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 

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-judgmental attitude. With regular mindful practice you will become more aware of your thoughts, feelings, behavior and physiological changes. This allows more choice over how you respond to situations including those that cause stress. Wear comfortable warm clothing for the mindfulness practices.

This course will also cater both for students attending face to face and for those who wish to attend via ANU Zoom.
Please check your calendars to ensure you are available for all sessions. There are limited numbers available for this group on a face to face basis so please register early.

Presented by Amanda Morrison

NEW DATES 4 sessions, 11am-12pm  Thursdays 22 April, 29 April, 6 May, 13 May.


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Stress & Anxiety Group

This course will focus on approaches that will help assist with physical, thinking and patterns of behavior related to stress and anxiety to provide helpful daily management skills. This will provide understanding and experiences in using a range of strategies to reduce the impact through approaches such as mindfulness, ways of thinking, strong beliefs underlying and managing challenging situations.

Presented by Jenn Gagnon

4 sessions on Zoom Tuesdays 11am-12.30pm - Tue 20 April, Tue 27 April, Tue 4 May, Tue 11 May


Registrations closed


Distress Tolerance Group

This 4 - 5 week course will introduce you to Distress Tolerance Skills that can be used to help reduce the impacts of stress, and help you stay skilful in times of distress. The skills taught are based on the behavioural based therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. These skills can help manage strong emotions and can prevent you from, being impulsive in seeking short term solutions which are destructive or harmful to yourself or others. These skills will enable you to tolerate distress in order to help you to be more effective in the long term.  

A commitment to the first four sessions is required for maximum benefit. The 5th session is optional attendance where we will talk about the skill Radical Acceptance of problems you cannot change.

This is a skills based group and as such participation in exercises to practice these skills during the group session is required. Please check your calendars to ensure you are available for all sessions. Please wear comfortable warm clothing and note shoes may be removed. It is recommended that participants also attend Everyday Mindfulness course which is held during the first half of the semester (refer to the Group Programs for Semester 1, 2021) as these skills complement and are used in conjunction with Distress Tolerance skills.

There are limited numbers available for this course so please register early. This course receives student referrals from ANU Counsellors. However if you are not a client of this service, an initial appointment with either Amanda or Erin is required to assess suitability for the course. If you have any queries regarding this program before registering please contact Amanda Morrison or Erin Slater at ANU Counselling.

5 sessions Wednesdays 11am-12.30pm -  21 April, 28 April, 5 May, 12 May, 19 May

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Relaxation for Wellbeing

ANU Counselling invites you to relax.
Relaxation is an important skill for managing daily demands.
These 20 to 40 minute sessions will be guided by ANU Counsellors, drawing on their many years' experience of teaching calm. Please check the delivery format before each session, as in person and online, subject to change.

Tue 27 April - Yoga Nidra - Deep Relaxation Exercise
Yoga nidra is a deep relaxation practice from the Indian yoga tradition.
Relaxation is something we do naturally, and we don't need any special training or techniques. It can include activities like listening to music, observing nature or watching a favourite show.
However, deep relaxation is something very different. It quietens your mind and releases physical tension in your body. In a state of deep relaxation, your heart beat and breathing slow down, and your body and mind become deeply calm.
Yoga nidra could be described as a lying down form of meditation that uses the whole body as a focus of awareness.
With regular practice yoga nidra can have profound physical, psychological and spiritual benefits.

Tue 4 May - Topic TBC

Tue 11 May - Topic TBC

Tue 18 May - Topic TBC

4 sessions on Zoom - Tue 27 April, Tue 4 May, Tue 11 May, Tue 18 May

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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.

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