The workshop (PDF, 107kB) programme is designed to give students an opportunity to get together and interact with each other in furthering their own and others' understanding of specific topics. Through small group discussions and individual and group exercises you will have the opportunity to share experiences, as well as to learn and practice new skills. Different workshops are offered each term.

Most workshops are facilitated by members of the Student Counselling Service. Others are presented by external facilitators with experience of a particular area. Workshops are single events on specific topics, usually either lasting between 1 - 2 hours or running as a one day course.

If you are are Bristol resident you can also access courses via the NHS from Bristol Wellbeing Therapies

Workshop Programme Autumn 2017

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Find and Develop your resilience 

Wednesday 6 December. 2.30 - 4.15pm, Hampton House

Life has its ups and downs and sometimes we can feel stressed, exhausted or overwhelmed. Resilience can be learnt and developed and it can greatly benefit both your academic work and your personal life. Come and create your ‘resilience tool box’ by learning strategies to recover from set-backs and creatively manage challenges and difficulties.  

Learn to relax - skills for feeling better and managing your state of mind

Wednesday 29 November, 2.30 – 3.30pm, Hampton House

This session will introduce you to some simple techniques to feel more relaxed, and to become more in control of your thoughts. Using aspects of mindfulness and self-hypnosis, it will offer you a space and opportunity to be more of what you want to be, more of the time.

Get to know your inner critic and find your voice

Wednesday 22 November, 2.30 - 4.15 pm, Hampton House

In this workshop we will seek to engage with those negative internal voices in a creative way. Using creative art therapy, we will use story, art, movement and mindfulness to help you to understand the roots of your negative self-talk and to practise finding your own voice of power.

How to book

You do not need to book any of the above workshops, you will just need to turn up on the day with your student ID.

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The following workshops are being run in collaboration with Connect Psychology. 

Improving Self-Esteem

Saturday 25 November, 10.00am - 4.00pm, Hampton House

This course will introduce you to what low self-esteem is and how it can affect you and your life. It will also help you learn skills and strategies to help you manage low self-esteem. It will include the following:

  • Understanding low self-esteem and how it is maintained. Introduction to how CBT techniques can help break the cycle of low self-esteem and boost your confidence
  • Understanding the effects of low self-esteem on your thoughts and learning how to use CBT techniques to challenge unhelpful thinking and help you to recognise your stengths and positives.
  • Understanding the effect of low self-esteem on how you behave. Learning CBT techniques on how to change your behaviour to improve your self-esteem and confidence
  • Exploring communication styles and learning how to express yourself and handle difficult situations in a way that boosts your self-esteem
  • A session looking at taking care of yourself and managing the physical impact of low self-esteem. Also learning how goal setting can build confidence and improve your self-esteem
  • Planning for the future and coping with setbacks

How to book

If you are interested in taking part in any of the Connect Psychology workshops you will need to be registered with a GP in Bristol. You will also need to fill out the following online form on the Bristol Wellbeing Therapies website. They will assess your suitability for the workshop and offer alternative or additional support if needed.


Am I eligible to attend workshops?

Any student who is currently registered with the University of Bristol is eligible to attend workshops. You can attend any of these workshops alongside any other support you are accessing in the service.

Can I only attend one session, or can I attend more than one?

You are able to attend as many workshops as you wish, provided there is space.

How do I sign up to workshops?

For any of the Connect Psychology workshops you will need to be registered with a Bristol GP and fill in the following online form prior to the workshop. For all our other workshops, you will just need to turn up on the day with your student ID.

What if I arrive late?

If you arrive any more than 5 minutes late then you will not be able to attend the workshop.

Do I need to bring anything to the workshop?

You do not need to bring anything to the workshop but you may wish to bring a pen and paper in case you wish to make notes and some bottled water to drink.

What if too many people attend the workshop and there is no space?

We endeavour to welcome everyone who wishes to attend our workshops but this may not always be possible. If you are interested in a connect psychology course or a workshop but it has reached capacity, we will not be able to let you into the session but we may invite you to attend another one later in the year. Some handouts and presentations relating to our own workshops are available online so you could access these and perhaps come to one of our Talk and Plan sessions to work through these with a counsellor if you feel this would be useful. If you feel in need of some input/support, you may wish to access our resource library in the main reception of the service. You can also always make contact with the service if you need any further support from us.


To give us feedback about a workshop you have attended in the Autumn term 2017, please fill out this online form.

Ideas for future Workshops

We welcome your ideas for future groups that could be run by the Student Counselling Service so if you have something in mind please tell your counsellor or contact us using our ideas form.

Guided exercises and facilitators were excellent.

Insightful courses and easy-to-approach counsellors.

It definitely helps with identifying problems and gives the option to explore these, realise that others are in the same situation and address these.

There were many different ways to deal with many problems, something to suit everyone. People were friendly and lovely.

A very useful variety of workshops with very friendly accessible staff.