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.

Scheduled workshops

See the calendar below for the upcoming dates and times of our scheduled workshops. Click on any workshop for details and to register (all require preregistration).

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:

January 22, 2019 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

February 11, 2019 |  2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

March 6, 2019 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 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:

January 17, 2019 | 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

February 6, 2019 | 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

March 19, 2019 | 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Check the calendar for upcoming dates. 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 will be running in Winter 2019! We will be looking for 60 students to participate. 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:

January 23, 2019 | 2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

March 8, 2019 | 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Workshops by request

Interested in personal growth? If any of the workshops below interest you, submit your name and workshop choices ether 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 a Doodle poll 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.


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.

90 minutes | Students only

Want to enjoy rather than dread group projects? Want to feel easier and more yourself in social situation? Join this ongoing support group led by a counsellor and learn how to overcome social anxiety and build skills for connecting. Sign up and we will contact you with possible days and times.


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.