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Staff Groups & Courses

If you are interested in joining one of the groups or workshops listed below, please see the contact information below or speak to your counsellor if you are already being seen in the Service.

For general information about groups at the Counselling Service, please follow this Groups & Workshops link.


Reflective Practice Groups

Reflective Practice Groups are run by the University's Staff Counselling Service for staff who could benefit from:

  • meeting together with others doing similar work
  • on a regular basis
  • with an independent facilitator
  • in a confidential environment

in order to

  • support each other
  • discuss the rewards/demands of their work
  • share skills, experience and beliefs
  • see things from a different perspective
  • challenge each other
  • look at complex issues together

It is part of normal professional life to reflect on how you can work at your best, and to seek to overcome difficulties inherent in the work that you do.


Reflective Practice Groups for Departmental Administrators

The Staff Counselling Service realises that the job of a Departmental Administrator can be complex and demanding. We are aware of the pressures and demands of the role, and the importance of being able to step back from the work, reflect on experience and gain perspective.

We currently run three groups at lunchtimes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. A counsellor from the Staff Counselling Service facilitates each group, which meets monthly for 1 hour at the Counselling Service.

If you would like to join one of these Reflective Practice Groups, please contact Michelle Reynolds, Acting Head of Staff Counselling,


Reflective Practice Groups for Post-Doc Researchers

The role of a post-doc is one with its own challenges.  Often these include a sense of isolation.  Through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs this is being addressed in many ways.  The Staff Counselling Service is participating by offering 2, monthly, reflective practice groups.  These offer post-doctoral staff the opportunity to discuss with others the challenges, difficulties and successes particular to their role in a supportive and facilitated group. If you would like to join a group please contact Debbie Nel on

Workshops and Courses run through PPD

We currently run two courses for PPD:

Stress, Relaxation and Coping

This is a one day workshop which will help you to understand the causes of stress and identify possible solutions for coping with pressure and managing stress.

To book a place go to:


Key Skills in Listening to, Communicating with and Supporting Individuals

A series of 4, 2 hour, linked workshops designed to increase knowledge, ability and confidence in these areas. Learning will be through theoretical and experiential input, small and large group participation.