Events/Workshops

In keeping with the recommendations from Health Canada regarding social distancing, The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education (The Centre) will continue to provide services to community members through telephone: 416-736-5211 and email: thecentre@yorku.ca. Visit The Centre's supports and resources page during COVID-19

The Centre will be hosting events/workshops throughout the year and we hope to engage and connect with our community. If you are interested in having us at an event, please feel free to email us at thecentre@yorku.ca

Current Events:

Art Therapy Group
Facilitated by Full Circle Art Therapy Centre

Finding your Flow

"Finding your Flow" Is an art therapy group where participants are welcomed to make art and connect with each other in an online community. Participants are welcome to create their own spontaneous artwork with whatever materials they would like to use during the session, and there will also be an art making prompt provided by the facilitator for those who may need extra guidance. At the end of each session there will be an opportunity for participants to share their artwork if they wish to, but sharing is not mandatory to participate in the group. There is no art making skills or experience required to join.

When: May 9, 16, 30 & June 6, 13, 20 (Mondays)
Time: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST
RSVP: thecentre@yorku.ca

Hosted by the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education at York University

Trauma Informed Yoga

This unique class is for anyone who is on a path to recovering from physical or emotional trauma. The class aims to give participants tools to understand how trauma
affects the body and to let go of trauma stored in the body through movement. Trauma may seem like a loaded word, but it is something that affects many of us through major losses, accidents, violence, or other major life stresses.
Everything in the class is optional and beginner friendly.

When: May 11, 25 & June 8, 22
Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EST
RSVP: thecentre@yorku.ca

Hosted by the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education at York University

Nicole is both Founder & CEO of Wounds 2 Wings Trauma + Psychotherapy Services https://www.wounds2wings.com/ and TEAO Canada (Trauma and Embodiment Association of Ontario) https://www.teaocanada.com/, a Yoga Instructor, Registered Psychotherapist, Child and Youth Counsellor, Trauma Consultant, Author and Trauma Survivor. She is also a member of both the Colleges of Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario and the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy with over 18 years of professional experience working with marginalized, vulnerable and oppressed communities, individuals, families and children. She has worked extensively with individuals and communities suffering from mental health, addictions, systemic poverty and profiling in order to therapeutically improve relationships with government programs and services.

Nicole would describe herself as a loving activist in ending mental health stigmas that continue to oppress and re-traumatize oppressed and historically ignored communities. Her heart's passion is to lovingly educate and advocate, towards ending trauma that may be mirrored back into society through systems, society, individuals, friends and families.

It means, for her, that she can start in the cracks and spaces in our society where people may have fallen into and have gone invisible and noticed, 'within the cracks of the system', so to speak. Her approach has always been to work with one person at a time, as she works towards change.  "We always dream of changing the entire world, but sometimes changing a single soul is enough, for inside every human, there is a world."

Past Events:

Connection Across Communities

Join us as we celebrate, honour and hear from each of our panelists on their unique journey. They will share and reflect on what they have encountered and how their resilience has moved them forward in healing or on the path to healing. We welcome you to join us in celebrating International Women’s Day as we create connection across communities.

When: Tuesday,  March 8, 2022
Time: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST
RSVP: thecentre@yorku.ca

Hosted by the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education at York University
Panelists: Meggie Cywink, Nneka MacGregor, Zahra Nader

Cywink was the special adviser to the Ministry of the Attorney General and from 2016-19, she provided support to families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). She was appointed special adviser following the disappearance and murder of her younger sister, Sonya Nadine Mae, in 1994. A member of the Whitefish River First Nation, Cywink is currently researching and authoring a book, First Nations and All Our Relations, that traces the collective ancestry of the Anishnaabe people back to 1673, including the exodus from Michigan into Manitoulin Island.

MacGregor, is a lawyer, co-founder, and executive director of the Women’s Centre for Social Justice, known as WomenatthecentrE, a non-profit organization created by and for women survivors of gender-based violence globally that ensures policies and practice are responsive to survivors’ needs through social justice and activism. In 2006, she was selected by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario as one of 13 experts tasked to review the range of services provided to women and children in the province, identify gaps and make recommendations. In June, 2016, she was appointed by the Canadian government to the Advisory Council on the Federal Strategy Against Gender-Based Violence.

Nader is a former reporter for The New York Times in Afghanistan. She is a contributing reporter for the Fuller Project, a non-profit newsroom dedicated to women’s stories. Nader has worked as a journalist for almost seven years in Kabul, working for local and international media. She has been published in the Times magazine, The Guardian, the Foreign Policy Magazine, ABC News, Deutsche Welle, Huffington Post, BBC Persian and Open Canada. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies at York University.

Consent Action Week at York U

Join the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education as we raise awareness about consent during Consent Action Week at York U from January 24 to January 28, 2022.

Attend virtual workshops, guest lectures and training for students, staff and faculty.

National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women: November 25 to December 10, 2021

Join us as we honour those we have lost and reflect on renewing our commitment to take action on ending gender-based violence. Participating in community events and conversations such as these helps to eliminate gendered violence.

Art Therapy Group
Facilitated by Full Circle Art Therapy Centre

October 2021 to December 2021
Art therapy group for all York University community members interested in exploring the therapeutic benefits of art making, such as: self-expression, stress relief, relaxation, and much more!

No artistic experience required - all artistic levels are welcome! Art supplies (paper & coloring instruments) are required to participate.

Group sessions: Mondays from 6pm - 7pm
October 4, 18 and 25 (no session on Oct 11)
November 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
December 6 and 13

Registration: Please email thecentre@yorku.ca. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants.

Trans Day of Remembrance 2021

Trans Day of Remembrance 2021
In remembrance of those who have died due to violence towards 2Spirit, trans and gender non-conforming people. This event is open to all York faculty, staff and students as well as community members and allies beyond the York community.

When: Friday, November 19
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST
Where: Virtual Event on Zoom

Consent Week at York U

Join the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education as we raise awareness about consent during Consent Week at York U from October 4 to October 8, 2021.

Attend virtual workshops, guest lectures and training for students, staff and faculty.

Dadding & Dealing with a Global Pandemic

We know that fathers have had a lot on their plates during this pandemic. Trying to work and care for children and be all that society says a father should be. This is a support group to create a safer space for conversations and coping strategies about this struggle during these unprecedented times.

Facilitators: Alfred Ene and Scott Pope
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Time: 3 to 4 p.m.

Momming Through the Pandemic

We know that mothering has been frontline work during this pandemic. Mothers have adapted to managing a household during lockdowns and taking on so many additional roles such as teaching their children curriculum-based schooling on Zoom or attending to young children while trying to navigate working from home and/or juggling their own essential work schedule outside of the home. It has been a very challenging time for all of us and has especially been difficult for moms around the world.

This group provides a safer space for moms to share and support each other and discuss coping strategies. This is a place for sharing and an opportunity to build a community quilt of connection.

Facilitators: Joanie Cameron Pritchett
Date: May 13, 2021, May 27, 2021 and June 10, 2021 (Thursdays)
Time: 3 to 4 p.m.

4th Annual Trans-Gathering Workshop

Creating a safe space for York University’s trans and non-binary students.

Presented by Student Counselling, Health & Well-being & The Centre.

Choose what Jay Jonah speaks about in this choose-your-own-adventure-style workshop.
All topics related to being trans or non-binary are open for discussion. Possible topics can include surgery, recovery, hormones, coming out during COVID-19, misgendering, dysphoria etc. Bring your questions and leave with information and perhaps some new friends. Participation is encouraged but not required.

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Time: 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom Health Webinar (online)
Facilitator: Jay Jonah is a trans-identified social worker and mental health clinician who has worked with the queer and trans community for nearly a decade.

Information on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) with Women’s Support Network of York Region

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have seen news headlines highlighting a number of cases of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in Ontario. IPV is a form of Gender Based Violence that impacts a large portion of the population, unbeknownst to many. Join us to discuss the nuances, statistics and experiences related to IPV and how to support those in our social circle.

Date: Monday, March 15, 2021
Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom (online)

The Women's Support Network of York Region (WSN) is a feminist non-profit organization providing free, confidential, non-judgmental and accessible services to survivors in York Region. For more information visit: womenssupportnetwork.ca/.

Shades of Our Sisters Digital Exhibit Opening and Film Screening

Founded by the Cywink and Carpenter Families in 2016, Shades of Our Sisters is an exhibit which includes the stories of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans and Two Spirit People as told by their families. Named by the families, Shades of Our Sisters originates from an Ojibwe story. Within this teaching, Shades are said to be what is left behind on this earth when a person’s spirit passes to the land of their Ancestors.

When: Monday, March 8, 2021
Time: noon to 1:30 p.m.
Moderator & Host: Breanna Berry, Indigenous Recruitment Officer, CASS
Panelists: Maggie Cywink, Joyce Carpenter, Jacquelyn Gagnon

SEX, SAFETY & STRATEGY – for Guys into Guys

Presented by Student Counselling, Health & Well-being & The Centre for York U’s GBT2Q community.

When: Thursday, March 4, 2021
Time: 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom Webinar (online)
Facilitator: Daniel Pugh, MSW, RSW Registered Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist

This workshop will focus on defining how to achieve and navigate ‘healthy relationships’ in the ‘guys into guys’ communities (GBT2Q) during COVID-19 in our app-based world. We will discuss how trauma and other life events can impact feelings of loneliness and isolation. We will explore hook-up safety and assessment for any/all conditions we meet, covering who, what, when, where, and why?

Daniel Pugh has over 15 years of experience working with LGBT2SI+ communities in Ontario. Daniel’s practice is sex-positive and trauma-informed/specific. He brings a solid foundation in community-based HIV research, sexual health promotion, community development/leadership and mental health stewardship.

Towards Therapeutic Conditions: Racial Trauma with BIPOC communities

Date: Friday, Feb. 26, 2021
Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Online via Zoom
Speakers: Joseph Smith and Dwayne Brown from Generation Chosen

Moving beyond celebration, Black History Month is a time wherein we should all begin to reflect on the psycho-social implications of inequity. This 90-minute session will involve transparent and authentic conversations about Racial Trauma, Microaggressions, PTSS, Impostor Syndrome and the deplorable state of mental health amongst members of the Black community. Through exploring the historical antecedents to this issue and engaging with the contemporary problems that encourage it, we will think through the institutional mechanisms that need to be crafted in order to show up for those who are most vulnerable and in need.

Joseph Smith is a PhD (ABD). His doctorate is interdisciplinary and encompasses key notions amongst the disciplines of philosophy, psychology, religious studies and literature with a focus on the philosophies of self-consciousness within the west and the intellectual background of black consciousness. He is a qualified elementary, secondary and post-secondary educator with principalship qualifications; co-founder of the non-profit organization Generation Chosen which focuses on Mental health and Emotional intelligence within underserved communities; a project coordinator for the Black Experience Project housed/funded by Environics Research Institute; a facilitator and consultant in the area of Anti-Black Racism and Emotional health at Morneau Shepell; co-creator/co-facilitator of the Rooted and Rising environmental activism program; sits on the board of Operation Black Vote Canada as the Director of Youth Outreach; and is a founding member of the Foundation for Black Communities which is a non-profit organization designed to adjudicate grants, develop policy, and liaise with government and the philanthropic sector to better serve Black-led and Black-serving non-profits and charities.

Dwayne Brown is a PhD candidate at York University. His doctorate takes a look at the influence of anti-black racism, mental health and emotional intelligence on the educational success of BIPOC youth in Toronto, Canada. He is a qualified K-12 educator with the Toronto District School Board as well as Co-Founder and Director of Education of the non-profit, Generation Chosen, which focuses on culturally relevant emotional intelligence within underserved and neglected communities His research interests include emotional intelligence education, mental hygiene promotion, equity and social justice, decolonization, critical pedagogy, identity creation, community engagement, special education, curriculum design, anti-black racism and hypermasculinity.

Generation Chosen is a non-profit organization devoted to enhancing the emotional intelligence of young adults from underserved communities. Through openly confronting mental health obstacles, dealing compassionately with harmful emotional tendencies, creating opportunities for educational matriculation, financial self-sufficiency and meaningful mentorship, we aim to holistically support the development of those most vulnerable in our society and interrupt inter-generational cycles of poverty, disenfranchisement and trauma.

Sexual Violence Response Education Week

Join the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education as we raise awareness about Sexual Violence Response from February 5 to February 12, 2021.

Attend virtual workshops, panels and training open to students, staff and faculty.

York U Student Art Therapy Support Group

Finding a sense of balance and navigating life's stressors has become even more difficult in this past year. Mental health care and self-care in general has become more important than ever before.

This support group is open to all York University students. We will focus on providing a safe space for self-expression and developing coping skills through a combination of art therapy and mindfulness self-compassion practice.

This is a beginner level art therapy group, and there are no expectations that participants have prior experience with visual arts, art therapy, or mindfulness.

Start Date: January 25, 2021
Subsequent Dates: Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 16
Registration: Please email thecentre@yorku.ca by January 22, 2021. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants.
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.(EST)

Wellness Wednesday: Staff Art Therapy Workshop

Finding a sense of balance through the pandemic, while supporting others on a regular basis (through your work) is difficult. Furthermore, sustaining regular self-care practices and a positive state of mind have become even more important.

This workshop aims to help participants strengthen their daily self-care practice and develop tools to support their mental health through a combination of art therapy, gratitude and mindfulness. This is not like an art class where we learn "artistic techniques", so no prior art experience is required.

Date: February 10, 2021
Registration: Please email thecentre@yorku.ca by February 5, 2021. Zoom link to be emailed to registrants.
Time: 1 to 2 p.m. (EST)

National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

Join us as we honour those we have lost and reflect on renewing our commitment to take action on ending gender-based violence.

Participating in community events and conversations such as these helps to eliminate gendered violence.

Trans Awareness Week at York U

The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education and Student Counselling & Development will be hosting Trans Awareness Week at York U from November 16 to 20, 2020 in support of our Trans, Queer and Gender Non-Conforming Community.

All York students, staff and faculty who identify as part of York’s Trans, Queer and Gender Non-Conforming Community are invited to attend online events.

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