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

  • 1. What is Anxiety?

    Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
    Time: 4:30 - 6 p.m.
    Location: SUB 2-725

    Want to learn more about anxiety and how it affects us? Find out about the nature of anxiety and how it’s different from stress. Learn about the responses of the body, the mind, and its effects on behavior. Explore strategies to help and the rationale behind them.

  • 2. Learning to Relax

    Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
    Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m.
    Location: SUB 0-31

    This workshop introduces some helpful breathing and relaxation techniques to address the body’s responses to anxiety. Come prepared to learn, and also to relax!

  • 3. Targeting Anxious Thoughts

    Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017
    Time: 4:30 - 6 p.m.
    Location: SUB 4-02

    Find yourself dwelling on “what-ifs”? Worrying about the worst case scenario? What we tell ourselves impacts how anxious we feel. Learn to identify and challenge anxious thinking.
  • 4. Facing Fears

    Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
    Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m.
    Location: SUB 0-31

    Facing what scares us the most is often the best remedy for our fears. Learn why doing something that feels scary can actually help us feel stronger and more capable.

Mindfulness

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

    Dates: Mondays (ongoing, except for statutory holidays)
    Time: 10 - 11:45 a.m.
    Location: SUB 3-02

    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 will help you quiet your mind to promote balanced mood and improved memory. This class will also address the physical consequences of prolonged study and computer use.
  • 2. Yoga for Mental Hygiene

    Dates: Thursdays (ongoing, except for statutory holidays)
    Time: 3 - 4 p.m.
    Location: SUB 3-02

    This 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 with simple postures and yoga breathing exercises. 

Mood Management

  • 1. What is Depression?

    Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017
    Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
    Location: SUB 6-06

    Find out about symptoms and causes of clinical depression, and how to receive help.

  • 2. Addressing Unhelpful Thinking Patterns

    Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
    Location: SUB 2-725

    How we think has a big effect on how we feel! This workshop will assist participants in identifying unhelpful thinking patterns, and replacing problematic thoughts with more adaptive and realistic ones.

  • 3. Self-Care

    Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
    Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
    Location: SUB 2-725

    Lifestyle factors such as adequate sleep, good nutrition, social interaction, exercise and other behaviours can have a big impact on overall mood, health and well-being. Learn how to make healthy changes to promote wellness.

  • 4. Spoonful of Happiness

    Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
    Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
    Location: SUB 2-725

    Positive Psychology research suggests that we all have the capability of feeling better every day! Practicing gratitude, focusing on what went well and other techniques are introduced, with the goal of assisting participants in living a meaningful and enriching life.

Relationships

  • 1. Improving Relationships

    Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017
    Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m.
    Location
    : SUB 4-02

    Learn about relationships, boundaries and communication styles that promote strong healthy relationships.

  • 2. Bad Romance

    Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
    Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m.
    Location: SUB 0-31

    What do you do when love hurts? Whether you’re concerned about your relationship or someone else’s, learn what makes a healthy relationship and identify signs of an unhealthy one. Get strategies to cope, stay safe and access support.

  • 3. Breakups 101

    Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017
    Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m.
    Location: SUB 4-02

    Learn basic guidelines for ending relationships effectively with respect, dignity, grace and compassion.

  • 4. Handling Heartbreak

    Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
    Time:
     2 - 3:30 p.m.
    Location: SUB 0-31

    Learn about what helps and what prolongs the agony in handling the emotional aftermath of relationship break ups.

Wellness

  • 1. Demystifying Mindfulness

    Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017
    Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
    Location: SUB 2-725

    Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017
    Time: 2:30 - 4 p.m.
    Location: SUB 0-31

    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.

  • 2. iMatter: Cultivating Self-Compassion

    Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
    Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m. 
    Location: SUB 2-725

    Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
    Time: 2:30 - 4 p.m.
    Location: SUB 0-31

    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.

  • 3. "Back Off": How to Set Healthy Boundaries

    Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
    Location: SUB 2-725

    Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
    Time: 2:30 - 4 p.m.
    Location: SUB 2-725

    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.

  • 4. Make Stress Your New BFF

    Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
    Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
    Location: SUB 4-02

    Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
    Time: 2:30 - 4 p.m.
    Location: SUB 2-725

    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.