Groups & Workshops

To register for any of our groups or workshops
Contact Melinda (she/her) at 705-840-2403 (press zero)

Cognitive Processing Therapy Group - OPEN

Cognitive Processing Therapy Group (for Current or Past Clients of Amelia Rising)

Delivered by: Dr. Lorin J Young, Psychiatry

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a structured therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD). It is effective for various types of trauma. CPT generally consists of 12 sessions and can
be conducted individually or in group.

The goals of CPT are to:

  • Become more aware of the relationship between thoughts and emotions,
  • Learn how to challenge and modify unhelpful beliefs related to trauma, and
  • Develop a new understanding of the trauma(s).

Group structure:

  • Start date June 2021, on Thursday afternoons, for 12 weeks
  • Each session will be 1 hour and 30 minutes on Zoom (a virtual platform)
  • 6-8 participants

In order to participate in this group, you will need to:

  • Have participated in skills groups at Amelia Rising, in order to learn strategies for grounding, self-care, and distress tolerance,
  • Be assessed by the facilitator, Dr. Young, to establish or confirm a diagnosis of PTSD
  • Be able to participate in the 12 weeks of group,
  • Have access to a device (computer, pad, smartphone) and highspeed internet

Please note that referrals for the group will be accepted up to mid-April.

If you are interested in participating, please let your primary contact at Amelia Rising know and you will be placed in contact with Dr. Young’s administrative Assistant, Amber.

Rooted - OPEN

Drop-In Sessions – Length: Ongoing

It’s finally happening! “Rooted”, our pre-counselling drop-in group has gone virtual! To register or for more details, email our Trauma Counsellor, Shae (she/her), at

This group will take place every Friday from 12PM-1PM (with the exception of Good Friday).

There is no commitment to attend every weekly group. This is a free group hosted by Amelia Rising and is open to survivors of sexual and/or gender-based violence looking for pre-counselling support, tools and skills for growth.

Topic Schedule:

  • Feb 19 – Self-Image & Self-Esteem
  • Feb 26 – Self-Care
  • Mar 5 – Boundaries
  • Mar 12 – Communication
  • Mar 19 – Assertiveness
  • Mar 26 – Debunking Myths
  • Apr 9 – Forgiveness
  • Apr 16 – Attachment, Trust & Healthy Relationships
  • Apr 23 – Happiness & Post-Traumatic Growth
  • Apr 30 – Goal Setting

Seeking Safety - On Hold

Length: 6 weeks
This effective skills-based group is for individuals who struggle with trauma history along with substance misuse or other less safe and potentially harmful coping mechanisms. The program runs 2 hours per week for a total of 6 weeks The primary focus of this group is on learning and developing healthy coping skills and strategies.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Safety
  • Grounding
  • Asking for Help
  • Coping with Triggers.

Connections: Shame Resilience - On Hold

Length: 12 weeks
This group is based on Brene Brown’s Resilience Theory and engages on a cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal level. Individuals learn via group and personal exercises, handouts, and reading assignments from Brene Brown’s best-selling book I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power.

Beyond Trauma - On Hold

Length: 15 weeks
This group counselling program offers an opportunity to learn how to build trust, gain support, and learn from and share with each other during this difficult time. The program runs 2 hours per week for a total of 15 weeks. As recovery from trauma is a long-term commitment, a follow up reunion two months after the last session is held to re-evaluate progress, share tips and continue support.

Sleep and Trauma - On Hold

Length: 4 weeks
A common challenge that people face as a result of trauma is difficulty falling and staying asleep. This 4 week workshop explores practical strategies to help promote better sleep hygiene.

Healthy Anger - On Hold

Length: 4 weeks
When you think of anger, what do you think about? Some people are afraid to express anger because of its association with violence. Others may try to suppress it because they feel helpless or that they need to be in control at all times.

This 4-week workshop challenges the way we perceive anger by exploring its role as a vehicle for change, and as an opportunity to engage in self-care.

Healthy Relationships - On Hold

Length: 4 weeks
We often talk about red flags and unhealthy relationships, but what about healthy ones? Many people have not had the privilege of witnessing a healthy relationship in their lives. Others have lost the belief that they have rights in intimate relationships due to boundary violations from the past. This 4 week educational workshop explores the different components of a healthy relationship.