• 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.


  • 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!

    Academic Year 2018/2019 - Dates for Semester 1

    • Tuesday, 25th September - 11.00am - 12.00pm
    • Monday, 1st October - 2.00pm - 3.00pm
    • Wednesday, 10th October - 2.00pm - 3.00pm
    • Tuesday, 16th October - 10.00am - 11.00am
    • Wednesday, 31st October - 1.00pm - 2.00pm
    • Tuesday, 6th November - 1.00pm - 2.00pm
    • Monday, 12th November - 12.00pm - 1.00pm
    • Wednesday, 21st November - 2.00pm - 3.00pm
    • Tuesday, 27th November - 10.00am - 11.00am
    • Monday, 3rd December - 1.00pm - 2.00pm

    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.

    Effective Assertive Communications at University

    It can be difficult to say what you mean, defend your position, or ask for what you needs. Come to this talk to learn how to communicate more clearly and confidently in a respectful open manner to other students, within group settings, or with your academic tutor.

    Date: Wednesday, 21st November, 2018

    Location: JHB 402

    Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Please contact Wellbeing reception (484650) or to book a place.

    Effective Exam and Revision Management

    • Feeling anxious before and during exams is normal. Learn how to manage this anxiety to ensure you revise effectively & productively. Learn how to manage your anxiety in the actual exam so that you can perform to your best.

    Date: Wednesday, 28th November, 2018

    Location: JHB 206

    Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

    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 2018/2019 - Dates for semester 1

    Date: Wednesday, 3rd October

    Time: 9:00am - 10:30am

    Room: JHB 207

    Date: Friday, 12th October

    Time: 2:00pm - 3.30pm

    Room: G538

    Date: Wednesday, 14th November

    Time: 9:00am - 10:30am

    Room: JHB 207

    Date: Thursday, 6th December

    Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Room: JHB 304

    How do I Apply for a Place?

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

    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!

    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 trough Social Media.

    Free Mental Health E-Learning for all University Staff

    Would you like to feel more confident to support students in distress?

    • Easy-to-follow 20-minute sessions, including:
    • Signs to look out for
    • Key helping skills
    • Knowing who else to involve

    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:

    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: October 2018

    Time: TBC

    Location: TBC

    Natural Mindfulness

    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.

    Date: TBC

    Time: TBC

    Location: TBC

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

    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 2018/2019 - Dates for semester 1

    Date: Friday, 28th September

    Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Room: JHB 204

    Date: Wednesday, 31st October

    Time: 9:00am - 10.30am

    Room: G538

    Date: Thursday, 8th November

    Time: 12:00pm - 13:30pm

    Room: JHB 304

    Date: Wednesday, 28th November

    Time: 9:00am - 10:30am

    Room: JHB 207

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

    Adjusting to University: Successfully managing the transition to Brookes

    By staying healthy and academically productive

    To be successful at University means combining positive mental wellbeing + good academic performance

    It is normal to feel anxious, and sometimes overwhelmed, during the transition into University, when everything is so new and unfamiliar. Learn strategies to manage anxiety maintain positive wellbeing and build stress resilience to survive and even thrive and be successful in University.

    Academic year 2018/2019 - Dates for semester 1

    Bespoke workshop for OBI students ONLY

    Date: Thursday, 27th September

    Time: TBC

    Room: TBC

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

    Date: Friday, 5th October

    Time: 12:00pm - 1.00pm

    Room: JHB 206

    Date: Wednesday, 24th October

    Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Room: JHB 402

    Managing Presentation Anxiety

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

    Academic year 2018/2019 - Date for semester 1

    Date: Wednesday, 7th November

    Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Room: JHB 402

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

    Working Effectively in Groups at University

    Most students find working in groups quite a challenge! Come to this talk to understand group dynamics better so that you feel more confident and competent in expressing your opinions, listening to others, and negotiating in group projects.

    Academic year 2018/2019 - Date for semester 1

    Date: Wednesday, 14th November

    Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Room: JHB 402

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