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.
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.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
12-1:30 p.m.
SUB 2-725
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Imposter 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.
Learning to Relax

This workshop introduces participants to some helpful breathing and relaxation techniques to address the body's responses to anxiety.

Thursday, November 28, 2019
2-3:30 p.m.
SUB 2-725
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Managing Perfectionism
Learn about the etiology, types, and contributing factors of perfectionism, and begin to apply strategies that can help overcome the costly aspects of perfectionism.


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.
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.

Friday, November 29, 2019
1:30-3 p.m.
SUB 2-725
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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.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
2-3:30 p.m.
SUB 0-33
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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, 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!
Setting Boundaries & Communicating Assertively

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.

Tuesday, November 21, 2019
2-3:30 p.m.
SUB 4-02
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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.

Friday, November 22, 2019
1:30-3 p.m.
SUB 2-725
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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

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.

Facilitator: Dr. Steve Knish, Yoga Instructor RYT-200, Psychologist, CCS

Thursdays (ongoing, except for statutory holidays)
3-4:30 p.m.
SUB 3-02

Yoga for Peace of Mind

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.

Facilitator: Dr. Steve Knish, Yoga Instructor RYT-200, Psychologist, CCS

Mondays (ongoing, except for statutory holidays)
10-11:30 a.m.
SUB 3-02


Workshops for Faculty & Staff

Please note that the following workshops are dedicated to helping faculty and staff.

Building Resilience in Classrooms

Learn practical tools to build learning spaces that support mental health resilience in classrooms and other academic settings.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
4:00-5:30 p.m.
SUB 2-725
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Identifying, Helping, and Referring Students in Distress
Do you think a student might be struggling? Not sure what to say or do? Learn about common indicators of distress and what you can do to help.


Learn about other training opportunities that focus on mental health through the Community Social Work Team.

Upcoming Workshops