Talks

  • The Counselling Service runs a number of talks for enrolled Brookes students.

    Talks have a focus on a particular issue or problem using peer reviewed materials and up to date research and thinking. These are delivered in a lecture style and require no participation from attendees. The number of participants will vary.

    Talks

  • Stress Management & Positive Mental Wellbeing 

    Would you like to:

    • Understand better what happens to your mind and body when you are anxious?
    • Manage the stresses of academic and home life more effectively?
    • Learn some practical strategies to balance your mood and help you feel more in control?
    • Find out what support and resources are available to you both inside and outside the University?

    If so, these talks might be for you!

    Dates for Semester 1

    • 20th September: 09.30-10.30 
    • 29th September: 14.00-15.00
    • 7th October: 12.00-13.00
    • 10th October: 09.30-10.30
    • 21st October: 14.00-15.00
    • 25th October: 14.00-15.00
    • 3rd November: 09.30-10.30
    • 9th November: 14.00-15.00
    • 15th November: 12.00-13.00
    • 25th November: 09.30-10.30
    • 29th November: 09.30-10.30
    • 8th December: 14.00-15.00
    • 14th December: 13.00-14.00

    Dates for Semester 2

    • 31st January: 14.00-15.00
    • 9th February: 09.30-10.30
    • 15th February: 14.00-15.00
    • 20th February: 09.30-10.30
    • 3rd March: 14.00-15.00
    • 7th March: 09.30-10.30
    • 16th March: 09.30-10.30
    • 22nd March: 13.00-14.00
    • 27th March: 14.00-15.00
    • 7th April: 09.30-10.30
    • 24th April: 09.30-10.30
    • 5th May: 14.00-15.00

    All the talks will take place in the Meeting Room, Ground Floor of the Buckley Building, Headington Campus. 

    These are open to all – you are very welcome to come along.

    Relating Better to Others

    Finding some relationships tricky? In this talk, we will:

    • Reflect on which sorts of relationships you typically find hard
    • Learn some theory to illuminate how we relate to others
    • Identify what you would like to change in your relating style.

    Dates for Semester 1

    • 7th October: 12.30-14.00
    • 6th December: 12.30-14.00

    Dates for Semester 2

    • 6th March: 12.30-14.00

    All the talks will take place in the Meeting Room, Ground Floor of the Buckley Building, Headington Campus.

    There’s no need to register – you can just turn up on the day.

    If you’d like more information, please contact Wellbeing Reception at wellbeing-recpt@brookes.ac.uk.

    Effective Assertive Communications

    “Assertiveness is behaviour, which helps us communicate clearly and confidently our needs, wants and feelings to other people without abusing in any way their rights.”
    Gael Lindenfield (1992) Assert Yourself (Thorsons) p3

    Would you like to:

    • Feel more confident and open when discussing your opinions?
    • Be able to ask for what you need or want in an open manner?
    • Be able to say ‘No’ respectfully and confidently, without feeling guilty?
    • Be able to resolve difficulties in relationships without just giving in or getting angry?
    • Feel more confident in your communications and relationships?

    Then this talk could help you. This talk is a mixture of teaching, small groups and larger group participation. One longer talk is given each semester to offer more time for this experiential learning.

    Date:

    Friday 10th March at 12.00 - 1.30 in JHB 203, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus.

    Please contact Wellbeing reception (484650) or wellbeing-recpt@brookes.ac.uk to book a place.

     

     

    Self and Identity

    "The recognition of one’s potential and qualities as an individual." 
    Definition of self-identity, Oxford Dictionary, 2015

    Are you interested in looking at yourself in more detail?

    This talk is for anyone who wants to explore their potential and qualities as an individual. The facilitator will focus the group's attention on the theme... Mirror, Mirror, On the wall....

    • When you look in the mirror what do you see? 
    • What do you think that others see?
    • Does your perception of you match what others think?
    • Do you see potential? 
    • Do you see qualities? 
    • What is your self identity?

    Dates 

    • 24th November: 10.00-11.30
    • 21st February: 15.00-16.30
    • 30th March: 10.00-11.30

    All the talks will take place in the Meeting Room, Ground Floor of the Buckley Building, Headington Campus.

    There’s no need to register – you can just turn up on the day.

    Effective Exam Management

    • Learn strategies to enhance and develop your exam preparation and management
    • Control and use your anxiety effectively rather than let it control you
    • Develop time management for productive revision
    • Maintain positive mental and physical health (sleep, nutrition, exercise for success)
    • Use exams as an opportunity to tell the University your opinions, creativity and depth of knowledge

    Date:

    • Thursday, 27th April at 12.00 - 1.00 in JHB 407,  John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus.

      Please contact Wellbeing reception (484650) or wellbeing-recpt@brookes.ac.uk to book a place.

    Get It Done! Avoiding Procrastination

    “I'm always putting things off, and then I have to do them in a rush.”

    If you find you always procrastinate and put things off or leave them to the last minute, come to our talk.

    Date

    • 15th November: 13.00-14.00

    This talk will take place in Gibbs 302, Gibbs Building, Headington Campus.

    There's no need to register – you can just turn up on the day.

    Making the Most of Oxford Brookes 

    An informal weekly discussion group for international students.

    Would you like to…

    • Explore how to be successful studying in a new system?
    • Share your experiences of settling into life at Brookes?
    • Develop some practical strategies to work in groups effectively?
    • Have the opportunity to talk in a safe place about any experience that you may like to share?
    • Reflect on your relationships and develop positive communication skills?
    • Find out what support and resources are available to you both inside and outside the University?
    • Anything else you would like to discuss?

    If so this group might be for you!

    This group, facilitated by Sanya Arapovic - CBT Therapist, will run every Tuesday in Semester time from 1.00-2.00pm on the Ground Floor of the Buckley Building Room BCK.G.20.

    For further information and to register, please contact wellbeing reception on wellbeing-recpt@brookes.ac.uk. Please note due to room size, the group is limited to 12.

    Stress Resilience: How to be Successful at Brookes

    Combining academic performance with stress management.

    Coming to University represents a period of huge change – in geographic location, academic expectations, possibly in culture & language, and possibly also at a developmental stage in your life; leaving home. This change also happens when we are without our normal support structures of family and friends.

    Any change, or dealing with unfamiliar situations, brings an increase in anxiety or stress as a normal adaptive reaction to meet the challenges of the new situation. 

    This temporary or acute stress can be useful to help meet this challenge or manage the change, e.g. to make sure you don’t get lost, and to raise your game to manage presentations, exams, or placements. But too much stress or anxiety, or over a prolonged period, can be overwhelming and sabotage personal well-being & academic performance. 

    In this talk, we will consider:

    • What makes us stressed and why, and how stress can seriously and negatively impact on your academic performance and ultimate success.
    • Identify a stress management programme: To maintain an efficient and effective academic study programme and a healthy and positive mental wellbeing.

    Stress management is an intrinsic component to your academic studies – how you learn, think creatively, interact and perform successfully at University.

    Dates

    • 13th October: 12.00-13.00
    • 10th February: 11.00-12.00

    These talks will take place in JHB 201, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus.

    There's no need to register – you can just turn up on the day.

    Managing the Stresses and Strains of Postgraduate Student Life

    Feeling stuck with your dissertation or research? Feeling stressed, tired, with loss of focus and motivation, and feeling you are struggling with this alone?

    This talk will address:

    • Stress management & building stress resilience
    • Feeling stuck with your academic work - finding motivation and focus again time management
    • Consider issues specific to being a postgrad and identify support

    Dates

    • TBC

    To register for this talk, please email wellbeing-recpt@brookes.ac.uk.

    CBT for Social Anxiety

    Most of people get anxious in front of others now and then, but if you anxiety is so frequent that interferes in your daily live and stop you from doing things this course is for you.

    Date, time and location

    • TBC
    • Each group will be for four sessions
    • Sessions will be held fortnightly

    How is the group structured?

    • You are expected to attend all four sessions.
    • Each meeting lasts an hour and a half.
    • A group contains up to 8 members and a facilitator.
    • Facilitated by a CBT therapist -  Sanya Arapovic.
    • Because members attend regularly, membership of the group remains consistent.

    How will it help me?

    The objective of the group is to look for the ways that can start reducing your anxiety in a social situation.

    We will:

    • Discuss  what can done about it
    • Learn calming techniques
    • Analyse and change our thinking
    • Talk about Core Beliefs
    • Use graded exposure

    Is it confidential?

    The group is confidential – group members agree that what is shared in the group remains private. 

    A group of people with similar issues  is a safe environment which  allows members to give support through both understanding and gentle challenging.

    What is the experience like?

    Members do not know each other outside of the group. Because members do not have to worry about relationships with each other outside of the group, they find more freedom to speak within the group.

    The group starts and ends at the same time every week. A commitment to attend each week is required. This provides continuity, and helps trust develop within the group.

    How do I join the group?

    Please contact Wellbeing reception on  wellbeing-recpt@brookes.ac.uk or phone (48)4650.

    If you are already seeing a counsellor, you may discuss the Social Anxiety group with them before joining the group.

    CBT for Panic Attacks

    If you have recurrent unexpected panic attacks when you experience four or more of these physical and mental symptoms (palpitations, breathlessness, dizziness, trembling, blurred vision, nausea, chest pain, sweating and fear of loss control), this group may be for you.

    Date, time and location

    • TBC
    • Each group will have four sessions (one every week for four weeks)

    How is the group structured?

    • You are expected to attend all four sessions
    • Each meeting lasts an hour and a half
    • A group contains up to 12 members and a facilitator
    • Facilitated by a CBT therapist - Sanya Arapovic
    • Because members attend regularly, membership of the group remains consistent.

    How will it help me?

    The objective of the group is understanding and overcoming panic attacks.

    We will:

    • Discuss typical cognition occurring during panic
    • Exam evidence for beliefs
    • Share understanding of vicious circle
    • Discuss techniques
    • Attempt behavioural experiments
    • Work on preventing relapse

    Is it confidential?

    The group is confidential – group members agree that what is shared in the group remains private.

    A group is a safe environment which allows members to give support through both understanding and gentle challenging.

    How do I join the group?

    Please contact Wellbeing reception on wellbeing-recpt@brookes.ac.uk or phone (48)4650.

    If you are already seeing a counsellor, you may discuss the Panic Group with them before joining the group.

    Relating Better to Others: Experiential learning group for students

    Who is it for and what is its aim?

    This group is for anyone who would like to find out how they can form better relationships with other people.

    By exploring some theory, using exercises and creating space to experiment, group members will have ample opportunity to reflect on their own relating style and to put in place helpful changes.

    How it will work?

    The group will be facilitated by Andrew Woodgate, who is one of the counsellors in Oxford Brookes Student Counselling Service, as well as being an experienced group facilitator.

    We will aim to have 8 - 12 group members, so there will be plenty of scope to work on how we relate in the group.

    Each group member will be asked to formulate specific personal learning goals before the group starts, so that everyone comes with an idea of what they’d like to work on.

    Dates and your commitment

    The group will run every Tuesday afternoon for eight weeks, from 3.00pm – 5.00pm. 

    TBC

    Members will be asked to commit to regular attendance, self-responsibility, plus to a willingness to engage with the group and to try new things out.

    What to do if interested

    This experiential group will expand on the Relating Better to Others talk. If you’re interested, you can have a ‘taster’ by attending one of these - there’s no need to register.

    If you’d like to take part in the 8-week group, however, you will have to sign up. To do that, or if you’d like further information, please contact Wellbeing Reception on wellbeing-recpt@brookes.ac.uk or phone (48)4650.