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Counselling Services: Groups and Workshops

Posted by Counselling Services on March 28, 2014 in General Announcements

SHIFT self-help program

Dalhousie Counselling Services offers an on-line self-help program for students experiencing mild to moderate anxiety, depression, and/or stress.   It's called SHIFT, Self-Help for Improving Feelings and Thoughts.   

This is a free program which consists of a series of on-line interactive modules, developed to help students learn methods of coping and reducing distress.  This program was developed at Dalhousie and evaluated in a recently completed controlled clinical trial, which found that students who used the program experienced significantly more improvements than students temporarily in a control group.    The program is for students who are experiencing mild to moderate emotional distress; but who are not experiencing suicidal thoughts nor experiencing symptoms of bipolar disorder, an eating disorder, an addiction, or psychosis.   Participants will need to be admitted into the program by a "program coach," who will monitor their progress and answer questions about the program via weekly e-mail and/or brief telephone conversations.
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Do you feel so anxious before and during exams that you worry it  
stands in the way of doing well?  This Workshop is intended for  
students who experience disruptive anxiety before and/or during exams,  
despite having generally adequate study habits.  This Workshop will  
focus on identifying and changing worrisome thoughts, gaining  
perspective through mindfulness, and calming oneself though breathing.

Open to DAL, Kings, and NSCAD students.

One day workshop:      Tuesday, April 1st, 2014         1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
(to be held within the Counselling Centre)

Registration is required as space is limited.

To register, drop by the Counselling Centre, 4th Floor Student Union Building or
call 494 - 2081 or e-mail:


These two-hour workshops include tips on how to fall asleep faster and  
feel more refreshed during the day.  Participants will also learn  
relaxation techniques, including deep breathing, progressive muscle  
relation, and visualization.

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014                                 1:30 - 3:30 pm

All workshops are to be held within Counselling Services.

For further information please call 494-2081.
To register, drop into the Counselling Services, 4th Floor, S.U.B.,  
Dalhousie University or e-mail:
                                 MINDFULNESS GROUP
                          Kathrine Lincoln, M.Sc. R.Psych
 The Mindfulness Group is for students who would like to learn and practice being aware, present, attentive and focused.
Mindfulness practice involves paying attention on purpose with compassion, non-judgmentally, fostering kindness and
compassion toward self and others. (Jon Kabat-Zinn, 2004
Cultivating Mindfulness by learning how to pay attention to present experiences "can directly improve the functioning of the body and brain, subjective mental life with its feelings thoughts, and interpersonal relationships". (Siegal, 2007)
 Drop In:   
           Tuesdays                          9:00 – 9:45 am  
          Wednesdays                    3:00 – 3:45 pm
 For more information contact:    

Dalhousie Counselling Centre, 4th Floor, SUB or e-mail:  
 or phone: 494 2081

                          EATING DISORDERS  DROP-IN GROUP

The Eating Disorders Group is an on-going group which continues until  
the end of the academic year.  The Group is for students who are  
experiencing difficulties with eating in the form of severe  
restrictions or anorexia nervosa, binging with or without purging or  
bulimia, and compulsive overeating.  The focus of the group is to  
provide a safe setting, support self-defined change, and resolve  
underlying feelings.

Tuesdays: 5:30 - 6:30 pm in the Counselling Services Centre

 For further information you may contact or visit the Counselling  
Centre, 4th floor, S.U.B., Dalhousie University.
Telephone 494-2081, or visit our website