UMKC Counseling Services: COVID-19 News and Updates

Latest Updates from UMKC Counseling Services

Updated 4/28/20- Open Art Studio (Drop-in Zoom session on Wednesdays between 4PM-6PM) : This virtual workshop was developed for UMKC students looking for creative outlets to manage stress during the quarantine. Students are welcome to bring in their own personal art projects to work on and share. This workshop is designed to use art materials that students may already have at home, but adaptations will be presented by the art therapist in order to accommodate for everyone. Artistic talent is not required to participate. If interested, RSVP to Melanie at to receive zoom link.

Updated 4/14/20 – Check out our NEW resources posted below in the coping resources section of this post! And check back regularly for the latest additions!

Updated 4/8/20 – Mind Over Mood (MOM) workshop NOW online! UMKC Counseling Services’ 3-part MOM workshop is now available online. This workshop is one of our post popular services and is designed to help you feel better fast by introducing skills and tips to help you quickly learn to manage unwanted or unpleasant emotions. In our office, this workshop is provided over 3 consecutive weekly sessions, meeting for 1 hour each week. This online version allows you to follow along with the video instruction and downloadable workbook at your pace. Please also see the ADA compliant transcripts for each video.

If you are interested in participating in MOM once UMKC Counseling Services returns to typical operations, please call 816-235-1635 to make an appointment.

MOM session 1:

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MOM session 3:

MOM Student Workbook

Updated 3/24/20 – Whole Body Healing, UMKC Counseling Services’ trauma sensitive yoga practice, is temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please check back here or to UMKC Counseling Services’ website to be notified about the practice’s return.

Updated 3/18/20 – Given the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, UMKC Counseling Services is determining what services we can offer in the midst of situations that are rapidly changing.  Considering our current clinical demands and limited resources, we have had to make the difficult decision to temporarily discontinue initial appointments and are no longer taking new clients.  Instead, individuals seeking mental health services are being referred to the community. 

Here is a list of wide ranging mental health services offered in the KC area, including places that offer reduced-fee services and/or work with health insurance. If you have any questions or need assistance accessing community services, please let us know and we are happy to help. 

Please check back regularly for changes and continued updates as this situation continues to be fluid.

Coping Resources

Check out the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness! Their website has many free mindfulness, meditation and yoga resources including guided meditations (in several languages, for people of color, and for the deaf and hard of hearing), a research bibliography, instructional videos, and information about mindfulness in recovery. They also are offering a number of free lunchtime meditations, weekend seminars, and evening classes on mindfulness for wellbeing and resilience via Zoom.

A 3-Step Approach to Manage Uncertainty – YouTube 

For help with falling and staying asleep:



Being Well Podcast: Coping with Quarantine



In Case of Emergency

Updated 3/18/20 – At this time, UMKC Counseling Services remains open. If you are in crisis, you can utilize our Crisis Walk-In Consultation times at 10am and 2pm Monday-Friday. If you find yourself to be in crisis outside of these times, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.

National crisis hotlines and online services:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
  • The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Suicide Hotline): 1-866-488-7386
  • Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741