Personal Development Workshops

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Personal Development Workshops


We have changed the way we run our Personal Development Workshops service to help reduce our current waiting lists. We will hopefully return to scheduling new workshops next year and will keep this notice updated. Please let us know if you have any questions and we apologise for any inconvenience.


A Personal Development Workshop is a free and confidential group that offers you the opportunity to focus on a specific difficulty with others who might be in a similar situation to yourself. For example, if you find it difficult to talk in social groups, a workshop can offer encouragement and help in overcoming the difficulties you feel. Some workshops require a commitment to practicing skills during and between sessions.

Most of the workshops take place over 5 or 6 weekly sessions. Each session can last between 90 minutes to 120 minutes. Some particular workshops are scheduled to take place over 1 or 2 full days. Workshop have between 10 and 14 participants depending on the type and are led by experienced therapists. You must be able to commit to attend all sessions in order to gain a place.

Due to unprecedented demand on our Personal Development Workshops and to ensure effective use of spaces available, we are introducing a fine scheme.  All our workshops have significant waiting lists and every time someone does not attend or drops out, it denies a place to another student. We hope the fine scheme will encourage students to think about whether they can really commit themselves to attending a workshop for 2 hours a week for up to 6 weeks.

When you receive confirmation of a place on the workshop you have applied for, you are informed that if you do not attend or drop out of the workshop without letting us know in advance, you will be liable to pay a fine of £30 to go towards our admin costs and be reinvested in the workshop development.

This will be applied to your record, much like library fines are, but it will not affect graduation. The fine is non-refundable and will be payable through the UCL Online Payment Service. The debt flag will be removed as soon as the payment has been made.

Once the fine is paid, you will be able to access our services once again, receive our support and attend more workshops. If the fine remains unpaid, you will not be able to register for and attend another workshop.

It is essential when registering for your workshop to keep in mind your academic timetable to ensure you can attend all of the sessions.

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