Wellness Coach

ASSYST-RG Online Group: Turning Down the Volume on the Mental Health Effects of COVID-19

$60 for the 40-60 minutes depending on the group.

Scheduled Workshops:

Age 9-12 (July 19 1:30pm, Aug 9 9:30am, Aug 20 1:30pm)

Age 13-18 (July 23 1:30pm)

Adult 18+ (July13 10am, Aug 9 11am, Aug 16 1:30pm)

This workshop is geared towards anyone who would like to decrease their sense of anxiety, overwhelm, burnout, or upsetting thoughts as a result of COVID-19. Specifically, I will invite participants to use the Acute Stress Syndrome Stabilization Remote Group (ASSYST-RG) protocol to turn down the volume on their disturbance related to COVID-19. This is an active workshop where you will participate in activities in order to reduce your symptoms. You will not need to disclose details of your upset to anyone, only the level of disturbance you feel throughout the workshop.

ASSYST is used for clients showing high levels of stress due to recent or present adverse experiences. Considered psychological first aid, it is a desensitization and stabilization protocol. It assists with reduction of distress, like chemotherapy to make a tumour smaller. It is based on EMDR principles but not an EMDR protocol therefore, not considered therapy.

Participants will meet via Zoom. Cameras are required to be on at all times so confidentiality is not maintained however, participants do not need to share their personal experiences with the group. Group cohorts are by age: 9-12, 13-18, and adult. 5-8 participants per group. Parents must be near by in case their child needs support however are not required to be in the room.

You will:

-Learn about the stress response and how it affects mental health in the short and long term.

-Gain basic grounding techniques to help calm the body.

-Participate in the ASSYST-RG protocol using the Butterfly Hug to reduce the stress response linked to the stressful situation.

This distress reducing protocol is a result of Dr. Jarero's research, where he has shown the effectiveness in an online group setting.

◦Smyth-Dent, K., Becker, Y., Burns, E., & Givaudan, M. (2021). The Acute Stress Syndrome Stabilization Remote Individual (ASSYST-RI) for TeleMental Health Counseling After Adverse Experiences.Psychology and Behavioral Therapy International Journal, 16(2),1-7.


◦Becker, Y., Estévez, M.E., Pérez, M.C., Osorio, A., Jarero, I., & Givaudan, M. (2021)Longitudinal Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial on the Provision of the Acute Stress Syndrome Stabilization Remote for Groups to General Population in Lockdown During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Psychology and Behavioral Science International Journal, 16(2),1-11