Aim. Focus. Release: A Support Group for Residents on Leave

Many residents that have gone on medical leave have described it as being a very stressful and isolating experience and have wanted a way to connect with other residents going through the same thing.

The Resident Wellness Office has created a 4 week support group that meets once a week in a safe and confidential environment. Learn healthy coping skills with a Registered Clinical Counsellor using the evidence based approach of Mindful Self-Compassion.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the support group for?

The support group is for residents currently on medical or maternity/ parental leave from their program. The group will be facilitated remotely via Zoom to all residents across the province.

What type of things will be covered in the support group?

The support group will use the evidence-based approach of Mindful Self-Compassion to develop healthy coping skills to challenging situations.

What is the structure of the support group?

The support group is a 4-week program, with each week focusing on the development and practice of skills on a different topic relating to Mindful Self-Compassion. Residents are expected to attend all 4 weeks of the program.

When and where is the support group taking place?

The support group takes place quarterly on Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30am via Zoom. The upcoming group for the winter will start on January 23rd 2024 and will run on the following dates:


  • January 23rd 2024
  • January 30th 2024
  • February 6th 2024
  • February 13th 2024


  • April 2nd 2024
  • April 9th 2024
  • April 16th 2024
  • April 23rd 2024

If you are on medical leave and would like support before the start of the next group, please email and we will work to support you before the start of the program.

Is the support group confidential?

Yes, the support group is confidential. All participants are required to agree to the respect and confidentiality of other participants in the group before the start of the program. Counsellor facilitators adhere to the same standards of confidentiality in their professional practice as when conducting other counselling appointments.

How do I sign up?