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Personal Development Workshops

Therapy groupThese workshops are run by the Advice and Counselling Service at Queen Mary University of London. 

If you are a PG Research student, you can also attend workshops run by Queen Mary'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: Managing Exam Stress -  2019/2020

This is a one off workshop for up to 15 students. 

This workshop focuses on helping you to develop practical strategies to help 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.

 LOCATION:    Advice and Counselling Service, Room GC214, 2nd Floor Graduate Centre, Mile End Campus.

 TIME:              3:00 until 4:30 pm

 DATES:            Thursday 5th December 2019 

                           Thursday 12th December 2019 

 

Exam Stress Workshop for Summer Resits:

                           Monday 13th July 2020 10:00 until 11:30 am

LOCATION:    First floor, Study Room, BLSA Building, Newark Street,  Whitechapel E1 2AT.  (opposite the Neuron Pod and Blizzard Institute)

TIME:                5:30 - 7:00 pm

DATES:              Tuesday 21 January 2020

 Workshop: Can't Study?  - 2019/2020

This is a small one-off workshop for up to five people.

Helpful 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 will 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 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.

 LOCATION:    Advice and Counselling Service, Room GC214, 2nd Floor Graduate Centre, Mile End Campus

 TIME:               1:30 -  3:00 pm

 DATES:            Monday 28 October 201

                            Monday 25 November 2019

                             Monday 9 December 2019

                             Monday 17 February 2020

                            Monday 2 March 2020

                            Monday 16 March 2020

  *Further dates for 2020 to be confirmed.

 

Workshop: Better Sleep -  2019/2020

This is a one off workshop for up to 15 people

 his workshop focusses on developing practical strategies to help students manage difficulties with sleep. Some common difficulties people encounter with sleep such as finding it difficult to relax, switch off and fall asleep or waking up repeatedly and struggling to get back to sleep.

We will dispel some common myths about sleep, help you to see the problem differently and consider what you would like to change and 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.

 LOCATION:    Advice and Counselling Service, Room GC214, 2nd Floor Graduate Centre, Mile End Campus

 TIME:               3:00 until 4:30pm

 DATES:            Thursday November 28th 2019 

                            Thursday March 5th 2020 

 

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 Workshops for PG Research Students, run by the Queen Mary 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.

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CBT-Informed Groups - 2019/2020

We are offering two different CBT-informed groups this academic year that will run for six sessions. *Anyone interested will initially need to 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.

 LOCATION:    Advice and Counselling Service, Room GC214, 2nd Floor  Mile End Campus

 TIME:               3:00 - 4:30pm

 DATES:            TBD                         

 

 GROUP 2: Understanding and Managing Anxiety:

 

This group may be beneficial to you if you are experiencing excessive worry, anxiety and/or panic. Through myth busting, group discussions, in-session and between-session exercises, you will learn more about the experience and function of anxiety.  Using a CBT informed approach we will consider your experience of anxiety, working on understanding how anxiety affects you, how it can develop and what keeps the cycle of anxiety going. Thinking together about new ways of managing your anxiety.

 This is a SIX WEEK group that will require you to commit to attending and participating in all sessions.

LOCATION:    Graduate Centre room GC 212 on Tuesday afternoons on the following dates:

TIME:                1:30 - 3:00 pm

Dates:               Tuesday 18 February 2020

                            Tuesday 25 February 2020

 *There will be a break from sessions on Tuesday 3 March 2020*

                            Tuesday 10 March 2020

                            Tuesday 17  March 2020

                            Tuesday 24 March 2020

                            Tuesday 31 March 2020

 

 

     

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