Counselling & Clinical Services

Free Drop-In Workshops

Our drop-in workshops are casual, one-time events that give you a chance to learn about a mental health topic while interacting with a psychologist (or intern) and your peers. Workshops focus on common psychological concerns like depression, anxiety, relationship break ups, cross-cultural adjustment, grief, disordered eating, sleeping problems and others. Our workshops will help you understand a particular mental health issue and teach you some real-world strategies to deal with it.

All U of A students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend.

Anxiety Management

  • Addressing Anxious Thoughts

    Find yourself dwelling on “what-ifs”? 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.

    Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
    Time: 4:30 - 6 p.m.
    Location:
     SUB 4-02
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    Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    Time: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    Location:
     SUB 4-20
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  • Facing Fears and Gaining Control

    Facing what scares us the most is often the best remedy for our fears. Learn recommended behavioural strategies to target anxiety, and also get information about why doing something that feels scary can actually help you feel stronger and more capable.

    Date: Friday, October 26, 2018
    Time: 1:30 - 3 p.m.
    Location:
     SUB 2-725
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    Date: Friday, November 23, 2018
    Time: 1:30 - 3 p.m.
    Location: SUB 4-20
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  • Impostor Syndrome

    This workshop explores a common tendency to feel like an impostor or a fraud in academia (and other achievement-centered contexts). Participants will learn about the factors underlying these beliefs, have an opportunity to share experiences and ask questions, and learn ways to challenge these beliefs and feel more comfortable with roles, achievements, accolades, and outcomes in academic pursuits.

    Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018
    Time: 4:30 - 6 p.m.
    Location: SUB 2-725
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Mood & Wellness

  • 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.

    Date: Friday, October 12, 2018
    Time: 1:30 - 3 p.m. 
    Location: SUB 2-725 
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    Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018
    Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
    Location: SUB 2-725
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  • Happiness: Moving to Wellness

    Learn strategies to practice self-care and gratitude, focus on what went well, and other techniques in this workshops designed to assist participants live a meaningful life.

    Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
    Time: 2:30 - 4 p.m.
    Location: SUB 2-725
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    Date: Friday, November 23, 2018
    Time: 1:30 - 3 p.m.
    Location: SUB 2-725
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  • How to Set Healthy Boundaries

    We all have our limits, but we don’t always recognize or communicate them. Learn about the purpose of boundaries, identify your own and get strategies to express and maintain them.

    Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
    Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
    Location: SUB 2-725
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  • Make Stress Your New BFF

    Stressed? Overworked? Overwhelmed? This workshop will help you identify sources of stress,learn coping skills, and shift your relationship with stress from foe to friend.

    Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018
    Time: 4:30 - 6 p.m.
    Location: SUB 2-725
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  • The Student Life: Managing Stress

    Learn how making small changes in your mindset can lead to big impacts on your grades, motivation, and stress.

    Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    Time: 4:30 - 6 p.m.
    Location: SUB 0-33
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  • Understanding Depression & Addressing Unhelpful Thinking Patterns

    Understand depression and how your thinking can contribute to low mood. Learn adaptive and realistic strategies designed to help replace problematic thoughts. Identify unhelpful thinking patterns and learn adaptive, realistic strategies designed to help replace problematic thoughts through practical activities and discussion that focus on identifying unhelpful thinking patterns.

    Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018
    Time: 2:30 - 4 p.m.
    Location: SUB 4-02
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    Date: Friday, November 2, 2018
    Time: 1:30 - 3 p.m.
    Location: SUB 2-725
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Mindfulness

  • 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 daily life.

    Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
    Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
    Location: SUB 2-725
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  • Yoga for Mental Hygiene

    This ongoing weekly mindfulness yoga drop in class is designed for students who are looking to develop or complement their existing wellness strategies for dealing with academic and life stress, and prolonged sitting and computer use. Both restorative and simple sequences of postures, yoga breathing exercises, and meditation will be offered to help restore the mind and body to a more balanced, whole state and provide ideas for effective study breaks and self-care. The arc of the class will take the practitioner through the simulation of a healthy daily rhythm - calming and centering, activation and finding the edge, restoration and integration.

    Dates: Thursdays (ongoing, except for statutory holidays)
    Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m.
    Location: SUB 3-02
    Facilitator: Dr. Steve Knish, Yoga Instructor RYT-200, Psychologist, CCS

  • Yoga for Peace of Mind - Mindfulness, Meditation & Motion

    This weekly mindfulness yoga drop-in class is designed for students who are looking to develop or complement their wellness strategies. Meditation, breathing exercises and yoga postures that allow for the cultivation of mindful awareness will help you quiet your mind to promote balanced mood and improved energy. This class will also address the physical consequences of prolonged study and computer use and leave participants with ideas for effective study breaks and self-care.

    Dates: Mondays (ongoing, except for statutory holidays)
    Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
    Location: SUB 3-02
    Facilitator: Dr. Steve Knish, Yoga Instructor RYT-200, Psychologist, CCS