Virtual Summer Wellness workshops are being offered to students entering Grade 7 -12 this summer by the ALCDSB Social Work Team and delivered via the Microsoft Teams platform.
The objective of the wellness workshops is to offer psychoeducation and accompanying strategies and tools for a range of mental health and wellness concerns.
Students are invited to attend as many or as few workshops as they would like based on their needs and interests. To participate students must have access to a functional computer (or another electronic device) with microphone and camera to fully participate and engage.
The workshops being offered do not constitute therapeutic interventions, instead provide Tier 1 intervention to the ALCDSB student community. Student participants requiring more intensive support will be offered individual Social Work services through the standard referral process.
Register for your preferred workshop(s) by Wednesday, June 29.
Wellness Workshop Schedule: Monday, July 11: Workshop #1 Embracing Differences – How to be an ally to your peers, increase inclusivity and reduce discrimination in school and peer groups. Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Platform: Microsoft Teams About: In this workshop we will discuss diversity, inclusion, power, privilege, and allyship to begin to better understand differences amongst peers and learn how some groups are included vs. excluded, advantaged vs. disadvantaged in day-to-day life. We will explore, as a group, what an ally is and what allyship looks like in practice as a way of achieving greater equity and inclusion of diverse groups. Workshop #2: Let’s build a crisis survival kit! - Manage distress and develop skills to manage short-term stress-inducing situations. Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Platform: Microsoft Teams About: This workshop is designed to teach you how to tolerate difficult situations, how to not make the situation worse and to help you get through a crisis. What is a crisis? When you are really upset or things are stressful, it is a short-term situation, and you want it resolved now but can’t. These skills help you cope with overwhelming emotions or intolerable situations. They aren’t supposed to solve your problems, but they will help you survive painful emotions and not act on your urges. Tuesday, July 12: Workshop #3: We Need to Talk. How to have tough conversations, learn about and practice communication skills and boundary setting. Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Platform: Microsoft Teams About: This workshop helps participants navigate challenging relationships and conversations to improve relationships while staying true to themselves. Whether it’s friends, family, work, or school, how we interact with others has a big impact on how we feel. It takes skills and practice to have tough conversations and set boundaries. Staying assertive allows us to do this while respecting yourself, respecting others and getting closer to what you want. Workshop #4: Shattering Myths about Drugs Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Platform: Microsoft Teams About: This workshop’s focus is on mental health & substances, substance use awareness and behaviors. Topics explored dismantle myths about drugs and illicit substances often available to young people, while building capacity around a variety of things. Learn the facts about substance use and misuses and their effects on development & mental health outcomes for teens. Wednesday, July 13: Workshop #5: Putting Problems in Their Place – Externalization Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Platform: Microsoft Teams About: In this workshop we help participants objectify problems and increase their problem-solving abilities. Learn how to decrease the power your problems hold over your life and how to reduce the distress problems cause. Develop skills to manage problems that may be poorly impacting your mental health. If you are interested in learning how to see problems in a way that separates your identity from the problem and how to externalize problems from an art and narrative therapy-based perspective, then this workshop is for you. Workshop #6: Keep Calm and Carry On - Mental Health Maintenance Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Platform: Microsoft Teams About: Just like our health, our mental health has an immune system which helps us to experience life’s stresses without derailing our emotions and goals. In this workshop participants receive advice on how to maintain their mental wellness and achieve goals. If you want to build upon your mental wellness, create a plan for supporting your wellbeing, manage future stresses and get going on your long-term goals without the worry that life will get in the way, this workshop is for you. Thursday, July 14: Workshop #7: Think safe, feel safe, be safe – safety and harm-reduction Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Platform: Microsoft Teams About: This workshop is designed to support students in building safety behaviors (online, physical, and emotional safety) as well as reducing self-inflicted harm. Learn how to reduce self-harming behaviors and build new ways to think safe, feel safe and be safe in all situations. Workshop #8: From Surviving to Thriving – Self-esteem and Resilience Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Platform: Microsoft Teams About: This workshop is intended to support students in having positive regard and building resiliency within themselves when encountering various life challenges. Learn to develop a healthier and more positive understanding of yourself when attempting to move through difficult circumstances, increase self-esteem and identify personal protective factors. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.