Mindfulness and Well-Being

By , August 29, 2017 3:40 pm

Be sure to take care of yourself! Be mindful of your inner peace and ways to maintain a healthy balance of all aspects of your life:  family, work, school, and community.

UMKC Counseling Services offers several groups designed to support you and your well-being.  For questions or to register, please contact Dr. Yano Procopio at 816-235-6467 or procopios@umkc.edu.

For all groups, students must attend a 30 minute initial consultation meeting.


RIO (Recognition, Insight, Orientation)

Our newest offering! RIO is a three session (60 minutes per session) workshop focused on coping with emotional distress and psychological pain. The hoped-for outcome is for students to RECOGNIZE emotional distress and psychological pain when it is occurring, gain further INSIGHT into how these impact life, and develop OPENNESS and flexibility to novel ways of coping and increasing well-being.  Students will learn practical skills throughout each session. RIO workshops to begin the week of August 28th.


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.


Building Mindfulness

This is a weekly skill-building and practice group and where members will 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.  Sessions for the group are:

  • Wednesdays from 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm, held at the MindBody Connection in the Atterbury Student Success Center. This group begins on Sept 6th and will last 4 weeks.
  • Tuesdays from 12:05 pm to 12:45 pm, held at Health Sciences Building 4307.  To register for the Hospital Hill group, please contact Dr. Rachel Pierce at piercerac@umkc.edu.
    • Session 1 begins on Sept 19th and lasts 5 weeks
    • Session 2 begins on Oct 24th and lasts 5 weeks


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.

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