Group programs and workshops


Current enrolled students at ANU who are located in Australia are eligible to register for the below programs and registration is via the links listed.
All our programs are free. Location and information for the programs are listed below


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.

Semester 2 Group Programs 2022


International Student Support Group
Presented by ANU International Students Department, ANU Counselling and ANU Engagement and Success.
Wednesdays 12pm-1pm. During teaching period commencing 3rd August
Venue: Community Connect Drop In, Copland

A safe space for international students to discuss all aspects of their lives, to form connections with others who share the experience of studying far from home, and to seek guidance regarding specific issues.  Themes to discuss will be guided by the group eg managing home sickness and overwhelm, making friends in Australia, study and life balance, and reflections on how this experience is impacting you.
Registration via Eventbrite Registration links have been set up -


Social Connections
Presented by Michelle Linmore and Sarah Harrison
Tuesdays 12pm-1.30pm. 26 July, 2 August, 9 August
Venue: ANU Counselling Training Room, Level 3, Blg 156 Health and Wellbeing Centre, Kambri.

Did you know that positive social connections improve our health, well-being & longevity?
These 3 sessions will provide practical ways to improve your social network.  You will have a chance to meet new people and have conversations with other students in a supportive setting.

  • Week 1:  Meeting and finding shared interests
  • Week 2:  Initiating time together  
  • Week 3:  Deepening and maintaining connections. 

Register here to attend on campus


Everyday Mindfulness

Presented by Amanda Morrison
Tuesdays 10.30am to 11.30am. 9 August, 16 August, 23 August, 30 August
Venue: ANU Counselling Training Room, Level 3, Blg 156 Health and Wellbeing Centre, Kambri.

This 4 x one hour weekly course will introduce you to a variety of mindfulness 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-judgemental 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. Each mindfulness practice will range between 5 and 15 minutes, and after each practice we discuss student's experiences of the practice. Wear comfortable warm clothing for the mindfulness practices. The last session, Linda Muir, will introduce a 20-minute deep relaxation with aim to increase your energy. 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.

Register here to attend on campus.

Register here to attend via Zoom.


ADHD / ADD Support Group

Presented by Liz Durbock and Amanda Morrison
Thursdays 12pm-1pm. 11 August, 18 August, 25 August, 1 September, 22 September, 29 September, 6 October, 13 October
Venue: ANU Counselling Training Room, Level 3, Blg 156 Health and Wellbeing Centre, Kambri.

The ADHD/ADD Support Group will be facilitated by two counsellors from ANU Counselling. The group will be open to all currently enrolled students who have a diagnosis of ADHD/ADD or think they might have ADHD/ADD.
This is a pilot program to gauge the demand and interest for this group. Each week we will provide participants the opportunity to share their experiences, tips and tricks.
The facilitators will also present education and skills on managing various aspect of ADHD/ADD. For example we can explore impulsiveness, time management, attention and remembering, problem solving, sleep, social skills and relationships, work and study. Students are not required to attend every session although it would be beneficial to commit to most sessions. You will be required to register via ANU Counselling before attending, and please when attending the group we ask you to respect the privacy of other participants.
If you have any queries about this group you can contact Liz Durbock, or Amanda Morrison via email:

Register here to attend on campus


Exam Anxiety
Presented by Liz Hoad and April Archer
Venue: ANU Counselling Training Room, Level 3, Blg 156 Health and Wellbeing Centre, Kambri.

Exams are inevitable & always seeming just around the corner! ANU Counselling is offering a one-off, one-hour group session to assist you to enhance your optimal performance in both preparing for and sitting exams. The session focuses on helping you recognise useful anxiety and how to manage unhelpful anxiety responses during this stressful time.
Be your best exam-ready-self by attending either an in-person or zoom session.
Please register by using the link below or by contacting ANU Counselling. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Elizabeth Hoad or April Archer by emailing

Please register to attend 1 session only:
Register here to attend on campus on Tuesday 16 August 12pm-1pm.                                                      

Register here to attend on Zoom on Tuesday 16 August 3pm-4pm.

Register here to attend on campus on Tuesday 25 October 12pm-1pm.                                                        

Register here to attend on Zoom on Tuesday 25 October 3pm-4pm.


Enhancing Personal Performance for HDR Students

Presented by Mark Gleeson
Wednesdays 11.30am - 1.00pm, 17 August, 24 August, 31 August
Venue: ANU Counselling Training Room, Level 3, Blg 156 Health and Wellbeing Centre, Kambri.

This three session experiential group workshop aims to assist post-graduate students to enhance their performance with less stress, less strain and less effort. The workshop will give participants the opportunity to try a range of psychologically based strategies, techniques and processes used by elite performers in Music, Sport and Theatre Arts. Strategies, techniques and processes in the program will enable participants to:
Clarify and let go of attitudes related to poor performance
Develop an individual starting and maintaining focus procedure
Utilise a personal relaxation and performance rehearsal technique
Better understand their own resistance to performing at a higher level
Create an individually balanced approach to academic and other life activities with less stress and less guilt.

Register here to attend on campus


Wrangling Worry
Presented by Carol Beynon on zoom only
12pm-1pm Tuesdays 20 September, 27 September

There seems to be more worry and uncertainty every day.
ANU Counselling is offering a two session, facilitated zoom group to safely explore evidence based ways to manage worry. Attendance at both sessions is encouraged to provide an opportunity to practice new skills.

Register here to attend on Zoom.


Managing Procrastination and Enhancing Motivation
Presented by Liz Durbock and April Archer
10.15am-12pm Tuesday 27 September

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.

Register here to attend on campus




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