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Groups & Workshops

Our groups and workshops provide a supportive environment to explore topics that impact many of CORE’s clients.

Research shows that group therapy works. In many cases, the outcomes can be as good, if not better, than individual psychotherapy interventions.

 

Group therapy can help you find new perspectives on shared challenges and have relief in knowing that others have had a similar experience. As a bonus, group interventions can be a far more cost-efficient way to access support.

Our group therapy sessions and workshops are limited to a maximum of  12 participants so that you can receive the personal attention that you need and deserve. The groups are structured so you can learn skills that are meaningful for you.

We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Learn about how we can help

 

See more information about our upcoming workshops below:

First Responder Wellness Series:

Eco-Art and Drumming

 

Yesterday is ancient history, tomorrow is the far-off future, today is where we need you and your focus. Trauma can often leave us stuck in the past, or anticipating the future, at the expense of living life in the here-and-now. The focus of this group session is on finding ways to keep ourselves firmly in this reality, by learning techniques of mindfulness, distress tolerance, and radical acceptance. Using art- and music-based strategies, this group will help you learn to stay fully present in the moment, while embracing nature and gratitude, as a way of finding increased peace and happiness in day-to-day life.

Date: July 9, 2021

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Kavanaugh Farms (Bowmanville)

First Responder Wellness Series: 

Inner Critic Painting and Managing Our Thoughts

 

Trauma can alter our underlying belief systems about ourselves, others, and the world. This group session will explore how we validate the accurate and important things we “say” to ourselves, as well as ways that we invalidate ourselves. By exploring our core beliefs and where they come from, we can begin to understand the beliefs that no longer align with who we are or the world we live in so that we can move past the not-so-useful inner noise. Using art- and music-based strategies, this group will help you learn ways to manage your inner critic and the negativity that may be stopping you from living your best life. 

Date: July 23, 2021

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Kavanaugh Farms (Bowmanville)

First Responder Wellness Series: Five Senses and Mindfulness

 

In today’s fast-paced life, we are often disconnected from our emotional experiences and information in the here-and-now, leaving us missing important information that can help us better navigate through life. Traumatic experiences often intensify this reality, making us feel numb and generally ‘not present.’ This group session will help you learn the skill of mindfulness using all five senses. Using art- and music-based strategies, you will develop an emergency mindfulness kit that can help you cope in moments of distress, and to feel more connected to yourself again.

Date: July 30, 2021

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Kavanaugh Farms (Bowmanville)

First Responder Wellness Series: Inner Child and Vocalization

 

Our childhood experiences form the foundation for our belief systems about ourselves, others, and the world, and these beliefs can be impacted by traumatic experiences. Understanding our inner child can be useful when learning what we need in order to adapt to life experiences and shift our perspectives to ones that are more effectively aligned with our adult needs. Using art- and music-based strategies, this group session will focus on an exploration of your inner child, creating a visualization based on a positive “peak experience” from childhood.

Date: August 13, 2021

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Kavanaugh Farms (Bowmanville)

First Responder Wellness Series: Neurography and Song Mapping

 

Trauma can often shift our internal dialogue, creating beliefs about ourselves, others, and the world that are not helpful or that no longer align with who we are and the world we live in.  This group session will help you identify unhelpful beliefs, rewire your thinking path using the “here and now” to reduce anxiety for better problem solving via an art-directive called neurography, and better understand your feelings related to these beliefs using the music-directive of song-mapping.

Date: August 20, 2021

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Kavanaugh Farms (Bowmanville)