Stress and Resilience Workshop
Modern life challenges our ability to cope, thrive and flourish, and as a result stress has become a pressing concern for many people. Recent evidence shows that a substantial proportion of university students experience particularly high levels of stress.
|Coronavirus statement (updated 18 March 2021)
The current covid-19 pandemic is a highly unusual and a stressful situation, but hopefully we are seeing the possibility of things returning to more normal in the coming months. As the OU student psychology society and as a registered charity, OUPS exists to support you as OU psychology students. We are continually assessing our situation in the light of the official advice, and we want to make our position clear to any of you who are anxious about an existing booking or who are thinking of making a booking on one of our forthcoming events.
We are currently planning our future programme based on the public health guidance. The long-term situation for our weekends is not yet clear, but we are planning to resume face-to-face events when the situation permits.
We hope to announce our next face-to-face events to support students starting new modules as the new academic year begins in October 2021 and in the meantime we are running both study events and online social events through the London and South region, and would love to welcome as many of you to these as possible.
This lively weekend workshop will use an engaging “hands-on” approach to focus on the nature, causes and effects of stress and to explore a broad range of coping skills and resilience-building strategies. Using practical workshops and mini-lectures, the course will examine biological, psychological and social aspects of stress, and will draw on the field of positive psychology as well as a number of traditional stress and resilience theories. Participants will be shown how to develop a personal action plan for enhancing their resilience and broadening their skills for coping with both long-term stress and critical stressful incidents (using “psychological first aid”).
We recognise that many OU psychology students have a “day job” that involves supporting other people who are experiencing stress. The workshop will therefore consider how participants can help both themselves and other people not only to survive stressful situations but also to thrive and flourish in their personal, academic and work contexts
Topics discussed will include:
- The BioPsychoSocial Nature of Stress
- Tools for the Coping Toolbox
- Stress & Resilience in the Workplace
- Thriving – not just surviving
- Psychological First Aid in Crisis
- Everyday Mindfulness
And it's not all hard work! The workshop is being held in parallel with other psychology courses so there is plenty of opportunity, should you wish, to meet with others and to chat about all the other aspects of life as OU students, with social events on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Jim Handley is a BPS Chartered, HCPC Registered Occupational Psychologist who uses psychology to solve real world problems, with a focus on psychological well-being, resilience and behaviour change. He has a wealth of professional experience designing and delivering stress management and resilience programs for public and private sector organisations and, as an Open University tutor for more than twenty years, has a deep understanding of the particular challenges facing OU students. Jim has a well-deserved reputation for accessible, informative and entertaining presentations.
Neil Frude has been a tutor with OUPS for over 20 years. He is a consultant clinical psychologist, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and an Honorary Professor in Cardiff University and the University of South Wales. Neil was recently given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the BPS. He has also performed as a stand-up comedian at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, most recently in his 2017 show “The Future of Desire”. In his clinical practice he helps many people affected by stress generated by their work environment and by other aspects of their life circumstances.
What to expect
The lectures are conducted in management conference seminar rooms within the University campus, and you will have been provided with a timetable of talks and lecture notes before you arrive.
You can choose how you spend your time. If you book the residential package then you will have a very comfortable ensuite room in management conference facilities complete with bedding, towels, a hairdryer, coffee-making facilities and desk. Wifi is also included. The training centre has a small exercise room within the building and you also have complimentary access to the gym and pool on campus, so if you do want to relax then there is the option to do so.
The cost is inclusive of all meals, including Friday night and Saturday night dinner. There are no extra costs involved (except for drinks at the bar!). As well as your room and all meals this includes refreshments at break times, extensive handouts which are only available to attendees, revision of key course material, advice on revision techniques and assessments, welcome drink on Friday night. Non-residential places are available for a reduction, all meals are still included.
The welcome drinks and psychology book stall are both excellent places to meet other students. All students and staff wear name badges, so it is easy to find somebody to help if you have any questions. You can enjoy your meals with a group of students in the comfortable dining room. The food is fresh, healthy buffet style catering, and there is something to entice everyone.
Finally, whilst most students leave exhausted from the learning and socialising, they comment that it is such a worthwhile weekend, and we see many of them each year as they progress their studies!
The weekend takes place at Radcliffe Conference and Training Centre, University of Warwick. Both accommodation and lectures are located in the same building unless you have been informed otherwise.
Warwick is an award winning conference venue with excellent facilities. Access to the sports facilities, including the swimming pool, are included in the price. The university's central location with excellent transport links makes it easily accessible from all over the UK and Europe. There is ample free car parking.
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Please note that this is a paperless event.
To be more environmentally friendly and to help manage our prices we will make electronic copies of any relevant handouts available to all registered attendees, either in advance so that those who need printed versions have plenty of time to organise these, or shortly after the event if the tutor has decided that this is more appropriate for their lecture. These are for attendees' personal use and may not be shared.
We'd like to thank our tutors for working to ensure that their presentations do not contain material to which they do not have copyright and for making them available in this way. And in advance, we'd like to thank all of you who support us in actively contributing toward a paperless environment and saving a few trees along the way !
Travel and directions
For campus maps go to Warwick Campus Maps.