Workshops and Courses

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Please read this information if you or someone you know is in serious distress or danger.

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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.

It's normal to feel anxious before attending a course or workshop with new people. Students have told us that they have found the sessions really helpful once they took the step to come along. 

The workshops and courses are designed to be educational and you won't be expected to talk about your personal experiences or feelings if you don't want to. 

They are for Manchester Met students only.

Workshops

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.

Date: Tuesdays 

Time: 11:00am-12noon

Place: Counselling and Mental Health Services, room 1.03, Business School - please come to reception a few minutes before the start time and say you've come for the mindfulness session

 

Date: Thursdays 

Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm

Place: Counselling and Mental Health Services, room 1.03, Business School - please come to reception a few minutes before the start time and say you've come for the mindfulness session.

Coping with eating distress/help yourself

Start addressing your difficulties with eating with this supportive workshop. 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 kind of eating related problems 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 and other resources you  that might help you learn ways of preventing eating problems from becoming unmanageable.

This workshop is a prerequisite for Coping with Eating Distress/Help Yourself Course, giving you an opportunity to opt in to the 5-week course, which starts on 12 February 2020. 

If you are interested in attending this workshop and if you are already seeing a counsellor please ask your counsellor about the course. Otherwise, please make an appointment to see a counsellor or come to our drop-in between 1:00pm and 2:00pm each week day (please arrive no later than 1.45pm).

Date: 5 February

Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Place: Ask the counsellor for details

Emotional freedom technique - 'tapping'

Anxious? Feeling low? Want to feel better? Why not try EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)?  

EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians (pathways) used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over five thousand years, but without the invasiveness of needles.

It's a brain/body/emotions reprogramming technique where you tap gently on different parts of the body with your fingertips while you repeat a phrase out loud and pay attention to your emotions.

Why not give it a go? Come along to the workshop and learn how to use EFT. It doesn’t take long to learn and after the demonstration you will receive a detailed handout explaining how to use it …….and then you can use it anytime! 

Date: 11 March

Time: 2:00 - 3:00pm

Place: Counselling and Mental Health Services, room 1.03, Business School - please come to reception a few minutes before the start time and say you've come for the EFT workshop.

Courses

Overcoming Social Anxiety

Social anxiety can make life miserable. You feel anxious in social situations.  You worry about saying or doing the wrong thing all the time. Avoidance becomes the default way of coping. 

The good news though is that social anxiety is treatable and according to the NICE Guidance, CBT is the treatment of choice for adults. It is the most common anxiety disorder with a lifetime prevalence of 12%.

The course is designed for students with mild to moderate levels of social anxiety. If you look online (search 'SPIN' and 'social anxiety') you can find SPIN questionaires to gauge your levels. One-to-one therapy is a better option for people with severe and very severe levels of social anxiety.

You'll be in a small group of students all of whom will be struggling with social anxiety. In the group you will learn about social anxiety, how it is kept going and the strategies to overcome it using CBT. The group will be a place where you can safely practice these strategies and move out of your comfort zone. To make significant changes in your life you will need to practice between sessions as well. Take a look at this short video about the course.

After the fourth session (date to be decided) we have planned a guided tour of the MMU Library led by a library colleague. It's intended as a way for you to to go out side your comfort zone and practice some of the skills you have learned. Equally it's a chance for you to learn more about the library and feel more comfortable with it.

Do bring a pen and paper to make notes. 

In the meantime here are some resources about social anxiety.  

 

Please come to all four sessions and book a place via Eventbrite 

Dates: Mondays 9, 16, 23 and 30 March

Time: 3:00pm - 4.30pm

Place: Counselling and Mental Health Services, room 1.03, Business School

 

Coping with Eating Distress/Help Yourself

This course 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.

The ‘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. 

If you are interested in attending this course and if you are already seeing a counsellor please ask your counsellor about the course. If you have not used the Counselling and Mental Health Services before, please make an appointment to see a counsellor or come to our drop-In between 1:00pm and 2:00pm each day (please arrive no later than 1.45pm).

Introductory workshop: Wednesday 5 February. 

5-week course:

Date: Wednesdays, 12, 17, 26 February and 4 and 11 March. 

Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Place: Ask the counsellor for details. 

Overcoming Low Mood

Low mood can be a deeply unpleasant experience affecting how we view the world, the people around us and what we think of ourselves.

It can stop us from doing what we want and need to do. It can make us lose touch with our interests and passions. Daily-life can feel too much of an effort whether it is being around others or taking care of ourselves.

On this course, you will learn to understand your low mood, its causes and what keeps it going. You will also learn how familiar patterns of understanding and acting can maintain problems. You will have the opportunity to start finding ways of managing and overcoming low mood. Here is a short video about the course.

Please come to all three sessions.

Book with Eventbrite

Date: Mondays 17 and 24 February and 2 March

Time: 11:00am-12noon

Place: Counselling and Mental Health Services, room 1.03, Business School

Building Self-Worth

This course is about building self-worth by being kinder to ourselves.

We live in a world full of social comparison and can become caught up in a vicious cycle of trying to be better than others to feel good about ourselves and judging and criticising ourselves when we don’t manage to do this. We think that we need self-criticism to motivate ourselves to change but instead it often leaves us feeling inadequate and discouraged.

This course looks at recognising the ways in which we undermine ourselves, such as through comparison, perfectionism and self-criticism. We focus on building self-worth through the development of greater self-acceptance and self-compassion.

Please come to all three sessions.

 

Book with Eventbrite 

Dates: Fridays 13th, 20th and 27th March 2020

Time: 11am-12noon

Place: Counselling and Mental Health Services 

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 come to all four sessions. 

Book with Eventbrite

Date: Tuesdays 4, 11, 18 and 25 February 2020

Time: 3:00pm - 4.30pm

Place: Counselling and Mental Health Services, room 1.03, Business School

Managing Anxiety

Anxiety is something we all experience from time to time. It is a sense of something bad happening and the thought of not being able to cope with it very well. A little anxiety can be helpful but when it gets overwhelming, it can start to get in the way of our day-to-day lives.

Running over three consecutive weeks, three 1 hour-long workshop sessions aim to explore:

  1. What anxiety is
  2. What might be keeping it going for you
  3. How you can start to challenge your thinking and change your coping mechanisms in order to reduce anxiety in the future and manage it better.

The course will give you some tools to manage anxiety better and move forward.

Book with Eventbrite

Date: 16, 23 and 30 March 

Time: 11:00am - 12noon

Place: Counselling and Mental Health Services, room 1.03, Business School

DBT Skills Training

DBT is a high-intensity psychological therapy designed to help people regulate their emotions, tolerate distress without making problems worse, interact more effectively with others and build lives worth living.

 

MMU is the only university offering DBT to students directly through its counselling service. Current NHS wait times are up to 2 years.

 

Want to know more? Watch the video What the heck is DBT? 

  

Module

Helps with …

Intro Sessions

(Attend 1)

Course Dates

(Attend all 4)

Emotion

Regulation

Up-and-down, extreme emotions

Mood-dependent behaviour

Difficulties regulating emotions

 

23rd or 30th October 2019

3-4pm

 

6, 13, 20, 27 November 2019

3-5pm

Distress

Tolerance

Impulsive behaviour

Acting without thinking

Difficulties accepting reality

Stubbornness

Addiction

 

4th or 11th December 2019

2-3pm

 

22 & 29 January 2020

5 & 12 February 2020

2-4pm

 

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Relationship conflict and stress

Difficulty setting boundaries

Needs not being met

Loneliness

 

19th February 2020

2-3pm

 

4, 18, 25 March and 1 April 2020

2-4pm

Mindfulness

Feeling mindless or empty

Feeling disconnected

Being judgemental of self / others

Being rigid / inflexible

Difficulties with change

 

TBD

TBD

 Requirements

  1. You must be referred to skills training by a counsellor or wellbeing advisor.
  2. You must attend an Intro session to register for skills training.
  3. You must be registered with a GP in order to attend skills training sessions.

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What MMU students are saying about skills training:

100% of participants agreed Emotion Regulation was useful

100% of participants agreed Emotion Regulation helped them manage difficulties better

 

“I liked the way the course was delivered with no expectation to engage with the group (i.e. share experiences). However, if I chose to speak I always felt supported in doing so. Have a welcoming & supportive group and facilitator made the process a lot easier.” Participant, Emotion Regulation – November 2019

 

“After trying and failing at other forms of therapy and skills training such as CBT, I found the information and way Mandy portrayed it to us with energy and understanding really life changing. I’m excited to start the rest of the course in January.” Participant, Emotion Regulation – November 2019

  

“I found the skills easily applicable to my life and they helped me analyse situations better. This resulted in less lashing out relentlessly at people over impulsive emotions.” Participant, Emotion Regulation – November 2019

 

 “Emotion Regulation has allowed me to understand my emotions and deal with it within that moment. It has helped me understand myself and my purpose in life.” Participant, Emotion Regulation – November 2019

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