Graduate Wellness Group Discussion: Self-Care

Tuesday, 22 September 2020 - 12:00pm

This is the first event in a 4 part Graduate Wellness Group Discussion Series and will be focused on Self-Care.

Tuesday, September 22 | 12 – 1: 30 pm


Facilitators: Karen Flood (she/her), Ph.D. is a Registered Psychologist with UBC Counselling Services. She provides counselling to UBC students at both the Point Grey and Women and Children’s Hospital campuses.  Current special interests include her work with graduate students, supporting individuals with the emotional impact of physical health concerns, and the clinical use of online resources such as Therapist Assistance Online (TAO). Prior to joining UBC, Karen worked as a clinical counsellor with patients and their families in health care settings, including the BC Cancer Agency, and as an online facilitator with Cancerchatcanada. She is an alumni of UBC’s Faculty of Education, Dept. of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education.

Levonne Abshire (she/her), MEd. is an Interim Co-Director of Health Promotion and Education, with the UBC Wellness Centre. She provides leadership and oversight for the development and implementation of health education programs and services to support student health and wellbeing through the Wellness Centre. Current special interests include her work in capacity building for staff and faculty in the area of mental health support, campus wide health promotion including Thrive, and teaching practices that support student wellbeing. Prior to joining UBC, Levonne worked as a teacher in K-12 schools and an administrator in non-profit community recreation and health. She is an alumni of UBC’s Faculty of Education.

More on the series: This series, designed to offer additional mental health and wellbeing support geared specifically towards graduate students and centered around known stressors many graduate students are faced with, is a partnership between UBC Counselling Services, the Wellness Centre, the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and graduate student representatives.  The goals of these facilitated support group sessions will be to identify and address key mental health concerns, foster resiliency, develop proactive coping strategies, identify resources, and create social connections through discussions.

We will be offering four 90 minute support sessions beginning in the fall of 2020, each focused on a different theme known to be an area of heightened stress for graduate students. These sessions are best suited for graduate students who feel overwhelmed in the following areas and are wanting support to make a change. Topics include Self-care, Career Uncertainty, Impostor Syndrome, and Strategies for Communicating with your Supervisor.

Future sessions include:

  • Career Uncertainty (Facilitators: Danielle Barkley and Karen Flood): Tuesday, Oct 20 | 12 – 1: 30 pm
  • Impostor Syndrome (Facilitators: Karen Flood and Levonne Abshire): Tuesday, Nov 24 | 12 – 1: 30 pm
  • Strategies for communicating with your Supervisor (Facilitators: Karen Flood and Brianne Howard): Date/Time TBC
Tuesday, 22 September 2020 - 12:00pm