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

    Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    Time: 4:30 - 6 p.m.
     SUB 2-725

    Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018
    Time: 12 - 2 p.m.
     SUB 2-725

    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.

    In this workshop you will learn how to address the mind’s responses to anxiety by identifying and challenging anxious thinking.

  • Facing Fears and Gaining Control

    Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
    Time: 4:30 - 6 p.m.
     SUB 2-725

    Facing what scares us the most is often the best remedy for our fears. In this workshop you will learn how to address behavioural responses to anxiety, and why doing something that feels scary can actually help you feel stronger and more capable. 

Mood Management

  • Addressing Unhelpful Thinking Patterns

    Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018
    Time: 2 - 4 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.

  • Depression: Myths and Facts

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

  • Happiness: Moving to Wellness

    Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018
    Time: 2 - 4 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.

  • Self Care: Small Steps to Make a Big Difference

    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. This workshop will help participants make healthy changes in these areas to promote wellness.


  • 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.

  • Yoga for Mental Hygiene

    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

    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.

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

    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

    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 memory. 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.

Self-esteem and Self-image

  • Changing Body Dissatisfaction

    Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018
    Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Location: SUB 2-725

    Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
    Time: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    Location: SUB 2-725

    Do you treat your body like a friend, or an enemy? This workshop invites participants to critically examine media messages about appearance, to embrace health at every size, and to learn how to treat their bodies with respect and love. All ages, genders and body types are welcome!

  • Impostor Syndrome

    Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Location: SUB 2-725

    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.


  • Cultivating Self-Compassion

    Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    Time: 1 - 3 p.m. 
    Location: SUB 2-725 

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.