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Being@UCL: Mindfulness for Anxiety

Dates

Five sessions, Mondays 3 - 5 pm 

23rd January

30th January

6th February

20th February

27th February

(No session on the 13th February - Reading Week)

Description

If you’re experiencing stress, anxiety, attention problems or any condition involving a fast-thinking anxious mind, then this Mindfulness for Anxiety workshop could be helpful for you.  Mindfulness meditation trains us to focus on the present moment, and allows us to gain insight into the mental patterns that can cause negative emotions.  

It is an increasingly popular means of psychological treatment, and there is strong evidence to demonstrate that it can be particularly helpful for those who experience anxiety.  In this five-week workshop you will learn how to improve your focus and concentration levels, and to lower bodily stress and increase relaxation.

Commitment to the full 5 weekly sessions is essential, as is the diligent undertaking of daily life meditation tasks between sessions. Only those people who are willing to make the commitment to all sessions, and to complete the between session tasks should attend. 

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DSDP - Getting the Most Out of Your Supervisory Relationship

Please note this workshop is only open to Research Students.

  • Ever felt you just couldn’t get it right?
  • Had a question you were too afraid to ask?
  • Said ‘yes’ when you really meant ‘no way!’?

This workshop, led by UCL Student Psychological Services, offers research students an opportunity to acquire skills that will enable them to get more from a supervisory relationship and so increase self-confidence and levels of achievement.

We will look at:

  1. ways to approach difficulties in the supervisory relationship
  2. how to challenge unrealistic expectations in yourself or your Supervisor
  3. what can make supervision more effective and enjoyable


Date and Time:

Monday 6th March  - 10am to 4pm


Location:

Room 104, 3 Taviton Street

REGISTER HERE

DSDP - Mindfulness Meditation

Please note this workshop is only open to Research Students.

Mindfulness' or increased 'Awareness' lies at the very heart of meditational practice. Although traditionally associated with eastern spirituality, mindfulness can be practiced by people from all walks of life.  The cultivation of 'mindfulness' as a sensory quality, facilitates a new way of 'being' and can have highly significant effects on the way we experience life both internally and externally.  

This clear sense of 'seeing' can allow us to make friends with our thinking mind and in some cases transcend it.  Such practice can bring about a deep sense of inner peace and a fresh acceptance of reality itself.  Mindfulness heightens your ability to focus and greatly improves concentration levels, which may be of great use in academia as well as life in general.

This innovative programme will take place over six weekly sessions, each of 1.5 hours duration. 

This programme will help you to:

• improve your focus and concentration levels

• explore the nature of how your mind works

• explore how your mind creates unhealthy thought processes

• achieve a robust and healthy mind, accept reality and the world around you

• work towards acceptance of unhealthy emotions

• achieve a deep sense of calm, patience and stillness

• grow and mature as a true human being

This will be particularly helpful for students experiencing depression, anxiety or any condition involving a highly ruminative fast-thinking mind.

Dates and times:


5 Tuesdays from 2pm to 3.30pm 

21st February

28th February

7th March

14th March

21st March

Location:

Room 104, No 3 Taviton Street

REGISTER HERE

DSDP - Confidence Building

Please note this workshop is only open to Research Students.

An underlying lack of self-confidence and low self-esteem can undermine academic performance and the ability to communicate effectively with fellow students, colleagues and academic staff. It can also make it difficult to value and use the skills which you already possess.


The workshop will be participatory in style. You will explore your confidence issues with the other course members as well as learn and practice a variety of tools and skills. These will include the use of cognitive behavioural and mindfulness techniques to tackle the unhelpful thoughts, feelings and behaviours which can impact on self –esteem. Each student will learn how to identify and work towards a small goal for change over the course. There will also be homework each week (about 1hr). The skills you will learn can then be used to tackle further goals for change in the future.

This five week programme will help you :

  • Identify and build on your strengths.
  • Highlight unhelpful ways of thinking and behaving which undermine self-confidence.
  • Practice new ways of thinking and behaving which promote self confidence.
  • Get together in a safe and confidential environment with others who are experiencing similar difficulties.

In order to build a safe and supportive environment for the course, it is important that you come to the workshop on time and attend all five sessions. 


Dates and Times:

5 Thursdays from 12pm to 2pm 

23rd February

2nd March

9th March

16th March

23rd March


Location:

Room 104, 3 Taviton Street

REGISTER HERE



DSDP - Perfectionism and the PhD Student

Please note this workshop is only open to Research Students.

Perfectionism is very high amongst PhD students which can lead to either avoiding or over doing their research, reading, writing etc.

This series of workshop will help PhD student reduce their perfectionistic behaviours and enable them get on with their academic work.

Dates and Times:

5 Fridays from 2pm to 4pm

24th February

3rd March

10th March

17th March

24th March

Location:

Room 104, 3 Taviton Street

REGISTER HERE

Engage@UCL: Reduce Stress, Increase Study Motivation and Build Confidence

Learn to improve your current study and motivational habits, reduce stress, and enhance social confidence to get the most out of your relationships with peers and staff.

In this 5 week workshop you’ll have the opportunity to: learn basic mindfulness skills and strategies for reducing social anxiety; develop understanding of your mood and performance cycles; find out how to best build habits and condition motivating behaviours; and develop environmental control, distraction reduction, and planning skills.

Engage@UCL is a 5 session, 2-hour weekly workshop. Each week has a different focus which links across the whole 5 sessions. You will need to be able to commit to attending all 5 sessions starting at 5.30 and ending at 7.30 pm.

Dates:

5 Mondays 5.30pm to 7.30pm

20th February

27th February

6th March

13th March

20th March

REGISTRATION FORM

DSDP - Dr Who?

Maintaining Momentum in your PhD

This course is only open to Research Students

Course Description

Working towards a doctorate can be hard work. It can be hard to stay motivated over time or in the face of obstacles and set-backs.

This workshop, running over five weeks, offers an opportunity to meet with others in a similar situation to learn together, support and encourage each other. Issues covered include maintaining motivation, writing difficulties, managing your time, dealing with procrastination and negotiating supervisor issues.

Dates and times:

5 Wednesdays from 9.30am to 11am

1st February

8th February

15th February

22nd February

1st March

Facilitator: Dr Sonia Greenidge

Location: Room 104, No 3 Taviton Street

Registration form

DSDP - Managing the Anxieties of a PhD

Please note this course is open only to Research Students

There are common challenges for students doing their PhD. The decision to pursue further education can lead to a sense of isolation from family and friends and the environment of working alone can lead to feeling isolated from other PhD students. Along with this students can experience knocks to self-esteem and question their ability to see the degree though to the end.

This workshop, running over five weeks, will help students develop strategies to manage and overcome these challenges by looking at issues such as manging doubt and worry, building self-acceptance and understanding how a work/life balance can be maintained.

Dates - Times:

5 Wednesdays from 2pm to 3.30pm

22nd February

1st March

8th March

15th March

22nd March 

Facilitator: Dr Sonia Greenidge

Location: Room 104, No 3 Taviton Street

Registration Form

Imposter Syndrome Workshop

This interactive workshop will explore 'Imposter Syndrome', a phrase coined to describe an internal feeling of unworthiness which occurs despite external evidence of achievement and accomplishment.  While any student may struggle with this kind of feeling, it has been suggested that minority groups (due to ethnicity, gender, social class, disability, etc) are particularly vulnerable to this kind of self-doubt and to feelings that they don't truly belong in some high achieving environments.  During the session we will look at recent writings on Imposter Syndrome, how societal pressures can exacerbate the problem, and will discuss how such internal doubts can impact on our behaviour.  We will also look at what you can do to recognise and manage imposter feelings and explore strategies to shore up your confidence.

DATE:

Monday 27th February 2017

12.45pm to 2.45pm

REGISTRATION FORM