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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.

Many of our workshops can be found on the LSE Life courses page.
To view the Student Counselling Courses, click here.



Staying Well at LSE
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This workshop repeated throughout the 2017 Orientation Week.

For the PowerPoint presntation, click here.



This presentation looked at:

  • Being a student at LSE
  • Challenges that lie ahead 
  • Tips for coping skills  
  • Stress management skills.

 

 

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.

 

 LSE LIFE WORKSHOPS AND RESOURCES

LSE LIFE DISSERTATION WEBPAGE

A list of a range of workshops offered by LSE Life that are dissertation-related:
http://www.lse.ac.uk/intranet/students/LSE-LIFE/Events/Summer-Term-Dissertation-Events.aspx

 

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

Ongoing psychotherapy group

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. Aimed at PhD students and will be delivered by  the Careers and Counselling Service . 9 June 2011.


  • ADAPT TO STUDY AND LIFE IN THE UK 
    (Study and Survive)
    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.
    11 October 2016.    
  • BUILD CONFIDENCE FOR ACADEMIC WRITING
    (Good Writing Psychology)
    For PowerPoint clichere
    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, 19 October 2016. 
  • 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

  • Build confidence for academic writing
     (Good Writing Psychology)
     For PowerPoint  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.
    Friday 20 January 2016.                                                                                                                   
    To book the above course on the Training and Development site, click on the link  here

  • Communicating Assertively:
    For PowerPoint clickhere
    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
    (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 16 March.   
  • 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.       


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  • 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 cope with psychological challenges of dissertation writing
    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 14 July  


  • How to de-stress for revision and exams
    For PowerPoint click here
    This workshop has tips for revision and preparing for exams, as well as many stress management techniques. Wednesday 4 May 2016.


  • How to be Mindful and Reduce Stress
    For 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 24 February 2016.  

  • How to be mindful and reduce performance anxiety - 
    This workshop will offer mindfulness strategies to increase your calmness and help you enable improved performance.
    Thursday 28 April.


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  • 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. 02 December 2015.  
  • 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. Thursday 21 January.      

  • 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.    


  • How to be Mindful and reduce Stress 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.
    Wednesday 18 May.  


  • 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.  Monday 25 January.    

  • 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.  Wednesday 10 February.    

  • 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.
    Friday 15 January 2016.   

  • 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.    Friday 20 May.  
     
  • 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 

  • LSE Counselling Centre: what we do and how we can help
    Learn more about the LSE Counselling service and what we can offer to support you.  Tuesday 24 January


  • Look after yourself during your study 
    Exam revision brings with it a heavy workload and a lot of pressure.  For many students, maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle while they are preparing for exams can be tricky!  In this workshop with Dr Ohemaa Nkansa-Dwamena from the Counselling Service, we will consider the experience of revising for exams at LSE, including challenges around balancing revision with other work and your personal life.  You’ll explore ways to develop good habits around eating, sleeping, relaxing, socialising, and staying active in order to support your revision, and learn about how and where to find support to make the most of your time at LSE.  
    This workshop is for both undergraduate and postgraduate students
    Monday 16 January 2017  


  • LSE COUNSELLING CENTRE  - WHAT WE DO AND HOW WE CAN HELP 
    Thursday, 27 October 2016. 

     

  • 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.   Monday 18 January 2016.

  • 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

  • Overcome Perfectionism:
    Done is Better than Perfect

    For PowerPoint Handout click here.

    For additional handouts 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.

    Tuesday 6 June   


  • Overcoming Procrastination workshop:
    For Powerpoint clickhere
    For Questionnaire clickhere .
    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 
    See also the "IProcrastinate" podcast series.

  • PLAN AND DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE NOW, NOW 
    (Overcoming Procrastination)
    For PowerPoint  here
    Monday, 7 November 
    See also the "IProcrastinate" podcast series.

  • Plan and do what needs to be done now, now
    Why can it be so difficult to get started on an important task?  And why it is so tempting to do something else once you’ve gotten started?  In this workshop, Dr. Ohemaa Nkansa-Dwamena from the Student Counselling Service will help clarify some of the reasons why we procrastinate and propose a wide range of practical approaches to dealing with procrastination and staying focussed.  Both undergraduate and postgraduate students are welcome to join this workshop.
    Monday 30 January   
    Location: LSE Life (Workspace 2)

  • Public Speaking – managing your anxiety
    Speaking in public can raise anxiety and for some, avoidance seems to be the only solution.  However in this workshop with Mike Bryant from the Student Counselling Service, we will look at anxiety, helping us to understand its function and how to manage and use it to your advantage.  Both undergraduate and postgraduate students are welcome to join this workshop. 
    Monday 6 March  
    Location: LSE Life (Workspace 2)

  • Presentation Skills and Confidence:
    For PowerPoint clickhere
    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 July
  • Psychological challenges faced by MSc students:
    For PowerPoint clickhere
    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:          Wednesday 24 February   11.00 am –1pm                                        
                        Wednesday    2 March       11.00 am – 1pm 
                        Wednesday    9 March       11.00 am – 1pm  


  • REVIEW AND LEARN FROM YOUR MICHAELMAS TERM EXPERIENCE
    (Review)
      Monday, 5 December



  • Review and learn from your LT experience
    The Lent Term is a busy one; and before you know it, it’s over!  Even if time flies, it can be very helpful to take stock of what you’ve learned and achieved along the way.  During this workshop with Claire Barnes from the Student Counselling Service, you’ll have an opportunity to review your progress over the first term and consider the challenges you’ve faced.   Just before a well-deserved Easter break, we’ll also think ahead to next term to anticipate future challenges and how to apply what you’ve learned so far—including how to manage your time better; balance study, work, and leisure; and cope with stress. 
    Monday 20 March 



  • Say hello to "constructive perfectionism": top tips
    Do you strive to achieve perfection in your work?  Does perfectionism sometimes prevent you completing or handing in assignments?  
    Dr. Ohemaa Nkansa-Dwamena from the Student Counselling Service will explore with you some of the common difficulties with perfectionism, and will offer practical approaches to help you strike a balance between aiming high and setting challenges for yourself, and counter-productive tendencies to try to achieve “perfection”.  Both undergraduate and postgraduate students are welcome to take part in this workshop.      Tuesday 7 February                                                 

               The-Perfectionists-Guide-to-Results-V2

 

  • Self Hypnosis:
    For PowerPoint click here.
    A brief introduction to self-hypnosis.
    Hypnotherapy is an effective form of treating stress and anxiety.
    Having the ability to better manage stress can not only improve  academic performance, but can also help to cope with stress in other situations.

    Recording: Listen to a 15-minute mp3 "Hypnosis for Anxiety", by clicking on the  mp3 link here.

    Evidence: Article of Effectiveness of Hypnotherapy :

  • 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

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  • STUDYING AND SURVIVING AT LSE
    For PowerPoint click here
    Are you a new student? Do you want to get useful advice on surviving at LSE?This seminar looks at the experience of being a student at LSE, by putting into context many of the forthcoming challenges you might face. It will include advice on developing your stress managing skills and tips for coping with your studies, workload and stress.
    Friday 23rd September 2016.

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