FAQs About Workshops, Seminars, and Group Therapy

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Campus Wellness offers a variety of ways for you to learn different life skills and personal development opportunities. Within our departments, there are many different ways that you can participate including Seminars, Workshops, Group Therapy, and Online Learning.

What is the difference between seminars, workshops, and group therapy?

Typically the difference between our different types of learning opportunities is the session length and number of sessions. All of our learning opportunities are facilitated by Campus Wellness professionals.


Our seminars provide you with the opportunity to learn skills to help you cope with life's challenges. Seminars are typically 1 to 2 hours in length and are a single session in duration. In our Coping Skills Seminars you can learn more about challenging negative thinking patterns, managing difficult emotions, strengthening your motivation, and cultivating habits that create greater resiliency. In our Alleviating Anxiety Seminars you can learn more about the signs and symptoms of anxiety and strategies for how to management.


Workshops are typically 1.5 to 2 hours in duration and are held weekly for a total of 6 to 8 sessions. Our current workshops include: Developing Your Compassionate Mind, Mindfulness Meditation, and Preventing Depression Relapse. You can sign up for both workshops and seminars on LEADS.

Group therapy

Therapy groups typically meet once a week for 1.5 hours for a total of 6 to 8 sessions. Group therapy can be beneficial by helping you find new perspectives on shared challenges, feel inclusion and relief knowing that others experience similar challenges, and allowing you to practice new skills in a supportive group environment. Most therapy groups are by referral only, so talk to your counsellor or Health Services doctor about whether or not group therapy could be beneficial for you. Our current therapy groups include: Overcoming Anxiety, Dealing With Depression, and Overcoming Social Anxiety. Learn more on our Group Therapy page.


We’ve made online versions of many of our in person seminars, in addition to some that are only available online. These seminars are narrated by our Campus Wellness staff members and you can view them on your own time from the comfort of your own computer. They include seminars on stress management, international students and mental health, coping skills and many more. See our Online seminars and workshops page for a full listing of our online learning opportunities.

Do I have to share anything with the other people?

Seminars and workshops are more focused on learning skill sets than group sharing. You may have the option to offer examples, but you are not required to share things with the other people attending. Group therapy is more beneficial when the members of the group share with each other, so sharing is more a part of therapy groups.

Who leads the seminars, workshops, and therapy groups?

Campus Wellness seminars, workshops, and therapy groups are led by Counselling Services counsellors, psychologists, or interns.

Find out more

Attending a seminar or workshop at Counselling Services can be a great way to enhance your personal success at University of Waterloo. Learn more about which one might be right for you today on our Seminars and Workshops page.

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