Virtual Campus Events for the COVID-19 Era

For the past five years, we’ve delivered hundreds of keynotes, workshops, and experiential exhibits at campuses across North America. And now, we’re going virtual. 

Mental health workshops don’t have to be stale or boring — even when they’re online. 

To support campus leaders during the 2020-2021 academic year in response to the extenuating circumstances presented by COVID-19, we are launching a series of our most popular mental health workshops. 

Building Mental Wellness During and After COVID-19

Built on our experience of delivering over 200 campus workshops since the beginning of COVID, our lineup of sessions for 2021 and 2022 promise to be hyper-tactical and designed to help students build wellness in the areas of their lives that matter.

Keeping Your Stress In Check

How can we better manage our stress right now? Especially during COVID-19, we’re all struggling to cope with the uncertainty of the moment and are naturally feeling scared, isolated, and overwhelmed.  This session is all about identifying and managing our stress so that we can try our best to stay calm at this uncertain time.

Limiting Our Inner Critic

While perfectionism is common among ambitious people, it often leads to high rates of anxiety, procrastination, stress, and lack of confidence. In this workshop, we will work on challenging your inner critic. We will learn to recognize when perfectionism is taking over, strategies to challenge this faulty thinking, and tools to reduce anxiety and boost performance.

Navigating Change

Often university or college is one of the first major life changes a person goes through on their own. Learn to support students as they adjust to big life changes, like starting or leaving college/university. In this training you will be able to better understand how people react during periods of change. As well, you will review what factors can exacerbate these difficulties, as well as what factors are protective. Lastly, this training will equip you with the skills necessary to best support students during these periods of uncertainty.

Coping with Difficult Feelings

Our minds and emotions are complicated.  Most of us have a difficult time understanding what we’re feeling and why we’re feeling it. And this is made all the more difficult during times of stress and change.  This virtual workshop will help in identifying and making sense of our feelings, and simplify them by learning to label and understand why certain sensations come up when they do.

Observing Our Thoughts

This workshop will explain the fundamentals of how our thoughts shape our anxiety. To do this, we will demystify one of mental health’s most in-vogue tools… Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)! What is it? What can we learn from it in terms of anxiety? And how can we use it to help us be more aware of the thoughts traps we find ourselves in? By the end of this workshop, you will learn a handful of useful tools that you can put to work right away to help you limit the anxiety we all experience.

Building Productive Habits

Want to improve your productivity and efficiency habits? In this workshop, we will unpack the habits of some of the top performers in the world and focus on how you can do more in less time, how to get clear on your priorities, with key tips and tricks to improve your focus.

Dating During A Lockdown

Dating is hard enough during normal times… let alone during and after COVID-19!  Yet, downloads of dating apps are surging. So, how can we make dating work during a lockdown?  In this workshop, we will talk about how to make virtual dates creative and fun, while also ensuring that we’re watching out for signs of trouble and navigating our boundaries. Whether you’re looking to date, are dating someone, or are supporting a friend with their dating life, this workshop is for you.

Staying Mindful

In this workshop,  you will learn hands-on practices and tips for implementing mindfulness into everyday life, reducing stress and anxiety, improving coping skills, and decluttering your mind. By the end of this workshop, attendees will learn basic mindfulness practices that can be practiced at work and a set of tools to create a unique mindfulness practice for themselves.

Managing Loneliness

Social isolation sure can be lonely.  Aside from endless video chats and spending too much time with our bubble, how else can we find real connection during this time of disconnection?  This interactive workshop will pull apart where loneliness comes from, how it shows up for us, and what we can do about it during the COVID-19 era and beyond.

Making Deeper Connections

​Friendships, families, and intimate relationship dynamics have all been put under unique challenges in this past year. ​This workshop will explain how to build (or rebuild) healthy communication habits, and why relationship check-ins (of all kinds) are important to making lasting, fulfilling connections with the people that matter most.

Dealing With Roommates

Whether it’s with friends, family members, a significant other, or a peer, having a roommate can be stressful… especially during social isolation. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to navigate these relationships by developing healthy boundaries, asking for what you need, and collaborating to lessen stress.

Coping With Being Away From Home

Living abroad is not easy, especially during challenging times like this.  Let’s have an honest chat about how you’re coping with being away from home during this challenging time.  This session will focus on practices that can be used by anyone to manage long-distance relationships, stress and grief, and dealing with being in a different country.

Understanding Gender Identity

Awareness and action to support a variety of gender identities is part of campus culture. However, the interplay between someone’s mental health and gender identity is less understood. This workshop will help you learn how to ensure LGBTQ2S+ students feel safe and supported, how to help others become allies, and how to foster a culture of respect and dignity throughout your campus.

Everyday Allyship

While allyship is a common term on campuses and a behaviour that many students strive for, its practical application on campus is less understood. Related to standing with 2SLGBTQIA, BIPOC, Indigenous, and other minority groups, this workshop will explore what allyship is, why it’s an essential practice on campuses, and how anyone can practice it everyday. 

Why book with us?

We're clinical, but not boring.

Our sessions are built and delivered by our expert team of therapists and facilitators.

We're creative.

We pride ourselves on education through engagement, rather than just delivering a ton of information. 

We're know students.

We run Canada’s largest Student Assistance Program (SAP) called Real Campus, supporting two dozen major campuses nationally. 

We provide tons of tools.

Adopt tools and actionable frameworks to support themselves and their peers in navigating every day mental health issues and support systems. 

What’s the cost?

Note: Since What’s Your Big Lie? is a much larger and complicated program than these other sessions,
an additional fee applies.  If you’d like that session, let’s discuss.

A note from our director 

At Shift People, we’re on a mission to change the narrative around mental health on-campus today in order to support the wellbeing of tomorrow’s leaders.  

That mission has brought our team to college and university campuses all over North America to deliver our signature programs including What’s Your Big Lie? and Real Campus

Over the years, we have seen an increased need on campus for students to have access to mental health programming that’s both engaging and clinically strong. 

After all, making headway against mental health challenges on campuses isn’t about only hosting an awareness week or holding occasional events. It’s about nurturing leaders in your community that can create change themselves. 

Because mental health is a team sport.  

I truly hope you join us. 

Jordan Axani 
Co-Founder of Shift People + Shift Collab + Real Campus

We’re proud to be trusted by campuses across North America.

“The team at Shift Collab is so helpful and attentive. From in-person event set ups to virtual webinars, the services they provide to our students is truly invaluable. Event lead-up is thorough and they put so much attention into detail to ensure that your event runs seamlessly and really resonates with your students!”

Devin Hurst

Manager of Student Experience, St. Clair Student Representative Countil

“We have worked with Shift Collab on a number of mental health related Lunch and Learns at our studio. What we enjoy about them is that they take topics that can be intimidating to some and deliver it in a way that creates an open and engaging dialogue. Their training is very relatable and it resonates well with our audience.” Andrea Bailey

Learning & Development Partner, Ubisoft

“Working with Shift has been a great and enlightening experience for me and everyone who took advantage of the amazing sessions they provided”

Steve Mattar

Manager, Campus Operations, Seneca Student Federation Inc.

We are so thankful to the team at Shift Collab for their hard work and dedication in providing tailored services that suit the needs of our campus community.”

Sarah McGowan

Director of Communications, Nipissing University Student Union

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Why Choose Us

  • We have led over 300 successful training events across North America. 
  • We operate Canada’s largest Student Assistance Program, Real Campus, supporting some of Canada’s largest academic institutions. 
  • Our team is made up of educators and therapists, ensuring both an engaging and clinically strong curriculum. 

Questions you
might have

How many people can attend a workshop or session?

All sessions are great for up to 100 people. However, one of the benefits of having us run the registration (as part of the three and five session options) is that we’ll keep our eye on it. If there’s more demand, we’ll adjust accordingly to accomodate up to 500 attendees.  

How long is each session?

Each of these sessions is 60-90 minutes. 

How is this different from ASIST or Mental Health First Aid?

Both are great programs, however, this serves a different need. While ASIST targets suicide and Mental Health First Aid tackles generally mental health literacy and peer awareness, our programs are far more accessible for all students.  

Who will deliver each workshop?
Our facilitator team will be responsible for the delivery of each session. Aside from being a therapist or mental health expert, each facilitator is a skilled public speaker and trainer, having worked alongside Jordan Axani and Megan Rafuse closely for over one year.
I'm looking for intensive mental health training specifically for our student leaders. Can you help?

Yes, absolutely! You can find information on Campus Mental Health 101 by clicking here.

What if I have other questions?

We’re here for you. Just contact us

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