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Counselling Services: Groups and Workshops

Posted by Counselling and Psychological Services on February 23, 2015 in General Announcements

Asperger’s Syndrome/Autism Spectrum Disorder Support Group

Dr. Shannon Johnson will facilitate a group for university students, who have a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome Disorder or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Tuesday, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, starting Tuesday, February 10th
The goal of the group is to help people with ASD adjust to and cope with the social and academic challenges often experienced in university.  This group will also provide opportunities to meet other university students with ASD and learn about social and academic resources available at Dalhousie.
If you are interested in learning more or registering for this group,  
please contact the Dalhousie Counselling Centre by phone 902-494- 2081 or email:


  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      2:30 – 3:15 pm
Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the start time to register

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

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.
Tuesday, March 3, 7-9 pm                                           Saturday, March 14th, 1 -3 pm
Tuesday, March 24th, 7– 9 pm                                     Friday, April 10th, 10 am – 12 noon

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 or 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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Dental School Admission Interviews

Day:                                                  Friday, 27 February, 2015
Time:                                                5-630pm
Location:                                          Room 426 , 4th Floor, SUB  

This interactive workshop is designed to increase your understanding of how to respond professionally and effectively during your Dental School Admission Interview.
In one 90 minute workshop you will:
learn how successful students prepare for interviews.
examine the qualities and characteristics that are associated with success.
review the stages and tasks of the professional interview.
examine what admission committees look for during interviews.
discuss how admission committees design questions.
develop  strategies for answering questions.
practise and receive feedback to learn how to improve your answers.
learn how to reduce stress and anxiety.
learn about other helpful supports and resources on campus.
All role-playing and practise opportunities are offered in a safe, confidential and supportive environment.
Space is limited.  To register login:      
                                                                             (use event calendar)

For further information on any of the groups and workshops offered you may contact or visit the Counselling Centre, 2nd floor, LeMarchant Place,  Dalhousie University, telephone our office 902-494-2081, or email:
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