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Student Treatment Groups offered by Social Work Services and Psychological Services:

  • Coping with COVID-19 (Virtual) – This group specifically targets children and teens who are feeling anxious about COVID-19 such that their daily functioning has been negatively impacted. It will explore topics such as 1. How to take care of myself during COVID-19 2. How are my thoughts, feeling and behaviours connected? 3. What can I do to relax when I’m stressed? 4. How do I cope with my worried thoughts? 5. The benefits of physical activity 6. How do I maintain social connections during this pandemic? 7. Coping with Uncertainty 8. How can mindfulness and relaxation techniques help? In summary, this seven-session group will offer strategies for managing symptoms of stress, low mood and increased worry related to coping with living through a pandemic.
      • Starting November 23, 2020 – if interested email: socialworkservices@hwdsb.on.ca
        • Grades 6-8: Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. -12:15 p.m
        • Grades 6-8: Wednesdays, 4 – 5:15 p.m.
        • Grades 9-12: Thursdays 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
  • TRAILS Anxiety and Depression (Virtual) – TRAILS (Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students) groups are designed to help our students who struggle with moderate symptoms of stress, anxiety, and/or depression by teaching evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness skills. TRAILS A+D aims to help students develop effective coping skills and strategies to help manage their emotions and choose helpful behaviours. This is a 10-week program that may be offered virtually and/or in person, as public health guidelines allow. Students who might benefit from the group are primarily having difficulty with both anxiety and depressive symptoms/low mood that is impairing their functioning. Students interested in participating should have some awareness of their struggles and would be motivated to improve their coping skills. Parent sessions are also available as part of the program, so that parents have a better understanding of their child’s mood and anxiety difficulties and effective strategies to continue to improve overall wellbeing.  This is a closed group and we are currently accepting applications. 
    • TRAILS Anxiety and Depression Grades 6-8: Tuesdays 10-11:15 a.m. – Starting November 17, 2020
    • TRAILS Anxiety and Depression Grades 6-8: Wednesdays 4:15-5:30 p.m. -Starting November 18, 2020
    • TRAILS Anxiety and Depression Grades 9-12: Thursdays 2-3:30 p.m. -Starting November 19, 2020
    • TRAILS Anxiety and Depression Grades 9-12: Wednesdays 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Starting November 25, 2020
  • Teen Activation Group (TAG) – (Virtual) –TAG is a treatment group for adolescents struggling with depression and anxiety who are not ready to access other treatment options at this time. The group is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Behaviour Activation Therapy. The goal of the group is to help students to reduce their depressive and anxious symptoms and increase their overall activity level, so they can access other treatment options or so they no longer require treatment.  The group engages in education sessions, as well as, social and physical activities.  This is an open group and referrals are accepting on an ongoing basis. 
    • Starting December 1, 2020
    • Grades 9-12: Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Caregiver Groups offered by Social Work Services and Psychological Services:

  • Families Worrying Less Together 
    • Groups will be starting in January 2021

Caregiver Mental Health and Well-being Workshops offered by Social Work Services and Psychological Services – Dates to be determined

  • Mental Health and Well-being – Creating a Mentally-Healthy Home 
    This session is intended to help parents and caregivers understand factors related to the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents at home and at school. This session will provide a foundation of common language related to mental health, the importance of early recognition of mental health concerns, and factors that promote well-being.  Their will be a discussion of strategies that parents and caregivers can use to support the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents in their care.
  • Mental Health and Well-being – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 
    This session focuses specifically on ADHD (inattentive type, hyperactive type and combined type). Research regarding the onset and neurobiology of ADHD will be presented.  Other difficulties commonly associated with, or resulting from, ADHD will be addressed.  Effective strategies that parents and caregivers can use in the home will be discussed.
  • Mental Health and Well-being –  Anxiety
    This session focuses on increasing participants’ understanding of anxiety. Participants will learn to identify signs and symptoms, understand what they can do to help, and take away some strategies that can be used at home, school, and in the community.
  • Mental Health and Well-being – Low Mood 
    This session focuses on increasing participants’ understanding of low mood and its impact on students’ performance and overall well-being. Participants will gain knowledge about the signs and symptoms associated with low mood, learn how to help, and take away strategies that may be beneficial at home, school, and in the community.
  • More workshops will be coming soon

Contact for more information

David Hoy, MSW, RSW (He/Him)
Manager, Social Work Services/Mental Health Lead
Learning Services: Equity and Wellbeing
(905) 527-5092 Ext. 2448, Fax (289) 674-0150
dhoy@hwdsb.on.ca

Updated on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.
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