Groups & Workshops

VIU students sitting on grass at Nanaimo Campus

Current Offerings

Yes, groups are being offered via zoom during the covid-19 pandemic.  They can be just as effective, though different. Read the list below to see what is planned. Please check frequently for updates.

Counselling Services provides a number of Health & Wellness groups,  workshops and events throughout the school year. See below.


  • Do you feel overwhelmed by anxiety or depression?
  • Have you been struggling to cope with major life transitions or difficult situations?
  • Are you interested in learning practical skills to help you cope better, overcome challenges and make positive changes in your life?
  • If you answered yes to the above questions, this group is for you. Click on the above link for more information
  • This 8 week course will be delivered online and is available to students across campuses

Mental Health Check-up!

Join VIU counsellors for a free, drop-in, virtual mental health screening. The process only takes about 30 mins and the screening is open to all VIU students. Oct 29 - 10am-2pm. Stay tuned for this event in the winter semester as well!

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction group

M.B.S.R. is an 8 week group teaching meditation, body scans and light yoga to manage stress better and build resilience for both academic and life functioning.

  • Mindfulness strengthens attention, emotional regulation, adaptability, calmness and compassion
  • See hyperlink above for more details

Men's Group

Experience a male community where we support men to be who they want to be.  An 8 week journey where you can talk and learn more about your experience as a male.

Talk to Me Program

This is a program to help find ways to encourage and create relationship skills, and ways we can build relationships and community here at VIU. 

Thriving in Action 

Are you looking for motivation, energy, well-being, and academic success? If so, it’s your time to Thrive! Join our innovative new program where you can learn better, feel better, and do better. Free  for all VIU students. Earn CCR credit, build connections and learn to Thrive!

Workshops at Shq'apthut

Shc’enuctun (Chair) Yoga

Facilitated by Noelle Hanuse, Counsellor at VIU, Wuikinuxv & Klahoose Nations

Workshops For Employees