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 COVID-19

These sessions are hyper-tactical and designed to help students build mental wellness in all areas of their lives everyday. 

What’s Your Big Lie? (Normalizing Mental Health)

What’s Your Big Lie? (WYBL) is an interactive virtual session that allows anyone to share their innermost pain anonymously.  Especially during COVID-19, we’re all struggling to cope with the uncertainty of the moment and are naturally feeling scared, isolated, and overwhelmed.  In this session, attendees will be able to share their struggles anonymously with the group. From there, we’ll talk about what to do with these struggles and work as a community to better support each other.

Click here to read much more about the program.

Getting Work Done Like A Boss (Productivity)

Want to improve your productivity at home during COVID-19? In this virtual 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, focusing on, how to get clear on your priorities and key tips and tricks to improve your focus.

Keeping Your Stress In Check (Stress Management)

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.

Coping With Being Away From Home (Homesickness)

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 Your Story (Finding Purpose)

Do you understand how you are unique? The truth is that most of us struggle immensely with understanding how to make sense of our experiences, especially in a way that’s helpful when we’re making big life decisions. In this interactive workshop, you’ll dig into exactly that following a process used by bestselling authors and TED speakers.

Dating During A Lockdown (Relationships)

Dating is hard enough during normal times… let alone during COVID-19!  Yet, downloads of dating apps are surging. So, how can we make dating work during a lockdown?  In this interactive workshop, one of our therapists 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.

Feelings 101 (Mental Health Basics)

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. 

Key Skills For Students Leaders (Leadership Development)

Leadership is hard in the best of times, let alone in uncertain times.  If you are a student leader of an organization, club, committee, or are otherwise just looking to build your skillset, this is for you.  In this workshop you’ll learn about valued-based leadership, about thinking critically and being bold, and about creating collective action that will inspire others. 

Managing Loneliness When In Self-Isolation (Social Connection)

Social isolation sure can be lonely.  Aside from endless video chats and spending too much time with our roommates, how else can we find 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.

Dealing With Roommates During Isolation (Relationships)

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.

Mental Health Intensive Sessions

These sessions are keenly focused on delivering critical information on supporting mental health on your campus.  

Ask Me Anything Live With A Therapist

What’s therapy really like? And how can we get the most out of it? Bring your questions and fears to the table with this interactive virtual workshop with a seasoned therapist.  In this session, you’ll get a better understanding of how you can benefit from therapy in your studies and life. Plus, you’ll learn tips and tricks on how to find a therapist, see if a therapist is the right match, and how to tell other people that you’re getting support.

Crisis Intervention Training

Campus student leaders and staff need to feel able to respond to any crisis situations in a way that is both appropriate and effective to the circumstances. This is, of course, made more difficult in a time of isolation where we often connect virtually.

In this two-hour training, we will lead a virtual session on how to intervene in a mental health crisis, understanding different kinds of messages or invitations for dialogue, understanding risk assessment, and how to de-escalate a situation and transition to effective resources, whether a crisis counselor, ongoing clinical therapy, peer support program, or other campus or community-based options.

Adjusting to 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.

Feelings 101

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. 

Exploring Identity

Learn more about LGBTQ2S+ identities, how to best support students who are questioning their sexual and/or gender identity and the interplay between identity and mental health. 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.

Harm Reduction

Learn how to support students who drink alcohol and/or use cannabis and/or other substances. Review common myths and facts around harm reduction and safe use. Cover concrete strategies to assess potential harms and develop solid harm reduction plans that you can offer students both proactively and retroactively.

Trauma-Informed Campus

Learn the basics of trauma-informed care. Understand how different experiences of trauma can impact someone’s behaviour. Learn what factors need to be included in your response to a disclosure, and how you can ensure you don’t contribute to making anything worse.

Low-Impact Debriefing

This session will explore how to talk with your team about what you’ve heard/seen in supporting others’ mental health in a way that is supportive and does not contribute to burnout or vicarious trauma. In this workshop we explore how to talk to one another about your work in a way that builds further resilience.

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


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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Inquire today about booking workshops for your students.