Empirically Supported Group-Based Programming During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Date & Time
Thursday, August 12, 2021, 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic caused an abrupt change in the provision of mental health care at the post-secondary level. To limit the spread of COVID-19, most (if not all) mental health care has been moved to virtual platforms, and the rapid spread of the virus has forced university and college counseling centres to quickly adapt their processes and protocols for the provision of evidence-based therapy. A particular challenge has been the adaptation of group-based programming. This session will discuss our university Health & Wellness Centre’s adaptation to virtual group programming for our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) groups, including the development of virtual group processes and safety procedures. The session will also compare outcome data for virtual groups with our pre-COVID19 in-person groups.

Learning Objective 1:
Identify challenges and potential solutions associated with implementing virtual group-based programming, within a university setting.
Learning Objective 2:
Understand any differences in outcomes for in-person versus virtual group programming.
Learning Objective 3:
Apply this knowledge to their institutional setting to support their own implementation and evaluation of virtual group-based programming.
Service or Program Delivery
Session Type
Virtual Session Link