Organizational Habits and Keys to Consistency: Staying on Track in Grad School Series

Date & Time

Wednesday, May 31, 2023
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm



Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success, UBC Counselling Services

Registration Closed / Past Event


We need more than good intentions and resolutions to change or improve behaviours, regardless of whether it is related to your desired self-care or academic goals. Learn about the stages of behaviour change and related skills needed to move towards effective and consistent action that you can realistically maintain in order to reach your goals.

In this session you will: 

  • Understand some psychology of behaviour change,
  • Clarify what you want to change and why,
  • Learn how to get organized,
  • Learn strategies for taking action, and
  • Learn to practice consistency for change to occur and be maintained in the desired direction.

This session is part of the Staying on Track Series: A 3-part framework to make change stick for good

We are living at a time when there is no shortage of information at your fingertips for how you could be taking better care of yourself or working towards your goals. But the problem with change is rarely a case of not knowing what to do. The real challenge many of us face is doing the things that would improve our well-being or progress towards our goal with realistic planning, strategies that work, and consistency. In other words, there is a gap between knowing and doing. 

In this series you will learn a few key skill sets that, when applied, will help you take better care of yourself and work towards your goals with greater consistency and ease.  Although the sessions work together, they can be attended independently. Please come prepared to discuss these topics with other students (breakout rooms may be used), and engage in personal reflection. You may wish to have paper and a pen ready for these reflections. Sessions will not be recorded. Attendees will be sent slides and resources following the session.

Upcoming topics
•    June 7: Waiting for motivation? Do this instead!
•    June 14: The Practice of Realignment, or, Getting Unstuck 


Karen Flood, PhD (she/her, PhD), is a Registered Psychologist with UBC Counselling Services. In her role, she provides brief individual counselling, facilitates therapeutic and support groups, and encourages all to access Therapist Assistance Online (TAO). She is an alumni of UBC’s Faculty of Education, Dept. of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education.

Polly Cheng, (she/her, MA) is a Pre-doctoral Intern with UBC Counselling Services and PhD candidate in counselling psychology. Her doctoral research seeks to understand the relationship between different child maltreatment subtypes and its impact on emotion regulation and recognition in young adults. She integrates her research into her clinical practice with a trauma-informed approach.

Registration Information

General registration opens on Monday, May 15th at 9 am.

This session is open to UBC graduate students. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email at the e-mail associated with your account. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail us at

Please email us if you are registered and can no longer attend this event.


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.