Coping Skills & Expressive Arts Programs



Art Expression

This expressive arts group program provides a community for cancer patients to meet with one another and share in a creative artistic experience. In a safe and confidential setting, members will be instructed in the use of painting and forms of art to create their own pieces. Under the guidance of an Art Therapist, the use of imagery, colours and textures are used to help members identify and explore feelings and gain insights into their experience with cancer. No previous art experience is required.

Waterloo: Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
January 5
February 2
March 2
April 6

Better Sleep

Having difficulty falling asleep at night? Do you wake during the night and struggle to get back to sleep? Do you wake feeling tired? Do you have troubles settling your busy brain at night?

This program provides an overview of what robs us of energizing sleep and presents strategies to decrease insomnia through effective sleep behaviours, setting realistic sleep goals, relaxing the body and resting a busy brain. Over this 5-week program, members will learn sleep strengthening behaviours and techniques that prepare the mind and body for a restful night.

Waterloo: Wednesdays, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Body Image and Self Esteem

Body image involves the way we think and feel about our bodies. Cancer can change the way we look and how we experience our bodies both physically and emotionally. It can impact the way the body functions, leave scars, make you lose your hair, and cause changes in moods and energy levels. These changes can have an impact on our self-esteem. In this workshop we will explore the impact of a negative body image on self-esteem of a negative body image on self-esteem and identify strategies to assist you in developing a healthy body image. If you have concerns or questions about your body image, this workshop will allow you to talk openly with a health care professional.

Waterloo: Monday, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
December 10
January 14
February 25
March 18
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Coping with Cancer

This one-hour workshop is an introduction to the emotional, physiological, physical and practical issues faced by people diagnosed with cancer. In this workshop you will learn tips, supports and resources available to help you cope. Only those who have been a patient or have a family member at GRRCC can be registered at this time

GRRCC: Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
December 19
January 16
February 20
March 20
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The Healing Journey

The Healing Journey is a comprehensive 2-level coping skills program that provides emotional support, coping strategies and opportunities to network with others. Delivered by experienced professionals, the Healing Journey is a wide-ranging program that includes both small-and-large-group formats, opportunities for discussion and cancer and its impact, demonstration and practice of proving coping strategies and discussion of the spiritual dimensions of cancer.

Healing Journey One: Coping with Stress

This is a four-week program. Commitment to attend all four sessions is required. The Healing Journey One is a good starter program for new members. Let us help you in your healing journey.

Waterloo: Wednesday 3-4:00pm
March 20, 27, April 3, 10

Healing Journey Two: Skills for Healing

This is six-week program. Commitment to attend all six sessions is required. Healing Journey Two is a natural progression from Healing Journey One. You are required to have completed Healing Journey One to register for this program. Join us for the next level of your healing journey.

Waterloo: Wednesday 6:30-8:00pm

January 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21

Strategies for Living with Fatigue

This workshop is designed to help you understand cancer-related fatigue and its causes. You will learn how you can use practical strategies for managing your day-to-day cancer-related fatigue and the importance of maintaining a basic level of activity.

Waterloo: Wednesday 1-2:30pm
February 6

Cambridge: Wednesday 1-2:30pm
February 20

Funding for Art Expression is graciously provided by

Better Sleep is graciously funded by a grant from The Guelph Community Foundation.


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