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Workshops and groups workshops give you an opportunity to reflect on issues that might be problematic, and to focus on areas in you may wish to develop your skills and understanding.

Anxiety Support Group

Understanding and overcoming anxiety together.

Thursdays 1-2pm
Counselling Meeting Room
St James Hall, Block 1A 

There is no booking required but please arrive promptly as there will be no admittance after 1.10pm.

Relaxation, Mindfulness and Visualisation Group

To help you engage with your inner life.

Tuesdays 3-4pm
Multi-Faith Prayer Room
RHB 2.106

Exploring Your Resilience Group

Look at ways of keeping on tops of things and managing the challenges of student life.

Wednesdays 3-4pm
Counselling Meeting Room
St James Hall, Block 1A 


Workshops

Most workshops occur once and are repeated throughout the year, to meet demand. It is important to sign up in advance as places are limited, usually to 6-12 participants.

Workshops can be interactive, which means you will be encouraged to engage with the subject and discussion, ask questions, and may work in pairs or small groups, as well as using exercises and hand-outs. Working with fellow students can offer different perspectives and additional support

Although the issues that come up may feel significant to you personally, these are not therapy groups and you will not be expected to share anything too personal within the group.

If you have any questions, feel contact the Student Centre and we will try to answer any queries.

Understanding and Overcoming your Inner Critical Voice

The inner critical voice is a pattern of negative thoughts towards one’s self and others. It is not something we are born with, but it is something that we learn.  It exists in all of us to a greater or lesser extent. It can be very cruel; creating anxiety and self-doubt in all areas of our lives. It can have a detrimental effect on exam performance and academic success. It can also influence our relationships and create prejudice towards others.

If you would like to better understand your inner critic and learn ways to reduce and ultimately overcome your inner critical voice, please come along to a workshop:

  • Wed 29 March, 1.10 – 2.40pm, RHB 219a
  • Wed 26 April, 1.10 – 2.40pm, RHB 219a
  • Wed 24 May, 1.10 – 2.40pm, RHB 255
  • Wed 21 June, 1.10 – 2.40pm, RHB 255

Email counselling-service (@gold.ac.uk) to book a place. 

Managing Exam Stress

A workshop exploring ways to maximise all your personal resources leading up to exams, including motivation and memory. As well as looking at ways to minimise anxiety so that you perform to the best of your ability on the day. 

  • Fri 28 April, 3 – 4.30pm, RHB 350
  • Fri 5 May, 3 – 4.30pm, RHB 350

Email counselling-service (@gold.ac.uk) to book a place.

Look after your mate

We know that most students talk to their friends when they are having a tough time. We can talk to friends in confidence and they help us to keep challenges in perspective. The truth is that although university can be awesome, life’s curveballs still get thrown at us and in these situations we really need our mates to be there for us. Friendship can play a key role in helping someone live with or recover from any difficulties they are facing. But it can be hard to know what to say when a friend is struggling.

This workshop will give you the necessary tips and tools to support a friend in need, including:

  • Key practical tips for supporting a friend
  • Spotting signs your friend is struggling
  • How to start a conversation
  • How to support a friend: listening and motivating
  • Signposting to further support
  • Looking after your own wellbeing as a supporter

Wednesday 3rd May from 2–5pm in RHB356. Sign up and register.

This workshop has been developed by Student Minds

Finding Your Voice

A workshop addressing issues around difficulty in speaking up in groups, seminars and presentations. Looking at how anxiety about speaking in front of others works, how certain behaviours reinforce this anxiety, how to challenge these behaviours in order to reduce anxiety and allow you to speak up with confidence.

Thursday 10th November at 3pm. Email counselling-service (@gold.ac.uk) to book a place.

Managing Stress and Anxiety

A workshop that seeks to explore how anxiety works from a physical, psychological and emotional perspective. By understanding the cyclical nature of anxiety you can begin to challenge the beliefs, feelings and behaviours that perpetuate this anxiety.

Looking at practical ways to break the cycle of anxiety by questioning negative thoughts, aiming to replace them with more positive, helpful thoughts and patterns. As well as explaining relaxation techniques that can help minimise the physical symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Thursday 1st December at 3pm. Email counselling-service (@gold.ac.uk) to book a place.

Finding Your Feet

This workshop will offer a facilitated group discussion on challenges that students are faced with in times of transitions, changes and adjustments.
We will also be discussing tips and tools based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help make this transition a bit easier.

Building Resilience

Resilience is defined as the ability to properly adapt to stress and adversity.

This workshop will look at the many potential factors that could knock resilience, both at the start and during time at university, and how to find strategies to manage the knocks, bounce back and thrive both academically and in other areas of life.

We will look at the 'credits' and 'debits' to resilience levels, how to balance this out, and also consider the importance of patience and self-compassion on the journey of learning.

Other workshops

We will also be offering workshops on Procrastination; Self Esteem; Perfectionism; and Drug & Alcohol Awareness.