Work with us
Our department for Development and Prevention collaborates with Denmark’s educational institutions. We assist in creating a healthy study environment as well as undertake the students’ social and educational integration.
You can read more about our different services below. Based on these initiatives, we are able to offer customised solutions for your institution.
Getting a check-up of your institution includes a problem-analysis workshop. In this, our aim is to uncover the different reasons for students not enjoying their studies and dropping out.
What is it, and who is the target-group?
The process is a 4-hour workshop led by us, which entails identifying initiatives that need to be addressed on the different levels of education.
The participants will consist of management (with authority to launch the initiatives that we agree upon), four to five instructors and approximately four to six students as well as possible student counsellors.
Preparation, presentation and follow-up
Before the workshop, we have identified certain themes that the workshop will address, based on relevant study environment investigations, dropout rates, minutes from meetings etc. As a follow-up, we are going to have a (phone) meeting with the management representative, in which we present our reflexions and ask about yours. Based on all of this, we make our recommendations for initiatives.
Through discussion and co-creation, you, as an educational institution, get an insight into the different factors that make your students either thrive in or drop out of their studies. The primary output from this workshop is to clarify which initiatives to implement. Secondary, the workshop creates the foundation for a better conversation between students and management.
Research-based group-interventions, focusing on your school culture, help students distance themselves from the common misconceptions that arise in a culture, which honours perfection and does not tolerate mistakes.
What is it and who is the target-group?
The interventions are a three-stage process in which: 1) The students are introduced to typical challenges by older students, who will explain ways of dealing with them. 2) The students will then individually reflect on the presentations and the parts they might identify with. 3) Finally, the students are going to communicate their own experiences and advise for future students. All of this secretly constitutes the intervention that forces the students to consider their own narrative and happiness. It is crucial that the intervention consists of indirect, concealed initiatives: You will not inform the students that they are subjected to an intervention that leads to increased welfare and academic knowledge, as this might be experienced as controlling and cause resistance. This has proven to be highly relevant to all students struggling with a culture of perfection and who are on the verge of developing inexpedient studying strategies such as excessive perfectionism, ‘impostor syndrome’ or procrastinations.
Small effort – great effect
‘The Mindset Interventions’ derive from American educational research from Stanford University, which has proved great effect after relatively short sessions (max one hour). The interventions are customised to an educational context and focus on changing the students’ personal experience and self-narrative related to their education. In order to ensure quality and effect, SRG designs and executes the interventions in close collaboration with Stanford University.
The interventions have turned out to have long-lasting effects on the students’ integration and persistence in their studies – in the short as well as the long run. This is because the interventions are based on your study culture, study structure and study environment, and because they target something as vital as the student’s self-narrative.
Strengthening of your mentor scheme. SRG teaches volunteers and tutors in the typical struggles for students in further educations. SRG prepares the older, resourceful students to help the more ‘vulnerable’ students.
What is it and who is the target-group
We offer one-time 3-4 hour workshops (depending on the size of the group) as well as 3-4 session workshops for groups of volunteers, whether they are new or experienced in the role as mentor. The workshop is divided into three themes: The first part is about different causes for stress and unhappiness in students and their different reactions to this. Then the focus will be on the study culture and how it influences students’ ability to thrive. The last part will then be about the mentor’s role, the framing of it, responsibility and boundaries.
Additionally, we offer supervision for mentors, which provide room for reflection about their experiences, and inspiration and ideas to solve challenges that they as mentors might experience.
The Student Counselling Service’s peer-2-peer initiative helps you structure, elevate and support your mentors. And by strengthening your mentor schemes, you will be able to support – especially new - students socially and academically, thus lowering your drop-out rates.
SRG arranges workshops that provide knowledge, co-creation and tools to handle certain psychological and study-related challenges for your students and/or employees.
What is it and who is the target-group
The Student Counselling Service’s workshops are based on our many years of experience as a clinical practice. On account of data from our practice, SRG has focused on the fundamental areas of expertise listed below. However, the workshops must always be customised to your specific context, wants and needs.
Areas of expertise:
- Stress related to studying
- Exam- and performance anxiety
- Loneliness and social integration
- Performance- and zero error culture
Knowledge, tools, results. SRG always ensures that participants in the workshops will leave with: 1) new knowledge on the chosen subject. 2) Tangible and easy-to-use tools. 3) The best possible conditions for changing behaviour and create results in everyday life.
Workshop for instructors
Do you want more active participation in your classes, and would you like to tackle loneliness and increase welfare among your students?
Loneliness affects students negatively and thus weakens the academic capacity and participation in classes. And students who are experiencing loneliness are more likely to drop out of their studies. In light of the corona-pandemic, it is crucial to put an effort into an initiative now that also includes the pending reopening of the institutions.
That is why we have joined forces with Ventilen to offer a free workshop, in which we focus on your teaching.
The workshop will strengthen your qualifications for actively working on creating inclusive communities and tackle loneliness.
Additionally, the workshop underpins:
- A strong connection to students and between students
- Involvement and participation in class
- Cohesiveness in study groups
- Prevention of dissatisfaction in terms of loneliness and weakened affiliations to one’s study
You can read more about participation and practicalities here.
If you would like to hear more about our initiatives and prices, or you want a non-committal and customised offer, contact our department for Udvikling og Forebyggelse.
If you are a student counsellor, you can sign up for our newsletter here or download our booklets on exam, group work, worry and work process. Note, however, that these are only available in Danish.