Groups and workshops

We offer a range of groups and workshops designed to enhance your wellbeing, develop your skills and give you the opportunity to connect with others with similar experiences to you.

We offer regular weekly group sessions and one off group workshops. You can find more details and schedules below. 

ONE-OFF WORKSHOPS 

We offer a program of one off workshops around key topics, important to students and student life, which take place during term time. They offer an opportunity for students to get together and interact with each other.

The workshops are single sessions of 90mins and take place between 12-1.30pm. Most of the workshops have between 8 and 12 participants. All workshops are facilitated by experienced members of the Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service who will greet you on arrival. 

Building Resilience - Monday 12 November and Wednesday 5 December

This workshop explores a ‘resilience toolkit’ of useful strategies to help you develop your ability to recover from setbacks and adjust to change during your time at university.  In this session we look at how by cultivating a 'Growth Mindset' we can learn to view making mistakes as an essential and integral part of the learning process, helping us stay on track.  

Self-Compassion - Wednesday 31 October and Monday 26 November

If you tend to give yourself a very hard time then this workshop is for you. The workshop will explore how developing self-compassion can help build emotional resilience and allow you to respond to our painful emotions with acceptance, kindness and understanding. In the workshop three different elements of self-compassion will be explored and useful, practical exercises and resources usefully shared to help increase self-acceptance and silence the critical you. 

The ABC of Managing Anxiety - Monday 29 October and Wednesday 21 November

Anxiety is the body's way of responding to being in danger.  It works so well, that it often kicks in when it's not needed - when the danger is in our heads rather than in reality. If you find yourself constantly anticipating the worst, worrying excessively, having persistent negative thoughts which cause distress and impair day to day functioning then this workshop is for you. The workshop aims to help you take back control by understanding the nature of anxiety and developing strategies to manage it.

Three Minute Therapy - Monday 5 November and Wednesday 28 November

Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life 

This workshop is based around the principles of ‘Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy’ (REBT) which are that it’s not the events in our life that cause us distress but the meanings we give to those events. Three Minute Therapy helps us to identify irrational and unhelpful ways of thinking and interpreting the world. The workshop will introduce you to strategies for developing a more productive way of thinking, which, if practised daily, should take no longer three minutes to bring about a change of mind-set.

Managing Distress - Wednesday 7 November and Monday 3 December

We will all experience distressing feelings from time to time, but sometimes this can develop into feelings of overwhelm and panic. In seeking ways to manage such feelings we can sometimes find unhelpful ways of doing this which further add to our distress and prevent us from leading full and fulfilling life. In this workshop you will be introduced to a range of helpful strategies that may help in alleviating feelings of overwhelm in the moment, and with practice, assist you in enhancing your capacity for distress tolerance in the future.

Tackling Procrastination - Monday 19 November and Monday 10 December

Do you struggle to get started with important study tasks? Is your leisure time spoiled by a nagging sense of guilt? This workshop will help you understand why and how we procrastinate including the use of social media.  Finally, there will be an opportunity to identify strategies to challenge procrastination in yourself and find techniques to help you to work in a more balanced and productive way.

A Mindful Breathing Space - Wednesday 14 November and Wednesday 12 December

This workshop is for anyone who would like to know how to use their breath to bring calmness, balance and focus back into their life and improve their overall wellbeing. In this workshop you will learn a range of key breathing techniques in order to make simple adjustments to the way you stand, sit and breathe which can radically change how you feel. Why not take a little time out to make a big change in your life? Come and see what can happen when you learn to make every breath as healthy and efficient as it can be.

Workshop schedule 

Workshop Schedule Term 1 2018/19
Mondays 12-1.30pm  Wednesdays 12-1.30pm

October 29

ABC Managing Anxiety

October 31

Self-Compassion

November 5

Three Minute Therapy

November 7

Managing Distress

November 12

Building Resilience

November 14

The Mindful Breathing Space (1hour) 

November 19

Tackling Procrastination

November 21

ABC Managing Anxiety 

November 26

Self-Compassion 

November 28

Three Minute Therapy 

December 3

Managing Distress

December 5

Building Resilience 

December 10

Tackling Procrastination

December 12

The Mindful Breathing Space (1 hour) 


Who can attend the Workshops?

Although the workshops are run through the Counselling and Wellbeing Service you do not have to be using this service or be receiving one to one support to attend. 

How many workshops can I attend? 

You can access as many of these single workshops as you wish to subject to availability.  

How do I sign up to for Workshops?

You can sign up during the 7 days leading up to a workshop. If you are not able to sign up in person for a good reason, you can contact the office on 0113 343 4107 or scc@leeds.ac.uk and they will add your name to the sign-up sheet. It is important that you check you are able to attend before signing up so that spaces do not go unfilled. All workshops run twice a term.

You can also come along at the time of a workshop without signing up beforehand, but please note that this will not guarantee that you get a space. Spaces will be allocated to people on the sign up sheet first and then on a first come first serve basis.

Dr Who - Workshops for Post Graduate Researchers

Who can attend?

The workshops are open to Post Graduate Researchers, of all disciplines and stages of research. Individuals are welcome to attend as few or as many sessions as they wish.

How to sign up

You can sign up in person at the Student Counselling Centre or by calling (0113 343 4107) or emailing (scc@leeds.ac.uk) us a maximum of 7 days before each individual workshop.

This academic year (2018-19) we will be running the following PGR Workshops. Dates will be confirmed soon. 

Manage your own Wellbeing    

‘Poor mental health and wellbeing can affect students’ academic performance (IPPR, ‘Not By Degrees’ 2017)

Research has shown that there are five major contributing factors which affect our overall wellbeing. This workshop will introduce you to the Five Ways of Wellbeing which are evidence based ways to improve your mental wellbeing – think of them as your ‘5 a day’ for mental wellbeing.

Knowing Me Knowing You

Communications and relationships, both personal and professional, are a lot more productive when you understand yourself, and the people you seek to relate to.   This workshop uses personality type theory to help you develop greater self-awareness, improve your knowledge of motivation and behaviour of yourself and others, and identify and value similarities and differences so that you can communicate and work with others more effectively.

Self-Compassion for PGR’s

Constantly giving yourself a hard time, and comparing yourself and your progress to others – does this sound familiar? This workshop will explore how developing self-compassion can help build much needed emotional resilience as you proceed throughout the PHD process.

Building Resilience

This workshop explores a ‘resilience toolkit’ of useful strategies to help you develop your ability to recover from setbacks and adjust to change during your time at university. In this session we look at how by cultivating a 'Growth Mindset' we can learn to view making mistakes as an essential and integral part of the learning process, helping us stay on track.

Tackling Procrastination

Do you struggle to get started with important research tasks? Is it difficult to allow yourself leisure time or is it spoiled by a nagging sense of guilt? This workshop will help you understand the nature and purpose of procrastination including the use of social media. Finally, there will be an opportunity to identify strategies to challenge procrastination in yourself and find techniques to help you to work in a more balanced and productive way.

Imposter Syndrome

Imposter Syndrome is a ‘state of mind’, a belief that one day someone will discover that you are not as smart as they thought. It’s a syndrome that has a powerful presence in academia. This workshop will look at why academic researchers can develop Imposter Syndrome and offer suggestions to work on overcoming this syndrome which otherwise creates self-doubt, low self-esteem and lack of motivation.

WEEKLY GROUPS 

MEDITATION - Thursday 12-1.30pm

The meditation group offers participants experience of a large variety of relaxations, meditations and practices preparatory to meditation so, once you have been to a few sessions, you will have learnt which ones you can make best use of. You do not need to book for this group.

Find out more about the Meditation group

The Meditation Group runs every Thursday 12-1.30pm in at Leeds University Union including outside of term time. 

FEEL BETTER FASTER GROUP Friday 2-3pm

A seven-week rolling programme of small group sessions (which you can join and leave as you wish) for any University of Leeds student who wants to manage their feelings and thoughts with more ease. It's particularly useful for students who suffer insomnia, anxiety, stress and depression. The sign up form will only be available 7 days before the event. If you are not able to come in person for a good reason, you can contact the office on 0113 343 4107 or scc@leeds.ac.uk and they will add your name to the sign-up sheet.

Find out more about Feel better faster

The Feel Better Faster Group runs every Friday 2-3pm in the SCC Group Room including outside of term time. 

PARENTAL LOSS GROUP

If you have experienced the death of one or both of your parents (either recently or earlier in your life) and would like to meet with others who have some commonality of experience, you might consider joining this group. 

The primary aim of the group is to reduce the sense of isolation which is often felt by premature loss. Prior to the start of the group you will have an individual meeting with Liz, who will tell you some of what to expect from the group, so that an informed decision can be made as to whether the group is appropriate for you.

The Parental Loss Group runs in semester 2 each year for eight consecutive Wednesdays 2.30-4pm at the Student Counselling Centre.

The Parental Loss Group for academic year 2017/18 has now finished. If you would like to enquire about next year's group please contact Liz Oxley at e.oxley@leeds.ac.uk.

You may also find the hope again website useful.