Mid-Term Stress

By , October 9, 2019 9:17 am

This week is likely the time you are busy taking mid-term exams or prepping for group projects. There may seem to be so many deadlines that it’s hard to keep up with what’s next. Just remember that everyone stresses–and stress can also be good for you! Like butterflies before an actor goes out on stage, stress just means you care and are motivated to do well. But too much stress, or not being able to manage your stress, can be a overwhelming.

Let’s take a quick look at ways to focus on and use your stress to the best advantage.

  • Make a list. Start big: what are the major projects, papers, and exams coming up? Next, for each big thing, what are the steps you need to take to finish each one successfully? Write everything down, no matter how small. These are the foundation on which successful projects are built! Plus, it’s very satisfying to check things off a to-do list.
  • Eat breakfast. Start your day right…after getting a full-night’s rest, of course! Be sure to take care of yourself–physically and emotionally!
  • Take breaks. It seems a small thing and possibly counter-intuitive, but taking breaks helps keep you refreshed. Take a walk, grab a snack, or catch your favorite re-run. You just may have a different outlook when you get back to your project.
  • Join a study group. Tackling difficult concepts as a group is better than puzzling over something by yourself. Be sure to celebrate a job well-done afterwards!
  • Keep notes. Yes, take notes in class, but also notice your moods and how you are feeling at different times and situations. Having a base-line can help you adjust your habits and expectations. Mid-morning slump? Stop and take a walk to get refocused. Jittery before a test? Breathe deeply and remind yourself that you’ve got this.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2019

By , September 16, 2019 4:51 pm

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to walk a mile in women’s shoes. Walking in women’s shoes helps men better understand and appreciate women’s experiences, thus changing perspectives, helping improve gender relationships and decreasing the potential for violence.

Since 2007, over 1,000 people have participated in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® at UMKC. Their participation helped raise awareness of rape, sexual assault, and gender violence, as well as funds for the UMKC Women’s Center and Violence Prevention and Response Program.

The 2019 Walk will be held on Thursday, September 19, 5:30 p.m. at the University Playhouse (51st and Holmes Streets).

New for 2019 — this event is now free to all and no registration is required!

Please note that we will have a limited number of high heels available for walkers — we encourage walkers to BYOS (bring your own shoes). People of all genders and ages are welcome to walk. Wearing high heels is encouraged, but not required.

Rain location: Jazzman’s, Student Union, 5100 Cherry Street.

Co-sponsored by: the Violence Prevention & Response Program, Office of Student Involvement, Fraternity & Sorority Affairs, LGBTQIA+ Programs & Services, Student Auxiliary Services, Residential Life, Kansas City Athletics, Division of Student Affairs, Title IX Office, Multicultural Student Affairs, Division of Diversity & Inclusion, University Advancement, MComm, University Libraries, and Student Government Association

Free STI Testing Clinics

By , September 16, 2019 4:13 pm

Constitution Day 2019

By , September 5, 2019 2:00 pm

UMKC will celebrate Constitution Day on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 with an event sponsored by UMKC School of Law student organizations:  Implications and Interpretation of Birthright Citizenship.  The session is at 11.30am in the School of Law Student Lounge.

Moderated by Law School faculty and local attorneys, the session will focus on what is birthright citizenship: its importance, implications, and impacts.

Constitution Day 2019 is co-sponsored by The Federalist Society and The American Constitution Society.

Constitution Day became a recognized federal holiday in 2004, when legislation authored by Senator Robert Byrd was signed into law.  The Act mandates that all educational institutions that receive public funding provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on or near September 17th each year.

Roos Give Back: Day of Service (5 Oct)

By , September 4, 2019 11:28 am

Join UMKC students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members for a university-wide day of service!

When: Saturday, 5 October 2019, 8.30am – 12.30pm. Check-in at University Playhouse; transportation will be provided to volunteer sites.

The Office of Student Involvement (OSI), Student Government Association (SGA), and UMKC Alumni Association are excited to partner with the local Kansas City community to host our annual UMKC Roos Give Back community service project.

Students register here: go.umkc.edu/roos-give-back

Register by Friday, September 13 to guarantee your t-shirt size!

For more information, please contact kushnerkim@umkc.edu or (816) 235-5579.

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.

Workshops:

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

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