The Workshops

In Swedish, Korsa means to cross or to pass through.

Korsa is also the name given to a new series of workshops designed to help college and university students who experience stress and anxiety to pass through their studies successfully, all the while keeping their head out of water! The workshops are inspired by ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), a robust and innovative third-wave cognitive behavioural approach. Empirical studies show that this approach can significantly enhance the well-being and quality of life for individuals struggling with difficulties related to stress and anxiety.

Students taking part in the Korsa workshops are led to:

Explore what really matters to them, that is to say the goals and values ​​that give meaning to their lives;

 Engage in actions which allow them to achieve their goals and live their values more fully;

 Identify pitfalls that increases their stress and anxiety and implement effective strategies to sidestep these pitfalls; 

 Develop their mindfulness, that is to say their ability to be attentive and alert to what is happening inside and outside of themselves, while upholding an attitude of acceptance.

Offered by dynamic and qualified trainers, Korsa workshops are anything but boring. Participants are encouraged to practice various forms of meditation, and to participate in individual and small group exercises and discussions. Everything is set up to ensure that students can discover new strategies to help them deal with their stress and anxiety in a professional environment which is both safe and respectful.

The effectiveness of the Korsa Workshops is continually being researched. These studies show that:

  1. The workshops allow students to cultivate their psychological flexibility and develop a variety of skills: observing and describing their internal experiences; choosing actions consciously instead of reacting automatically; looking past judgments and criticism regarding what they feel or think; and constructing their values and acting in accordance with them;

  2. They help reduce students’ stress, anxiety and exhaustion in addition to increasing their psychological well-being;

  3. They promote academic engagement.

Starting in January 2016, with the financial support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), we will begin a comprehensive national study using a smart phone application. This application will allow us to evaluate the Korsa workshops’ effectiveness in greater detail and in a natural environment.


To know more:

Beresford, B., Laframboise, A., Hontoy, L-M., De Mondehare, L. & Grégoire, S. (décembre 2014). Les ateliers KORSA : la thérapie d’acceptation et d’engagement (ACT) appliquée en milieu universitaire. Colloque « Acceptation, engagement et pleine conscience en milieu collégial et universitaire » organized by l’institut de formation en thérapie comportementale et cognitive (IFTCC). Montréal, Canada. Décembre 2014.

De Mondehare, L., Brault, J., & Grégoire, S. (juin 2014). Evaluation of the efficacy of an ACT-based intervention of the psychological health of university students: Association for Contextual Behavior Science Conference (ACBS), Minneapolis, États-Unis.

De Mondehare, L., Brault, J. & Grégoire, S. (mars 2014). Évaluation de l’efficacité d’une intervention issue de l’approche d’acceptation et d’engagement (ACT) sur la santé psychologique des étudiants universitaires : une étude à essai randomisé. Colloque de la Société Québécoise pour la Recherche en Psychologie (SQRP), Montréal, Canada.

Grégoire, S., Lachance, L., Bouffard, T., Hontoy, L-M & DeMondehare, L. (2016). L’efficacité de l’approche d’acceptation et d’engagement en regard de la santé psychologique et de l’engagement scolaire des étudiants universitaires. Revue canadienne des sciences du comportement, 48 (3), 221-231.

Grégoire, S., Lachance, L., Bouffard, T., Hontoy, L-M, & De Mondehare, L., (juin 2016). KORSA: An ACT-based intervention developed to help university students live better with their stress. Communication presented at the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), Seattle, USA.