Skills for Life Workshops 2022-23

Introduction to Mindfulness

Do you want to learn a way to increase self-awareness and resilience? Improve your working memory? Improve sleep? Reduce anxiety & depression? Research studies indicate that Mindfulness does all of this and more. Come along and try it out at this experiential workshop.

“The present is the only time that any of us have to be alive - to know anything - to perceive - to learn - to change - to heal.  Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally, to the unfolding of experience, moment by moment.” Jon Kabat Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living.

Below are the dates for our upcoming workshops:

Monday 7th November 2022 - FULLY BOOKED

Monday 6th February 2023 - registration coming soon

Monday 8th May 2023 - registration coming soon

All workshops will run from 4-6pm at the Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre.

Sleep Well

Difficulty falling asleep? Waking in the night? Regularly getting less sleep than you need? If lack of sleep is affecting your health and wellbeing or your ability to study, then this may be the workshop for you. This workshop will provide students with general knowledge on the biology of sleep and will aim to help students increase their understanding of why they may be struggling with sleep as well as learn more about sleep hygiene and ways to improve sleep using practical techniques.

Below are the dates for our upcoming workshops:

Wednesday 26th October 2022  - FULLY BOOKED

Wednesday 1st February 2023 - registration coming soon

Wednesday 24th May 2023 - registration coming soon

All workshops will run from 10.30am - 12 midday in SALC 6, Level 5, Sherfield Building.

Procrastination to Productivity

 

Many of us put off important tasks and end up rushing towards (or missing) deadlines and we just don’t know why. Why can’t we just ‘get it done’? The reasons for and methods we use to procrastinate are often varied and individual. There is no straightforward answer, but this workshop aims to give you the space to begin to understand the causes of procrastination and learn practical ways to address these behaviours.

Below are the dates for our upcoming workshops: 

Wednesday 30th November 2022 from 10-11.30am in SALC 7, Level 5, Sherfield Building -FULLY BOOKED  

Wednesday 15th March 2023 from 10-11.30am in SALC 6, Level 5, Sherfield Building - registration coming soon

Wednesday 14th June 2023 from 10:30-12pm in SALC 10, Level 5, Sherfield Building - registration coming soon

Stress Less for Exam Success

Are you feeling stressed regarding your exams and have difficulties concentrating and relaxing? Well, this webinar might be the right one for you. In this one-hour live webinar, we will focus on the negative impact of stress and anxiety on our mental and physical health and understand how this can impact revision and performance in exams. We will discuss ways to improve your study routine and reduce your level of stress and help you feel more prepared for exams.

There will be a Question & Answer session at the end of the workshop, so we encourage you to send in all your questions using the chat function throughout the webinar and they will be answered at the end. Please note these can be sent in anonymously. 

Below are the dates for our upcoming workshops:

Wednesday 14th December 2022 (please note this date has been changed from the 15th December) - click here to sign up

Wednesday 3rd May 2023 - registration coming soon

Tuesday 1st August 2023 - registration coming soon

All workshops will take place from 10-11am online via Microsoft Teams.

Introduction to Self-Compassion

Do you find yourself experiencing high levels of self-criticism and blame yourself for things that are not your fault? Do you regularly compare yourself to others and experience low self-esteem? Research has demonstrated that developing self-compassion can improve emotional wellbeing, enhance your ability to cope with life challenges and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. This workshop introduces the ideas and approaches of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), developed by Professor Paul Gilbert. We will explore common fears and blocks to self-compassion and introduce some simple ways of cultivating a more compassionate relationship with ourselves.

Below are the dates for our upcoming workshops:

Tuesday 15th November 2022 - click here to sign up

Tuesday 21st February 2023 - registration coming soon

Tuesday 30th May 2023 - registration coming soon

All workshops will take place from 12 - 1.30pm at the Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre.

Mood Boost

The Student Counselling & Mental Health Advice Service will be running our Mood Boost course again this academic year.

This 4-week course is designed for people who experience low mood and would like to learn techniques to manage it better, whilst connecting with otherhand holding daisies students who are experiencing similar challenges. 

The Mood Boost course is an opportunity to learn new skills and tools which you can use to feel happier, more relaxed and confident, and less sad, irritated, or worried. The course includes information about low mood, how to set realistic goals, ways to get a better balance of activities in your life, ways to manage unhelpful thoughts, and how to improve your general wellbeing. 

The course is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is an effective evidence-based intervention for low mood and will be led by two of our Student Counsellors.

This is a 4-week course and participants will need to commit to attending all four sessions in order to fully benefit from and complete the course. If you are unable to attend all 4 dates listed below, please wait until the next course is delivered.

What students are saying:

‘The two instructors are lovely, calm, open to answering all questions and very comforting’

‘Hearing everyone’s experiences really did make me feel like I’m not alone’

‘The course had a welcoming and feel good vibe’

‘I would recommend to anyone wanting to learn techniques on how to improve their mood’

‘I always knew I wasn’t the only one struggling with low mood at Imperial, but there’s a big difference between knowing that you’re not alone and feeling like you’re not alone’

Course dates

Upcoming course dates:

  • Tuesday 22nd November
  • Tuesday 29th November
  • Tuesday 6th December
  • Tuesday 13th December

All sessions will run from 12:30 - 2pm at Bernard Sunley Hall, 44 Evelyn Gardens, Queensgate, SW7 3BJ. This location is a 15-20 minute walk from South Kensington Campus, or a 10 minute walk from Gloucester Road tube station. 

Click here to sign up.

Dates in 2023

Course 2

  • Tuesday 28th February
  • Tuesday 7th March
  • Tuesday 14th March
  • Tuesday 21st March

Registration will go live in the new year. 

Course 3

  • Tuesday 6th June
  • Tuesday 13th June
  • Tuesday 20th June
  • Tuesday 27th June

Registration will go live around Easter.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

This 4 week course is aimed at decreasing stress, anxiety, pain and low mood; combining both Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. Evidence suggests MBSR can increase resilience and creativity, improve relationships and communication. Studies also evidence an improvement in health, well-being, self-esteem, sleep, concentration and memory.

In this course, we will learn to turn towards difficult feelings and aspects of experience, accepting and befriending them, rather than turning away from them. We will aim to recognise how we habitually avoid unwanted emotions, becoming self-critical and judgemental, and instead begin to embrace, accept and welcome our experience with compassion and interest. 

The course is experiential, and will help you get into your body, recognise your thoughts and feelings, learn to regulate your nervous system, increase resilience and reduce shame, suffering and disconnection. We will distinguish between nourishing and depleting activities and begin making conscious choices, so that you are best prepared to look after yourself.

Course dates

Upcoming course dates:

  • Tuesday 18th October
  • Tuesday 25th October
  • Tuesday 1st November
  • Tuesday 8th November

All sessions will run from 12.30 - 2pm at Bernard Sunley Hall, 44 Evelyn Gardens, Queensgate, SW7 3BJ. This location is a 15-20 minute walk from South Kensington Campus, or a 10 minute walk from Gloucester Road tube station.

Sign up now closed.

 

Dates in 2023

Course 1

  • Tuesday 24th January
  • Tuesday 31st January
  • Tuesday 7th February
  • Tuesday 14th February

Registration going live in December.

Course 2

  • Tuesday 2nd May
  • Tuesday 9th May
  • Tuesday 16th May
  • Tuesday 23rd May     

Registration going live end of March.

Compassion Focused Therapeutic Group

This 8 week group is specifically designed for students who have strong critical tendencies, self-judgement, comparing to others, perfectionism or low self-esteem and who would like to work on changing these tendencies with a compassion focused approach. The group is based on Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), an evidence-based approach developed by Professor Paul Gilbert.

 

The group introduces theory, resources and techniques from CFT to help develop mindfulness and notice thoughts and behaviours that may be contributing to distress. It provides a space for developing alternative ways of thinking and being that might be more helpful. There will be a large experiential aspect to the group, with plenty of opportunity for discussion and practice in relating the theory of CFT to your own and others’ experiences and is an opportunity to learn new skills in a supportive atmosphere.

 

This is a weekly 2 hour ‘in person’ therapy group run over 8 consecutive weeks, every Wednesday. Attendance is required at every session.

CFT group dates

Upcoming dates

  • Wednesday 19th October
  • Wednesday 26th October
  • Wednesday 2nd November
  • Wednesday 9th November
  • Wednesday 16th November
  • Wednesday 23rd November
  • Wednesday 30th November
  • Wednesday 7th December

All sessions will run from 2:30 – 4:30pm at Bernard Sunley Hall, 44 Evelyn Gardens, Queensgate, SW7 3BJ. This location is a 15-20 minute walk from South Kensington Campus, or a 10 minute walk from Gloucester Road tube station.  

FULLY BOOKED.

Dates in Spring Term

  • Wednesday 1st February
  • Wednesday 8th February
  • Wednesday 15th February
  • Wednesday 22nd February
  • Wednesday 1st March
  • Wednesday 8th March
  • Wednesday 15th March
  • Wednesday 22nd March

All sessions will run from 2:30 – 4:30pm at Bernard Sunley Hall, 44 Evelyn Gardens, Queensgate, SW7 3BJ. This location is a 15-20 minute walk from South Kensington Campus, or a 10 minute walk from Gloucester Road tube station.  

Registration currently unavailable.

Dates in Summer Term

  • Wednesday 10th May
  • Wednesday 17th May
  • Wednesday 24th May
  • Wednesday 31st May
  • Wednesday 7th June
  • Wednesday 14th June
  • Wednesday 21st June
  • Wednesday 28th June

All sessions will run from 2:30 – 4:30pm at Bernard Sunley Hall, 44 Evelyn Gardens, Queensgate, SW7 3BJ. This location is a 15-20 minute walk from South Kensington Campus, or a 10 minute walk from Gloucester Road tube station.  

Registration currently unavailable.