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Laurentian University to hold healing sessions after ‘difficult’ years

‘We need to acknowledge that many of our faculty and staff are dealing with trauma and loss,’ says memo
Laurentian University, Parker Building

With Laurentian University exiting restructuring under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act last year, the university is planning upcoming healing sessions for those impacted by the events of the past couple of years.

Sessions will take place on May 29 and May 30 in the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre Round Room., a sister site of SooToday, reached out to Laurentian University to ask more about these healing sessions but was not granted an interview.

“The past two years have been difficult for Laurentian University and while the University strives to move forward, rebuild and thrive, we need to acknowledge that many of our faculty and staff are dealing with trauma and loss,” said a memo sent to Laurentian’s community about the sessions.

“To assist, we invite faculty and staff to participate in an in-person healing-centered engagement session followed by a virtual workshop focusing on tools and resources to support healing and wellness.  

“Participants will gain an understanding of how trauma and loss can manifest, recognizing their feelings for what they are and developing healthy ways to cope.

“The in-person session will provide a safe space to explore feelings of trauma and loss and talk about the impact on individuals’ well-being. Facilitated discussions in both large and small groups will delve into the challenges and what additional supports and resources through the health benefit plans might be best suited to their needs.”

The virtual workshop will take place the following week allowing participants to reflect on the previous week’s session and will equip individuals with resilience strategies in support of developing healthy ways to cope and thrive, said the memo.

The sessions will be delivered by TelusHealth (formerly LifeWorks), and they will also manage registration ensuring complete confidentiality.