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Wellbeing Groups and Courses

Groups and Courses

Groups

Wellbeing Services offer a range of groups and courses to support students during their time at the University of Exeter. Our groups cover a range of topics related to student wellbeing. Please see more information on our groups below and how you can attend them.

For some of the groups and courses you will be offered an orientation session which allows you to meet the practitioner in person beforehand and get a greater understanding of what to expect from the group.

The Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) Group welcomes any student at the University of Exeter who identifies with autism spectrum conditions (such as Asperger's syndrome) or believes they would benefit from being involved. The social group is facilitated by two mentors, Sasa from AccessAbility and Lucy from the Mental Health team, who attend each social to help run activities and support those who may feel anxious or apprehensive about taking part.

It doesn’t matter when you get involved in the year, you’re welcome any time. Some students come a few times a term whilst others come to every group. You’re able to attend at any point in the session too, whether you just want to join for 10 minutes or stay throughout. It’s totally up to you. 

When:

  • Time: Wednesdays from 12:30 - 14:00
  • Dates for Term One, 2020: 16th September, 23rd September, 30th September, 7th October, 14th October, 21st October, 28th October, 4th November, 11th November, 18th November, 25th November, 2nd December, 9th December

Where:

  • Online via Microsoft Teams or Zoom. The meeting link is sent out via our mailing list on Tuesdays - please get in touch at accessability@exeter.ac.uk if you are interested in joining.

What do the students think?

‘I’d encourage everyone who has difficulty overcoming social anxiety to come to these events for some light hearted games and interactions with others who have similar problems.’

‘An excellent, welcoming and laid-back group with no pressure and complete mutual understanding’

Interested?

If you are interested in finding out more about the group or have any questions, please email accessability@exeter.ac.uk. We will happily share more information and welcome students to join at any point.

Dates, times and format for the Fatigue Group will be updated as soon as possible for term one. Thank you for your patience.

If you have any queries, please email accessability@exeter.ac.uk or call us on 01392 723880.

Courses

Mindfulness is a well-researched, non-religious and effective means of alleviating stress, anxiety and depression, and promoting wellbeing. This practical course was designed with the needs of students in mind at Oxford University by Professor Mark Williams, one of the original developers of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). It primarily aims to teach people skills when they are feeling fairly well, which can help with stepping out of the unhelpful thinking patterns that may lead to worsening mood and increasing stress levels. During the course we will be learning a range of practices which help to develop a greater awareness of present moment experience, a sense of acceptance and kindness towards ourselves.

For more information on how mindfulness can help alleviate stress, please see this short video clip of Professor Mark Williams speaking:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soA6kzxeKj0

Feedback from students who have previously attended this course:

  • “I feel that this course has helped me develop coping strategies for my anxiety…I really enjoyed the course.”
  • “I think that 90 minute sessions each week were very beneficial and I liked following the course in a group setting. I felt that each week built upon one another well.”
  • “Very friendly, practical”
  • “Calmed my mind”

Dates for Term Two, 2020

Streatham Campus

  • Dates and times: Every Tuesday from Tuesday 4th February to Tuesday 24th March, 10:00 - 11:30
  • Location: These sessions will take place in Reed Mews Wellbeing Centre, Streatham Campus (building 15 on the Streatham campus map)

St Luke's Campus

  • Dates and times: Every Friday from Friday 21st February to Friday 13th March, 14:30 - 16:00
  • Location: These sessions will take place in SO8, University of Exeter Medical School, St Luke's Campus (building 8 on the St Luke's campus map)

Each session builds on the previous one, therefore we ask for attendance to all sessions to complete the group.

How to book a place

Please book a place by following the link below:

Streatham Course: https://mycareerzone.exeter.ac.uk/students/events/Detail/684588

St Luke's Course: https://mycareerzone.exeter.ac.uk/students/events/Detail/684587

When you book onto this course a place will be reserved for you. Shortly before the course you will be invited to a 45 minute one-to-one session with the practitioner facilitating the course to ensure that it is the right time for you to attend it. If it is not for any reason then alternative support will be identified for you if needed.

Compassion is “sensitivity to the suffering of self and others, with a deep commitment to try to relieve it”. Developing compassion involves acknowledging that we all face difficult situations at times and accepting any mistakes we may have made. If we can support ourselves through these challenges, with kindness, we are likely to feel better.

When depressed or anxious, it is very common to focus on what we see as our own shortcomings. We can become very self-critical and expect criticism and rejection from others. This can lead to many strong negative emotions such as anxiety, sadness and shame. If we’ve had experiences of being criticised or under threat from others, and few experiences of feeling protected or soothed by others, it can be really hard to know how to soothe ourselves. Developing self-compassion and our ability to soothe ourselves can help to manage distress and difficult feelings. It can also increase positive feelings of acceptance, contentment, and kindness, which are crucial for our wellbeing.

In this 6 week online course we will be learning ways to soothe ourselves to manage distress and emotions such as anger, fear, disgust and shame. Compassion is something that we can develop to help us become more nurturing in our relationships to ourselves and others.

For more information on why it’s important to become more compassionate, please see this short video clip of Professor Paul Gilbert, the developer of Compassion Focussed Therapy, being interviewed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kF7FRy0_xs

Feedback from students who have previously attended this course:

  •  “I remember how low I was before and how thinly I was stretching myself just to feel adequate. It’s wonderful to have moments now where I can just lie on my bed listening to music and be completely content.”
  • “I feel I have improved greatly in the last few weeks thanks to the techniques taught and the open encouraging atmosphere nurtured by practitioners and attendees.”
  • “I feel more self-accepting and happy.”

Next dates

  • Term One, 2020: Every Friday from Friday 30th October to Friday 4th December from 10:00 - 12:00.
  • Location: These sessions will take place online via Zoom. 

Each session builds on the previous one, therefore we ask for attendance to all six sessions to complete the group.

How to book your place

Please book your place by following the link below:

https://mycareerzone.exeter.ac.uk/students/events/Detail/737680

When you book onto this course a place will be reserved for you. Shortly before the course you will be invited to a hour long one-to-one session with the practitioner facilitating the course to ensure that it is the right time for you to attend it. If it is not for any reason then alternative support will be identified for you if needed.

Wellbeing Services and Career Zone are offering a 4 week online course via Microsoft Teams to support students through the career decision making process with a focus on managing their mental health during this time. 

The underlying themes of confidence, resilience, dealing with uncertainty and stress management will be discussed in relation to employability throughout the workshops. You will have the opportunity to work on a one to one basis with the careers consultant at the end of the course to expand and develop key themes to support employability. This course is open to all students, whether you are looking for temporary, part time work, or exploring longer term career plans.

The sessions consist of four 1.5 hour sessions covering the following topics:

  • Session 1 - Where Can Your Course Lead? (includes making career decisions, exploring values, and managing stress)
  • Session 2 - What Job/Sector Would Suit Me? (includes exploring skills and strengths, the influence of our thinking on the job search)
  • Session 3 - Exploring Jobs and Opportunities (includes how to find out about jobs, disclosure, and support on the workplace)
  • Session 4 - How to Prepare for the Recruitment Process (includes how to prepare and market yourself, job interviews, and managing interview stress)

Ideally you will be able to attend all 4 sessions as they build on one another. However, they are available as individual sessions as well.

Dates and times

All sessions run from 14:00 - 15:30. 

  • Session 1: Wednesday 11th November
  • Session 2: Wednesday 18th November
  • Session 3: Wednesday 25th November
  • Session 4: Wednesday 2nd December

If you have any queries please email wellbeing@exeter.ac.uk for the attention of Jo Blakely.

How to book a place

To register your interest please book a place via the link below:

https://mycareerzone.exeter.ac.uk/students/events/Detail/744076

When you book onto this course a place will be reserved for you for all four sessions. Shortly before the course you will be invited to a one-to-one session with a practitioner to discuss the course in more detail.

Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time but for some it can start to become an on-going problem. This course consists of 3 one hour online sessions which aim to give you more information about anxiety and provide useful techniques that you can use throughout life to reduce feelings of anxiety. All of the techniques are based on the principals of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Please be aware that you will need to be referred by a member of the Wellbeing Services team to attend this course. Please book a Telephone Referral Appointment if you believe this course would benefit you.

Term One, 20/21 dates:

  • Group one: Wednesday 21st October, Wednesday 28th October, and Wednesday 4th November from 11:30 - 12:30
  • Group two: Thursday 19th November, Thursday 26th November, and Thursday 3rd December from 14:30 - 15:30

Both groups will run online via Skype webinar. Once your place has been confirmed, you will be sent a link prior to the beginning of the course.

Each session builds on the previous one, therefore we ask for attendance to all three sessions to complete the group.