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.   


Making Peace with Anxiety - 4 sessions- DATES HAVE CHANGED

This class if for students who would like to learn strategies to confront and make peace with anxiety.  Anxiety may never completely go away, but by learning to make peace, it doesn't have to control you or your life. 

[This workshop is currently full. Please contact Stephanie Bowlin at to be contacted about future offerings]

Koru Mindfulness Basic Class - 4 Sessions

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

Tuesdays, 8:30 - 9:45 am 10.24 - 11.14, G116 Student Center       Click here to sign up

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".

Mondays, 6:00 - 7:15 pm  10.23 - 11.13, G116 Student Center      Click here to sign up

Assertiveness and Diplomacy Skills - 3 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 3-session workshop is limited to 8 students.

[This workshop is currently full. Please contact Larry Long at to be contacted about future offerings]


Therapy Groups

Living Well

This group is for students who are dealing with medical illnesses that are ongoing/chronic and have a significant impact on their life. These illnesses do not have to be visible, and individuals can be in any stage of their illness (recently diagnosed, struggling with figuring out a diagnosis, in remission). This is an opportunity for group members to give and receive support, comfort and safety surrounding the struggles associated with living with a chronic illness, while being a student at KUMC, and share coping strategies in a friendly, welcoming environment. Time and start date to be determined based upon student schedules and availability.

Day and Time TBD, G116 Student Center        Click here to sign up



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: Oct 25, 2017