Talks for Students
The Counselling Support service provides talks on a range of topics. You can request a talk/presentation that you feel is relevant to your students.
Available topics are listed in the tabs below. In addition we may be able to offer bespoke presentations and talks depending on expertise and availability.
Whether students have come to university straight from school or are returning to study after a break, there are lots of skills and tips to help them get a good start. From study skills to tips for wellbeing, these presentations are designed to provide practical support to students as they begin their academic journey.
If you are interested in scheduling a “Get Started” talk for your student group, please complete the request form.
Goal To explore practical tips around sleep, exercise and self care for good wellbeing as a student. Outcomes
- Have familiarity with some tools to manage stress and promote wellbeing
- Have a list of practical strategies to implement
Description A general introduction to Student Life Services that will familiarise students with campus supports and how to access them in more detail. Plus, an introduction to the value of making connections at uni, with practical skills on dealing with social anxiety. Goal
Making connections and learning about your supports.
- Knowledge of the types of clubs, societies and support services available at uni
- Practical skills for dealing with social anxiety and enhance confidence in reaching out for support and knowing what to expect
- Know the range of student support services available and how to access them
Getting organised, honing your study skills and dealing with stress.
To explore skills and strategies that can help new students with planning and organisation. Techniques to improve concentration and tackle stress before it becomes an issue are also covered.
Goal Learn how to get organised and sharpen your study s Outcomes
- Practical skills that can be used to improve study success
- Knowledge and skills to assist students to reduce stress
Stay on track
With increasing assignments and competing priorities, the semester can start to feel very stressful for students at all stages of their programs. Whilst procrastination, demotivation and anxiety can negatively impact on study progress, there are lots of practical strategies and tips to help students get back on track quickly.
These workshops are targeted at all students engaged in coursework study programs. If you are interested in scheduling a “Stay on Track” talk for your student group, please complete the request form.
Stress busting tips
Goal To explore practical tips around dealing with stress, organisation and planning to assist students to quickly get back on track with their coursework or prepare for exams. Outcomes Practical skills that can be implemented immediately to deal with study stress and improve wellbeing.
Goal To explore common triggers that lead to avoidance and procrastination with practical tips on how to conquer them and improve motivation. Outcomes
- Understand the rationale for avoidance and be able to name it accurately.
- Practical skills for reducing procrastination and getting back on track.
Option As an alternative to this talk you may like to play our 8 minute video which can be found in the resources section below.
Goal To explore the impact of perfectionism on performance and develop practical strategies to address it. Outcomes
- Understand the difference between perfectionism and excellence.
- Practical skills for dealing with perfectionism.
Option As an alternative to this talk you may like to play our 7 minute video which can be found in the resources section below.
Getting towards the end of semester is a welcoming thought but dealing with exam results can also be a time of worry and despair for some of our student population. At the end of a degree program, students can also experience a huge range of emotions; from achievement and anticipation to coping with the uncertainty of the next step. Talking about how to cope effectively with unexpected outcomes can be really useful in maintaining good mental wellbeing through these challenging times.
Some talks are targeted at students completing a semester, and others for those who are due to finish their degree. If you are interested in scheduling a “Next Steps” talk for your student group, please complete the request form.
Waiting for results
Goal To identify the causes of stress associated with waiting for and receiving results, and ways to respond that support our wellbeing Outcomes
1. Identify the causes of stress
2. Practical tools that can be used to cope whilst waiting for results or receiving unexpected results
Life beyond Uni
Goal To explore the wellbeing challenges commonly experienced in the transition to work and how to approach these proactively. Outcomes
- Understand common challenges experienced after leaving university around wellbeing
- Practical skills for dealing with unexpected feelings and wellbeing challenges.
Sometimes, looking after health and wellbeing can be a real challenge. Students may be juggling volunteering, work or domestic responsibilities. Alongside these competing priorities and clashing schedules, wellbeing can be pushed to the side and leave many students feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. Working out what we need to stay well, when things get tough, is a topic we love to talk about!
If you are interested in scheduling a “Be Well” talk for your student group, please complete the request form.
Goal To introduce students to a range of breathing techniques that support stress reduction and good. Outcomes
- Understand how the breath relates to our emotional states
- Practical tools for breathing to reduce stress.
Target Group University peer mentors and ambassadors Goal To explore the challenges of studying and volunteering for the University with particular focus on self care, maintaining boundaries with fellow students and developing assertive relationships with staff. Outcomes
- Identify common pressures associated with managing dual roles
- Practical skills to maintain effective boundaries with fellow students and staff
Work life balance
Goal To explore the challenges of balancing responsibilities whilst supporting good wellbeing and provide practical strategies to improve work life balance. Outcomes
Identify common pressures that impact balance with practical skills on how to manage these differently with focus on wellbeing.