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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

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 course, giving you an opportunity to opt in to the 5-week course. The course will start in October 2019.

 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)


Date: Wednesday, 22nd May

Time: 4-6pm

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

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 Thursdays (Tuesday sessions have finished for the summer):


Dates: Thursdays 2nd May-20th June 2019


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





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: Monday 20th May


Time: 2-3.30pm


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

Managing Anger

Anger is a normal emotion that we all experience, however, it can have some unwanted effects. If it is not managed effectively it can lead to problems with ourselves and others.

This workshop focuses on improving your understanding of anger and introduces tools to support you to manage it better.

Date: Tuesday 14th May

Time: 2–3.30pm

Place: Wellbeing Room (Business School 1.14) come through 1.13 and it is 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: Thursday 9th May and Thursday 6th June 2019

Time: 2-3pm

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: Monday, 13th May 2019

Time: 3-4pm 

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


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: Thursday, 2nd May 2019

Time: 3-4pm

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: Friday 3rd May 2019

Time: 2-3pm

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






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 


Time: 3-4pm

Dates: Fridays May 10th, 17th, 24th


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



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



Socal anxiety can make things miserable when it rules our life. Our stomach churns thinking of social situations, so we stay in. We fear making a 'mistake', so we keep quiet. We avoid eye contact not wanting to be seen. We go with the flow and never do what we want to. And for all of this suffering we call ourselves 'stupid'.
Using a cognitive behavioural therapy based approach, with some mentalization theory thrown in, you'll be able to apply theory to practice. It's in practicing that you will start to really make things change. Each of the three sessions are 1.5 hours long with some 'homework' practice between sessions.

It's natural to feel anxious about coming to the course but this will ease. Coming along is the hardest part. In the meantime have a look at the links below. 



Video about the course here 

Some useful social anxiety resources here.

"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" 

 MMU OSA Attendee



Students need to be able to attend all three sessions.


Dates: Wednesdays 8th, 15th and 22nd May 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.


Book with Eventbrite


Dates: Fridays, 10th, 17th and 24th May 2019

Time: 11-12noon

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