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Workshop & 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.   


Assertiveness and Diplomacy Skills 

Want to improve your assertiveness, filter better, and negotiate diplomatically in personal and professional relationships? Participants will practice assertiveness techniques using real-world situations, be coached how to say "no" respectfully, learn to verbally disarm someone who is upset, and enhance their social self-confidence. This 3-session workshop is limited to 12 students. 

Section 1: Thursdays 12:00-1:00pm; 8.29, 9.5, 9.12; G116 Student Center; Contact: Larry Long, PhD

Section 2: Wednesdays 12:00-1:00pm; 10.2, 10.9, 10.16; G116 Student Center; Contact: Larry Long, PhD

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Biofeedback for Transformation

Optimal heart functioning has a positive influence on psychological well-being. Through biofeedback training, you can learn and develop techniques to establish an optimal heart rhythm, you can improve control over physiology, and you can cultivate your ability to process thoughts and feelings more effective

Section 1: Thursdays 12:00-1:00, 9.19, 9.26, 10.3; G116 Student Center; Contact: Sebastiano Procopio, PhD

Section 2: Wednesdays 12:00-1:00, 10.23, 10.30, 11.6; G116 Student Center; Contact: Sebastiano Procopio, PhD

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Koru Mindfulness Basic Class

Learn how mindfulness can help you reduce stress, sleep better, and decrease self-judgement. Enhancing mindfulness helps people enjoy their lives in the present, reduces rumination about the past and worry about the future. This 4/5-session workshop is limited to 12 participants. Registration is required. 

Section 1: Tuesdays- 3:15-4:30; 9.17, 9.24, 10.1, 10.8; G116 Student Center; Contact: Allison Roodman, PhD

Section 2: Fridays- 1:45-3:00; 10.11, 10.18, 10.25, 11.1; G116 Student Center; Contact: Allison Roodman, PhD

Sign-up by contacting Allison Roodman, PhD

Koru Mindfulness 2.0- Coming soon

This class if for students/residents who have completed a Koru Basic Class and want to continue their practice. Learn additional skills as we continue to build our mindfulness "muscle."  Contact: Allison Roodman, PhD for more info

Group Therapy

Interpersonal Growth Group

Do you struggle to communicate authentically with others? Would you like to feel more comfortablewith yourself? Doing so can reduce anxiety, improve mood, as well as enhance your relationships sothey are more genuine. Participants will connect with others who seek interpersonal growth, and learnhow to provide and receive constructive feedback in a safe and supportive environment. Experimentwith new ways of being with yourself and others. Limited to ten students.

Section 1: Thursdays- 3:15-4:45; 9.12 through 11.25 ; G116 Student Center; Contact Allison Roodman, PhD

Contact: Allison Roodman for more information. 

Women of Color Group

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. Registration and pre-group meeting required by contacting Limited to 10 students. 

Section 1: Mondays- 4:15-5:45; 9.16 through 11.25

Contact: Lynette Sprkman-Barnes, Ph.D at

How can I make the most of my group experience?

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: Sep 03, 2019