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Counseling Center Services

Brief Counseling Services

Brief Individual Counseling: In individual counseling, you meet one-on-one with a clinician. You and your clinician will discuss your goals and work on addressing your concerns.

Brief Couples Counseling: The clinician works with you and your partner(s), to help you have a more satisfying relationship. All parties must be current UCM students to be eligible for couples counseling. The Initial Consultation for couples counseling usually takes 90-120 minutes. Subsequent sessions are 45 minutes. 



If you or someone you know is experiencing urgency or life-threatening concerns, a crisis/emergency meeting will be provided the same day with a clinician in our office.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis situation or would like to talk with a trained professional when the UCM Counseling Center is closed, call the UCM 24/7 Crisis Support Line at 660-543-8008.

For emergencies at other times, call Public Safety at 660-543-4123, call 911, or go directly to the emergency room at Western Missouri Medical Center at 403 Burkarth Road. 


Group Therapy & Workshops

What is the difference between groups and workshops?

Both groups and workshops are powerful modalities. Their power lies in the support and feedback given by other participants as well as by the facilitators. They offer a supportive and affirming space for students to discuss challenges and build connections. Appropriate self-disclosure within groups and workshops may take place at the student’s own comfort level and pace. While joining a group or workshop can feel intimidating, these modalities offer advantages that cannot be found in individual counseling.


Group Therapy

  • Generally closed format (i.e., maximum number of participants).
  • Includes other participants who wish to receive support around a shared identity or lived experience.
  • Requires continuous attendance in order for participants to obtain full benefits.
  • Group facilitators will often screen group members before their joining the group.
  • Requires an initial consultation.


LGBTQIA+ Therapy Group

  • This group will present an opportunity those who identify outside of heterosexual and/or cisgender norms a chance to find connection, get support, and work through things in a safe and supportive environment. This group provides an opportunity for students to explore and work through a range of concerns and situations whether they directly relate to sexuality and gender or not (e.g., legal/cultural issues, coming out, spirituality, family relationships, depression, self-esteem, romantic relationships, identity development etc.) This can be a good time to get peers' perspectives on various issues, and to recognize that you are not alone.
  • Goals of the group include: reducing isolation, finding support and making changes.
  • Open to the variety of self-defined identities along the gender & sexuality spectrums.
  • Group will be held virtually via a HIPAA compatible platform (Zoom Health). Members need to be physically located in the state of Missouri for all group sessions. Depending on the Covid-19 situation, the group may try to transition to in person meetings at some point during the semester. 
  • If interested, please contact the Counseling Center by calling 660-543-4060 to complete a phone screening to see if you might be eligible.
  • Date/Time: TBD

RIO: Recognition, Insight, Openness

  • These times are not easy. Feeling isolated and lonely is very common, and life is very different than it was before the pandemic. Many people are having strong reactions to these changes.

  • This virtual group is led by Counseling Center clinicians and provides an interactive experience that helps you:

    • Learn mindfulness skills to identify why you’re feeling the emotions you are and accept them.
    • Change your relationship with stress, anxiety, and emotional discomfort.
    • Build skills and creating flexibility in how you respond to distress. 
    • Identify what’s most important to you and act accordingly.
    • RIO is a 3 week structured group that invites, but does not require, interaction.  Participants attend all three meetings, as the content builds on previous weeks. 

  • Group will be held virtually via a HIPAA compatible platform (Zoom Health). Members need to be physically located in the state of Missouri for all group sessions. 
  • If interested, please contact the Counseling Center by calling 660-543-4060 to complete a phone screening to see if you might be eligible. 
  • Dates/Times: 
    • Session 1: Forming now - specific date/time to be determined.
    • Session 2: Wednesdays, April 6, 13, & 20, 3:00 - 4:15 PM



  • Mostly focused on the development of new skills.
  • Workshops tend to be intermittent and take place in series, not requiring continuous attendance.
  • There is no necessary screening; Initial Consultation not required.
  • Educational in nature; not considered therapy. Attending a workshop does not make you a client of the UCM Counseling Center.



Anxiety Management Workshop (Virtual)

  • This is a 4-part psychoeducational workshop series for students who want to learn more about anxiety.  Students can attend one, or all, of the 4 topics.
  • Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:15 PM, on Zoom
  • Click here to access the workshop at the scheduled time.

  • Click here to access the participant manual. Please download and/or print it prior to the session as the manual is referred to/used during the workshop sessions. 
  • Spring 2022 session schedule:

Jan 26 - Anxiety 101

Feb 2 - Cognitive Behavioral Tools

Feb 9 - Anxiety Triggers and Avoidance

Feb 16 - Mindfulness & Self Care


Feb 23 - Anxiety 101

March 2 -  Cognitive Behavioral Tools

March 16 - Anxiety Triggers and Avoidance

March 23 - Mindfulness & Self Care


March 30 - Anxiety 101

April 6 - Cognitive Behavioral Tools

April 13 - Anxiety Triggers and Avoidance

April 20 - Mindfulness & Self Care




In cases when there is a desire or need for longer-term care, specialized care, or a higher level of care, the Counseling Center clinicians will help you consider resource options in the community that are accessible and affordable. These might include on-going therapy, psychiatric care, psychological evaluations, or specialized care for specific concerns. 

If you already know you want to connect with services in the community, you may call the Counseling Center for assistance and to discuss options. You will likely have to use your health insurance to pay for services. Typically, your health insurance will cover a portion of the cost per session. 


Consultation and Outreach

During regular office hours, students, parents, staff, and faculty may call the Counseling Center at 660-543-4060 to speak with a clinician if they want to know what to do to help a distressed student.


UCM Crisis Support Line (24/7)

For students in crisis at any time of day or would who like to talk to a trained professional when the UCM Counseling Center is closed, you can call 660-543-8008


Mental Fitness/Mental Fitness Online

A weekly workshop series designed to strengthen your skills for managing life's challenges.   Video versions of select Mental Fitness workshops are available through the "Organizations" menu on Blackboard. If you attend at least 5 workshops in a 12 month period you can place that information on your UCM Experience Transcript. Click here for more information.


Safe Zone Workshops

These workshops offer information on LGBTQ+ identities, terminology, ally development, and ways to support LGBTQ+ students on our campus.  For more information, resources, or to register for an upcoming Safe Zone workshop click here.


RESPOND Training

RESPOND training is offered by the Counseling Center to help faculty and staff increase comfort with discussing mental health concerns and learn skills to respond effectively to students in distress. This 6-8 hour training is generally offered at least once per semester, but can also be requested for groups or departments, and can be offered virtually or in person. Contact the Counseling Center for more information. 

Body U

Body U is an interactive self-help program fostering health and wellness, covering concepts of general fitness, healthy eating habits, coping skills, anxiety- and stress-reduction techniques, and how to more positively evaluate your self-image. 

Your Body U program is tailored to your unique needs through an anonymous 5-10 minute screening. You'll then receive personal feedback and gain access to FREE online/mobile app programs. 

To get started, go to

The program is based on 30+ years of research conducted at Stanford University and Washington University in St. Louis and is being offered to UCM students for free.





Other Services

For Students: What to do if you think a student is suicidal

If you think a student is in IMMEDIATE danger of attempting suicide, contact Public Safety (911 or 660-543-4123).

If you believe a student may possibly be suicidal, share this information with one of the following:

  • Corey Bowman, Associate Vice President for Student Experience and Engagement, at 660-543-4114 or Administration Building, Suite 214 (Academic Year: 8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday; Summer: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday)
  • Counseling Center at 660-543-4060 or Humphreys Building, Suite 131 
    (Academic Year: 8:00 a.m. - noon & 12:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Summer: 7:30 a.m. - noon & 12:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • Public Safety at 660-543-4123 or 306 Broad Street (24 hours, 7 days a week)
  • A readily available university employee, such as Housing staff, a faculty member, student organization advisor, or any other University employee with whom you are familiar

This national suicide prevention lifeline is available 24/7 to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.  Your call may be routed to the crisis center nearest you. 

For Faculty/Staff: What to do if you think a student is suicidal

 A University employee who has reason to believe a student is in IMMEDIATE danger of attempting suicide should immediately contact Public Safety (911 or 660-543-4123).

A University employee who has reason to believe a student may possibly be suicidal immediately should notify the Associate Vice President for Student Experience and Engagement (660-543-4114) OR the Counseling Center (660-543-4060) OR Public Safety (available 24 hours daily at 660-543-4123). Be prepared to provide as much detailed information as possible. The Counseling Center staff and/or Associate Vice President for Student Experience and Engagement will evaluate the situation on a case by case basis, make a decision on what actions need to occur, and provide consultation regarding what additional steps need to be taken by the employee who reported the situation.

1-800-273-TALK (4255) SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE:  This national suicide prevention lifeline is available 24/7 to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.  Your call may be routed to the crisis center nearest you. 

For Faculty/Staff: Being a Healthy Body Image Role Model

  • Eliminate jokes, stories, pictures, self-disparaging remarks, and so forth, that glorify slenderness and vilify fat and fat people.
  • Promote safety and respect for females and males of all ages and all shapes. In particular, take girls and women seriously, regardless of their size, shape, weight, age, and such.
  • Refuse to play the “body disparagement” game. Do not engage in calorie-restrictive dieting and in making negative remarks about your own body.
  • Bring in and eat—and share—healthy and fun snacks.
  • Exercise for fun, fitness, and friendship—not to compensate for calories eaten or other forms of “being bad.” Take advantage of opportunities for physical activities at school: stretch, take walks, participate in (and maybe organize) teacher events at track and field days.
  • Exercise your right to dance, swim, play, and dress with your own style, regardless of body shape and body weight.
  • Compliment other adults—in their presence and when they are not there—about things they do well. It is fine to compliment appearance occasionally but include compliments for people who look different from the societal ideal.
  • Encourage others to say and think positive things about themselves. Help them recognize their own skills and strengths.
  • Show respect for the concerns people express (e.g., about prejudice, teasing, limitations due to gender roles). Try to help them find active solutions rather than just telling them to ignore or tolerate the problem.
  • Study culture, cultures, history, gender, resistance, and change. Share (and create) stories of resistance to unhealthy cultural influences, and in so doing try to provide alternative images of pride, competence, care, and respect.

Michael P. Levine, Linda Smolak (2006). The Prevention of Eating Problems and Eating Disorders, Theory, Research, and Practice. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers.

For Faculty: How to Talk with a Class about Death of a Student or Professor

By following these straightforward pointers, you will be better equipped to help students cope with the death of a fellow student or faculty/staff member.

‐ Usually, it is a good idea to have a discussion as soon as reasonably possible after learning of the death, possibly at the next class meeting.

‐ Sometimes briefer is better. Students may initially feel shock. Say you understand that students may feel shocked and speechless upon hearing news of the death. The loss can be acknowledged without having students feel pressure to speak. An opportunity to talk about the death may be offered again at the next class meeting.

‐ When you introduce the subject, it is usually helpful to share what facts are known about the death. People often want to know this sort of information first before talking about their reactions. This can also eliminate misinformation and disturbing rumors.

‐ Prior to giving students an opportunity to speak, share your feelings, thoughts and reactions. In this way you serve as a role model and create an environment in which students may feel more comfortable talking. Sharing your reactions will also help normalize the feelings and thoughts of your students. If you are comfortable showing and acknowledging your emotional reactions, you will model appropriate expression of grief or shock.

‐ Invite students in a straight forward manner to share their reactions. The students may not accept the invitation, which is okay. However, it is important that they are given the opportunity to talk.

There is no one right way to grieve or react. Possible grief reactions include:

‐ Students may have feelings they do not expect

‐ Reactions to the death may occur at times that surprise them

‐ Students may feel unexpectedly anxious or angry

‐ Students may not feel like their usual selves for awhile

‐ Intensity of the feelings and reactions are sometimes connected to how close they felt to the deceased person, but not always


‐ Normalize the shock and upset that goes with learning of a death

‐ Convey that distress, numbness, or not feeling much of anything are all natural reactions to death

‐ Thank the students for listening and for any discussion that took place.

- Again, emphasize that a whole range of feelings are natural.

- Acknowledge that people usually want to discuss upsetting things with friends and loved ones. But also recommend the Counseling Center as an option if students find themselves mystified by intense or persistent reactions, unrelenting distress, or impaired functioning.

Tips for talking with someone who is grieving:

  • DO express your condolences in a way that fits the type of relationship you have with the person in grief

  • DO be honest, genuine, and sincere

  • DO be present and available

  • DO offer practical help

  • DO know that people grieve differently

  • DO listen

  • DO include the person in social plans, and let them decide whether or not to accept an invitation

  • DO respect the grieving person’s privacy

  • DO encourage the grieving person to take care of themselves

  • DON’T be intrusive, overly familiar, or pry

  • DON’T worry that you do not know the perfect thing to say

  • DON’T avoid the grieving person

  • DON’T say clichés such as “at least the person is in a better place”

  • DON’T compare the person’s loss to your own past losses

  • DON’T be afraid of tears or emotions

  • DON’T make assumptions about what the person wants or what is best for them

  • DON’T give advice without being asked

  • DON’T attempt to somehow make their grief go away

Counseling Center Presentations

Counseling Center staff can speak to UCM organizations, groups, clubs, classes, etc. about a variety of topics related to psychological health and well-being.

If you would like to request a Counseling Center presentation, please email: You will be contacted within a few days about your request. If you have any questions, call 660-543-4060


Counseling Center
Humphreys 131
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Tel: (660) 543-4060
Fax: (660) 543-8277

UCM's 24/7 Crisis Support Line



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