Direct support


Support activities for survivors

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

We offer free yoga sessions for McGill community members who have been impacted by any form of trauma throughout the Fall and Winter semesters.

Designed as an alternative to traditional yoga practices, Trauma Sensitive Yoga has foundations in trauma theory, attachment theory and Hatha Yoga practice, with an emphasis on body-based yoga forms and breathing practices.

The classes will be guided by Jen Wende, a certified yoga therapist with over 1000 hours of alignment-based training. She specializes in creating classes which explore new pathways for building distress tolerance, resilience, autonomy and growth of the participants. Through yoga asana and meditation, participants will be encouraged to move at an easeful pace for self-observation of their bodies, minds and breath. All skill and experience levels welcome. We start where you are today.

Please note that sessions will be held on zoom.  The link will be sent to registered participants the morning of each class.  For any questions or additional information about the sessions, please osvrse [at] (contact us).

Sessions will be from 6-7p.m. on every second Thursday. 

Fall 2021 dates:  

  • September 30th
  • October 14th
  • October 28th
  • November 11th
  • November 25th
  • December 9th

 Stay tuned for registration via myinvolvement.   

Group Therapy: CPT for sexual assault survivors

Please note that the Fall 2021 group may be help virtually. 

  • Day and time: Every Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm
  • Starting date: September 29th 2021
  • End date: December 8th 2021
  • Weekly sessions: 10 sessions 
  • Where: 550 Sherbrooke W., suite 585 (west tower, elevators marked 1-11)

This trauma focused therapy group is intended for students who experience PTSD and related conditions as a result of sexual trauma. The goal of Cognitive Processing Therapy is to improve one’s understanding of PTSD, reduce distress related to the trauma memories, decrease emotional numbing and avoidance, decrease anxiety, guilt/shame, and improve day-to-day living.

How to participate

All participants will be required to meet for an assessment prior to joining the group and will be expected to complete regular out-of-session practice assignments. To be eligible, participants should be female-identified, a current McGill student, able to have conversations in English, and a sexual assault survivor.


Do I need a PTSD diagnosis to join the group?

No. If the impacts of the assault are causing you distress or preventing you from fully participating in your social, educational or professional life, this group may be right for you. A PTSD diagnosis is not necessary to join group therapy. Common symptoms of PTSD include intrusive thoughts or nightmares, an increase in negative thoughts or feelings, hypervigilance, and avoiding certain people or locations that remind you of the experience. Other symptoms can although occur.

Why is the group reserved for female-identified students?

We strive to create a space in which students feel as comfortable as possible sharing very personal experiences. Having a gender-specific group and a student-specific group fall under the goals of creating a safer environment for disclosing sexual trauma and impacts. Female-identified students were chosen as they constitute the majority of people accessing our services. We hope to be able to expand our offer of services soon to include a group for male-identified McGill students.

How will the group uphold participant confidentiality?

Confidentiality is a crucial element of any therapy process. We will implement certain measures to ensure the confidentiality of the virtual space and participants will sign a contract agreeing to uphold the confidentiality of the meetings, so that what is shared within the group will not be discussed with outside individuals.

Who will be facilitating the group?

Émilie Marcotte, MSW, ts - Sexual Violence Response Advisor
Émilie is a licensed social worker with over ten years of experience working in the fields of gender-based and sexualized violence in Montréal. As McGill’s Sexual Violence Response Advisor, she acts as the first point of contact for members of the community looking for support and information in cases of sexual violence.

Julie Champagne, MSW, CFT, Psychotherapist - Therapist, Student Wellness Hub           Julie has over ten years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. She works with clients presenting with a variety of issues such as addiction, anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. Julie uses an integrative, strengths based approach in her practice with clients, tailoring her work to client’s individual needs.

What does the assessment entail?

One of the facilitators will meet with you to determine whether group therapy meets with your current needs, and your readiness to engage. During the assessment, we will discuss what the group entails, expectations regarding participation, and your expectations in joining.

Have questions? Interested in joining?

Please contact emilie.marcotte [at] (Émilie Marcotte) for more information or to book an appointment. 

Support Group: Unpacking the intersections between queerness and trauma

Day and time:  Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m.

Starting date: Winter 2022 dates to be determined

End date: TBD

Weekly sessions: 6 sessions, 2 hours each (with the exception of March break) 

Where: virtual environment

This psychoeducational group will unpack how queer identities influenced experiences of sexual trauma and how to use these identities as a source of empowerment. This will be done through an intersectional, anti-racist and transformative justice lens that centres trans and/or gender non-conforming folks and people who are two-spirit.


This group will be facilitated by Jada Joseph. Jada is pursuing her Master’s of Social Work and has been a peer supporter supporting 2SLGBTQIA+ folxs and survivors for over 5 years.

How to participate

This group is open to all McGill students who identify as a sexual and/or gender minority (2SLGBTQIA+).  Students can register by filling out this form.  If you have any questions, please email osvrse [at]



Experiences of sexual and gender-based violence can have a serious impact on a person’s life. A survivor may experience short to long-term psychological, emotional and physical reactions that can impact their ability to function. These responses can be immediate or delayed, even manifesting years after the incident of sexual violence.

We work with survivors on a case-by-case basis to determine what academic or workplace accommodation may be needed, and can facilitate the process by contacting the concerned university partners and by offering letters of support.

Note that you are not required to make a formal complaint in order to access accommodations.


Students impacted by sexual violence may seek accommodations at any point during a semester.

This may include:

  • Withdrawing from courses
  • Extensions for coursework or accommodations for missed work and tests
  • Changing course sections or classroom locations
  • Taking a leave of absence
  • Changing residence, or other housing accommodation

Students can contact their professors or an academic advisor directly for academic accommodation requests.

For accommodations to McGill's online "It Takes All of Us" program, please contact us at osvrse [at]

If a survivor experiences severe or chronic impacts, it may be advisable to register with the Office for Students with Disabilities. A licensed health professional will need to complete the OSD referral form for registration.

Faculty & staff

We can help faculty and staff members who have been impacted by sexual violence if they are unable to perform their professional duties. We can work with faculty and staff supervisors, professional associations, unions, and human resources to determine what accommodations would be appropriate.

Staff and faculty can speak directly to the Dean, their departmental HR, or their union or association for workplace accommodation requests.

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