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Courses and Workshops

An easy way to get some help with anxiety, stress, sleep and other problems is to attend one of our practical skills based courses or workshops.

They are for MMU students only.

  • To attend a workshop please just come along - see the details beside each workshop below. 
  • To attend a course you need to book a place using Eventbrite - the link is next to each particular course below. 

Our courses are almost always oversubscribed so if you book and then decide not to attend, please do let us know with good notice.

Our Workshops - no need to book, just come along.

Coping with Eating Distress/Help Yourself

This supportive workshop can help you to start addressing your difficulties with eating. You may have irregular eating patterns, feel guilty about eating certain foods or perhaps find it difficult to stop eating when you want to. Maybe you are preoccupied with your shape and weight or perhaps you have had an eating disorder? These and other problems related to eating can interfere with concentration and affect your mood.

We will look at manageable changes that you can make. You will find out about the course the Counselling Service runs and other resources you could access that might help you learn ways of preventing eating problems from becoming unmanageable.

 This ‘introductory’ workshop is a prerequisite for Coping with Eating Distress/Help Yourself, giving you an opportunity to opt in to the 5-week course. 

 If you are interested in attending this workshop and if you are already seeing a counsellor please ask your counsellor about the course. If you have not used the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service before, please make an appointment to see a counsellor or come to our Open Door between 1-2pm each day (please arrive no later than 1.45pm please)

 

the next course details will be announced later

Mindfulness Weekly Sessions

Mindfulness is the practice of bringing greater attention to the present moment, gently becoming more aware of ourselves and what we’re experiencing and doing.

No experience is needed. No need to book, just turn up but please be aware that these are practical sessions, so arrive promptly. We will put up a do not disturb sign once the session has started. Come to as many or a few as you like. Sessions are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, note the different places, as below:

 

++no session Tuesday, 26th February++

 

Dates: Tuesdays 8th January-2nd April 2019

Time: 11am-12noon

Place: Wellbeing Room (Business School 1.14) come in through 1.13 and it is in front of you.

 

and

 

Dates: Thursdays 10th January-4th April 2019

Time:11am-12noon

Place: Wellbeing Room (Business School 1.14) come in through 1.13 and it is in front of you.

 

 

 

Thinking about Leaving?

This is a space to reflect and think about your ideas about leaving university amongst a small group of like minded students. We hope it will help you make a good and more confident decision, whether it is to stay or leave university.

 

Date: Monday 11th March 2019

Time: 3-4pm

or

Date: Tuesday 2nd April

Time: 2-3pm

 

Place: Wellbeing Room (Business School 1.14) come in through 1.13 and it is in front of you.

Managing Anger

Develop an understanding of anger and some tools to manage it more effectively with these one off workshops.

 

 

Date: Monday 25th March 2019

Time: 10-11.30am

  

Place: Wellbeing Room (Business School 1.14) come in through 1.13 and it’s in front of you.

Emotional Freedom Technique ('Tapping')

Learn how to use EFT, a mind/body approach that has been described as 'psychological acupressure'. Useful for common problems like anxiety, it's quick and easy to use.

 

Dates: Wednesday 20th March  2019

Time: 3-4pm

Place: Wellbeing Room (Business School 1.14) come in through 1.13 and it’s in front of you.

Overcoming Sleep Problems

Poor sleep is a common problem. Disrupted sleep leaves us feeling exhausted, stressed and anxious. This workshop aims to make changes in your lifestyle to get a better night's rest. We will also look at how to establish a good sleeping pattern. One-off workshops.

 

 

Date: Tuesday 19th March 2019

Time: 3-4pm 

Place: Wellbeing Room (Business School 1.14) come in through 1.13 and it’s in front of you.

Procrastination

Come along to this workshop to identify and overcome the things that stop you from getting on with your university work. One-off workshops.

Dates: 

Friday 1st March 2019

or Thursday 28th March 2019

Time: 2-3pm

Place: Wellbeing Room (Business School 1.14) come in through 1.13 and it's in front of you.

 

 

Managing Stress

Feeling stressed? Coming along to this workshop is a great way to think about our wellbeing and how we manage stress.

 

 

Date: Thursday 4th April 2019

Time: 2-3pm

Place: Wellbeing Room (Business School 1.14) come through 1.13

Positive about Presenting

Speaking in public is one of the most common anxieties people have.

If you’re worried about speaking out in front of a group, or doing a presentation, this workshop will help you to feel more positive and confident. 

 

 

Date: Monday 18th March 2019

Time: 11-12noon

 

Place: Wellbeing Room (Business School 1.14) come iin through 1.13 and it's in front of you.

 

 

Motivation

Run out of drive? Can't be bothered? These workshops may help you get your mojo back.

 

 

Date: Thursday 21st February 2019

Time: 3-4pm

Place: Wellbeing Room 1.14 (come through 1.13 and it is in front of you)

 

 

Exam Workshops

Stressed about resitting exams?
Working towards exams can feel like a lot ofpressure and you may place a lot of importance on doing well. Come along to our exam stress workshop to learn ways to manage stress and give yourself the best chance to succeed.
Dates: tba
No need to book, just turn up.

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Our Courses - please book using Eventbrite where indicated, otherwise just come along.

Overcoming Low Mood

 

Learn to understand your low mood, its causes and what keeps it going.  Learn how familiar patterns of understanding and acting can maintain problems.  Start to find ways of managing and overcoming low mood.

Participants need to be able to attend all three sessions please.

 

Book with Eventbrite

 

Dates: Fridays, 15th, 22nd and 29th March  2019

Time:  3-4pm

Place: Wellbeing Room (Business School 1.14) come in through 1.13 and it’s in front of you.

Bringing Mindfulness into Everyday Life

A four session introduction to mindfulness, complementing the weekly sessions, developing kind awareness to the present, attending less to worries about the past or the future. Please make a committment to coming to all sessions.

Book with Eventbrite 

 

Dates: Tuesdays, 20th February, 6th, 13th and 20th March 2019

Time: 1-2.30pm

Place: Wellbeing Room (Business School 1.14) come in through 1.13 and it's in front of you.

 

 

Coping with Eating Distress/Help Yourself

A 5-week course for students, which runs each semester following the prerequisite ‘Introduction: Coping with Eating Distress'. This is a joint venture between the NHS, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and Manchester University. 

This course is for those who struggle with unhelpful eating patterns, which can include restricting, bingeing, purging, compensation with over-exercise – or any combination of these. It is a psycho-educational programme to better understand these vicious cycles and actively change them.

The overall purpose of the group is to help you recognise triggers for your unhelpful eating patterns and support you in changing them, to  learn better  coping strategies for difficult thoughts and feelings, and encourage you to build these skills by practising them more regularly.

This course helps you to develop problem-solving skills to address sensitivity to your body’s signals, aided by an introduction to mindfulness. It provides a supportive environment for discussing numerous issues that come up when you are in the process of making changes.

Dates: Wednesdays 13th, 20th, 27th February, 6th and 13th March 2019.

Time: 4pm-6pm

 Place: Manchester Metropolitan University, Business School, Wellbeing Room 1.14 (come through 1.13 and the room is in front of you)

Anyone wanting to join the course will need to be seen by a counsellor first and then go to the introductory workshop - the next workshops are 5th of December and 6th of February 2019. Details are in the 'Workshop' section of this page.

Overcoming Social Anxiety

 

"It takes a forest to create a microclimate suitable for tree growth and sustenance.

So it’s not surprising that isolated trees (struggle more) than those living connected together in forests." 

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate 

by Peter Wohlleben

 

 

 

Like trees it is difficult for people to live alone. We need others for so many reasons, to mediate our thoughts, for affection, to help us manage our feelings and so on. It's not a surprise then that through time enforced isolation has been given out as punishment. It isn't easy been isolated.

So if you: dread social situations, feel anxious around others, worry about embarrassing yourself in company or fear making a 'mistake' you may have social anxiety, and perhaps be isolating yourself. It can really get in the way of enjoying your life and doing the things that you want to do, like uni.

The course uses a CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) based approach with some mentalization theory thrown in. Each of the three sessions are 1.5 hours long. To get the most out of the course though you will need to do the homework/practice the techniques between sessions. 

Most students feel really anxious about coming to the group but this will ease. Sadly most people don't seek help for social anxiety although it is one of the most common anxiety problems. There are some useful social anxiety resources here.

 

Check out my video about the course here 

 And here is some feedback from a student who went on the course...

 

"The course was a real turning point for me.

It made me realise how bad I'd become due to avoiding anything I found difficult and I have been challenging myself to do things since" 

 

"I decided to come on the social anxiety course because I had started to realise that this was something I struggled with and was fed up with the control and negative influence it was having on my life. When it was first suggested that I might have social anxiety, I was quite offended and rejected this idea. The term often feels embarrassing because it is wrongly associated with being shy and reserved.  This is not me. I choose to spend as much time as I can with other people and consider myself to be quite outgoing which didn’t seem to fit with social anxiety. However, I struggled with a lot of negative thoughts and anxieties surrounding what other people thought of me. After meeting up with people, I would usually ruminate over the situation for a long time afterwards, worrying about everything I'd said and done. When I first signed up for the course, I got too anxious to go. I worried that I'd be told I was fine and shouldn't have come. I can now laugh at the irony of this. Fortunately, the next time the course ran, I was able to go. Although no one else was exactly like me, it was good to see that there were other people with similar difficulties and I wasn't alone. It was helpful to explore my anxious thoughts and be helped to challenge them so that I have been able to carry on doing this on my own.

There is so much more to social anxiety than I first knew and I learnt that a lot of things I did were not normal, but actually part of this. Although difficult to discover, this was useful as it encouraged me to start challenging myself. This course was a real turning point for me as it helped me see what difficulties I had, understand them better and be able to start overcoming them." - MMU Student

 

 

 

 

Students need to be able to attend all three sessions.

 

Dates: Thursdays 28th February, 7th March and 14th March 2019

Time: 2-3.30pm

Book with Eventbrite 

 

Managing Anxiety

 

  

Over three sessions, learn what anxiety is, what keeps it going for you, and how you can start to challenge your thinking and coping mechanisms to reduce anxiety, and ultimately manage it better.

 

 

There are three different workshops:

 

 

Session 1 What is anxiety? How does it affect us? What keeps it going?

 

Session 2 Managing unhelpful thoughts and behaviours.

 

Session 3 Techniques and tools to reduce anxiety.

 

 

Dates: Thursdays 21st, 28th March and 4th April 2019

Time: 3-4pm

Let's Talk Cannabis

 

A supportive group for students to consider their cannabis use. The aim is to identify and work towards individual goals, achieving positive and lasting changes. Over the course of four workshops, we will explore and understand how cannabis affects us, introduce effective ways to manage cannabis use and build skills to maintain the positive changes made.

 

Dates: Mondays 25th Feb, 4th and 11th March, 2019

Time: 3pm-4pm

 

Place: Wellbeing Room (Business School 1.14) come in through 1.13 and it’s in front of you.

Worried about Your Drug Use?

A supportive group for students to consider their substance use. The aim is to identify and work towards individual goals, achieving positive and lasting changes. Over the course of three workshops, we will explore and understand how drugs affect us, introduce effective ways to manage drug use and build skills to maintain the positive changes made.

 

Dates: Tuesdays 12th, 19th and 26th March 2019

Time: 2-3pm

Place: Wellbeing Room (Business School 1.14) come through 1.13.

Let's Talk Alcohol

 

A supportive group for students to consider their alcohol use. The aim is to work towards personal goals for safe drinking limits. Over the course of four workshops, we will explore and understand how alcohol affects us and understand safe and effective ways to gain control over our alcohol use.

 

next course to be announced

Assertiveness

Assertiveness is all about good communication. It is proactive, direct, clear and respectful. Unfortunately in life we don't always get to learn these important life skills. Skills that help us in our social life and in the workplace, skills that help us, for example, to ask for what we want and what we dont want. 

In this two part workshop we will learn:

  • what assertiveness is in more detail
  • the benefits of being assertive 
  • a range of practical assertiveness techniques that you can use day to day

 

 

Date: Friday, 22nd March 2019

Time: 11am-12.30noon

 

Place: Wellbeing Room (Business School 1.14) come in through 1.13 and it's in front of you.