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Northwest Missouri State University


Workshops and Groups

Wellness Services is committed to enhancing student well-being by encouraging and facilitating meaningful connections.  Click on one of our workshops below to learn more about the program, including dates/times and meeting locations for each group.

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Anxiety Busters

Location:  Station Executive Boardroom

Time:  10:00 - 10:45am, Fridays

Feeling nervous, anxious, or on edge? Come learn some self-care and mindfulness techniques to bust through your anxious mood and thoughts!

Bearcats Beyond Borders (International Students)

Location:  Library Lounge 116

Time: 10:00 - 10:45am, 2nd Monday of each month

Are you an international student at Northwest and also feeling homesick, feeling unsure how to make friends, feeling angry and confused about American culture, or feeling alone? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, join us for Bearcats Beyond Borders! This workshop series provides a safe and confidential space to learn how to improve your life and academics and share stories and cultural practices. Each workshop will discuss a different topic so come to the ones that interest you!

Bearcats Through Thick and Thin (Grief Share Group)

Location:  Station Executive Board Room

Time:  3:00 - 3:50pm, 1st and 3rd Friday of the month

Most people experience grief or loss at some point during their college career. Bearcats through Thick and Thin provides a safe and caring environment where students may come together to receive guidance and support during difficult times of loss. Loss is an inclusive term and can be defined in a variety of ways, including but not limited to, death of a loved one, a recent break-up or significant life changes.

Book Club

Location:  B.D. Owens Library Lounge

Time:  4:00pm on the following dates:  9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6, 11/20, 12/4

Want to talk about the world and our place in it through the eyes of a dog? From the back cover of Mary Oliver’s popular book, Dog Songs: 

“Throughout, the many dogs of Oliver’s life merge as fellow travelers and as guides, uniquely able to open our eyes to the lessons of the moment and the joys of nature and connection.”

No outside reading (or fee!) is required. Come meet a friend, or at least, your favorite dog.

Clean Bearcats

Location:  Wellness Center Conference Room

Time:  12:00 - 12:45pm, 1st and 3rd Monday of each month

Clean Bearcats aims to bring together a group of like-minded people, including students sober in recovery (students who are recovering from substance abuse and addiction), students choosing a sober lifestyle (students who choose to be sober for any number of reasons) and allies (students who are supportive of those who choose to live sober).

Dare to Self-Care

Location:  Varies by Date

Time:  11:00 - 11:50am on specified dates:

Date Location Topic
9/6 Alumni Dining Room, J.W. Jones Student Union

STRESS:  Come relieve some stress and learn some stress management skills.

9/13 Alumni Dining Room, J.W. Jones Student Union SLEEP:  Enjoy some fun as you learn why sleep is important, and how you can achieve a better restful night.
9/27 Station, Executive Boardroom PURPOSE:  Activities focusing on finding your purpose and having a happier life.
10/4 First Ladies Dining Room, J.W. Jones Student Union STRESS:  Come relieve some stress and learn some stress management skills.
10/11 Alumni Dining Room, J.W. Jones Student Union SLEEP:  Enjoy some fun as you learn why sleep is important, and how you can achieve a better restful night.
10/18 Alumni Dining Room, J.W. Jones Student Union NUTRITION:  Learn more about nutrition and exercise in this interactive session.
10/25 Alumni Dining Room, J.W. Jones Student Union PURPOSE:  Activities focusing on finding your purpose and having a happier life.
11/8 Alumni Dining Room, J.W. Jones Student Union SLEEP:  Enjoy some fun as you learn why sleep is important, and how you can achieve a better restful night.
11/15 Alumni Dining Room, J.W. Jones Student Union NUTRITION:  Learn more about nutrition and exercise in this interactive session.
11/29 Alumni Dining Room, J.W. Jones Student Union PURPOSE:  Activities focusing on finding your purpose and having a happier life.
12/6 Alumni Dining Room, J.W. Jones Student Union STRESS:  Come relieve some stress and learn some stress management skills.

everyBODY: A Nutrition and Body Esteem Workshop

Location:  Station Executive Board Room

Time:  Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:30pm

everyBODY is a nutrition and body esteem workshop that will create a supportive environment around body and food positivity.  Nutrition sessions will help students make food choices which optimize health and much more!  Come join us!

Meditation

Location:  Student Union Alumni Dining Room

Time:  12:00 - 12:50pm, Tuesdays and Fridays

Students and employees are invited to participate in a free meditation time offered twice a week throughout the academic year when classes are in session.

These sessions introduce individuals to the ancient practices of mindfulness and meditation and allow participants to engage in the practice of meditation on a regular basis. Participants are encouraged to bring a pillow or thick towel to sit on.

Individuals who are new to meditation are asked to arrive at the start time for a brief overview of the practice of meditation. Returning participants, or those already familiar with the practice of meditation, may arrive 15 minutes after the start time, when the period of meditation begins.

Meditation has been proven to enhance the overall health and well-being of people who practice it on a routine basis. Additional beliefs include improved focus and attention and a sense of inner calmness.

Monday Mile Walk

Location:  Meet Outside Foster Fitness Center

Time:  3:15pm, on 9/10, 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 11/12, 11/26, and 12/3

Walking will start at 3:15.  Meet outside the Foster Fitness Center.  Wear comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather.  Bring a water bottle if you want.  Will meet at 3:15 regardless of the weather. We will walk outside UNLESS 100F or over, 32 or below, or raining/lightening, then we will walk inside Foster Fitness Center/Rec Center. 

Open Mic Night

Location:  J.W. Jones Student Union, Living Room

Time:  7:00 - 9:00pm on 9/27,  10/18,  11/15,  12/6,  1/24,  2/21,  3/14,  and 4/18

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to perform. Instruments, vocalists, readings, poetry and more are encouraged.

Contact Mike Mattock at 660.562.1348 or mattock@nwmissouri.edu to sign up, or sign up when you arrive. Priority will be given to performers who sign up prior to the event. 

All are welcome to come and listen. Snacks will be provided. Sponsored by Wellness Services.

#Relationships

Location:  Station Executive Boardroom

Time:  2:00 - 3:00pm, Tuesdays

Social connections are interwoven in every part of your life. This workshop series will focus on topics, such as improving communication skills, making new friends, defining healthy relationships, addressing roommate conflict, and much more!

Wednesday Wellness

Location:  Hughes Fieldhouse, Room 210

Time:  11:00 - 11:50am, Wednesdays

Wellness is an active, lifelong process of becoming aware of choices and making decisions that will help to live a more balanced and fulfilling life.  The six dimensions of the Wellness Wheel focus on how we take care of ourselves in the areas of Social, Emotional, Spiritual, Intellectual, Occupational, and Physical well-being.  A healthy state of well-being is not just about the absence of illness or disease, but rather how we can thrive!

Wednesday Wellness Session Schedule:

September 26     

Occupational Wellness

October 3 Physical Wellness
October 10 Social Wellness
October 17 Emotional Wellness
October 24 Spiritual Wellness
October 31 Intellectual Wellness
November 7 Occupational Wellness   
November 14 Physical Wellness
November 21 Thanksgiving Break (no session)  
November 28 Social Wellness

Wellness Wisdom

Location:  J.W. Jones Student Union, Student Engagement Center

Time:  11:30am - 12:00pm on the following dates:

9/4 - Come meet some of Wellness Services staff; learn more about our Workshops and what services we provide to Northwest students.

10/2 - Come meet someo f Wellness Services staff; learn how to be a successful healthcare consumer.

11/6 - "Cold or Flu: How Do I Know?"  Meet with Wellness Services staff to learn how to identify the difference between a cold and influenza.

12/4 - Come meet some of Wellness Services staff;  learn how stress impacts your life, and how you can combat it.

Women's Group

Location:  Student Senate Meeting Room, J.W. Jones Student Union

Time:  2:00pm, 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month

The Women’s Group aims to bring together women in a safe and supportive environment where, through activities and meaningful discussion, we will build community and promote resiliency. We will focus on topics including self-care, identity and values, healthy and abusive relationships, etc. (This group is open to those who identify as women.)