If your program is interested in having a Resident Wellness Counsellor provide one of our group sessions, you can contact us via e-mail at email@example.com to submit a request, or click the ‘Book Now’ button below. These group sessions are most commonly booked during an academic day, allowing for most residents to attend. The sessions are approximately 1.5-2hrs in length. We ask that you try to provide as much notice as possible to allow us to schedule accordingly. A reminder that for those at distributed sites, the following workshops/groups can be provided during one of the Resident Wellness Counsellor’s site visits. To ensure the quality of the workshop provided, all workshop requests for groups over 20 will require two counsellors to facilitate.
For Ice Cream Rounds, rooms should have moveable chairs or be a boardroom style. Additionally, programs are responsible for providing ice cream (or some type of treat)- to stay true to the name!
*Please note, our workshops and groups supports are experiential and sharing based in nature, and are intended for residents or fellows. To ensure a confidential and safe environment we ask that no one in an evaluative role be present, as well as any faculty or administrative staff. If this does not meet your vision for the workshop and you’d like to have faculty present please let us know and we will ensure that we tailor our workshop to accommodate this request.*
The following workshops are available for you to choose according to the specific needs of the residents in your program, please click on the titles below to learn more:
This workshop’s focus is on how to increase your resilience as residents by offering an in-depth understanding of the cognitive behavioural framework. This workshop identifies the role our thoughts play in our life and explores the top ten “Thinking Traps”. It then provides a simple framework for how to challenge these common cognitive distortions. The relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour are described, and tools and strategies to manage unhelpful ways of thinking are taught and practiced. This workshop includes time for in depth group discussion, case studies and self-reflection.
Resident resilience is discussed in the context of adverse events and medical error, with a focus on emotional impact and personal reactions. This workshop reviews some literature on adverse events and the impact it can have on physician’s wellness. The emphasis of the workshop will be on group discussion and story-telling exercises to support sharing, reflection, self-care planning and recovery.
Physicians, like our first responders and deployed military, have a higher than average exposure to the complex and graphic circumstances of human suffering, pain and death. A physician’s role and proximity in these repeated exposures may be peripheral or intimate, protracted or short. While indirect, the accumulated impact of these exposures constitutes a workplace health and safety risk that, unexamined, may interfere with personal well-being, health, career development, and connection to others. This workshop will delve into a deeper understanding and conversation around the phenomenon, impacts, and appropriate treatment and prevention of vicarious trauma.
Ice Cream Rounds is a confidential, resident-only group that allows medical learners to connect, offer one another support and share in the highs and lows of residency. Residency can be intense and overwhelming and the sharing of experiences in a safe, non evaluative environment helps residents to feel more connected to their work, one another and ultimately themselves.
This support is a 4 week support group facilitated by a Resident Wellness Counsellor using the evidence based approach of Mindful Self Compassion to develop healthy coping skills for residents currently on leave. Please visit our program information page for more information.