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Workshops and groups


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There are a number of groups and workshops available for students to provide a a ‘communal’ type support experience.  Sometimes students have an individual counselling session and are advised to try a workshop, or referred to one of the groups the service runs.  

To help you know what might be most helpful, here’s some information about workshops and groups.

Workshops are often one-off events (sometimes they are made up of 2 linked sessions) with a specific theme, such as perfectionism, self-esteem or anxiety.  Workshops are self-referral.

Groups are run as counselling in a group setting, and meet regularly (weekly or monthly).  Attendees get to know other group members and can benefit from support and understanding from other participants, as well as hearing different perspectives.  To enrol on a group you must have been seen for an individual counselling appointment first.  You can register for an appointment here.

Bookings for the workshops will open two weeks before the workshop session

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Workshop sessions will have input from the counsellor running it, as well as reflective exercises to allow discussion and sharing of experiences from students attending.  They are often focussed on finding practical ways of managing specific issues.

Medical Students Drop in CP1 Support Group: Wed 8 July 20

Wednesday 8th July 2020 (10:00-11:30)

Medical Students Drop in CP1 Support Group: Wed 15 July 20

Wednesday 15th July 2020 (10:00-11:30)

Medical Students Drop in CP2 Support Group: Wed 15 July 20

Wednesday 15th July 2020 (13:00-14:30)

Medical Students Drop in CP1 Support Group: Wed 22 July 20

Wednesday 22nd July 2020 (10:00-11:30)

Medical Students Drop in CP2 Support Group: Wed 22 July 20

Wednesday 22nd July 2020 (13:00-14:30)

Medical Students Drop in CP1 Support Group: Wed 29 July 20

Wednesday 29th July 2020 (10:00-11:30)

Medical Students Drop in CP2 Support Group: Wed 29 July 20

Wednesday 29th July 2020 (13:00-14:30)


Workshop descriptions

Art as Therapy

This workshop will give you space to explore how you can experiment with paints, pastels, crayons, pencils and pens to express yourself.
There is no expectation that you will have any experience of art and there is no right or wrong way to go about it.  

Breathe Here Now drop-in Open to staff and students

This is a lunchtime drop-in meditation session to help you switch off and unwind.
No previous experience is necessary.  

Changes and Challenges

We all face challenging situations from time to time.
Increasing your capacity to deal with adversity will help you at university and beyond.
This workshop is designed to build on your existing resources and look at strategies for boosting your resilience.  

Dance as Therapy

A workshop using simple dance and movement to help you to de-stress.
No steps or techniques to learn and you can’t get it wrong.  

Depression and Low Mood

Practical tips and strategies for managing the effects of low mood and depression on studying, socialising and all aspects of your everyday life.
This is a 2-part workshop and participants are expected to attend both sessions.  

Everyday Mindfulness (6-week programme) Open to staff and students

Practising Mindfulness can be helpful if you tend to worry a lot about the future or find it hard to let go of situations once they have passed.
To get the most from this programme we recommend attending all six sessions.  

Film as Therapy

Do you watch the same film again and again?
Do you turn to certain films when you feel a certain way?
This workshop will explore how films can be therapeutic.  

Get Ready for Exams and Revision

By popular demand we are running a series of workshops to help you de-stress and improve your wellbeing in the run-up to exams.
Please see website for further details of this new programme.  

Having a Healthier Relationship with Food

If you have ever wondered about how the way you feel about yourself might be connected with what you eat, this workshop could be for you.

This session will be jointly facilitated with a practitioner from First Steps (EDISS).  

Improve your Self-Esteem

Are you self-critical?
Do you constantly compare yourself with others?
Does a lack of self-confidence stop you making the most of your time here?
Come along to gain a new perspective on the way you see yourself. Please note that participants are expected to attend both sessions.  

Living with Dyslexia

Dyslexia support generally focuses on academic difficulties.
This workshop will consider the bigger picture.
We will look at how your dyslexia impacts your everyday life and then identify your dyslexic strengths and consider how you might apply this knowledge in a range of situations.  

Music as Therapy (Drumming)

Playing drums and percussion can help you release stress and anxiety, allowing the music to speak on your behalf whilst having fun.
No experience necessary and all equipment will be provided.  

Nature as Therapy

In these workshops you will be encouraged to explore the campus and to be curious about how the environment can support your sense of well-being and manage symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress.  

Perfectionism and Procrastination

Do you set yourself unrealistic and unachievable standards?
Do you delay starting tasks?
Does this impact your academic progress and general wellbeing?
This workshop will help you to understand and tackle these issues.  

Sleep Better

If a lack of sleep is stopping you from getting the most out of student life, come along to this workshop to find out how you could change this.
We can’t promise a quick fix, but hopefully with planning and commitment you will see significant improvements.  

Social Anxiety

Do you worry about meeting new people?
Does anxiety about how others see you make you avoid certain situations or interfere with socialising or work?
Try this workshop to find out what steps you could take to manage these issues.  


These workshops offer practical tips and new ways of thinking to help you cope with stress. You can attend a single workshop or come back for more.  

Transitions: New Start, New Semester, Going onto Placement

Starting University or a new placement can be challenging as well as exciting.
This workshop will offer you a chance to think about what you would like to get out of your time here at University.  

Writing as therapy

Writing can help us to make sense of our inner world.
This workshop will offer a space to experiment and explore how we can write to help ourselves.  



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