Tiered Levels of Campus Engagement

All campus events and opportunities for engagement sponsored by Counseling Services & Wellness Programs are intended to promote wellness of heart, mind and body among Samford students. Educational events are designed to foster understanding, personal development, growth and healing. Our office utilizes five different levels of engagement in addressing mental health and wellness to meet the diverse needs and accessibility of our student population. In addition to individual counseling, we also facilitate support groups, workshops, wellness cadres and seminars to raise awareness about mental health issues on campus. 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.

Divorce is Not the Final Word
September 9, 6:30 p.m. – October 28, 8 p.m.
Cost: $75

This 6-week opportunity is designed for students interested in conversing and reflecting on their personal experience with divorce--being a part of a broken family--at a deeper level!

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Handling ANGER in Healthy Ways
September 10, 4:30 p.m. – October 22, 6 p.m.
Cost: $75

This 6-week workshop is designed to help participants find new ways to handle the powerful emotion of anger.

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7 Habits of Emotionally Resilient People
September 11, 5 p.m. – November 6, 6 p.m.
Cost: $75

In this 7-week workshop, we will discuss the importance of emotional resilience, how it can be developed and the skills to grow our resiliency.

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Real Relationships 101
September 11, 6:30 p.m. – October 23, 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $75

This 6-week crash course will help you discover and understand the power of meaningful and lasting relationships.

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NAMI Annual Walk
September 28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Railroad Park

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Annual Walk

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NEDA Annual Walk
October 6, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: Homewood Central Park

National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) Annual Walk

Samford Team Sign-up and Information

AFSP Out of Darkness Walk
November 3, 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Veteran's Park

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Out of Darkness Walk

Samford Team Sign-up and Information

Support Groups

Support Groups are open, weekly groups, facilitated by members of the Counseling Services 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 Services & Wellness Programs will assist in trying to locate one in the community.

Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group

Check out community groups & resources off campus: http://www.aa.org/

"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/

Eating Disorder Support Group

Check out community groups & resources off campus: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/groups/eating-disorders/al/birmingham.

"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

Anxiety Discussion Group

*see Samford Cadre listing through the Office of Spiritual Life for “Understanding & Managing a Common Physiological Self-Preservation Response: Anxiety”

"56.9% of the general college student body report overwhelming levels of anxiety within the past year" National College Assessment Survey by ACHA (2015). Retrieved from www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com

LGBTQ+ Support Group

Wednesdays, 4-5 pm

Meeting Location: DBH 201

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.

"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


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 Services & 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.

Understanding & Transforming Distraction

Counseling Staff

Open to all students

Understanding & Managing a Common Physiological Self-Preservation Response: Anxiety

Counseling Staff

Open to all students

Finding Presence and Connection in a World of Chaos (based on book Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist)

Julie Mincey

Limited to female students

Habit Formation & Spiritual Practices

Lyndsay Clark

Limited to Pharmacy students

Coping with Stress and the Christian Faith

Renee DeHart

Limited to Pharmacy students