Category: Support Services

Mind Over Mood and other Counseling Workshops

By , August 30, 2018 1:03 pm

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

Workshops are a great opportunity for students to gain support and to learn invaluable coping skills and strategies. Students are welcome to repeat the workshop in order to strengthen and hone their 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. Please note that Counseling Services has moved to a new location in the Brookside 51 Building:  5110 Oak Street, Suite 201.



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! This workshop meets for five consecutive weeks. 40 to 50 minutes per session / 5 sessions

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

Taming Test Anxiety

A workshop 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. This workshop meets for four consecutive weeks. 75 minutes per session / 4 sessions


Group Counseling:

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

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. 60 to 90 minutes per session / once per week

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By , August 24, 2018 10:33 am

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Building Mindfulness and other opportunities

By , January 24, 2017 9:29 am

MindfulnessImageHave you heard of Mindfulness practice and its benefits?  Please consider joining us for a weekly skill-building and practice group and learn how to apply mindfulness skills in everyday life. 

Mindfulness helps in many ways including improving focus, managing stress, increasing serenity, enhancing stability, and fostering wisdom. 

The groups will be facilitated by staff from UMKC Counseling Services and held on the following days:

  • Tuesdays (3:30-4:45) facilitated by Elise Chapline; Community Room at Oak Place Apartments
  • Wednesdays (3:30-4:45) facilitated by Dale Voigt-Catlin; MindBody Connection (112 Student Success Center)
  • Fridays (9:30-10:45) facilitated by Carolyn Pepper; MindBody Connection (112 Student Success Center)

Registration is required, as space is limited; so please register today if you are interested!  Due to the skill-building nature of the group, attendance at each group session is important.   For questions or to register, please contact Dr. Yano Procopio at 816-235-6467 or

Additional group offerings at UMKC Counseling Services include:

Understanding Self and Others

Students facing depression, anxiety, relationship problems, family issues, loneliness, trauma, and grief and loss may be appropriate for these groups. Group members may use group to work towards enhancing their relationships and social support networks, as well as to learn more about coping with the impact of obstacles they face. Days and times for these groups are established based on availability of group members. These groups last 10 to 12 weeks and each session is 90 minutes. These groups will be held at UMKC Counseling Services. The Spring groups times are Mondays from 9 to 10:30 am beginning 2/6 and Thursdays from 3 to 4:30 pm beginning 2/9.

Body Wellness Group

This is a weekly group for students wanting to explore body image, their relationship with food, and disordered eating. The day and time for this group is established based on availability of group members. This group lasts 10 to 12 weeks and each session is 90 minutes. This group will be held at UMKC Counseling Services and will occur either on Wednesdays or Fridays once member availability is established.

For questions or to register, please contact Dr. Yano Procopio at 816-235-6467 or


Spring 2017 Success Seminars

By , January 24, 2017 9:09 am

Join us throughout the semester for workshops presented by Academic Support & Mentoring, Career Services, The MindBody Connection, UMKC Libraries, and the Writing Studio.  All Seminars are held in the Atterbury Student Success Center.


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