Grad Student Support Group

About the group

Are you a graduate student? Feeling overwhelmed, stuck, or challenged in balancing work and life? This in-person support group is for graduate students to connect with each other in a non-judgmental and welcoming space to help navigate the unique challenges of grad school.

Topics are generated by participants so that relevant themes may be addressed. Past discussions have focused on topics such as: motivation, procrastination, perfectionism, feelings of being an imposter, isolation, work/life balance, and managing work relationships. Further, you may learn new coping strategies and skills, be connected to helpful resources, and foster greater resiliency and self-agency.

Group sessions are standalone. You can join the support group at any point across the term, and students are welcome to attend as many, or as few, group meetings as they may find helpful. Regular attendance builds community.


This group is open to UBC Vancouver graduate students. Group sessions will be held in person. Students will need to be on campus in order to participate in the group.

We recognize the unique individual needs of each student and will provide alternate options if group programming is not an appropriate referral option or fit.

Group session details

  • Wednesdays, Jan 10 - Apr 3 (no session Feb 21)
  • 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm
  • Location: On campus


Karen Flood, PhD, Registered Psychologist, Counselling Services
Alejandra Botia, PhD Candidate, Predoctoral Intern
Frazer Bucholtz, BA, Masters practicum student

How to register

Registration closes temporarily at 1 pm Wednesday before the start of each group session. Instructions for joining the meeting will be emailed to registered students before the session.

Learn more.  If you're interested, register through the online form.

There are other support groups that may be of interest to grad students including Mindful Stress Management, the (Re)Claim and Connect: A guided storytelling group for Asian Canadians, Global Connections: A support group for International Students, and more.