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Workshop & Group Therapy

Presentations and Workshops for a Challenging Time

Summer 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 from PC, Mac, iOS or Android:  Contact: Dr. Lynette Sparkman-Barnes at   

Friday Morning Stress Management, Relaxation and Mindfulness:  Fridays 8:15 - 8:45 am | Ongoing. Start your morning with a little relaxation.  Each week Dr. Allison Roodman will teach a new tool for managing stress and staying more "present" to improve coping.  Learn valuable tools you can use throughout your week while connecting with our KUMC community.  Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android:; or join by phone: +1 312 626 6799;  Meeting ID:  210 152 2343.  Questions?  Contact: Dr. Allison Roodman at    

Workshops - Registration is required by visiting  

Koru Mindfulness - Basic Class:  Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:15 pm | June 9 - June 30

Have you wanted to learn how to meditate or re-start your practice, but you couldn't find the time?  There is no time like the present! Learn 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. This 4-session workshop is limited to 12 students/residents. Repeaters welcome if space. Registration is required by visiting   Questions? Contact: Dr. Allison Roodman at

Perfectionism Day and Time will be based on schedules of those interested | 4-Week Basic Workshop

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". This 4-session workshop is limited to 12 students/residents. Workshops will meet through Zoom

Contact: Dr. Tara Brim, PhD or Dr. Allison Roodman, PhD

Registration is required. Sign-up at (Groups/Workshops)


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.

Women of Color Group: Mondays 5:00-6:30 Register by June 12
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.

Contact: Lynette Sprkman-Barnes, Ph.D at

Understanding Self and Others: Day and Time will be based on schedules of those interested | Weekly, June 15 - July 31

For KUMC Students: Do you struggle to communicate authentically with others? Would you like to feel more comfortable with yourself? Doing so can reduce anxiety, improve mood, as well as enhance your relationships so they are more genuine. Participants will connect with others who seek interpersonal growth and learn how to provide and receive constructive feedback in a safe and supportive environment. This group will meet through Zoom. Interested participants will be surveyed for availability and a time will be set that allows greatest number of participants. Registration is required by visiting Pre-group meeting will also be required after sign-up. Questions?

Contact: Dr. Allison Roodman 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: Jun 19, 2020