Learning about Mindfulness

By , August 27, 2019 4:35 pm

Did you know UMKC Counseling Services offers more than just individual counseling?

Workshops are a great opportunity for students to learn valuable skills and success strategies.  Students are welcome to repeat the workshop in order to strengthen and hone newly developed skills!

Group counseling helps students learn more about themselves and their relationships. Groups are a powerful and effective option for most emotional concerns.

Enrolled UMKC students are eligible to attend workshops and group counseling.  These services are confidential, effective, and free.  See available workshops and groups listed below for more information.

How do students participate in Workshops and/or Group Counseling at UMKC Counseling Services?  In order to access group counseling and workshops, students must call UMKC Counseling Services at 816-235-1635 to schedule a 30-minute initial consultation appointment.  Students should indicate their interest in a particular group or workshop when scheduling the Initial Consultation appointment.  UMKC Counseling Services is located in the Brookside 51 Building:  5110 Oak Street, Suite 201.

More information about UMKC Counseling Services.


Building Mindfulness

Workshop participants learn skills for managing stress, thinking more clearly, and being more present in daily life. Participants also learn about the science that makes mindfulness work!  An initial consultation appointment at UMKC Counseling Services is not required to participate in this workshop.  40 to 50 minutes per session

Mind over Mood

This three session series focuses on creating flexibility to deal with whatever brings participants into counseling. Students build skills that include mindfulness, acceptance and understanding how to get “un-stuck”. Workshop attendees learn how to focus on what really matters to them. Personal sharing is but not required to participate in this workshop series. Workshop participants receive a workbook filled with in-session exercises as well as stress management information, coping skills, and mindfulness strategies. This workshop meets for three consecutive weeks. 50 minutes per session / 3 sessions

Group Counseling:

Acing Academic Anxiety

A group for those who experience anxiety around exams.  Participants learn to make anxiety work for them – not against them – by becoming familiar with the true role of anxiety, the ways in which our brains trick us, and tips and strategies for becoming comfortable with discomfort.  75 minutes per session / 4 consecutive weeks

Body Wellness Group

In this group, members explore their relationship with body image, food, and weight and how that relationship shapes their lives. This group is a safe space in which to explore these concerns. In addition to receiving and giving support, group members begin developing effective coping strategies. 60 minutes per session / once per week

Interpersonal Process Group

In this group, students actively engage in working on treatment goals through interaction with others who share similar goals. By processing concerns and helping to support others, students learn valuable skills such as coping, emotion management, effective communication, and giving and receiving empathy. This is a great way for students to gain a better understanding of themselves and others. This group generally has 6 to 9 members and is facilitated by two mental health professionals. 90 minutes per session / once per week

Reset vs. React: Skills for Managing Emotions

Reset vs. React is an 8-week group that focuses on learning, practicing and processing skills to help students effectively manage emotions and daily experiences.  Skills taught include mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.  60 minutes per session / once per week

Whole-Self Healing: Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

Led by one of our staff psychologists who is also a RYT 200 yoga and meditation instructor, this yoga group is for those in recovery from any kind of trauma. The objective of trauma-sensitive yoga is not to access emotions or dredge up trauma memories, but rather to help group members heighten their body awareness—to notice what is happening inside their bodies—and thereby learn to release tension, reduce and control fear and arousal, and tolerate sensation. Whether it is a recent trauma or something long standing, this experience will help reestablish connection between mind and body in an evidence-based treatment. This group is suitable for the first-timer as well as the experienced yogi.  An initial consultation appointment at UMKC Counseling Services is not required in order to participate.  60 to 75 minutes per session / once per week

Body U – for your happiness and wellness

By , August 21, 2019 1:28 pm

Body U is a free app to promote health and wellness on college campuses. The program provides personalized help for depression, anxiety, body image concerns, and disordered eating behaviors.

Take a 5 minute confidential survey to get directed to a free online program tailored to your needs:

  • Learn skills to thrive in college
  • Cultivate a positive body image
  • Manage depression and anxiety

Complete the survey at www.bodyu.org

Or scan the QR code

Body U is sponsored by the Missouri Eating Disorders Council and is free for all college students.

Welcome to the new semester!

By , August 19, 2019 9:54 am
Provost Barb Bichelmeyer, Chancellor Mauli Agrawal, and interim Dean of Students Chris Brown

Welcome to a brand-new school year, Roo family!

As a student-centered, urban-serving university, our community of students, faculty and staff at UMKC are committed to each other’s learning, growth and success.

Our challenge, today and every day, is to fully live that commitment. This is how we will deliver on our mission of learning, discovery, research and service.

As members of our community, we are calling on you to be leaders in the progress of metro Kansas City, the state of Missouri, our nation and our world. This is our expectation for all of you, from the incoming freshman class to the most senior members of our faculty.

In return, we pledge a commitment to you.

We commit to fostering and modeling a culture of caring at UMKC, in which we strive to treat each other as members of a healthy family. Members of a healthy family care for each other and support each other. They also challenge each other to constantly give and be their best, and hold each other accountable. This should be the essence of the UMKC experience for students, faculty and staff.

For students, this commitment includes doing everything we can to guide and support you on steady progress toward completion of your degree; and to provide a stimulating and rewarding campus life experience where you feel welcomed and appreciated. We will meet you where you are, and support your efforts to reach your goals.

For faculty and staff, we pledge to foster a culture of open inquiry and dialogue; to act with integrity and accountability; and to respect the human dignity and diverse social and cultural identities of all.

For all members of this community, we pledge to be invested in the success of the community, and of each individual in the community.

Together, we can make the 2019-2020 academic year our best year ever. Roo Up!

C. Mauli Agrawal, Ph.D.

Barbara Bichelmeyer, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Chris Brown, Ph.D.
Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs – Dean of Students

Re:Print Exhibition at UMKC Gallery of Art

By , August 15, 2019 11:53 am
From right to left: John Wilson, Friday Night Fights; Lynn Manos, Fifty One Italian Dinghies; Laura Kuchynka, August iv; Lois Thompson, Where The Light Comes Through #1

UMKC Gallery of Art presents Re:Print, a new exhibition featuring an amazing array of prints by Hand Print Press. In 2019, Hand Print Press marks their quarter century partnership with The University of Missouri-Kansas City and their professional explorations in printmaking. To commemorate this anniversary, Hand Print Press decided to revisit and reflect on their artistic output and to use their collective past to start their future.

For the exhibit “RE:Prints”, members both past and present were invited to search through HPP’s archived portfolios to find images to inspire new prints. Whether it was to pay homage to, riff on, or have a dialogue with the archived prints, members were given free rein to use any printmaking technique(s) to interpret their inspirational print. The result is a remarkable exhibit which shows the wide range of subject matter, unique processes and brilliant techniques that are under the umbrella of printmaking.

The Exhibition runs from September 5th through October 18th, 2019. Opening Reception on September 5th from 5-7pm.

The UMKC Gallery of Art is located in the Fine Arts Building, room 203 (5015 Holmes Street).

For more information: https://info.umkc.edu/gallery/

About HPP
Hand Print Press is unique in the region for its mission of mentoring young printmakers. Over the past 25 years, HPP has funded grants for UMKC printmaking students and the purchase of equipment and supplies for the printmaking studio. Three national juried print exhibitions in the university’s gallery have been sponsored by HPP, providing UMKC students and the general public with exposure to a wide range of printmakers.

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