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Workshop & Group Therapy

Workshops and group therapy teach students new ways to cope with personal and interpersonal challenges in a group setting.

Summer 2024


KORU Mindfulness- For Stress and Anxiety Management  

Section 1: Thursdays 8:00-8:50am | 6.20, 6.27, 7.11, 7.18 | Via In-person and Zoom

Section 2: Wednesdays 12:00-12:50pm | 7.24-8.14 | Via In-person and Zoom

Who: Students and Residents
Learn how mindfulness can help you reduce stress, sleep better and have less self-judgment. 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 ourselves and others.  This 4-session workshop with data about its effectiveness is limited to 12 participants. Repeaters welcome if space is available.  Registration is required by visiting  Questions? Contact: Dr. Allison Roodman at

Body Wellness Workshop 
Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 | 6.13, 6.20, 6.27 | via Zoom

Who: Students and Residents

This 4-session workshop will explore strategies to address your relationship with body image, food, and weight and how that relationship impacts your life. This workshop is a supportive and safe space in which to explore these concerns. It is strongly encouraged to attend all 4 sessions, but you are welcome to attend all that your schedule will allow.  These workshops are limited to 12 students/residents and will meet through Zoom.

Registration is required by visiting https://medconsult.kumc.eduQuestions? Contact: Dr. Sherri Theoharidis at

Coping with Emotionally Immature Parent(s) Workshop
Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 pm | 7.9-7.30 | Meets in-person

Who: Students

This 4-week workshop is for anyone who grew up with an emotionally immature, unavailable, or selfish parent. Based on Dr. Lindsay Gibson’s book “Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents”, this workshop will help you learn about how you have been impacted by this experience and learn tools to free yourself from ongoing interpersonal difficulties, establish appropriate boundaries and develop healthier relationships. This workshop is limited to 12 students and will meet in person.

Registration is required by visiting  Questions? Contact: Kate Papachristou as 


Women of Color Group
Mondays 5:00 – 6:30 pm | 6.17-8.12 | Via Zoom

Who: Students

This confidential group provides students who identify as women of color the opportunity to connect with and empower one another as we explore various life concerns and impactful themes, including identity, family, interpersonal relationships, race-related stress and trauma, academic distress, and more.   Contact   Dr. Lynette Sparkman-Barnes at to schedule pre-group required meeting. 

LGBTQ+ Support Group

Thursdays 12:00 – 1:00 pm | 6.13-TBD (skip 6.27) | Via Zoom

Who: Students

Open to all KUMC students who identify as sexual and/or gender minorities, or those questioning their identities.  This confidential group will explore the ways intersecting identities inform wider life experiences and will seek to increase members' sense of community support.  Experience a safe, affirming, and therapeutic space to connect, gain support, and increase self-awareness.  This support group will meet by Zoom. 

Please contact Dr. Candice Moran (they/them) at with any questions or to schedule a pre-group required meeting. 

Interpersonal Growth Group
Mondays 5:00 – 6:30 pm | 6.10-8.12 | Meets in-person

Who: 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.

Registration and pre-group meeting required by contacting Dr. Allison Roodman at

Writing Accountability Group
Wednesdays 9:00 am – 11:00 am | 6.5-8.7 | In-person or via Teams

Who: Doctoral Students

Struggling with writing? Make progress with the KUMC Writing Center during this hybrid workshop, with options for in-person or remote attendance via Teams. This group of students will help push your writing projects forward, set manageable goals, and build a supportive, interdisciplinary community of writers. Each meeting will provide dedicated time to write alongside an interdisciplinary group of your fellow graduate students and the writing specialist, Lisa Brune, PhD (she/her). Any graduate student working on a writing project, who is willing to commit to attending 6 out of 9 meetings, is eligible.

Registration is required by visiting For more information contact Dr. Lisa Brune at 


Bringing our Campus Community Together: A spiritual gathering
Mondays 8:30 – 9:00 am | Every other week 

Who: Anyone in the KUMC community is invited

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.   Join by Zoom

Check KUMC Calendar for dates and to Register

Questions?  Contact: Dr. Lynette Sparkman-Barnes at

Student Affairs

University of Kansas Medical Center
Student Affairs
Counseling and Educational Support Services
Counseling - G116 Student Center
Education Support - G012 Dykes
Writing - G011 Dykes
Mail Stop 4006
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-6580
Fax: 913-588-6597