This event is hosted by GTEC (Green Technology Education Center) with support from City University, @[137945192900176:274:Society Promoting Environmental Conservation - SPEC] and @[270539956988597:274:Extinction Rebellion Vancouver] This cost free professionally facilitated group is designed to help people of all ages cope with the predictable anxiety and depression that the realization of the long term consequences of climate change brings. Modeled on the voluntary personal “story telling” aspects of 12 step programs, people will be able to express their thoughts and grief about the climate emergency without judgment. We expect that some of these stories will contain descriptions of personal actions that people have taken to process and cope with this grief. The second group component is “mindfulness work.” The group will use a number of songs, mindfulness and guided imagery exercises (inspired by the work Joanna Macy and others) to help people process and calm psychological and emotional distress. We anticipate that supportive friendships will emerge as a result of the group membership. It is also plan that the first four week group is a prototype and will serve as a model for future groups. Who is the group leader? Tom Hetherington, MSW is recently retired MSW, Social Worker who has supervised professional teams of counselors and students for many years. Tom has pulled together a team other retired professionals and practitioners along with an intern from City University to develop the group. If the group is successful, the team will continue to develop the group as a continuing community resource. Register in link - We work with gratitude on the traditional, unceded, occupied territories of the Coast Sallish peoples: the səlil̓wətaʔɬ Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.