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

    • 3rd October: 09.00-10.00 
    • 9th October: 12:30-13:30
    • 18th October:13:00-14:00
    • 2nd November: 10:00-11:00
    • 6th November: 10:00-11:00
    • 15th November: 13:00-14:00
    • 20th November: 10:00-11:00
    • 30th November:10:00-11:00
    • 05th December: 10:00-11:00

    Dates for Semester 2

    Will be announced later in the Semester 1

    All the talks will take place in the Meeting Room, BCK. G.26. 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

    Dates available later in Semester 1 2017/2018

    Dates for Semester 2

    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:  To Be Announced

    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 

    • TBC

    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:

    • November 29th at 12.00 - 13.30 in JHB 201,  John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus.

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

    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:
    * Some emotional reasons why we avoid doing things
    * Psychological reasons and explanations for why we put things off
    * Ways to overcome these difficulties to enable you to get things done


    Dates for semester 1 


    9th November: 12.30 - 13.30 [Fully Booked]
    22nd  November: 13.00 - 14.00
    7th December: 12.30 - 13.30 


    Location:

    The location for the talk on the 22/11/17 has been changed to G.302

    The talks will take place in Student Central Room 4, Ground Floor of JHB, Headington Campus

     

    How do I Apply for a Place?


    Please complete the details on the Google form at this link  https://goo.gl/forms/dKFe2GcO3hy1L3A03

    Please note places are limited for these workshops and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.  

    Please do not sign up unless you are sure you will be able to attend on the day. 
    These workshops are usually oversubscribed so booking a slot and then not turning up will have an impact on other students who may wish to attend but are turned away because the workshop is fully booked.



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






    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, Date to be announced later

    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

    • 5th October: 12.00-13.00  

    This talk will take place in JHB 402, 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

     

    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.

    Effective Communications at University: In group work, discussions and presentations

    Would you like to:

    Learn how to communicate clearly and confidently in a respectful and effective manner

    Would you like to:

    • Feel more confident and open when discussing your opinions?
    • Manage to give a presentation clearly and confidently?
    • Be able to say 'No', respectfully and confidently, without feeling guilty?
    • Be  able to ask for what you need in an open whilst respectful manner?
    • Be able to resolved difficulties in relationships without just giving in or getting angry?

    Then this talk could help you. 

    Date:Thursday November 9th 12.00 - 1.30 

    Please complete this form to book a place:  https://goo.gl/forms/Ee33NiRKtG5kifBi1

     

     

     

     

     

    Managing Your Feelings

    How to cope better when things seem difficult

    Why Come to This Workshop?

    At University you train your mind to learn, but not always how to deal with feelings

    In This Workshop we will

    • Look at dealing with low mood and low motivation
    • Explore creative ways to address emotions
    • Share ongoing ways to improve mental health and life work balance
    • Increase awarenss of others in the same position

    When?  Wednesday October 25th 4-6 pm

     

    Where? JHBB 408 John Snow Room

     

    Who Is It For?  

     

    This workshop is open and free to all enrolled Students at Brookes. It will be particularly useful if you sometimes experience emotional turbulence, and would like to know more about yourself, but don't feel your necessarily need in-depth counselling. The workshop will offer new ideas, and a flavour of how therapy works to help people

    Are there any more workshops like this?

    Those who attend the first Workshop will have the opportunity to sign up for an ongoing group which will run for the following 6 Wednesdays from 4pm to 6pm.

    These Wednesday groups (you will need to commit to attend all 6) will be an ongoing personal developent group which will offer the chance to:

    • Work with what are sometimes experienced as 'difficult' emotions like anger, fear, sadness
    • develop a greater awarenes of how you relate to yourself and others
    • Discover the patterns you have developed for dealing with your life and decide whether these strategies have outlived their usefulness
    • learn ways of giving and receiving clear comments about yourself and others.

    • To Book a Place Please Click on This Link and Fill in Your Details Workshop Registration