What to expect from a group session
Why attend a group session?
Group sessions are facilitated by one of our Senior Wellbeing Practitioner from the Student Wellbeing team, who will provide you with strategies and skills to improve your wellbeing. The group sessions can offer you the opportunity to discuss and share your experience of an issue. The sessions can provide benefits that individual therapy may not. In our experience we find group members are very often surprised by how rewarding the experience can be, in that it can help you to realize you are not alone in your struggles, validate your experiences and reduce feelings of isolation. Groups bring diversity, and by seeing how other people tackle problems you can discover a whole range of strategies. Providing support to others can also build self-confidence and belief in your ability to cope with your own problems. Listening to others also helps you put your own struggles into perspective.
What are the sessions like?
The sessions are in groups of 10 to 15 people, depending on the type of workshop. Some of the sessions are at held at City Campus and some at Collegiate Campus. During the session you will be asked to take part in some group exercises. This is because we find people learn easier when they get to try things out. The workshop also offers a space for you to share with your peers - student feedback tells us this is a really valuable part of the session. However, you don’t have to talk if you don’t want to - we would never make anyone speak that doesn't want to.
Are the group sessions confidential?
All group sessions are confidential and you don’t have to share any information if you don’t want to! We ask that all group participants are respectful of others on the workshop, and this means that we ask everyone to keep information within the group.
What should I bring?
You are welcome to bring a pen and paper to make notes. In some of the sessions you will receive a course workbook to guide you through the workshops when you arrive. It is helpful to bring this with you every time. Some workshops may have specific requirements i.e. appropriate clothing for yoga - you will be able to find this out in the group session description when booking.
Who else will be there?
The sessions are for Sheffield Hallam University students only.
What happens if I am late or if I can’t make it?
If you are unable to attend a workshop, we would be grateful if you let us know in advance. We start the workshops promptly, but if you are late don’t worry, try to come in quietly without disturbing others. The facilitators will be around in the break if you need to speak to them.
Can I ask questions?
If you have any questions, we would be happy to hear them. You can ask questions throughout the presentation, but if you prefer you can wait until the break or the end of the session and ask then. We can’t guarantee to know the answers, but if we don’t, we will try to find out for you!