Health and Counselling Services (HCS) is delighted to announce a new mental health and well-being initiative to offer reserved weekly counselling sessions for students who are also parents or caregivers until the end of this current term.

Parent-students often juggle between studying, working, and parenting all at the same time. Finding the time to look after their own mental health needs can be challenging. In this pandemic era, parent-students are dealing with added difficulties with nurturing and protecting their children while trying to stay on track for their studies. They do not have to navigate these challenges alone.

These counselling sessions are offered by Bruno Jung-Millen, a parent and Master of Social Work (MSW) candidate, practicing under the supervision of a registered social worker. Parent-students can contact Bruno directly at bruno.jungmillen@carleton.ca or call HCS reception at (613) 520-6674 to book a counselling session. Sessions are offered on Mondays and Thursdays.

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Workshop synopsis:

As part of the mental health and wellbeing initiative for students who are currently caring for dependent children/youth in their home, Health and Counselling Services (HCS) will be facilitating a virtual workshop “Managing the Turbulent Time for Parent-Students” on Thursday, December 3 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

We are now almost at the finishing line for this current term. There is a sense of relief and excitement for the holidays. Yet, struggles for many parent-students will continue during the break and planning for the next year can be an emotionally challenging task. The ongoing public health concerns also add more complexity to the lives of parent-students. We hear you!

Health & Counselling Services invite all parent-students to join the workshop that is specifically designed for those who have dependent children/youth at home to learn some coping tools and restore resilience in looking to the hopeful future.

The workshop has three parts:

  1. Coping with anxiety and stress: COVID-19 related changes in the home and learning environment.
  2. Nurturing your children and managing their dysregulated behavioral responses.
  3. Building our resilience and looking ahead for the next term.

There will be interactive Q & A section at the end of the workshop. Participants will also receive a list of online resources after the workshop.

Students must register for the workshop in advance by Tuesday, December 1. Please call the HCS reception at 613-520-6674 between Monday and Friday from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Once registered, workshop attendees will receive an email outlining the details of how to join the workshop through Microsoft Teams.