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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 - 4 Sessions

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 4-session workshop is limited to 12 students. 

Tuesdays 12:00-1:00pm; 2.13, 2.20, 2.27, 3.6; G116 Student Center; Contact: Larry Long, PhD

Thursdays 12:00-1:00pm; 4.5, 4.12, 4.19, 4.26; G116 Student Center; Contact: Larry Long, PhD

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Mindful Yoga- 5 sessions- Attend one or attend them all 

This 75-minute long yoga class is appropriate for anyone and incorporates long supportive holds to reduce physical, mental and emotional stress. Expect to increase mobility and strength as well as nourish yourself from the core to the surface. Mondays 3:30-4:30, 4.9, 4.16, 4.23, 4.30; Kirmayer Studio 1; Contact: Stephanie Bowlin, PhD 

Registration NOT required. 

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 students/residents. Registration is required. 

Thursdays- 4, 75 min classes, 3:30-4:45pm; 2.15, 2.22, 3.1, 3.8; G116 Student Center; Contact: Allison Roodman, PhD

Mondays- 5, 60 min classes, 4:00-5:00pm; 2.26, 3.5, 3.12, 3.26, 4.2; G116 Student Center; Contact: Allison Roodman, PhD

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Koru Mindfulness 2.0- 4 sessions

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." Registration is required. Thursdays- 3:30-4:45pm; 3.15, 3.22, 3.29, 4.5; G116 Student Center; Contact: Allison Roodman, PhD

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Couples Relationship Workshop- Day/Time TBD

Designed for couples who are looking to strengthen their relationships. Participants will learn and practice research-based techniques to improve communication, foster closeness, and constructively overcome relational stressors. This 5-session workshop is open to couples of every stage, age, and sexual orientation. Both members of the couple must attend together, but only one must be a KUMC student. Time/Day TBD; Contact: Sarah May, PhD

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. Contact: Stephanie Bowlin, PhD for more information.

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: Apr 05, 2018