Student workshops

Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers free workshops on a range of personal development, mental health and wellbeing issues each semester. Mental Health First Aid and other training programs are also available for both students and staff.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Changes to the student workshop program

Considering the rapidly changing situation and to prioritise the health and wellbeing of our students and staff, we are modifying the delivery of some workshops and will need to temporarily suspend others. Please check the details of the individual workshops below for the latest updates.

On this page:

Tuesday lunchtime workshops
Break free from anxiety workshops
International student programs
Mindfulness programs
Webinars
Special interest workshops
Mental Health First Aid training

2020 Semester 1 Student Workshop Program

Download a copy of the 2020 Sem 1 Student Workshop Program (PDF 207.1 KB)

Tuesday lunchtime workshops

WorkshopDate/timeDetails
Creating social connections 
Feel more confident and connected in social situations
Tuesday 17 March
1-2PM
Cancelled
Assertive communication
Learn to express yourself more clearly and confidently
Tuesday 24 March
1-2PM
Cancelled
Optimising focus and attention
Train your attention, build concentration, remain calm and focused under pressure
Tuesday 31 March
1-2PM
Webinar delivery - registration closed
Overcoming procrastination
Explore ways to stay on track and get things done
Tuesday 21 April
1-2PM
Webinar delivery - registration open
Resilience and wellbeing
Build resilience, manage stress, and live a happier, more meaningful life
Tuesday 28 April
1-2PM
Webinar delivery - registration open

Break free from anxiety workshops

Develop and practise psychological skills to better manage stress and anxiety.

WorkshopDate/timeLocationRegistration
Break free from anxiety for graduate students Friday 13 March 
9.30am - 4.30pm
To be advised Registration closed
Break free from anxiety (all students) Wednesday 1 April
9.30am - 4.30pm
To be advised Suspended
Break free from anxiety (all students) Thursday 7 May 
9.30am - 4.30pm
To be advised Suspended
Break free from anxiety (all students)Wednesday 3 June 
9.30am - 4.30pm
To be advised Suspended
Break free from anxiety at Southbank
(Southbank students)
Monday 15 June
9.30am - 4.30pm
Southbank campus -
To be advised
Suspended

International student programs

Reflect on your experience as an international student and extend your social network. Gain support from counsellors and other international students in learning ways to adjust to a new environment, build meaningful relationships, and maintain positive wellbeing. 

WorkshopDescriptionDate/timeLocationRegistration
Connecting and thriving as an international student There can be many changes and challenges to navigate as an international student, even if you've been living in Australia for some time! Connect with people with similar experiences, get support from each other, and learn ways to better cope with stress and take care of yourself.  Wednesday 29 April 
3-5 PM
To be advised Suspended
CAPS and UMSU International Student WorkshopsIn partnership with UMSU International, learn more about wellbeing and adjustment as an international student. More information coming soon.To be advisedTo be advisedTo be advised
CAPS and GSA Graduate International Student ProgramConnect, share, and learn about wellbeing as an graduate international student in this 6-session program. More information coming soon.To be advisedTo be advisedTo be advised

Mindfulness programs

Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment with an attitude of openness, curiosity, and acceptance. Regular practice can help us better manage stress and anxiety, improve our focus, engage more fully in life, and take effective action.

WorkshopDescriptionDate/timeLocationDetails
Mid-week mindfulnessDrop in to an introductory mindfulness session to learn more about it through brief guided exercises. All students and staff are welcome. Every Wednesday, Week 2 (11 Mar) - Week 9 (6 May) 

1.15 - 2PM

Note. Mid-week mindfulness will not run on Wed 15 Apr during the non-teaching week.
Baillieu Library, Leigh Scott RoomSuspended
Mindfulness for stress management for graduate researchersThis program aims to provide a supportive learning environment for graduate researchers to develop a regular mindfulness practice to better manage stress.

This requires a commitment to attend 6 x 1-hour weekly sessions and 20 minutes of practice per day.
Every Thursday (21 May - 25 June)

1 - 2 PM
To be advisedSuspended

Webinars

WebinarDate/timeRegistration
Social anxiety program
This three-week online program will help you understand social anxiety and offer strategies to overcome it.
Friday 24 April, Friday 1 May, Friday 8 May
1-2PM
Registration open

Special interest workshops

WorkshopDate/timeDetailsRegistration
Studying on the spectrum
How to survive and thrive at uni with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Tuesday 7 April
1-2PM
Webinar delivery Registration closed
Coming out of your cultural zone
Struggling with sexuality or questioning gender identity from a different cultural perspective? Join a safe space for discussion, ideas, and support.
To be advised To be advised Register an expression of interest

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training

Learn to recognise and assist someone developing a mental health problem or in crisis.

Learn more and register