Group programs and workshops

Current enrolled students at ANU are eligible to register for the below programs and registration is via the links listed. All our programs are free. Locations for the programs are detailed in each registration link - please note, not all locations are the same.


Everyday Mindfulness - 4 week program

You are registering to attend all 4 sessions.

This 4 week course will introduce you to mindfulness and some practices that can be used to help reduce the impacts of stress. Mindfulness means to deliberately pay attention to whatever you are doing, right now, with an open and non-striving attitude. With regular mindful practice you will become more aware of your thoughts, feelings, behaviour and physiological changes. This allows more choice over how you respond to situations including those that cause stress. Wear comfortable warm clothing and shoes will be removed whilst on the DOJO Mats.

4 Sessions - Thursdays 11am-12pm (9 August, 16 August, 23 August, 30 August)

Presented by Amanda Morrison

Registrations for Semester 2 2018 are now closed.  


Procrastination and Motivation

This group will focus on why people procrastinate or struggle with low motivation. It will provide a framework for tackling procrastination with specific evidence-based strategies for improving self-regulation, increasing motivation, supporting neuroplasticity (and hence learning), scheduling, reducing screen time, increasing green time and avoiding willpower depletion.

1 Session - Thursday 20 September, 1pm-2.30pm

Presented by Elizabeth Durbock

Registrations for Semester 2 2018 are now closed.


Work Well with Perfectionism

Perfectionism can be a helpful and adaptive trait that pushes us to strive for excellence in many areas of life. This is particularly true within the academic context, where these efforts are often encouraged and rewarded. For some people, however, perfectionism can become unhelpful leading to impossibly high personal standards, intense focus on perceived shortcomings or mistakes, excessive time spent on negative self-evaluation and criticism, increased anxiety and distress, decreased concentration and procrastination. Both sides of perfectionism will be explored with a focus on strategies to foster adaptive perfectionism. Note: this is a 2 session program.

Mondays 10am - 11am (13 August, 27 August)

Presented by Jenn Gagnon

Registrations for Semester 2 2018 are now closed.  


Suicide Prevention

This group will focus upon becoming more aware of suicide prevention with an aim to helping people get to professional help quickly. The information is about brief aide before a professional can take over support. It deals with myths around suicide and practical ways to help with an emphasis upon professional services available in the community. There will be time made available to questions to assist to understand the complexity and individual circumstances of suicide prevention. It is based upon the Australian Black Dog Institute resources.

1 Session - Tuesday 21 August 2-3pm or Thursday 27 September 1-2pm

Presented by Carol Beynon and Michelle Linmore

Registrations for Semester 2 2018 are now closed.


Stress and Anxiety Group. 4 week program

Wednesdays 12pm-1pm (26 September, 3 October, 10 October, 17 October).

You are registering to attend all 4 sessions. To register, please call ANU Counselling Centre (02)61252442 to arrange a 1 hour meeting time to discuss the programs structure and content with the facilitator


Get Up & Go

Want regular exercise, social contact and to contribute to ANU? Get Up & Go is a peer-support exercise program. You will be linked to a walking partner.

For more information and to participate click here.


Mindfulness Community of Practice - for ANU Staff and Students

Come along to a facilitated mindfulness practice. The group runs on a drop-in basis and is open to all staff and students with an interest in mindfulness. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a cushion to sit or lean on. If you require a chair contact us to organise. Shoes will be off in the dojo room.

For information and to subscribe go to Mindfulness@ANU.

This group assumes some prior understanding of and/or experience in the practice of mindfulness.

Weekly during Semester on Thursdays 12.30 - 1pm.