Groups & Workshops

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Current Offerings

Fall 2020 group/workshop offerings are still being planned. Please check this page frequently for updates.

Counselling Services provides a number of Health & Wellness groups & workshops 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

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.  Fridays, 10:30 am - 12 pm.

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. 

Thrive Week!

Join us for the annual VIU Thrive Week in October.

Thrive Week is a week-long series of events for the entire VIU community focused on building positive mental health. It is an opportunity to join others on campus to create the conditions that support positive mental well-being for our campus community. 

Workshops at Shq'apthut

Shc’enuctun (Chair) Yoga

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

Workshops For Employees


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