Did you know that the Counselling Service can help you with ongoing issues such as procrastination?
How many of you are aware of the different types of support available to you as a Postgraduate Researcher at the University? This might sound like an odd thing to ask but I’ve found that although most PGRs are aware that services exist, such as the Counselling Service, few are aware of the different types of support that the service can provide. Going to the Counselling Service is not just about seeing a counsellor, they run several workshops too. So in this blog post I wanted to focus on a series of upcoming (and excellent) Wellbeing courses & workshops provided the University Counselling Service.
The Counselling Service has a Wellbeing room in Dover Street. This room is used to provide workshops (as well as some drop-in workshops) for students & staff. Some of the courses have been specifically designed for postgraduates only so you will be in good company.
What follows is a list of the courses and workshops on offer:
- Mindfulness meditation – an effective way to manage stress and improve your concentration and general health
- Managing procrastination – this workshop deals with issues such as guilt, getting started with work, perfectionism, panicking, stress and the art of ‘putting things off’
- Introduction to making changes – ever felt that you need to make some changes to your life but aren’t sure where to start? This workshop focuses on learning how to cope with difficult feelings and thoughts. It is an enjoyable and practical introduction to how to identify the patterns we can all get into that lead to things going wrong
- Speaking out in groups – for those of you who are very nervous at public speaking, this one’s for you! This (small) workshop gives you the opportunity to speak out in a group setting, it tackles nerves and helps participants to build strategies which benefit self expression
- Mindfulness stress-reduction – these sessions are an introduction to mindfulness practice. Mindfulness is the skill of bringing awareness to the present moment in a non-judgemental way and includes breathing techniques. It’is a very useful skill to learn and can help you deal more effectively with anxiety or low mood and to learn how to relax more easily.
- Managing your relationship with your academic supervisor – would you like an opportunity to think about how you might get more out of the supervisory relationship? This workshop helps to identify some ways of behaving and communicating that may help you to become more effective in the relationship and to try them out.
- Managing anxiety – these drop-in sessions are practical, informative and useful classes which identify negative and self-defeating thought patterns. They will help you to think in a more balanced manner and teach you ways of preventing anxiety from becoming unmanageable.
- Introduction to assertiveness – these are two linked classes (so you must attend both) which serve as an introduction to how some of the insights and skills of assertiveness might help us to be more effective communicators, help us to find a better balance in our relationships with others.
- Managing low mood – this is an 8 week course for students who want to learn to become more familiar with the workings of the mind. The courses help you to notice the times when you are at risk of getting caught in habits of mind that activate downward mood spirals and to explore ways of releasing yourself from old habits.
If you are interested in attending any of these courses/workshops then please download and complete a registration form from the Counselling Service website (http://www.staffnet.manchester.ac.uk/personalsupport/counselling/) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or call into the Counselling Service, 5th Floor, Crawford House, Precinct Centre.