Workshops & Workshop Series

Workshops & Workshop Series offered by Student Counselling & Development (SCD) are free and open to all York students.  They are designed to help students overcome or respond to obstacles and challenges as well as develop skills that promote success.

Workshops are one-time only sessions on specific topics (e.g. Stress Management, Procrastination/Motivation) that are offered to students throughout the academic year. Workshop Series are 3 to 4 workshops that address a particular theme such as Managing Shyness & Social Anxiety, Coping & Resilience, Dating & Relationships or Transitions.

Below are descriptions for all of the workshop and workshop series offered by SCD. Please see our current workshops listing to find out about current offerings (times, dates and locations) and to find registration where it is needed.

Workshop Descriptions

  • Procrastination/Motivation Workshop
    Having trouble staying motivated? Do you delay starting deadlines? Feel like there’s never enough time in your day?  This workshop will help you to identify why you procrastinate and provide you with strategies to help overcome procrastination and low motivation.

  • Stress Management
    In this workshop, you will be given the opportunity to learn various techniques that will help you to better manage stressful situations such as exams.  You’ll have the opportunity to try some of these techniques during the workshop.

  • Test Anxiety
    Do you often feel anxious or overwhelmed when you have to write a test or exam? Does your anxiety make it harder for you to focus when you’re studying? This workshop will help you learn some helpful strategies to manage or reduce your test anxiety.

  • Surviving a Break-Up
    The ending of a romantic relationship can be painful and difficult.  In this workshop we will look at strategies that can help you begin to heal, let go and move forward with your life.

  • LGBTQ Support Group
    Our Support Group is confidential and facilitated by Personal Counsellors and Peers who identify within the LGBTQ+ community.

    Registration is not required – Just Drop In!

    Offered Bi-Weekly on Wednesdays starting October 3, 2018

    Questions? Contact TBLGAY at or SCD at

Workshop Series Descriptions

  • Managing Shyness and Social Anxiety
    This is a 4-part series. We recommend that students interested in taking part in this series attend all 4 workshops . Each workshop will build on the previous week and focus on a different topic/skill.

    Part I: What is shyness/social anxiety? What are the factors that keep our anxiety going?  You will be given the opportunity to evaluate your difficulties & identify personal goals in this session.

    Part II: In this session we will explore the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.  Learn to identify negative thoughts and escape behaviours.

    Part III: In this session we will build and exposure hierarchy and challenge negative thoughts.  You will explore your thoughts and practice relaxation training.

    Part IV: You will learn to better cope with life problems and improve your social skills (generalize your new skills to other life situations).

  • Coping & Resilience
    This is a 3-part series.  Each workshop in this series will focus on a different topic/skill.

    Part I.  Challenging Negative Thinking to Improve Mood.
    Negative thoughts can have a powerful effect on how you feel and what you do. In this workshop, we will focus on ways you can recognize and change negative thinking to improve your emotional well-being.

    Part II. Building Resilience
    Maintaining a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle while coping with the demands of university study might seem impossible at times. In this workshop you will learn about balanced living and develop strategies to cope with challenges that may be routine or unexpected.

    Part III.  Mindful Ways to Manage Your Emotions
    In this workshop you will learn how to become aware of your emotions and manage them using mindfulness.

  • Anger Management Series
    Learn how to manage your emotions in anger provoking situations.  Topics are interrelated, so feel free to take all four!
    1. Understanding anger
    2. Dealing with anger
    3. Expressing anger
    4. Letting go of anger