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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.
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
These workshops are open to ALL students - you are very welcome to come along.
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.
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 2019Time: 13.00 - 14.00Location: JHB 201
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.
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.
These talks are open to all – you are very welcome to come along.
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:
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.
"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:
Academic year 2019/2020 - Dates for Semester 1
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!
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.
Clothing: As we will be spending time outside, coats and suitable footwear for walking on grass etc. would be advisable.
The aim of this workshop is:
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.
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.
This talk is open to all – you are very welcome to come along.
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.
Would you like to:
If so, these talks might be for you!
All the talks will take place in the Meeting Room, BCK. G.26. Ground Floor of the Buckley Building, Headington Campus.
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;
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:
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.
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.
"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.
The talks are open to all - you are very welcome to come along.