Groups and workshops

 

Groups and Workshops

At the LSE Student Counselling Service we run a number of groups and workshops as we believe that working in groups can be an effective way of helping with a range of problems.   In our view, being part of a group, sharing and tackling issues with others in a similar situation, can often be a highly effective way to address common difficulties. This page outlines some of the group and workshop options.


Workshops

Workshops are short-term, usually one-off, structured and agenda led. They focus on building skills and respond to the demands of life at university. We run a range of workshops throughout the year so keep an eye on this page for updates.

(If there is any issue you would like to see a workshop on which is not included on the list, do let us know.  We are always keen to hear suggestions from students about what might be useful.  Get in contact about workshop ideas via student counselling.

Below are the workshops we have arranged to run this semester: 

  • How to Present with Skill and Confidence
    For PowerPoint click  here.
    This workshop looks at a wide range of practical confidence-building measures to help students give presentations, including positive self talk, good vocal technique and tips for managing anxiety and stress.
    Date:  Friday 15 Jaunuary 2016.  Time: 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm
    Location: NAB 2.14


  • Managing Depression 
    For PowerPoint click here.
    Coming to LSE can be an exciting time, but also a time of challenges that can leave you vulnerable to depression. Depression and low moods are some of the most common problems presented at University Counselling Services. This workshop will look at how you can become more aware of the coping with low moods. Other topics discussed will include strategies of how to challenge unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. We will also discuss how to access on-going support to help you feel more in control.
    Date: Monday 18 January 2016. Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm.  
    Location: LRB.R505


  • How to Manage your Time Effectively
    For PowerPoint click  here.
    This course will identify strategies for better time management.
    The course will also examine psychological issues and explore common difficulties with perfectionism and procrastination.
    Date: Thursday 21 January 2016.  Time: 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm
    Location: PAR 1.02


  • How to Overcome Perfectionism
     For PowerPoint Handout click here.
    This workshop looks at common difficulties with excess perfectionism, and will cover a wide range of practical approaches to help you manage your studies. It will include a look at common myths and how to overcome self-defeating thinking errors. 
    Date:  Monday 25 January 2016.  Time: 12 noon – 1.00 pm
    Location: NAB 2.14


  • How to Overcome Procrastination
    For Powerpoint click here.  
    For Questionnaire click here .
    This will look at the difficulties with procrastination, examining the negative thoughts and behaviours that inhibit students from being able to work. The workshop will examine a range of techniques and practical tips to help you deal with this. 
    Date:  Wednesday 10 February 2016.  Time:  3.00 pm – 4.00 pm
    Location: 32L LG.03


  • How to Sleep Well 
    For handout click  here.
    This workshop will look at a range of difficulties associated with sleep. It will increase your understanding of the process of sleep and explore strategies and ideas about how you might work towards achieving better sleep.
    Date Monday 22 February 2016.    Time: 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm 
    Location: KWS 2.12


  • Raise Your Self-Esteem                  
    The workshop will examine ways to increase positive self-esteem, identifying thoughts, feelings and behaviours linked with your experiences. We will also discuss practical exercises and checklists to help you increase your self-esteem.
    Dates:    Wednesday 24 February   11.00 am –1pm                                         
                   Wednesday    2 March       11.00 am – 1pm  
                   Wednesday    9 March       11.00 am – 1pm   

 

  • How to be Mindful and Reduce Stress
    PowerPoint click here.
    This workshop will look at the use of mindfulness as an excellent way of managing stress. Mindfulness is a type of relaxation exercise which can help reduce the amount of time you spend worrying about things. The workshop will look at how you  can combine this with other practical techniques to reduce stress, and better manage the pressures of being a student.
    Date:  Tuesday 24 February 2016.   Time: 12 noon – 1.00 pm
    Location: LRB.R.505


  • Stress Management
    This workshop from the Student Counselling Service will look at a range of practical techniques to reduce stress and better manage the pressures of being a student.
    It will include a description of an easy to use Mindfulness exercise, which can help with relaxation and reduce the amount of time spent worrying about work. 
    Dates:  Thursday  3rd March 11.00 – 1.00 pm 

                 Thursday 10th March11.00 – 1.00 pm 
                 Thursday 17th March 11.00 – 1.00 pm


  • End of Term Review
    (How to learn from experience: End of Term Review) 
    For PowerPoint click here.
    An opportunity to review progress and anticipate future challenges. It will include discussion of practical skills to help with the challenges of the MSc programme, including stress management.
    Date: Wednesday 16 March 2016.   Time: 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm 
    Location:  CLM 5.02

  • How to be mindful and reduce performance anxiety
    This workshop will offer mindufulness strategies to increase your calmness.
    Date:    Thursday 28 March 2016.   Time: 2.00pm – 3.00 pm
    Location: 32LG.03


  • Exams workshop - revise and de-stress: For PowerPoint click here
    This workshop has tips for revision and preparing for exams, as well as many stress management techniques.
    Date:    Thursday 5 May 2016.   Time: 2.00pm – 3.00 pm
    Location: NAB LG.01 Wolfson


  • Mindfulness and Stress Management Workshop
    This workshop will look at the use of mindfulness as an excellent way of managing stress. Mindfulness is a type of relaxation exercise which can help reduce the amount of time you spend worrying about things. The workshop will look at how you  can combine this with other practical techniques to reduce stress, and better manage the pressures of being a student.
    Date:    Wednesday 11 May  2016.   Time: 2.00pm – 3.00 pm

    Location: 32LG.03

 

 

Focused Groups

These are also short term but run over a few sessions. They focus on a specific issue and can also be structured and agenda led, allowing members more time to get to know each other.  They often include deeper discussions as well as providing information.  In the past we have run focussed groups on bereavement, stress management, disordered eating, self- esteem and anxiety management.

The Focused Groups need to be booked in advance and with some of them, you need to meet with the counsellor running the group for a discussion before joining.  If you are interested in joining one of these groups you can contact us  (Link)

 

  • Daily Meditation Groups ( in the Faith Centre) The LSE Faith Centre now has meditation every day of the week:
    • Meditation sessions open to all are run on Monday and Thursdays between 12-1pm.
    • Student meditation run by the society The Meditation Circle are run on Wednesdays from 12-12:30 and on Fridays from 2-3pm.
    • Meditation and mindfullness for postgraduate students takes place on Tuesdays from 12-1pm.
      See article about meditation here.

Click on the highlighted course titles above for more information.

Places on groups must be booked in advance- please contact the office to book a place. These small groups will have no more than twelve people in them. Participants need to be able to attend each session of the group and stay for the whole session.



Ongoing Therapy Groups

We also run an ongoing psychotherapy group. This can be particularly helpful for students who need more time and support to resolve their issues and who we feel might particularly benefit from having regular therapy in a group setting.  Students who have problems making or maintaining relationships or find their difficulties are ongoing and keep repeating may benefit from this group.

There is an assessment process before joining this group, which will mean meeting our group therapist usually more than once to think carefully about whether the group is right for you.  If you would like to discuss this option, you can contact us.

To find out more about what this kind of group might be like and why you might benefit, please click (link) here for our information sheet.

Currently we have an ongoing therapy group which runs on a Wednesday from 3.00 pm – 4.30 pm.

If you are interested in taking up a place in any group, please visit us in KSW.507 or make contact via student counselling or 020 7852 3627

 

 

Past Workshops

  • Academic Job Applications Workshop: For PowerPoint click  here Applying for academic jobs can be a relentless business especially when there seem to be fewer and fewer jobs to go round. The process of making numerous job applications takes both practical and emotional energy. This interactive workshop explores how to  make an effective application for academic jobs and  develop the emotional resilience required to keep going. It is aimed at PhD students and will be delivered by  the Careers and Counselling Service . 9 June 2011.

  • Black & Minority Ethnic Student at LSE? This meeting provides a safe setting in which BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) students can explore and  look at a range of issues. It is a supportive and therapeutic space for students to share experiences of being a BME individual in London and LSE.  Tuesday 25th October 2011

  • Communicating Assertively:For PowerPoint click  here Learn how you can improve the effectiveness of your communication skills. Friday 29 Nov 2013

  • Disordered Eating Group: The Disordered Eating Group Group provides participants an opportunity to develop new behaviours and more helpful thoughts affecting their eating habits. This group is part experiential, part psycho-educational and is suitable for bulimic, bingeing, restrictive or compulsive eaters. The group runs for six weeks. For PowerPoint presentation click here 

  • End of Term Review    (MSc)
    How to Learn from Experience: End of Term Review:   
    For PowerPoint click here.
    An opportunity to review progress and anticipate future challenges. 
    It will include discussion of practical skills to help with the challenges of the MSc programme, including stress management.
    Wednesday 02 December 2015.       
     
  • Exams workshop - revise and de-stress: For PowerPoint click here This workshop has tips for revision and preparing for exams, as well as many stress management techniques. Wednesday 8 May

  • Good writing Psychology: For PowerPoint click  here This presentation looks at ways of thinking about the task of writing, with advice and tips to help manage blocks and unhelpful fears. It will include a range of management techniques for dealing with common writing difficulties, such as procrastination and perfectionism. Wednesday 24 October 

  • How to Deal with Study Related Stress
    For PowerPoint click here.
    This course will define stress and explore the mechanisms involved in stress.This course will also examine the causes of study stress, then identify the studying mistakes that maintain stress. Finally strategies will be identified for 
    28 October 2015.     

  • How to Learn from Experience: End of Term Review:   
    For PowerPoint click here.
    An opportunity to review progress and anticipate future challenges. 
    It will include discussion of practical skills to help with the challenges of the MSc programme, including stress management.
    Date: Wednesday 02 December 2015.  Time:  12 noon – 1.00 pm      
    Location: TW2.2.04
  • How to Manage your Time Effectively
    For PowerPoint click here.
    This course will identify strategies for better time management. The course will also examine psychological issues and explore common difficulties with perfectionism and procrastination.
    19 November 2015.     

  • How to make a smooth transition to LSE: an introduction for international students:
    For PowerPoint click here.
    Studying in another country (and often in a different language) presents a variety of challenges. This session offers an opportunity to explore cultural and academic styles in the UK, and will include advice and tips for making the most of your time at LSE.  Friday 9  Oct 2015.    
  • Interview Nerves: For PowerPoint Click  here This is a joint presentation with LSE Careers Service, offering practical techniques to relieve our interview nerves. This workshop will include a focus on effective preparation, useful presentation techniques, and advice on non-verbal communication. Monday 22 October   

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender This is an opportunity to share experiences and reactions within in a safe space. Living and studying in London raises many concerns and sexuality may be one of them. Why not come along to this workshop and hear how others are doing. It will include time to share tips and ideas about how to get the most out of your time here at LSE. Thursday 17 January 12.00 to 1.00pm

  • Managing Depression For PowerPoint click here : Coming to LSE can be an exciting time, but also a time of challenges that can leave you vulnerable to depression. Depression and low moods are some of the most common problems presented at University Counselling Services. This workshop will look at how you can become more aware of the coping with low moods. Other topics discussed will include strategies of how to challenge unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. We will also discuss how to access on-going support to help you feel more in control. Date:  Friday 22 November, 2013.   Location:  KSW 1.04  Time:  14:00 - 15:00

  • Managing Perfectionism workshop: For PowerPoint Handout click here This workshop looks at common difficulties with excess perfectionism, and will cover a wide range of practical approaches to help you manage your studies. It will include a look at common myths and how to overcome self-defeating thinking errors.  Monday 23 January

  • Managing PhD Stress: For PowerPoint on Mindfulness click  here This workshop from the Student Counselling Service will look at a range of practical techniques to reduce stress and better manage the pressures of being a PhD student. It will include a description of an easy to use Mindfulness exercise, which can help with relaxation and reduce the amount of time spent worrying about work. Wednesday 16 November
  • Managing PhD Thesis Anxiety This workshop from the Teaching and Learning Centre will explore how various factors such as perfectionism, procrastination and self esteem can be blocks in the process of writing the thesis. It will be run by a student counsellor and the PhD student adviser, and explore useful strategies to help manage the stress of writing a thesis. Tuesday 22 November

  • Managing Study Related Stress This workshop from the Student Counselling Service will look at a range of practical techniques to reduce stress and better manage the pressures of being a student. It will include a description of an easy to use Mindfulness exercise, which can help with relaxation and reduce the amount of time spent worrying about work.
     Wednesday 29 October. 

  • Mindfulness and Stress Management Workshop:
    PowerPoint click here This workshop will look at the use of mindfulness as an excellent way of managing stress. Mindfulness is a type of relaxation exercise which can help reduce the amount of time you spend worrying about things. The workshop will look at how you  can combine this with other practical techniques to reduce stress, and better manage the pressures of being a student. Tuesday 15 May

  • Overcoming Procrastination workshop: For Powerpoint click here    For Questionnaire click here . This will look at the difficulties with procrastination, examining the negative thoughts and behaviours that inhibit students from being able to work. The workshop will examine a range of techniques and practical tips to help you deal with this.  Wednesday 8 February 

  • Presentation Skills and Confidence: For PowerPoint click  here This workshop looks at a wide range of practical confidence-building measures to help students give presentations, including positive self talk, good vocal technique and tips for managing anxiety and stress. Wednesday 18 January 


  • Prisoners of our own defence: stopping and starting the MSc dissertation : A workshop for MSc students exploring how perfectionism and procrastination are often unwittingly used to mitigate many of the psychological hurdles that can arise in the dissertation writing process. Whilst such defences are intended to impede and inhibit unwanted feelings and thoughts, they can end up being mechanisms that stop the writing process itself. Thursday 22 July2010

  • Psychological challenges faced by MSc students: For PowerPoint click here How are you managing with the changes involved in being an MSc student? This workshop will include a focus on how can you cope with the difficulties and stresses of this intense programme. Friday 11 November

  • Raise Your Self-Esteem:
    The workshop will examine ways to increase positive self-esteem, identifying thoughts, feelings and behaviours linked with your experiences. We will also discuss practical exercises and checklists to help you increase your self-esteem.
    Dates:
                       
    Thurs. 19th Nov    11.00 am – 1 pm
                        Thurs 26th Nov     11.00 am – 1 pm
                        Thurs 3rd of Dec.  11.00 am – 1 pm

  • Sleep Well workshop: For handout click  here This workshop will look at a range of difficulties associated with sleep. It will increase your understanding of the process of sleep and explore strategies and ideas about how you might work towards achieving better sleep. Monday 27 February


  • Stress Management:
    This workshop from the Student Counselling Service will look at a range of practical techniques to reduce stress and better manage the pressures of being a student.
                        It will include a description of an easy to use Mindfulness exercise, which can help with relaxation and reduce the amount of time spent worrying about work 
    Dates: 
                        Mon 16th Nov  11.00 – 1.00 pm or
                        Mon  23rd Nov  11.00 – 1.00 pm or
                        Mon  30th Nov   11.00 – 1.00 pm

  • Studying and Surviving at LSE:    
    For PowerPoint click here
    This presentation looks at the experience of being a student at LSE, putting into context the challenges that lie ahead. It will include tips for coping and a review of stress management skills.
    Wednesday 7  Oct 2015.  

  • Time Management: For PowerPoint click  here Wednesday 18 January

 

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