Free, single-session workshops

We offer regularly scheduled workshops and workshops by request. For ongoing support groups, see Groups.


Earn certificates for your resume!

You can earn a certificate through the Wellness Services Personal Skills Development & Building Capacity – Certificate Program by attending workshops. Click on the link for more information.  Ready to apply for your certificate(s)?  Click here!

Scheduled workshops and events

See the calendar below for scheduled workshops and events.  Click on any workshop or event for details and registration information.  Webinar links go live at the time indicated. Participate as you wish via live chat with the presenter and participants – no registration required.



ASIST is an interactive and practice-based course which teaches participants how to provide suicide first aid interventions. Through completion of the training, participants will be able to:

    •    understand how personal and societal beliefs and values impact views on suicide
    •    provide tailored guidance and suicide first aid
    •    identify an effective safety plan and know how to implement it
    •    recognize important components of suicide prevention

Sign up today:

October 4 & 5 | 8:30 – 4:30 (BOTH DAYS REQUIRED)

This workshop is geared specifically towards students. If you are a staff or faculty member and are interested in being contacted if there are extra spots available, please fill out this form to be added to the waiting list.
3 hours | Students only

Don't know what major is for you? Do you want to know how your interests can lead to a career that fits who you are? During this workshop you will complete a variety of self-assessment exercises to help you discover passion-based career possibilities.

Check the calendar for upcoming dates.

Register online, in person at the Student Counselling desk in U216, or by calling 403.440.6362. Last-minute registrations are welcome.

2 hours | All campus community members

Be informed about the current state of opioid use in Canada and the harm reduction responses being employed. You'll learn how to recognize and respond to an overdose, including how to provide naloxone by practicing injections in a safe and non-judgemental setting.

Sign up for a session today:

September 12 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

September 25 | 1:30  p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

October 23 | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

November 5 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

November 25 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This training is being provided through a partnership with Wellness Services and the School of Nursing and Midwifery. We would also like to acknowledge the support of Safeworks in creating the materials for this workshop.

90 minutes | All campus community members

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is a certified suicide prevention program. It supports people in learning to recognize signs of distress and builds awareness of suicide. We want to create a strong campus where people are educated and aware of how to support others.

This program includes a certificate of completion and can be used toward Social Work practicum hours.

Sign up for a session today:

September 19 | 12:30 p.m. –  2:00 p.m.
October 29 | 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
November 20 | 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

To request this workshop for a group, please contact Kayleigh Suggett at

1 evening + 1 full day | Students only

Stepping Up is a research-based program that focuses on the prevention of dating violence. The program is designed by students, for students. We recruit students to facilitate the Stepping Up program because we know that students are experts of their own experiences and can have the greatest impact on the MRU community. Student facilitators develop modules on bystander intervention, gender and media, healthy relationships and healthy sexual relationships, and they facilitate these modules for MRU students with the support of staff, faculty, and community partners.

As a participant, you will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of dating, domestic and sexual violence as it pertains to university students.
  • Have the opportunity to develop a university-wide project that shares information about dating, domestic and sexual violence.
  • Connect with students, faculty and community agencies that are passionate about issues surrounding dating, domestic and sexual violence.
  • Get volunteer/practicum hours!
  • Get free food and swag!

Stepping Up is not currently looking for participants.  We will be recruiting peer facilitators in the fall of 2019.  Stay tuned for more information.

Many thanks to the Government of Alberta, Ministry of Community and Social Services for continued funding of the Stepping Up project.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Program Coordinator at

3.5 hours | Students only (for employees, see The Working Mind)

The Inquiring Mind workshop increases awareness of mental health, reduces the stigma of mental illnesses, and provides resources to maintain positive mental health and increase resiliency.

This program was created by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and all participants will receive a certificate of completion.  Sessions are co-facilitated by both a trained MRU student and employee.  Food will be provided for participants.

Sign up for a session today:

October 17  | 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

October 25 | 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

November 4 | 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Workshops by request

Please note: Workshops will be available again during the fall and winter semesters.

Interested in personal growth? If any of the workshops below interest you, submit your name and workshop choices either online, in person at the Student Counselling desk in U216, or by calling 403.440.6362. Once there are enough participants, we will contact you with by email to identify workshop times that work for you.

Already have a club, student group, friends, or classmates who are interested? Call us and we will work with your group to arrange a time. 

Would you like some advice about managing loneliness and developing new connections on campus? Learn how to feel at home on campus and the dozens of ways that students (especially those new-to-the-u) make Mount Royal their home.
Do your moods have too much say in what you end up doing? Learn how to respond to moods and gain strategies for improving motivation and performance.
What's the best way to deal with exam stress and deadline mayhem? Join us for a discussion of strategies, study hacks, resources, and methods for surviving (or avoiding) the all-nighter.
Is your anxiety about exams negatively impacting your performance? Learn best strategies for managing your nerves and leveraging that tension to improve outcomes.
Are you interested in exploring some of the many layers of your identity and health? Learn how these two very personal constructs are related, and leave with more information on how they inform your overall well-being.
Unsure about your future career path? Worried about the major you chose? Explore your passions and all the options open to you for getting on the right career track.

90 minutes | Students only

Falling asleep in class? Trouble getting a good night's sleep? Learn about the biology of sleep, as well as tips and strategies for getting to sleep and staying asleep.

90 minutes | Students only

 You can't stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

Learn practical steps to increase your resiliency and intentional activities that will help you flourish in your personal and academic lives.

90 minutes | Students only

Do you feel like worries are controlling your life? Is anxiety a problem for you? This workshop will help you understand what anxiety is and give you tools and strategies for coping.

90 minutes | Students only

Do you feel stressed? Overwhelmed? Burnt-out? In this workshop you will learn how to make stress work for you, and strategies to deal with the demands of being a student.

90 minutes | Students only

Wish you could focus better or quiet your overly busy mind? Have you heard about mindfulness and want more information about how it can work for you? Learn mindfulness practices which can help manage the stress of student life. No prior experience required.

90 minutes | Students only

Do you find yourself putting off until tomorrow what you need to do today? Falling behind because of procrastination? Learn what gets in the way of doing what you need to do. Learn strategies related to time management, setting priorities and perfectionism to change procrastination into productivity.

90 minutes | Students only

Are you, or a person you care about, dealing with the effects of a traumatic experience? Attend this workshop to understand the impact of trauma, and ways of coping and healing.

90 minutes | Students only

Would you like to improve your ability to support others? Attend this workshop to learn how to listen to those in distress and encourage them to seek help. Learn about resources available to you and others.

90 minutes | Students only

Do you want to be more skilled in resolving conflict? Attend this workshop to discover your conflict resolution style and explore ways to make your style work for you.

90 minutes | Students only

Do your emotional reactions get in the way of accomplishing your goals? Attend this workshop to learn how to manage your feelings and stay present in difficult conversations and situations that trigger high emotion for you.

90 minutes | Students only

Would you like to improve your relationships? Attend this workshop to learn to understand your communication, decision-making and processing styles to improve your relationships.

Heard about a workshop but can't seem to find it here? SAMRU may be offering it instead. Check their news and event calendar here.