Student Wellbeing Skillshops

Student Wellbeing Skillshops

Student Wellbeing Skillshops

Our Specialised Group Programs promote wellbeing and skill development to assist students to flourish in the university environment.

Students that identify as having Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Mental Health challenges or a Specific Learning Disability, are eligible to register for a group program that runs throughout the session.

In 2020, we are offering five different weekly group programs, and one external self-paced online program. Each program covers similar material whilst being tailored to the unique and specific needs of that group.

ASPIRE

The Aspire skillshops support students who identify as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to better reach their academic potential. Students with ASD often experience characteristics or behaviours that disrupt learning. However, with a supportive environment, our students develop skills to adapt to university life and achieve personal and academic goals. The group focuses on orientation to university, its environments and processes. Students will learn how to manage their time, health and study whilst exploring strategies to communicate effectively with lecturers, tutors and peers.

FOCUS

Students with Attention Deficit [Hyperactivity] Disorder (AD[H]D) may identify as being creative, energetic and enthusiastic. Yet despite strong conceptual skills, they can experience great difficulty paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviours and maintaining focus on tasks. The Focus skillshops assists students to develop strong time-management study skills that are conducive to individual learning needs. Addressing a new topic each week, students can elect to attend one of the two skillshops offered. A key feature of the group is the attention to planning, reflection and modification of students’ weekly study timetable to help achieve an effective study/life balance.

INSIGHT

Many university students with Specific Learning Disability (SLD) “go under the radar” as they quietly work out ways to navigate their learning challenges. The emphasis on extended note-taking, heavy reading loads and written assessments can be stressful to manage. However, with appropriate supports in place, students with SLD can flourish at university. The Insight skillshops facilitate students to better understand their individual learning challenges and the related impacts in the academic environment. A key feature of this skillshop is the hands-on trial of a range of assistive technologies that minimise these impacts and enable independent study.

EMPOWERED

The Empowered skillshops brings together students who experience a wide variety of mental health conditions and who may benefit from assistance to navigate the academic semester and its lifecycle.  The skillshop aims to provide students with information on being well, staying and performing well whilst undertaking their tertiary education.

ACHIEVE

Achieve will focus on integrating the resources and strategies introduced across the Aspire, Empowered, Focus and Insight programs. Offered on Fridays, this skillshop will create an opportunity for students to re-calibrate in preparation for the weekend. A key feature will be weekly planning, prioritising and peer troubleshooting.

#BeReady4MQ

#BeReady4MQ caters for students with accessibility challenges who are studying externally or via distance learning. It is designed to support students who experience a range of challenges including those related to ASD, AD[H]D, SLD and Mental Health concerns. This is a self-paced program that facilitates students to:

  • develop clear steps toward balancing study and wellbeing
  • engage with innovative approaches to the impacts of health/accessibility challenges on study
  • be a part of a supportive online environment.

The program includes an optional online discussion forum.

The 2020 Student Wellbeing Skillshops timetable is as follows:

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
11:00am - 12:00pm   Autism Spectrum Disorder (Aspire)   Specific Learning Disability (Insight)

General workshop - not disability specific
(Achieve)

1:00pm - 2:00pm Mental Health (Empowered) Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (Focus)    

Students may register at any time during the session by completing this online registration form.

For further enquiries, or if you require help to complete the online registration form, please contact the Accessibility Service on (02) 9850 7497 or email wellbeing@mq.edu.au.

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