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

  • Adjusting successfully to University: stay healthy and academically productive

    It is normal to feel anxious, and sometimes overwhelmed, managing the transition into University, when everything is so new and unfamiliar.

     

    This talk will provide strategies to manage this adjustment stage so you can stay positive, healthy, build friendships and thrive at University

    Academic year 2019/2020 - Dates for Semester 1

    These workshops are open to ALL students - you are very welcome to come along.

    • Date:  Wednesday 2 October 2019
      Time:  13.00 - 14.00
      Location:  JHB 201

    • Date:  Friday 11 October 2019
      Time:  12.30 - 13.30
      Location:  JHB 201


    Anxiety and Worry

    Everybody worries from time to time.  This is normal!  But worry becomes a problem when it starts to significantly disrupt our lives.  If you worry excessively about daily activities and find it difficult to stop worrying once you start, if you have fears about negative events that might happen in the future and if your worry begins with a 'what if' question, this talk might be for you.

    • Date:   Wednesday 23 October 2019 [Workshop Cancelled] 
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    • Date: Thursday 7 November 2019 [Workshop Cancelled] 
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    • Date: Friday 22 November 2019 [Workshop Cancelled] 
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    • Date: Friday 6th December [Workshop Cancelled] 
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      New dates will be announced for Semester 2
      There is no need to register - you are very welcome to come along.

    How to communicate effectively at University

    It can be difficult to say what you mean, defend your position, say 'No' or ask clearly for what you need

     

    This talk will provide strategies enabling you to communicate more clearly and confidently in a respectful open manner to other students, within group settings, and with your academic advisor.

     

    Date:  Wednesday 27 November 2019
    Time:  13.00 - 14.00
    Location:  JHB 201

     

    Effective Exam and Revision Management: how to perform at your best!

    It is normal to feel anxious in the period leading up to exams and during the exam itself.  A certain level of anxiety is needed to help meet this challenge.  But too much anxiety can adversely affect your wellbeing, lead to procrastination in revision period, and to blocked thinking in the exam.

     

    This talk will consider how to manage that anxiety to stay productive, healthy and keep the brain pathways open to revise effectively and perform at your best in the exam.

    • Date: Friday 29 November 2019  
      Time: 12.30 - 14.30
      Location: The Green Room, G.13, Headington Hill Hall 

    • Date: Wednesday 4 December 2019
      Time: 13.00 - 14.00 
      Location: JHB 201

    Emotional Intelligence

    Emotional intelligence is arguably a more accurate indicator of success than IQ, in you personal life, in your studies, and in the workplace. It can help you have satisfying relationships with other people and, just as importantly, with yourself.

    We’ll look at how improving your ‘EQ’ will improve your self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, social skills and motivation. We’ll look at what emotions are and why we have them.

    Rather than avoiding our emotions, we’ll explore how we can put them to proper use.

    Academic year 2019/2020 - Dates for Semester 1

    • Date: Friday 27 September 2019
      Time: 13.00 - 14.00
      Location: JHB 307

    • Date: Wednesday 9 October 2019
      Time: 14.00 - 15.00
      Location: CLC 1.12 (Clerici Learning Studio)       

    • Date: Thursday 24 October 2019
      Time: 12.00 - 13.00
      Location: JHB 307

    • Date: Friday 8 November 2019
      Time: 13.00 - 14.00
      Location: JHB 307       

    • Date: Thursday 5 December 2019
      Time: 12.00 - 13.00
      Location: JHB 307

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

    Free Mental Health e-Learning for all University Staff

    Would you like to feel more confident when supporting students in distress? This e-learning package consists of six easy-to-follow, 20-minute sessions including:

    • Signs to look out for
    • Key helping skills
    • Knowing who else to involve
    • Supporting students at risk or in crisis

    For students experiencing depression, anxiety, homesickness or low self-esteem, that first conversation can make all the difference.

    To find out more and access the sessions, visit Free Mental Health e-Learning.

    Getting It Done!

    "Tomorrow - a mystical land where 99% of all human productivity, motivation and achievement is stored."

    Are you good at putting off what you need to do? Are you procrastinating instead of writing, drawing, designing or planning?

    In this talk, we'll look at:

    • Emotional reasons why we avoid doing things
    • Psychological reasons and explanations for why we put things off
    • Raising awareness of your obstacles to enable you to get things done

    Academic year 2019/2020 - Dates for Semester 1

    • Date: Thursday 3 October 2019
      Time: 12.00 - 13.00
      Location: JHB 307

    • Date: Friday 18 October 2019
      Time: 13.00 - 14.00
      Location: JHB 307

    • Date: Wednesday 30 October 2019
      Time: 14.00 - 15.00
      Location: Gibbs 538

    • Date: Thursday 14 November 2019
      Time: 12.00 - 13.00
      Location: JHB 307

    • Date: Wednesday 27 November 2019
      Time: 14.00 - 15.00
      Location: CLC 1.12 (Clerici Learning Studio)

    • Date: Thursday 12 December 2019
      Time: 12.00 - 13.00
      Location: JHB 307

    How do I apply for a place?

    There is no need to register. Just turn up on the day at the venue specified.

    Go on.... don't put it off!

    Natural Mindfulness (and Managing Exam Stress)

    How often do we rush through life and not notice our surroundings?

    The philosophy of Natural Mindfulness is to pay more attention to the present moment by paying attention to the natural world – trees, plants and birdsong.

    Natural Mindfulness is being fully present and aware, can help us to notice signs of stress or anxiety earlier; helping to deal with them better and improving our mental wellbeing by helping us not to overreact or be overwhelmed by what is going on around us.

    • Walk: Natural Mindfulness
      Date: Wednesday 30th October
      Time: 13:00 - 14:00
      Location: Headington Campus, Marston Road site - meet at the Gate House at the main entrance to the car park
    • Walk: Natural Mindfulness
      Date: Thursday 7th November
      Time: 9.00 - 10.00
      Location: Harcourt Hill Campus - meet at the entrance to The Refectory
    • Walk: Natural Mindfullness
      Date: Wednesday 13th November
      Time: 9.00 - 10.00
      Location: Headington Hill, meet at the Gate House main entrance to the car park

    • Walk: Natural Mindfullness
      Date: Wednesday 27th November
      Time: 9.00 - 10.00
      Location: Headington Hill, meet at the Gate House  main entrance to the car park
    •  Walk: Managing Exam Stress with Natural Mindfulness
      Date:  Thursday 5 December
      Time: 9.00 - 10.00
      Location: Harcourt Hill Campus, meet at the entrance to The Refectory

    • Walk: Managing Exam Stress with Natural Mindfulness
      Date:  Wednesday 11th December
      Time: 9.00 - 10.00
      Location: Headington Hill Campus, meet at the Gate House main entrance to the car park

    Clothing: As we will be spending time outside, coats and suitable footwear for walking on grass etc. would be advisable.

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

    Overcoming Panic Attacks

    The aim of this workshop is:

    • To help you understand panic attacks
    • To help you control them by learning a few simple techniques
    • To encourage you to overcome them by breaking the vicious cycle

    If you feel panicky even at the thought of this then this workshop is definitely for you!

    It is a collaborative safe space to learn about panic attacks using the CBT model.  Personal self-disclosure is not required.

    Dates:

    • Date: Monday 28 October 2019
      Time: 15.00 - 16.30
      Location: BCK G.26, Ground Floor, Buckley Building, Headington Campus

    • Date: Tuesday 12 November 2019 [Workshop Cancelled] 
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    • Date: Thursday 28 November 2019 [Workshop Cancelled] 
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    How to Perform at your best in Presentations

    It is not easy to stand up in front of people and present your work.  This talk will consider how to manage your anxiety and provide specific techniques on how to give a good presentation.

    Academic year 2019/2020 - Date for Semester 1

    • Date:  Wednesday 13 November 2019
      Time:  13.00 - 14.00
      Location:  JHB 201

    This talk is open to all – you are very welcome to come along.

    Positive Relationships

    We all have relationships with many people; parents, siblings, extended family members, friends and romantic relationships.

    Having relationships with other people is important and at the same time can be challenging and, related or not, living under the same roof can be one of the challenges.

    As you begin university your living situation may change. You may live on or off campus, with other people or on your own, and there will be aspects of your living situation that you will need to navigate.

    We will explore how to navigate these challenges and foster positive relationships.

    • Date: Wednesday 20th November
      Time: 14:00 -15:00
      Location: Gibbs 538

    • Date: Wednesday 4th December
      Time: 14:00 - 15:00
      Gibbs:538

    Stress Management and 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!

    Academic Year 2019/2020 - Dates for Semester 1

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    All the talks will take place in the Meeting Room, BCK. G.26. Ground Floor of the Buckley Building, Headington Campus.

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

    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.

    This workshop is run once per semester. When the date has been arranged the details will be announced by email and through social media.

    How to Work Effectively in Groups at University

    Most students find working in groups a challenge!  This talk will consider strategies so that you feel more confident and competent in expressing your opinions, listening to others, and negotiating in group projects.  This will help you perform well at University and in future employment.

    Academic year 2019/2020 - Date for Semester 1

    • Date: Wednesday 13 November 2019
      Time: 13.00 - 14.00
      Location: JHB 201

    This talk is open to all – you are very welcome to come along.

    Living with your Reptilian Brain in the 21st Century

    "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is thetime to understand more, so that we may fear less." Marie Curie

    Fligth,fight, freeze....Understanding your old brain in a new world.

    Humans were not designed for the way we live today: your bod was built to survive in the Stone Age. Lear more about your body's natural responses to the stresses of everyday life which can manifest in anxiety and low mood and how to be omore emotionally resilient in the 21st century.

    • Date:Tuesday 26th November
    • Time: 12:00 - 13:00
    • Location: JHB 302

    • Date: Wednesday 11th December
    • Time: 13:00 -1400
    • Location: JHB 201

    The talks are open to all - you are very welcome to come along.