Counselling & Clinical Services

Workshops On-Demand

The Counselling and Clinical Services (CCS) offers on-demand workshops available to the U of A community — students, staff, and faculty — by request. CCS psychologists, nurses, and interns appreciate the opportunity to connect with fellow members of the University of Alberta community and provide workshops on various topics related to mental health. 

Throughout the year, we are able to offer the following 60- to 90-minute workshops: 

  • Addressing Anxious Thoughts
    Find yourself dwelling on the “what-ifs” or worrying about the worst case scenario? How we talk to ourselves has a big impact on how anxious we feel. Learn how to address the mind’s responses to anxiety by identifying and challenging anxious thinking.
  • Cultivating Self-Compassion
    Have you ever thought of treating yourself as well as you treat others? Learn to build a better relationship with yourself, practice self-kindness, and face life’s challenges through compassion.
  • Facing Fears & Gaining Control
    Facing what scares us the most is often the best remedy for our fears. Learn recommended behavioural strategies to target anxiety, and why doing something that feels scary can actually help you feel stronger and more capable.
  • Happiness: Moving to Wellness
    Learn about the importance of sleep and exercise, and strategies to practice self-care and gratitude. In this workshop, participants will learn how to focus on what went well, and other techniques designed to assist and promote living a meaningful life.
  • Imposter Syndrome

    Explore why you tend to feel like an imposter or a fraud in academia (or other achievement-centered contexts), and the underlying factors that contribute to these beliefs. Learn how to challenge these beliefs and feel more comfortable with roles, achievements, accolades, and outcomes in your academic pursuits.

  • Introduction to Mindfulness
    Mindfulness is a trendy term these days, but what is it actually? Learn about the theory and practice of mindfulness and get concrete strategies to incorporate it into your daily life.
  • Learning to Relax
    Address your body’s responses to anxiety through helpful breathing and relaxation techniques.
  • Managing Perfectionism
    Learn about the etiology, types, and contributing factors of perfectionism, and begin to apply strategies that can help you to overcome the costly aspects of perfectionism.
  • Managing Stress
    Do you feel overworked and overwhelmed? Find out how stress may be impacting your health, and learn strategies to feel better and function more effectively.
  • Positive Body Image
    Do you treat your body like a friend or an enemy? This workshop invites participants to critically examine media messages about appearance, embrace health at every size, and learn how to treat their bodies with respect and love. All ages, genders and body types are welcome!
  • Setting Boundaries & Assertive Communication
    We all have our limits, but we don’t always recognize or communicate them effectively. Learn about the purpose of boundaries and how to express them assertively.
  • Understanding Depression & Addressing Unhelpful Thinking Patterns
    Understand depression and how your thinking can contribute to low mood. Identify unhelpful thinking patterns and learn adaptive, realistic strategies designed to help replace problematic thoughts through practical activities and discussion.
Important note: As these workshops are so high in demand, as with our other services, we cannot guarantee every request will be fulfilled. We also unable to create workshops outside of those listed above.

Request a Workshop

Please review the following conditions and responsibilities before submitting your request:

  1. Provide us with a minimum of four weeks prior to the date of the requested workshop.
  2. Account for the intended audience (the audience must consist of a minimum of twelve or more people, and be students or staff at the University of Alberta). Please note that audience size is a primary deciding factor when reviewing requests. We strongly recommend that smaller groups partner together to maximize the benefit and likelihood of the request being approved.
  3. Ensure an appropriate size smart classroom (e.g., Google Apps) is booked.
  4. Allot 90 minutes (ideal) or a minimum of 60 minutes for our team to present the information and answer questions.
  5. Cross reference the workshop you are requesting with our workshop schedule and the training provided by the Community Social Work Team as existing opportunities might already fulfill your needs. Please note that it is unlikely our team will approve a workshop request if the workshop is already being offered within five business days of the request.
  6. Complete and submit your request. Please allow 5–10 business days for us to process your request prior to receiving a response.