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Workshop & Group Therapy

Presentations and Workshops for a Challenging Time

Fall 2020 : On-going drop-in offerings for the KUMC Community  

Bringing our campus community together: A spiritual gathering  
Mondays 8:30 - 9:00 am | Ongoing
We recognize the importance of supporting the spiritual needs of the entire KUMC community while helping them learn resiliency and feel connected. In a collaborative effort, the Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and KUMC Counseling & Educational Support Services will be holding a weekly virtual gathering to bring us together to foster a sense of community. Dr. Lynette Sparkman-Barnes and others will offer inspirational words, followed by a few minutes of silent meditation and mindfulness meditation. Join by Zoom
Questions? Contact: Dr. Lynette Sparkman-Barnes at

Friday Morning Stress Management, Relaxation and Mindfulness
Fridays 8:00 - 8:30 am | Ongoing
Start your morning with a little relaxation. Each Friday Dr. Allison Roodman and colleagues will teach a new tool for managing stress and staying more "present" to improve coping. Learn valuable skills you can use throughout your week while connecting with our KUMC community. No registration needed. Join by Zoom; Questions? Contact: Dr. Allison Roodman at

Workshops - Registration is required

Heart-To-Heart About Racism and White Fragility Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:15 pm | Oct 21, Oct 28, Nov 4, Nov 18, Dec 2, Dec 9What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless yet is deeply divided by race?  Systemic racism, oppression, and harmful systems have a direct impact on physical, mental and emotional well-being. The purpose of this workshop is to increase our stamina to bear witness to the pain of institutionalized and internalized racism, increase openness and humility, stretch our worldview, and identify how racism manifests in our everyday behaviors. This workshop includes six, 75-minute sessions.  Based on the work of Robin Diangelo's book, White Fragility: Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism (book provided to participants), the workshop is limited to 10 student or resident participants and attendance is required at each session.  Register at  Questions? Contact: Dr. Larry Long at

Conquering AnxietyFridays 1-2 PM
Reconstructing Dysfunctional Thinking & Cognitive Defusion | October 23
Increasing Self-Compassion | October 30
Implementing Active Coping Strategies | October 16 & November 6
In this workshop series, participants will learn strategies to address anxiety by empirically supported therapeutic techniques including reconstructing dysfunctional thinking and cognitive defusion, increasing self-compassion, and implementing active coping strategies.  Participants may attend any or all of the one-hour sessions on Fridays at 1 PM. Register at  Questions?  Contact: Amanda Lappin, Ph.D.

Koru Mindfulness - Basic Class

Section 2:  Mondays 12:00 - 1:15 pm | Oct 5 - Oct 26Learn how mindfulness can help you reduce stress, sleep better and have less self-judgement. Increasing mindfulness helps people enjoy their lives in the present, reduces rumination about the past and worry about the future. Mindfulness can also help raise awareness of our interconnectedness and increase compassion for self and others.  This 4-session workshop with data about its effectiveness is limited to 12 students/residents.  Repeaters welcome if space.  Registration is required by visiting  Questions? Contact: Dr. Allison Roodman at

Perfectionism Basic Workshop
Section 2:  Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:00 pm | Oct 6 - Oct 27
Perfectionistic thinking may lead to setting unattainable goals and engaging in behaviors that can wreak havoc on your physical health and psychological well-being. Learn practical suggestions for behavioral changes including seven ways to overcome perfectionism that range from choosing "passion over perfection" to remembering "you're more than what you do".  Required text:  better than PERFECT by Elizabeth Lombardo will be provided.  This 4-session workshop is limited to 12 students/residents. Workshops will meet through Zoom.  Registration is required by visiting  Questions? Contact Dr. Allison Roodman at 

Perfectionism 2.0 Workshop
Wednesdays 9:00 - 10:00 am | Oct 14 - Nov 4
Building on the work of the Basic Perfectionism Workshop, participants will continue their journey into unpacking how the need to be perfect keeps us from finding contentment.  Participants will have either taken the Basic Workshop or worked with the better than PERFECT text in another context.  This 4-session workshop is limited to 12 students/residents. Workshops will meet through Zoom.  Registration is required by visiting  Questions? Contact Dr. Allison Roodman at

Women of diverse cultural backgrounds have an opportunity to explore various themes in this confidential group, including identity concerns, family matters, interpersonal relationships, academic distress, trauma experiences, and undertones of race-related oppression. The goal is to increase connection, self-empowerment, and advocacy as women advance in a professional, multicultural world. This group will meet by Zoom. Contact with any questions.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is support for students who would like to increase self-awareness and learn new ways to cope with personal and interpersonal challenges. CESS offers group therapy because it is an effective, evidence-based treatment choice for many. Although some apprehensiveness is natural, most students report that their group experience was ultimately helpful and exceeded their expectations. Groups are confidential and free of charge to KUMC students and residents.

Establish goals. Think about what you would like to get out of group. Setting viable targets for growth and change can help you to tailor your group experience and assess your progress. Take time before each meeting to consider your expectations for that session.

Express your feelings. The genuine expression of emotion will have far greater value than the expression of ideas or information. Challenge yourself to be emotionally available to and vulnerable with the other members. The group may assist you in learning how to integrate your thoughts and emotions in a balanced way.

Be an active group member. Group interaction enriches self-paced discovery. We support you in taking risks and stretching yourself in ways that optimize your group experience.

Be patient with yourself. All of your coping skills, behavior patterns, and self-perceptions have been learned and reinforced over a long period of time. Therefore change can be challenging. Honor yourself by being patient and trusting the group process. 

Last modified: Oct 15, 2020