Workshops and groups

Workshops and groups are both excellent options for developing your mental health and wellbeing. Although neither will present you with an instant or overnight solution, both options do allow you to learn from other participants about their coping strategies, and help you find your own strong methods to improve your overall mental wellbeing.

Workshops

Throughout the year, we offer a variety of workshops to help you explore some relatively common issues, understand how they affect you, and think about strategies for managing them throughout your time as a student. These one-off sessions are open to any student and cover a broad range of subjects - whether you’re struggling to settle in to life at university or you’re experiencing specific challenges and concerns, there’s a workshop that can help support you.

Workshops are run by one of our friendly psychological practitioners, and will offer you the opportunity to discuss issues as a group and to help support one another with your specific challenges. It isn’t a formal presentation, but you will receive input and advice from your psychological practitioner, as well as some relevant handout materials.

Academic stress workshop

This is a short workshop designed for participants seeking to manage the academic aspects of university life more effectively. These themes will be discussed from a range of perspectives, with some emphasis on practical solutions to a challenge experienced by many students. It is hoped that participants will complete the workshop with a more confident approach to studying.

Academic stress workshop: Autumn Term 2019-20
Date Time Location Booking
05/11/19 15:00 – 16:30 Beale Room (R7 on the Edgbaston Campus Map) Closed - Fully Booked

Procrastination workshop

This workshop helps students to identify their procrastination style and offers techniques that are most relevant for helping with their particular style of procrastination. Underlying reasons for procrastination are also explored and information will be given on how to get more support with these issues if required.

Procrastination workshop: Autumn Term 2019-20
Date Time Location Booking
14/11/19 15:00 – 16:30 Beale Room (R7 on the Edgbaston Campus Map) Closed - Fully Booked

Relaxation workshop

If you are feeling stressed, tense or struggling to unwind then Relaxation could be just what you need!

The session involves lying down on a mat and listening to breathing exercise and visualisations and finishing with a muscle relaxation exercise to leave you feeling calm, relaxed and recharged.

No need to book - just turn up and report to Sports & Fitness reception. Maximum of 25 people, first come first served.

Any questions please contact workshop facilitator Sue Knight on s.j.knight@bham.ac.uk

Relaxation Workshop: Autumn Term 2019-20
Date Time Location Booking
15/11/19 13:45 – 14:30 Studio 2, UoB Sports & Fitness (O7 on the Edbaston Campus Map) No booking required
06/12/19 13:45 – 14:30 Studio 2, UoB Sports & Fitness (O7 on the Edbaston Campus Map) No booking required

Settling into university workshop

Arriving at university can be an exciting and thrilling time but also daunting. Settling into your new life at university can bring challenges that you may not have been aware of or prepared for, which can then lead feelings of stress and anxiety.

Aimed at first year students, this workshop aims to identify the initial challenges you may experience and hopes to prepare you for moving forwards, giving you some practical guidance on university life, how we can support you, and how you can get the most out of your overall student experience.

Settling into university workshop: Autumn Term 2019-20
Date Time Location Booking  
22/11/19 12:30 – 14:00 Beale Room (R7 on the Edgbaston Campus Map) Open

Sleep workshop

This is a short workshop designed for students who have difficulties with sleep and would like some support with how to improve this. Sleep is an often neglected, yet vital part of life. Students, in particular, face a lot of challenges that impact on their sleep. The aim of this workshop is for students to leave with a plan for how they would improve their sleep quality and quantity.

Sleep workshop: Autumn Term 2019-20
Date Time Location Booking  
12/11/19 15:30 – 17:00 Beale Room (R7 on the Edgbaston Campus Map) Open

Groups

 Throughout the year, we offer a variety of group support sessions that run as a series over several weeks. All groups are run by experienced counsellors or wellbeing practitioners, and will help you explore the serious challenges you’re facing, understand how they affect you, and think about strategies for managing them throughout your time as a student.

Much like the workshops, our groups will offer you the opportunity to discuss issues with other students and to help support one another with your challenges. You’ll receive input and advice from your group facilitator, as well as some relevant handout materials.

If you decide to make use of our group support, it’s really important to commit to all of the sessions so you can make sure you’re getting the most out of the group you can. The groups are always entirely confidential, and you’ll never be forced to speak, disclose or take any specific actions – they’re all about helping you manage and overcome the specific challenges you’re facing with the help and support of your peers.

Please note that all of our groups will require a pre-assessment meeting with one of the group leaders in order to ensure that the group is suitable for you.

Coping with bereavement group

This is a support group which gives you an opportunity to share with others who have also experienced loss. It is for those who have lost a parent, sibling or grandparent who was integral to their upbringing Throughout the course of the group, you will:

  • Learn that grief is not a disorder or a sign of weakness.  
  • Uncover hidden strengths to face distressing feelings. 
  • Gain support in your struggle to move on with your own life whilst at the same time grieving for your lost family member.
  • Meet other students who have faced bereavement, both recently and in their past.

Please make sure that you're available for all of the 6 sessions before you decide to register for the group.

Coping with bereavement group: Autumn Term 2019-20
Dates Time Location Booking
26 November – 10 December 2019 & 14 – 28 January 2020 Tuesdays: 14:00 – 15:30 Sessions 1 – 3 Education Building Room M37 (R19 on the Edgbaston Campus Map), sessions 4 – 6 Beale Room (R7 on the Edgbaston Campus Map) Open

Please note that this group may not be suitable if you have very recently faced a loss in the last two months. However, there are a wide range of other support options available to help you during this period. Please speak to your wellbeing officer or attend a check-in service appointment to see how we can support you during this difficult time.

Eating issues group

This group is for students who are having difficulties with their eating. Students have an opportunity to talk together and think about their experiences and issues connected with their eating behaviours. The group works together to provide support so that students can consider making changes.

Please note that this group will require a pre-assessment meeting with one of the group leaders in order to ensure that it is suitable for you.

Please make sure that you're available for all of the 6 sessions before you decide to register for the group.

Eating issues group: Autumn Term 2019-20
Dates Time Location Booking
11 November – 09 December 2019 & 13 January 2020 Mondays: 17:30 – 19:00 Beale Room (R7 on the Edgbaston Campus Map) Open

Managing stress and anxiety group

This group is for students who experience high levels of stress or anxiety. It is a confidential space, run by one of our experienced counsellors - they will support you in exploring your stress or anxiety, and introduce ways to help manage difficult feelings, thoughts and behaviours. You will be encouraged to test things out in the time between sessions and we will review how helpful you found them each week.

Please make sure that you're available for all 4 sessions before you decide to register for the group.

Managing stress and anxiety group: Autumn Term 2019-20
Dates Time Location Booking
06/11/19 – 27/11/19 Wednesdays: 13:30 – 15:00 Beale Room (R7 on the Edgbaston Campus Map) Closed - Fully Booked

Self-compassion group

Please note that this group has been postponed - please contact Sue Knight on s.j.knight@bham.ac.uk for details of forthcoming courses.

As human beings, it's common to struggle with difficult thoughts and feelings, and sometimes you might try to manage these with a stern or critical approach. This might involve telling yourself that it’s weak or somehow wrong to feel this way, or forcing yourself into either excessive work, drug or alcohol use, or isolation. However, this can often make issues worse, and leave you unable to act in line with your values and do the things that matter to you.

This group will help you to identify and understand your self-critical habits, and encourage you to practice new and kinder ways to offer yourself encouragement and support when things get difficult.

Please make sure that you're available for all 4 sessions before you decide to register for the group.

Accessibility requirements

If there is anything we can do to facilitate your attendance at a workshop or group, please let us know at the time of booking.

Contct Us

If you have any questions about any of the workshops or groups that we run, please email cw-workshops@contacts.bham.ac.uk or call 0121 414 5130.

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