Get Involved, Get Well!

All campus education and events sponsored by Counseling & Wellness are intended to promote wellness of heart, mind and body among Samford students. Opportunities are designed to foster understanding, personal development, growth and healing with five unique levels of engagement: individual therapy, support groups, workshops, wellness cadres and seminars. Contact Lyndsay Cogdill Clark at lncogdil@samford.edu with questions.

Seminars and Workshops

Seminars are free, campus-wide, one-time events. Workshops are 6-8 week topic-driven therapeutic studies led by community experts/professionals, to take a more in depth approach with a given wellness-related issue in a semester. Because of this, workshops are closed groups once they begin, and a $75 fee is charged at the time of registration. 

Support Groups

Support Groups are open, weekly groups, facilitated by members of the Counseling & Wellness staff and develop each semester as need dictates. You can attend groups as able each week, no registration needed. If you have interest in a group on a particular topic, and it is not available on campus at the time of a request, Counseling & Wellness will assist in trying to locate one in the community.

LGBTQ+ Support Group

Location: Please contact Lyndsay, lncogdil@samford.edu for on-campus location details.
Day/Time: Mondays, 3:30 p.m.
Facilitated by Counseling & Wellness Staff/Lyndsay Clark

This group exists to offer mental health support to individuals who identify as LGBTQ+. Come find a space where you can share in confidence, access resources, and cultivate community that helps you thrive during your time at Samford. Contact lncogdil@samford.edu with questions.

"LGBTQ+ youth seriously contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth, and are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth"
Center for Disease Control & Prevention (2016). Retrieved from www.thetrevorproject.org

Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group

"Substance abuse does not discriminate. No one, regardless of whether they come from a good family or have a high GPA, is immune to drug abuse. There is no ‘type’ of drug addict, as substance abuse can affect anyone"
https://www.addictioncenter.com/college/facts-statistics-college-drug-abuse/

Find a Local Gathering Al-Anon for Family & Friends

Eating Disorder Support Group

Consider virtual support this year, offered and facilitated by the Alliance for Eating Disorders.
Time: Monday evenings 6 p.m. CST & Saturday mornings 10 a.m. CST
https://www.allianceforeatingdisorders.com/programs-services/

"Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness"
Smink, F. E., van Hoeken, D., & Hoek, H. W. (2012) Epidemiology of eating disorders: Incidence, prevalence and mortality rates. Current Psychiatry Reports,14(4), 406-414

Find Local Recovery Support

Find Support at Elevate Wellness Therapy

Wellness Cadres

Cadres are 8-week discussion groups that focus on a particular topic or book organized through the Office of Spiritual Life and listed online each semester under Banner. Counseling & Wellness facilitates and advertises various wellness-focused options that integrate mental and spiritual well-being. For more details, questions, or registration interests contact the Office of Spiritual Life. Log into Banner and go to the "Spiritual Life" tab for this semester's offerings.

Christian Meditation

Facilitated by Lyndsey Clark
Thursdays, 10 a.m.

Christian meditation is an ancient practice that traces back to the early desert fathers and mothers who fled the cities to find focus and quiet in their pursuit of God around the 3rd century AD. In this cadre, we will look at ancient and modern practices of spirituality and contemplation as well as current day science/research to understand what “focusing the mind” in prayer has to offer us. Most importantly we will practice silence each week!

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Facilitated by Brenna Vincent
Thursdays, 10 a.m.

This 8-week cadre will focus on the content of Peter Scazzero’s book and video series Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. You can't be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature. This discussion driven group will discuss the biblical integration of emotional health and the spiritual practice of slowing down and quieting your life to experience a firsthand relationship with Jesus.

Exploring Post-Pandemic Holistic Wellness in 2022

Facilitated by Olivia Ramil - Email to Register
Tuesdays @ 10am, starting February 1st

This cadre seeks to explore what it looks like to care for our whole selves well, in a world that has been impacted by a pandemic (and still is)! We will use faith as a lens to understanding why and how we tend to our social, mental, physical, etc. lives in a holistic way to honor God, our created selves, and in a way that benefits those around us.

It is Well: Exploring 8 Components of Holistic Wellness

Facilitated by Rebecca Noble & Katherine Cowger
Thursdays, 10 a.m.

In this cadre, Wellness Ambassadors will walk you through 8 core areas of wellness that make up who we are as humans and Christians. You will assess your own personal understanding and cultivation of these areas, as well as address an external focus to better understand our role in nurturing other’s wellness.

Living with Anxiety

Facilitated by Chandler Cahoon & Amber Chesser
Thursdays, 10 a.m.

We will take a look at what anxiety is, how it affects us, and how we are not alone in our struggle. We will spend time in group discussion to encourage and come alongside one another. We will also explore different coping strategies as well as look to scripture for hope and encouragement. We want this cadre to allow students to know that they are not alone and to encourage one another.

Understanding Low Self-Worth

Facilitated by Laura Garrett
Thursdays,  10 a.m.

Low self-worth can hinder an individual in their personal, relational, academic, and career goals. In this 8-week conversations, we will explore the root causes and the self-defeating thought processes that keep an individual in the low self-worth cycle. Come discover how you determine your worth and what this means in your day-to-day living and as you face major life decisions.

Wellness Ambassador Program

Wellness AmbassadorThank you for your interest in Samford’s Counseling & Wellness Office’s new Wellness Ambassador program! This program provides a new leadership opportunity for enrolled undergraduate students who are interested in and committed to raising awareness about mental health and holistic wellness among Samford’s student body. After completing a Wellness Ambassador Cadre in the spring semester of one’s freshman, sophomore, or junior year, the C&WP Wellness Coordinator will make final selections from the remaining interested students who have submitted an application for the Wellness Ambassador Program set to serve during the following academic year. Exceptions to the cadre requirement are at the discretion of the Wellness Coordinator. Wellness Ambassadors serve one entire academic year as a campus leader and facilitator of wellness-related education, advocacy, awareness, and involvement. Participants work directly with Samford’s C&W office staff to enhance the wellness programs provided each semester.

Wellness Ambassador Program Application Wellness Ambassador Program Manual

Ambassadors

Katherine CowgerKatherine Cowger is a sophomore from Jackson, Mississippi, studying Health Sciences and Nutrition. In her free time, Katherine enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with friends!

 

Rebecca NobleRebecca Noble is originally from Tennessee and currently on the fast-track for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program as well as minoring in Spanish. Her own experience with an injury requiring physical therapy fuels her passion for her career path, and her desire to help people recover who are in similar situations and find themselves discouraged.

 

Serena PatelSerena Patel is a sophomore Nursing major from Marietta, Georgia. She enjoys spending time with family and going out with friends on drives and to favorite lunch spots.