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.

Able to Thrive poster
Able to Thrive
November 20, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Brooks 134

Convo credit offered. A mother and son will discuss aspects of living with a mental health condition.

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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

"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/

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Body Positive Community Group

Are you looking for ways to embrace the skin you live in and mindfully cultivate ways to care for your body? This may be the group for you.

Tuesdays from 12:00-1:30
September 10 & 24; October 8 & 22; November 5 & 19
Conscious Body Healing Arts Center
300 Office Park Drive, Suite 205

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Eating Disorder Support Group

"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

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Anxiety Discussion Group

Sign up for the 8-week Cadre “Understanding & Managing a Common Physiological Self-Preservation Response: Anxiety” through the Office of Spiritual Life to participate in an ongoing conversation about anxiety management, practicing & incorporating improved coping skills, and deepening your understanding of related symptoms with Samford’s Counseling Services and Wellness staff. - Tuesdays @ 10am

"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

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LGBTQ+ Support Group

Mondays, 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.

Coping with Stress and the Christian Faith

Renee DeHart

Limited to Pharmacy 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

Personal Finance

Stacy Gay

Find practical ways to put financial stewardship into action and decrease the stress that accompanies financial uncertainty.
Open to all students

Surviving or Thriving? Being a Mom AND Student

Robyn Best

Open to all students

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

Counseling Staff

Open to all students

Understanding & Transforming Distraction

Counseling Staff

Open to all students