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Personal Development Workshops 2018

Therapy groupThese workshops are run by the Advice and Counselling Service at QMUL and are. 

If you are a PG Research student, you can also attend workshops run by QMUL's Researcher Development Team.  Click here for more information. 

These workshops do not need to be booked in advance- you can just turn up on the day.

Please note the spaces available for each workshop in the descriptions below.  Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Workshops will be repeated through the academic year, so if you don't get a place you can try again on a later date.
 

 

 

Workshop: Can't Study?  

5 places available on each date.  These are one-off sessions so you can choose which one of these dates to attend. 

Monday 22 October 2018
Monday 12 November 2018
Monday 26 November 2018
Monday 14 January 2019
Monday 4 February 2019
Monday 25 February 2019
Monday 1 April 2019

Time:  1:30 until 3:00 pm
Location:  Advice and Counselling Service, Room GC214, 2nd Floor Graduate Centre, [PDF 936KB] Mile End Campus


This is a small one-off group session (for up to five people) which lasts for 90 minutes, for any student who is finding themselves blocked in their work. You might be lacking motivation, finding it hard to organise your work, or imagining that your work with be heavily criticised or harshly judged. You might think of yourself as a 'perfectionist' or as someone who tends to put things off. You might be having trouble finishing off your work or handing it in. In the workshop, you will work together collaboratively with a counsellor/facilitator to understand why you might be blocked and to find strategies which will help you to get working again. Although you are welcome to come back for another workshop session, most people find that coming once is enough to help improve their work habits or get them started. You will be asked to complete a short feedback sheet at the end of the workshop.
 

Workshop: Growing in Confidence 

12 places available on each date.  These are one-off sessions so you can choose which one of these dates to attend.

Monday  19 November 2018 
Monday  18 February 2019

Time:  1:30 until 3:00 pm
Location:  Advice and Counselling Service, Room GC214, 2nd Floor Graduate Centre, [PDF 936KB] Mile End Campus

This workshop focuses on practical strategies to help you develop your self- confidence. It may be that you feel nervous or anxious when

  • You need to present in front of a group of people.
  • You want to speak up in a seminar or lecture.
  • You want to meet new people or socialise.
You may sometimes feel defeated by nervousness or anxiety and unable to change. Growing in confidence requires practice but first you need to know where to start. In this one-off, ninety minute workshop, for up to 10 participants, we will:
  • Dispel some common myths about nervousness and anxiety.
  • Help you to see the problem differently and consider what you can do to change.
  • Help you develop a practical self-help plan to work on your self-confidence.
This will be an active workshop involving work in pairs and as a group. The facilitator will provide a safe, supportive, encouraging environment for you to learn about yourself and develop strategies for change. You will be asked to complete a short feedback sheet at the end of the workshop.

Workshop: Better Sleeep

12 places available on each date.  These are one-off sessions so you can choose which one of these dates to attend.

Thursday 25 October 2018
Thursday 29 November 2018 
Thursday 24 January 2019
Thursday 28 February 2019
Thursday 23 May 2019

Time:  3:00pm until 4:30pm
Location:  Advice and Counselling Service, Room GC214, 2nd Floor Graduate Centre, [PDF 936KB] Mile End Campus

This workshop focuses on practical strategies to help students manage difficulties with sleep. Some common difficulites people encounter with sleep include:
  • Finding it difficult to relax, switch off and fall  asleep or waking up repeatedly and struggling to get back to sleep.
  • Getting into bad habits that effect your sleep (chaotic sleep schedule, effects of alcohol, late night study etc)
  • Worrying about ‘not getting enough’ sleep.
We can sometimes feel stressed out about the idea that we are not getting enough sleep, or end up sleeping in the day  to make up for ‘lost’ sleep at night. In this one-off, ninety minute workshop, for up to 15 participants, we will: 
  • Dispel some common myths about sleep.
  • Help you to see the problem differently and consider what you can do to change.
  • Help you develop a practical self-help plan to improve your sleep patterns.

This will be an active workshop involving work in pairs and as a group. The facilitator will provide a supportive and informative session to help you develop strategies improve your sleep. You will be asked to complete a short feedback sheet at the end of the workshop.

 

Workshop: Managing Exam Stress

15 places available, this is a one-off session for students resitting exams in August.

*Next dates to be confirmed

Time:  1:30 until 3:00pm
Location:  Advice and Counselling Service, Room GC214, 2nd Floor Graduate Centre, Mile End Campus

This workshop focuses on practical strategies to help students manage exam stress.

It is natural to feel stressed about exams, in fact  part of what you are being tested on is your ability to perform under stress, however, if you feel overwhelmed you may find coming along to this workshop helpful.
This will be an active workshop involving work in pairs and as a group. The facilitator will provide a supportive and informative session to help you develop better ways to manage exam stress You will be asked to complete a short feedback sheet at the end of the workshop.

 

Workshops for PG Research Students, run by the QMUL Researcher Development Team:

These include:

  • Boosting Willpower and Resilience
  • Busting self-criticism and Self Sabbotage
  • Making Stress your Friend
  • Mindfulness for Academic Success

Information on how to book a place is here.  Click on the 'All Researchers' tab at the top of the course list to see these workshops.

 

CBT-Informed Groups

This year for the first time we are offering two different CBT-informed groups which will run for the first time during Semester A on Tuesday afternoons in November, and again in February/March in Semester B. These groups run for four weeks and  participants will need to be able to attend all four sessions to be able to benefit. 

*Anyone interested will initially be seen by a counsellor in the service who can then refer you into the groups. This is in order to make sure the groups are the most helpful option for you.

 

     Group 1:  Understanding and Developing Self-Compassion

 

This group may be beneficial for anyone feeling pressured, highly stressed or depressed. Those who identify as ‘perfectionists’, or are highly self-critical may also find this a helpful approach. The aim is to help students understand the role of self-compassion in combating these difficulties and involves delving into the science behind what self-compassion is and why you might want to work on developing it. Through myth busting, group discussions, in-session exercises and between session practice students will finish the group armed with the tools to develop practical, individualised self-help plans.

First Semester: Tuesday 13 November 2018         Second semester:  Tuesday February 26 2019

                          Tuesday 20 November 2018                                         Tuesday March 5 2019

                          Tuesday 27 November 2018                                         Tuesday March 12 2019 

                          Tuesday 4 December 2018                                           Tueaday March 19 2019

Time:  3:00 - 4:30pm
Location:  Advice and Counselling Service, Room GC214, 2nd Floor  Mile End Campus

 

     Group 2: Understanding and Managing Anxiety

 

This group may help anyone struggling with excessive worry, anxiety or symptoms of panic. Through myth busting and group discussion as well as practice both during the sessions and in between students will learn more about what anxiety is and how it can both help and hinder us in our daily lives. We will work on understanding how fear and anxiety have become a problem for you personally, what keeps the cycle of anxiety going, and you can begin to develop new ways to manage your worries.

First Semester: Tuesday 13 November 2018         Second semester:  Tuesday February 26 2019

                          Tuesday 20 November 2018                                         Tuesday March 5 2019

                          Tuesday 27 November 2018                                         Tuesday March 12 2019 

                          Tuesday 4 December 2018                                           Tueaday March 19 2019

Time:  3:00 - 4:30pm
Location:  Advice and Counselling Service, Room GC214, 2nd Floor  Mile End Campus

 

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