Common questions about our Coping Skills seminars

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Counselling Services offers four 1-hour Coping Skills seminars all term long. Most every week of term you can find at least one seminar to take. But you might be wondering what a Coping Skills seminar actually is and whether or not taking one is right for you. Our Coping Skills seminars were developed to help you gain insight into your patterns of thinking, feeling, and self-care that can contribute to your overall mood and outlook.

Why should I take a Coping Skills seminar?

By taking the Coping Skills seminars you will cover many of the questions and themes you would cover in your first one or two individual counselling sessions. If you attend a Coping Skills seminar while you are on our waitlist for individual counselling, you might be able to better identify your counselling goals before you are matched with your counsellor for your first appointment. In some cases, students have taken a Coping Skills seminar and learned enough that they felt like they no longer needed individual counselling.

What will I learn?

Our four seminars are Challenging Thinking, Managing Emotions, Cultivating Resiliency, and Strengthening Motivation.

Challenging Thinking – Learn how to identify unhelpful thinking patterns, challenge and modify unhelpful thoughts, think in a more balanced way, and relax using mindfulness strategies.

Managing Emotions – Learn how to identify emotional triggers; regulate emotions with self-soothing, coping thoughts, and grounding; increase enjoyable activities in day-to-day life; and relax using guided imagery visualization.

Cultivating Resiliency – Learn how to develop healthier self-care habits, shift unhelpful mindsets, deal with disappointment, motivate yourself after failure, and relax using breathing techniques.

Strengthening Motivation – Learn how to solve problems more effectively, set achievable goals, overcome obstacles and increase chances for success, and relax using progressive muscle relaxation.

Who can benefit from attending these seminars?

Anyone who wants to learn more about how to manage stress, feel more balanced in their day-to-day life, or bounce back more quickly from disappointments. Anyone who wants to explore their values, strengths, and mindset. Anyone who wants to learn how to change their mindset about life’s ups and downs or learn coping thoughts to get through difficult situations. Anyone who wants to develop their self-care and resiliency skills.

Do I need to share anything personal with the other seminar attendees?

No. Coping Skills seminars are not intended to be group therapy and are more focused on learning skill sets than group sharing.

Who leads the Coping Skills seminars?

Coping Skills seminars are led by Counselling Services counsellors or interns.

Do I need to take them in any particular order?

Our four seminars can be taken at any time and in any order. You can choose to take any number of them, from one to all four.

When and where are they?

There are a variety of times and dates available throughout the term. You can learn more on our Seminars and Workshops page. If you can’t make it out in person, or you are off-campus, or on a co-op term out of town, you can also view our seminars online. Our in-person seminars are in the Health Services building on the second floor in HS 2302.

Attending a seminar or workshop at Counselling Services can be a great way to enhance your personal success at University of Waterloo. Learn more about which one might be right for you today on our Seminars and Workshops page.

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