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.
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 90 minutes 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.
From Setback to Success - Monday 4 February and Wednesday 6 March
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 Mind-set' 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 13 February and Monday 11 March
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.
ABC of Managing Anxiety - Wednesday 6 February and Monday 4 March
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 11 February and Wednesday 27 February
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 than three minutes to bring about a change of mind-set.
STOPP Stressing - Monday 18 February and Wednesday 13 March
Stress can feel problematic during periods of change or when demands upon us feel beyond our capacity to cope. In this workshop you will learn techniques for understanding and managing signs and symptoms of stress and distress and discover strategies to manage your life more effectively and get the most out of your university life.
Tackling Procrastination - Monday 25 February and Wednesday 20 March
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.
The Mindful Breathing Space - Wednesday 20 February
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. Come and see what can happen when you learn to make every breath as healthy and efficient as it can be.
Find Your Voice - Monday 18 March
Is a lack of assertiveness preventing you from getting the most out of your university experience? Do you find it difficult to speak out and say what you feel or what you need from others? In this workshop you will to learn how being assertive can help you stand up for what you want and be able to express feelings whether to tutors, friends, peers or family in as clear, direct way. You will be introduced to a number of techniques to enable you to do this is in a way that respects others and generally improves relationships.
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From Setback to Success
ABC of Managing Anxiety
Three Minute Therapy
The Mindful Breathing Space (1hour)
Three Minute Therapy
ABC of Managing Anxiety
From Setback to Success
Find Your Voice
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (email@example.com) 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 PGRs
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.
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.
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 is a state of mind, a belief that one day someone will discover that you are not as smart as they thought. Its 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
You may also find the hope again website useful.