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Location and time for meeting on Saturday 8-March-2008
This coming weekend, we will be meeting on Saturday instead of Sunday.
The meeting will be at 4pm at the Mood Disorders Association of
Ontario, 36 Eglinton Avenue West. Suite 602
Toronto, ON M4R 1A1.
On Saturday, when you arrive at the lobby door, enter by pushing
disabled entrance button. At the 6th floor, there are just two
offices, the one on your left when you leave
the elevator is the Mood
Disorders Office. See you there.
Pub night - Sunday 10-Feb-2008
This Sunday we will go to Firkin pub after our regular meeting. It
is located opposite the Clarica Centre just east of Islington and Bloor. The pub outing provides
an informal environment for members to get to know each other better and to forge friendships, and is also good exposure
for those members of the group who have anxiety in public places. Please come and enjoy this informal, friendly environment.
Hope to see you all there.
Homeopathy - Sunday 26-Aug-2007
Dr Jenn Prusky, a Homeopathy doctor, is giving a lecture this Sunday
26th at our meeting about Homeopathy and will answer questions afterwards. Here is a short introduction by Jenn:
I earned my Homeopathic diploma
from the Toronto School of Homeopathic Medicine. Passionate about the healing process, I believe the body is a remarkable
machine and I use Homeopathy as a vehicle to stimulate a healing that comes from within. Homeopathy is beneficial for all
age groups (and pets) and not only heals current ailments, but fortifies the body against new ones.
My focus is on educating the public about the benefits of Homeo-pathy.
I will explain in detail the founding principals of Homeopathy and how Homeopathy is useful to treat some of the more day
to day ailments as well as formally diagnosed pathologies. I am excited to answer any and all questions you may have regarding
Homeopathy and the healing process. See you on Sunday.
- Dr. Jenn Prusky DSHM
Dark Horse Pub - Sunday 15-Jul-2007
This Sunday we will have our meeting at a pub instead of
the regular meeting place in 3700 Bloor West. Here are the details:
When: Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 4:00 PM
Where: Dark Horse Pub
Bloor West opposite Jane subway station in Toronto
This outing will give everyone a chance to pratice socializing in
a more informal setting. See you there.
High Park outing on Sunday 17-June-2007
This Sunday (June 17th), weather permitting, we will have our meeting
at High Park instead of the regular meeting place in 3700 Bloor West. We start from the main entrance to High Park,
located on Bloor Street West at intersection of High Park and Bloor Street, steps away from High Park subway station. You
can't miss it because of the traffic lights and billboards with maps of High Park, etc. There are some benches at the
west side of the traffic lights. The benches face Bloor street and are located under the trees. You can find us there at 4:00
pm. We will wait for other members up till 4:10 and then move to the cafe (Grenadiers Cafe). If you arrive late, just head
for the cafe and you will find us there. Come, enjoy the weather, the nature, the park, and the discussions.
Pub night - Sunday 13-May-2007
This Sunday we will go to Firkin pub after our regular meeting. It
is located opposite the Clarica Centre just east of Islington and Bloor. Our regular meeting on this Sunday
will finish at 5pm. The pub outing provides an informal environment for members to get to know each other better
and to forge friendships, and is also good exposure for those members of the group who have anxiety in public places.
Please come and enjoy this informal, friendly environment. Hope to see you all there.
4th Anniversary Dinner - Sunday April 29th
This weekend on Sunday we are having our anniversary dinner to celebrate
four years of the Toronto Social Anxiety Support Group. It will be in High Park, 29th of April. We will meet at the
usual meeting place there opposite the subway station near the north entrance to High Park, on Bloor, at 6pm and from there
we'll walk to Grenadier's restaurant. If you arrive late just follow the street south to the restaurant. See you all
Dating for shy people - Sunday April 1st
Patrick Jobin will be giving a talk on dating for shy people this Sunday 1st of April at
our meeting, about the ins and outs of dating and how to be successful at it. Be there and learn how to attract the opposite
Outing to the pub - Sunday March 25th
We will be going to our usual pub after the meeting. Come out and practice socializing in a more casual setting.
If you feel awkward about it, remember that we are all feeling some anxiety, and it's ok.
Lecture on dealing with social anxiety - Sunday 11 March
James Foley has had social anxiety himself and has tried different techniques to overcome it with relative success. He
has been a member of different support groups. James is going to talk about his life with social anxiety and how to get over
it in our next meeting on Sunday 11th of March.
ART THERAPY LECTURE, SUNDAY 11th
Samantha sherer, an expressive art therapist and a certified
member of the OACCPP is going to give us a lecture and hands on exercise with arts therapy on Sunday 11th of February. Please
attend the session and also tell others to attend. Below is her introduction to the program. Below is the Invitation by Samantha:
You are invited to learn more about Expressive Arts Therapy. I will be giving a free introductory seminar on Feb 11,
from 4-5;30 pm. We'll
have a brief discussion and you'll have an opportunity to try out
some art structures for yourself.
Expressive Art Therapy (EAT) is arts-based psychotherapy not art
classes. It uses five modalities of art; visual,
movement, drama, music and poetry, as a means of self-discovery. No previous art experience is necessary or expected.
EAT groups I facilitate are fun, arts-based structured exercises
designed to help you learn more about yourself. Since
we are used to telling our stories in logical, chronological order each time we tell
our story with the same outcome and
no more idea how to go ahead than before we told our story. It's like you've created a rut in your brain. So you might end
up feeling stuck, helpless, disappointed,
stressed out, frustrated, sad;you may also struggle with putting
`out there' in conventional ways. Using the arts to
remove yourself from the focus of attention may allow you new ways
of communicating which may in turn lead to increased confidence.
In EAT groups we "play" around your story so that
you jump the
rut and see it from a new perspective. By doing artwork, like writing a fictional story and painting images
from it, playing music that mimics
the tone, acting out the roles of each of its characters;we "play" with the image.
You can see it from many angles and you jump that rut.
We also process new awareness in discussion time to help you
connect the dots of your experience to help develop new insight and give you some direction on how to proceed. Please join
me at the meetup to learn more.
Samantha Sherer is an Expressive Arts Therapist, an ISIS graduate
and a certified member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counselors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
She offers group or 1-on-1 Arts-Based Psychotherapy to youth and adults.