Groups Currently Being Offered by the PWC
Group for Teens with Anxiety and/or Depression
The UNB Psychological Wellness Centre offers a therapy group for teens with symptoms of anxiety and depression. The group uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy strategies to teach teens (and their parents) skills for managing emotions and behaviours, and reducing anxious and depressive symptoms.
There are no costs associated with participating in this program, and all teens will be provided with necessary materials.
When will the group take place?
We are currently taking referals for a group starting in September 2018. Sessions will occur on Wednesday evenings from approximately 6:30pm - 8:30pm (including a break) for approximately 10 weeks (cancellation dates may be added if necessary). The group will occur on the University of New Brunswick Campus. Additionally, parents of participating teens will be given the opportunity to take part in parent group sessions, which will occur separate to, but at the same time as, the teen sessions. Parents are not required to participate, but it is strongly recommended.
This group is offered twice a year (fall and spring sessions) and referrals can be made at any time. Eligible teens who are not able to participate in the current group can be put on the waitlist for a subsequent group.
Who is facilitating the group?
The groups (teens and parents) will be facilitated by advanced graduate students in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at UNB and Dr. Christina Jones. Supervision of student facilitators will be provided by Licensed Psychologists at UNB, including the Director of the PWC, Dr. Meghan Richards (L.Psych).
Who is eligible?
We are looking for teens aged 14-18 with mild to moderate symptoms of depression and/or anxiety to participate.
This group may not be appropriate for teens with certain severe mental health problems (e.g., psychosis, bipolar disorder, severe trauma), or more acute symptoms (recent hospitalization for mental health problems, severe suicidality/self-harm, extreme behavioural problems) or some other symptoms (intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder).
How do I refer myself or someone?
If you think you may benefit from this therapy group and are interested in participating, please contact us at the PWC at 452-6301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an intake interview. You can also fax us your contact details at 452-6306.
If you are eligible we will contact you to arrange an interview. The interview, which will take approximately 1 hour, will allow us to get some background information and determine whether the group will be an appropriate fit for your current needs. Parent(s) are also invited to participate in the interview.
PLEASE NOTE: Depending on your age, parental consent may be required to participate. If you, or your parent(s) have any questions about your eligibility to participate or about the group in general, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The PWC would like to thank the Thomas Keats Foundation for their generous support is helping this group become a possibility. For more information about the Thomas Keats Foundation please visit their Facebook Page.
Groups That Have Been Offered by the PWC
Social Skills Group
In the summer of 2013, a six week Social Skills Group for youth with a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome or another Autism Spectrum disorder was offered at the PWC. The group focused on building conversation skills such as initiating, maintaining and terminating a conversation, having a conversation with multiple people, discussing a range of topics of interest to oneself and a conversational partner, shifting topics in a conversation, and asking and responding to a variety of questions.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Cool Kids Program: Child Anxiety Treatment Program
In fall and winter of 2015, the Cool Kids ASD program was offered at the PWC. This program was focused on teaching children with ASD and their parents skills they could use to manage anxiety in everyday situations. For the children these skills included understanding anxiety, relaxation, identifying and using helpful thoughts and facing fears, building independence and increasing confidence through stepladders. The parents were shown strategies that could be used to encourage the child's brave behavior.
Self-Care Workshops for Graduate Students
Student clinicians will be offering brief workshops on Self Care/Stress Management to graduate students. Please check back for updates about registration and upcoming dates.