Groups and workshops

We offer a number of different groups and workshops throughout the year. Find the group or workshop for you.

Wellbeing Webinars 

Wellbeing Webinars take place every Wednesday during term time (12-1pm) and cover a range of topics relevant to student life. The webinars take place on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and the sessions have been designed for you to share your ideas anonymously via the keyboard, if you wish.

Sign-up for Wellbeing Webinars opens a week in advance of each session and you can book a place via the Student Counselling and Wellbeing Hub.

The webinars will not be recorded and participants do not connect with their own video or audio during the sessions.

Please see below for the Term 1 2022/23 programme.

Self-care & Wellbeing for Student Life

Wednesday 28 September 12-1pm          Book a place

Coming to university and starting life in a new place involves going through a period of rapid change and adjustment. During this webinar, we'll share tips about ways you can take care of yourself as you get accustomed to your new environment and tell you more about the different types of help and support available from the Student Counselling & Wellbeing Service.

Starting university (Student Minds)

Feeling at home in Leeds

Looking after yourself at uni (Young Minds)

Five ways to wellbeing

Perfect or Good Enough?

Wednesday 5 October 12-1pm           Book a place

Wednesday 16 November 12-1pm

Perfectionism can cause problematic levels of stress, hindering progress, success and wellbeing.  This webinar explores alternatives to perfectionist thinking and considers how developing a ‘good enough’ perspective can help you work in a healthier and more effective way towards your goals.

Perfectionism (CCI)

How to Overcome Perfectionism

15 Ways to Build a Growth Mindset

When Perfect Isn't Good Enough: Strategies for Coping with Perfectionism: Anthony and Swinson (2009) New Harbinger: ISBN 978-1572245594 

ABC of Managing Anxiety       

Wednesday 12 October 12-1pm         Book a place

Wednesday 14 December 12-1pm

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 mind rather than in reality. This webinar aims to help you take back control by understanding the nature of anxiety and developing strategies to manage it. 

Anxiety (CCI)

Anxiety Self-help Guide

Anxiety UK

ACT Companion app

Healthy Minds app

Find your Voice

Wednesday 19 October 12-1pm        Book a place

Is a lack of assertiveness preventing you from getting the most out of your university experience? This webinar introduces you to a number of techniques designed to help you to express your thoughts and feelings to others such as tutors, friends, peers and family in a clear and direct way that respects others and generally improves relationships.

Assertiveness (CCI)

TED talk – Body language

Assert Yourself: Lindenfield (2001) Harper Collins: ISBN 978-0007557974 

Tackling Procrastination        

Wednesday 26 October 12-1pm          Book a place

Wednesday 7 December 12-1pm

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

Procrastination (CCI) 

Does the Pomodoro Technique Work for Your Productivity? 

Academic skills support 

Self-compassion

Wednesday 2 November 12-1pm

If you tend to give yourself a very hard time then this is the webinar for you. This session explores three elements of self-compassion and shares practical exercises and resources designed to help you develop a more supportive and encouraging relationship with yourself and increase your emotional resilience. 

Self-Compassion

Self-Compassion (CCI)

Compassion Self Help

The Power of Vulnerability TED talk

Dealing with Imposter Feelings

Wednesday 9 November 12-1pm

Feeling like an imposter is a common experience in university settings – this may involve feeling like you don't belong and fearing that it is only a matter of time before you’ll be found out. Persistent imposter feelings can be difficult to manage and hinder progress and wellbeing. In this webinar we’ll develop our understanding of the imposter mindset and explore some useful frameworks we can use to build a toolkit to manage and overcome imposter feelings.

3 tips for managing imposter syndrome 

Imposter syndrome resources

What is imposter syndrome and how can you combat it? TED Talk

Managing Anxiety with Compassion

Wednesday 23 November 12-1pm

In this webinar, we identify three different emotion regulation systems in the brain: the threat system, the drive system, and the soothing system. If we constantly feel anxious it may be that our three systems are out of balance, which can make it difficult to feel safe and relax. During the session, we will explore compassionate ways to further develop our soothing system, promoting a greater sense of calmness and safety.

Developing a compassionate mind video clip

How self-compassion can help with anxiety

The Compassionate Mind (Compassion Focussed Therapy): Paul Gilbert (2010) Constable: ISBN 978-1849010986 

The Compassionate Mind Approach to Overcoming Anxiety: Dennis Tirch (2012) Robinson: ISBN 978-1849015134

Small Changes for Success

Wednesday 30 November 12-1pm

In this webinar, we explore how making small changes can improve our motivation and help us to work more successfully towards our wellbeing and academic goals. We will consider how making small adjustments to our mindset, environment, routines and systems can help us to put desired change into action. 

James Clear atomic habits video clip

Free habits app

Five ways to wellbeing

Atomic Habits: James Clear (2018) Random House Business: ISBN 978-1473537804.

PGR Wellbeing Webinars & Workshops

PGR Wellbeing Webinars and Workshops focus on topics relevant to managing your wellbeing as a PGR. 

The webinars take place on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and the sessions have been designed for you to share your ideas anonymously via the keyboard, if you wish. The webinars are not recorded and participants do not connect with their own video or audio during the sessions.

The in-person workshops take place in our group room at 19 Clarendon Place. There are 12 places available for each workshop and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Sign-up for PGR webinars and workshops opens two weeks in advance of each session and you can book a place via the Student Counselling and Wellbeing Hub.

Please continue reading for descriptions and useful resources for upcoming PGR Wellbeing Webinars and Workshops. 

Developing your PGR Identity (Workshop & Webinar)

Monday 17 October 12-1.30pm (In-person workshop)

Monday 24 October 12-1pm (Webinar)       Book a place 

This session explores some of the issues commonly experienced by PGRs as they build their identity as a researcher. We’ll introduce a useful framework outlining four stages of PGR identity development and consider some of the potential psychological challenges involved in navigating each of these stages. There will be opportunities during the session to share ideas and strategies around the theme of setting reasonable expectations and developing systems for acknowledging progress and success.

Stages of PGR identity development

Celebrating your wins

PhDLife blog

Challenging the Imposter Mindset (Workshop & Webinar)

Monday 14 November 12-1.30pm (In-person workshop)

Monday 21 November 12-1pm (Webinar)

Feeling like an imposter is a common experience in academic settings – this may involve feeling like you aren’t good enough to belong in a particular role and fearing that it is only a matter of time before you’ll be found out. Whilst a bit of self-doubt can be helpful, persistent imposter feelings can be difficult to manage and hinder progress and wellbeing. In this session we’ll develop our understanding of the imposter mindset and explore some useful frameworks we can use to build a toolkit to manage and overcome imposter feelings as a PGR.

Imposter syndrome & PGR experience

Coping with imposter syndrome in academia and research

Imposter syndrome resources

What is imposter syndrome and how can you combat it? TED Talk

Weekly Groups

Meditation – Thursdays 12-1.30pm

Meditation group flyer (PDF)

Supporting information for Meditation group (PDF)

The meditation group offers participants experience of a large variety of relaxations, meditations and practices preparatory to meditation. Once you have been to a few sessions, you will have learnt which ones you can make best use of. The group runs every Thursday 12-1.30pm in Room 6, 2nd Floor, Leeds University Union in and out of term time. The group is also live streamed over Zoom for people who cannot attend in person.

Please complete the sign up form. For more information, please email the facilitator James Taylor.

Mindful Relaxation – Fridays 2-3pm

Mindful Relaxation group flyer (PDF)

The Mindful Deep Relaxation Group takes place at Student Counselling and Wellbeing, 19 Clarendon Place, Leeds, LS2 9JY, and is streamed live over Zoom.

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu

In this group, you will be offered a variety of Deep Relaxation, Mindfulness and compassion focused practices, many of which are supported by a library of free MP3s, which means you can just settle into the experience of the practices without having to try to remember them! You can just come and be. Be warm, be still, be welcome and be present in the gift of each moment.

Please complete the group membership sign up form. For more information, please email facilitator James Taylor.

To attend a session in-person

We have 10 spaces available for each group which can be booked up to 7 days before the date of each meeting. We keep a reserve list of 3 spaces each week in case people who have signed up don’t turn up - please advise us if you are unable to attend so we can make space for others. You can book your space by emailing scw@leeds.ac.uk, calling us on +44 (0)113 343 4107 or dropping into 19 Clarendon Place in-person.

If you are unable to attend in-person, you can still join in as the meeting will be live streamed over Zoom.