Group Programs

Below is a listing of upcoming group programs.  If you have questions about any of these programs, please send an email to the clinic at or call the clinic at 416-650-8488.

New Program - Dealing with Dementia in your Family:  A Skills-Based Approach

The York University Psychology Clinic is offering the CARERS (Coaching, Advocacy, Respite, Education, Relationship, Simulation) Program, a 10 session skill-based groups for family caregivers of people with dementia. The focus is on practical skills-based tools and emotional supports needed to provide care for family members with dementia. This program will help you:

  • develop more effective problem solving skills
  • develop practical skills to improve communication and manage dementia related behaviours
  • learn new skills by practicing them with the help of standardized patients trained to work with caregiver  to simulate specific challenging situations encountered at home
  • process emotional reactions to caregiving
  • develop an enhanced sense of capability and feel less isolated

We also provide a concurrent arts-based program for people with dementia. The York University Psychology Clinic is accredited to provide the Reitman Center CARERS Program. 

 Date and Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm every Tuesday beginning May 29 th, 2018 for 10 weeks (May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31)

Location: Room 102, Behavioral Science Building, York University, Keele Campus

Cost: $75 for 10 sessions. This fee includes an arts-based program for people with dementia which runs concurrently.

Please note that you will be contacted for a screening interview to make sure the group is appropriate for you. 

Click here for registration form

Parenting Program - Circle of Security (CoS)




The clinic is pleased to offer a 4 session parenting program this fall.  The CoS intervention is a parenting program that is intended to help caregivers increase an awareness of their children's emotional and attachment needs.  With increased awareness, parents can expand their moment-to-moment parenting choices where needed, and optimize the parent-child relationship.

This intervention is designed to promote parental sensitivity, which in turn helps support healthy relationships throughout a child's lifespan.

Dates:   November 2017 and January 2018 (details TBA)

Times: Sessions will be offered at lunch time (12 - 1) and from 4:30 - 5:30

Location:  Rm 102 Behavioral Science Building

Trainers:  Dr. Yvonne Bohr, C.Psych. & Melissa Rourke, MA

If interested, please send an e-mail to and when registration is finalized it will be forwarded to you.


Winter Meditation Programs

Try the support of a group program to begin or enhance your meditation practice.

 If your New Year’s resolution involved looking after yourself better – by trying to decrease your stress, then consider joining one of our winter meditation groups.  The research on meditation includes better stress management, decreased anxiety, increased concentration and more balanced interaction to everyday situations. If you have never tried it, this group will help you get started.  If you have tried it and know about thegreat benefits of it, but still struggle with “why is it so hard to build into my everyday activities”? then join the program,put the dates in your calendars and get the support of the group to build up your meditation practice from this one scheduled meeting a week.

In the 10 weeks,  we focus on practices for making peace with yourself.  The course has weekly progressing content based in three traditions – cognitive behavioural therapy, neurophysiological science and the Buddhist tradition from which mindfulness emerged and has remained thematic for 26 centuries.

Two Group Times

Tuesdays beginning January 23, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm -
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Wednesdays beginning January 24, 2018 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
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Facilitator:  Dr. Paul Ritvo, C.Psych.  


Education Series: Memory and Aging Program

This is a 5 week educational workshop series that was developed and evaluated by Baycrest, a renowned academic health science centre focused on aging. The program is designed to assist people approaching retirement age or in retirement who are interested in learning about memory changes that normally occur with age, and strategies to improve their everyday memory performance.

New group to start spring 2018