WELCOME

Welcome to the Montreal Ukrainian Wellness Program. This program is a result of a partnership between the Ukrainian National Federation (UNF) and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) in Quebec. This program is open and free of charge to Ukrainians who have recently arrived in Quebec. Our goal is to help you and your family deal with the many stresses of having lived through the war and the move to Canada.

We offer:

  • support groups,
  • individual and group psychotherapy through clinical partners
  • dance/movement therapy
  • children’s activities
  • information sessions on job prospects
  • drop-in sessions for local resources

The initiative is generously funded by the UNF Foundation and the Joyce Foundation. For any questions about the program, please contact [email protected].

To sign up, please visit https://www.facebook.com/UkrNatFedQc/events/?ref=page_internal

SUPPORT GROUPS

Date/time: Saturdays, 10:30 – 12:00  (ONLINE)

Date/time: Saturdays, 12:30 – 2:00 (IN PERSON)

Led by a Ukrainian-speaking instructor, these are open support groups where you can discuss the stress of adjusting to life in Canada. Some of the topics covered will include:

  • how to manage stress associated with living in Canada,
  • stress of finding a job,
  • how to process the shock of having lived through the war,
  • and others.

All discussions in the group will be confidential.

These groups will be held at the UNF Hall in Mile-End, Montreal.

DANCE/MOVEMENT THERAPY

Date/time: Saturdays, 11 – 12 pm (IN PERSON)

Led by a Ukrainian-speaking instructor, dance movement therapy is a physical therapy where you move instead of talking to process emotion. Each session will involve moving to the sounds of music and performing simple movements to stretch the body and better manage stress and difficult emotions.

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES

Date/time: Saturdays, 12:30 – 1:30 pm

We invite children of all ages to join creative activities at UNF. Come meet new friends, participate in arts-and-crafts, and have some fun.

In these sessions, children will learn to manage their emotions with the help of dancing, drawing, sculpting and developmental games, all under supervisions of qualified instructors. Classes are led in ukrainian.

INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY

We partnered with the McGill Ukrainian Aid Initiative and RIVO to offer free psychotherapy in English, French, and Ukrainian to all newcomers.

You can read more about McGill Aid Initiative here:
https://www.mcgill.ca/psychology/clinic/ukrainian-aid-initiative/requesting-services-ukrainian-refugees

You can complete this form to request individual therapy here: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=cZYxzedSaEqvqfz4-J8J6kasSnaGXJVMhYR4f8D9vu5UM0hXWVpUVEJaSEdHT0c3SkJJWFdZUEo3US4u

Ask your family doctor to refer you to RIVO for specialized trauma therapy:
https://rivo-resilience.org/en/referer-une-personne/

INFORMATION SESSIONS ON JOB PROSPECTS

(COMING SOON)

For each session, we will invite a Ukrainian of a particular profession to discuss their journey of transitioning from their profession back in Ukraine to their profession in Canada. Coming soon. If you would like to participate, please provide your email and the profession you would like to see discussed. We will email you when the sessions become available.

DROP-IN SESSIONS FOR LOCAL RESOURCES

(COMING SOON)

We will provide drop in sessions where you can come and ask questions about the various resources available to the newcomers regarding health, profession, and community.