Coach support

Individual and group support

The pro­gram is avail­able with small group guid­ance (work­shops) by spe­cial­ized coun­selors and/or trained mas­ter’s lev­el psy­chol­o­gy stu­dents. The coach­ing sup­port is or­ga­nized by JYU’s psy­chol­o­gy de­part­ment and is free of charge to all JYU’s de­gree stu­dents. 

We of­fer also one-to-one coach sup­port. The in­di­vid­ual guid­ed op­tion of the pro­gram is suit­able for stu­dents that would like to work with the pro­gram's ma­te­r­i­al in a more in­di­vid­u­al­ized man­ner, re­ceive coach feed­back, and ad­dress any oth­er is­sues in ad­di­tion to the themes cov­ered by the pro­gram with their coach.

One-to-one coach-guided programs 

We offer the online program with individual coach support!

This coach support option is for you when you want to improve your well-being but don’t know where to start. Personal contact provides an opportunity to discuss not only the themes of the OK-program, but also any topic that you currently find important or challenging. Personal guidance can help, for example, to clarify things that may be an obstacle to your well-being in general, hinder your studies or cause problems in interpersonal relationships. Personal guidance can also help you commit to taking concrete steps towards enhancing your wellbeing. 


What and where?

Free coach will start on week 42 and end during weeks 49-50. Support includes:

- 3 x 60 mins individual sessions with your assigned coach

- working independently online on the program's assigned tasks

- 3 coach feedback sessions on program's exercises from our coach


How to participate?

You can easily register by 8.10.2023 through our Online registration form 

Who is offering the coaching?

Master’s level psychology students are offering support. Our coaches receive training and supervision by our project researcher and psychologist, Panajiota Räsänen  

Group support - Workshops 




The Student Compass programme is avail­able with small group guid­ance (work­shops) by two wellbeing coaches. 

The group guidance option offers an additional avenue to connect with fellow students, engage in discussions, and partake in practical exercises beyond the Student Compass’ wellbeing themes. These activities take place in a small group setting, ensuring a safe and respectful environment for all participants. Currently, our workshops are tailored for international students.

The primary objective of group guidance is to deliver accessible support tailored to your individual needs. Participating in the Student Compass group support workshops presents several tangible benefits:

  • Opportunity to practice your mental wellbeing skills through exercises, discussions and personal reflections

  • Development of essential social skills

  • Opportunities to share your unique experiences

  • Valuable peer support and constructive feedback

Group guidance lasts for 5-6 weeks and includes:

  • 5 group meetings led by two wellbeing coaches. 

  • Independent work in the Student Compass online environment. 

During workshops, some common topics that we may cover are:  

  • Personal values and goals

  • Stress, recovery and building routines

  • Feelings of isolation and loneliness

  • Time management

  • Performance and self-compassion

  • Dealing with difficult thoughts and emotions 

The workshop themes are typically determined collaboratively during the initial session, with a focus on addressing both individual and collective needs within the group.


Group guidance is available once a year. The next workshops will be offered in Spring 2024. 

1. period of workshops (weeks 10-15). Registration will open for workshops: 17.1.- 19.2.2024. 

2. period of workshops (weeks 12-17). Registration will open for workshops: 20.2.- 11.3.2024. 

The content of the workshops will be announced in January 2024.

Examples of previous workshops 

Below you will find examples of previously offered workshops

Spring 2023

JYU OK? Workshop on mental wellbeing 

Are you ex­pe­riencing stress, anxie­ty, lack of mo­ti­va­tion? Ha­ving troubles concent­ra­ting and get­ting things done? Do you want to get prac­tical tools to im­pro­ve your men­tal well­being? 

Join the JYU OK? -works­hop that inclu­des the Stu­dent Com­pass on­li­ne well­being-pro­gram!

The Stu­dent Com­pass (OK) of­fers a free well­being works­hop to In­ter­na­tio­nal Mas­ter’s degree, exc­han­ge and Fin­nish degree stu­dents. In the works­hop, you will have a great op­por­tu­ni­ty to learn and prac­tice men­tal well­being skills that are im­por­tant in study­ing, work­ing, in­ter­per­son­al re­la­tions­hips and life in gen­er­al. 

The main aim of the works­hop is to pro­mo­te stu­dents’ men­tal well­being and qua­li­ty of life by of­fe­ring the op­por­tu­ni­ty to discuss is­sues such as va­lue-gui­ded life, time-ma­na­ge­ment, de­ve­lo­ping wor­kable rou­ti­nes, ma­na­ging dif­ficult thoughts and fee­lings, the im­por­tance of pre­sent-mo­ment awa­re­ness, cul­ti­va­ting self-com­pas­sion, and the­mes of your choo­sing.

The workshop includes:

  • 5 group meetings led by our wellbeing coaches
  • independent practice sessions in the online Student Compass wellbeing program  

This is a great way to improve your mental wellbeing, meet local and international people as well as practice your English skills in a safe environment! The coaching support is organized by JYU’s psychology department and is free of charge to all University of Jyväskylä students. 

Re­gis­ter on­li­ne by 9.3.2023. Sign up ea­si­ly by fil­ling in the Web­pro­pol form here.

Read more about JYU OK? works­hop


Wellbeing workshop for International students

This Workshop will be offered during Spring 2023 (April). We will announce a detailed schedule later.

Are you interested in your own personal development and growth? Have you been feeling stressed lately? Feeling stuck or overwhelmed with studies?  

The Student Compass program is offering a wellbeing workshop for international students to address these matters - amongst many others.The Student Compass –workshop includes

  • 5 group sessions lead by our wellbeing coaches 
  • 2 individual sessions with a coach 
  • independent practice sessions in the online Student Compass wellbeing program

The workshop’s main aim is to promote the general well-being and quality of life of students by offering the opportunity to discuss with others issues such as:

  • How to adapt and cope with life and study-related stressors more effectively
  • Engage in life and studies in a more meaningful way
  • Mindfulness and how to integrate it into one’s daily life