An ACT Group for Anxiety

This is a 6-week group, designed to teach you ways to stop the struggle with unwanted thoughts and feelings, using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

ACT teaches simple skills, like present awareness, getting unstuck from difficult inner weather, and self-compassion practices to help you to 'make room' for experiences you do not want. Combined with exercises to clarify your values, ACT can assist you to more flexibly pursue activities and goals connected with a meaningful and fulfilling life.

If this sounds interesting to you, please consider joining us!

Location: Suite 135.8 Blackburn Hall, SAS Group Room
Dates & Time:  Mondays, 2:00-3:30pm, Sept. 23rd & 30th, Oct. 7th & 28th, Nov. 4th & 11th, 2019. (There is no group the week of Thanksgiving or reading week).
Registration: Please contact Trent Counselling at 705-748-1386. Open to registered Trent University students. There is no fee to attend.


Don't Worry...Be Happy

"It take both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow."

We would all like to feel good and happy all the time, but the reality is that day-to-day life involves a mix of ups and downs. What if there were strategies you could learn to manage life's challenges more effectively and be able to focus more of the positives?

This 6-week group explores ways you can increase your resilience and sustain a positive outlook. Expect fun, interactive activities like music, mindfulness, and identifying strengths and values. 

This is a closed group of up to 10 participants, meaning that participants are encouraged to commit to all 6 sessions to get the most of of their experience. 

Location: 135.8 Blackburn Hall, SAS Group Room, 

Dates: Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 30 and November 6 and 13. There is no group over reading week. 

Time: 9:30 to 11:00 am

Registration: email Karen Searle


Calming the Storm: Strategies for decreasing distress and managing emotions

Do you ever wonder why you seem to feel things more intensely than others? Or why is seems harder to manage your own big emotions?

Calming the Storm will introduce a variety of skills from Dialectical Behavioural Therapy in tolerating distress, emotional regulation, and mindfulness. You'll learn ideas to settle yourself and make it easier to sit in uncomfortable situations while being present and connecting with the world around you. 

If this 6-week group interests you, please connect with your therapist at Trent Counselling Services, or come to the office (113 Blackburn Hall) for a walk-in appointment to learn more. 

Location: 135.8 Blackburn Hall, SAS group room

Dates: Thursdays, October 3, 10, 17, 31, and November 7 and 14

Registration: By referral from Counselling Services, SAS or Student Health Services. If you are interested in this group but do not have a referral, please come to a walk in appointment at Counselling Services.


Gender Journeys for Trent University Students

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Are you thinking of transitioning? Are you transgender, gender diverse, or questioning? 

Gender Journeys may be for you!

Gender Journeys provides information about transitioning, in a safe space that promotes community support. This group is respectful of diverse non-binary gender identities. 

The Gender Journeys Education and Support Group for Trent students meets at the following times this semester at the main Trent campus:

2019 dates TBD

If you are interested in joining this group or would like more details, please contact us confidentially at or call us at 705-748-6711 ext 2100


safeTALK: Suicide alterness training

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SafeTALK trains participants to recognize individuals with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.  SafeTALK uses four steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keepsafe) to help a person with thoughts of suicide connect with a resource that will keep them keep safe.

Upcoming dates: 

Monday, September 23rd, 5:00 - 8:00 pm: Register on the Student Experience Portal by searching the events calendar. 

Tuesday, October 16th, 1:00 - 4:00 pm: Register on the Student Experience Portal by searching the events calendar.