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Spring 2024 Program Offerings

Please join the Counseling Center team for several training and program opportunities offered this Spring. All sessions will be facilitated by the Counseling Center team and held via Zoom (for remote participation) or in-person. Sessions are open to anyone in the university community – Faculty, Staff, and Students (Grad/Undergrad). We are VERY excited to offer a few new offerings this Spring.

*Faculty/Staff: please share these opportunities with students in your classes and/or groups you advise. Additionally, these sessions will not be recorded; however, based on interest from the university community, we would certainly consider offering additional trainings in the future.

NO need to register; rather, we are simply adding the Zoom meeting ID (below) and if you’re interested, simply log on via the WKU Zoom portal (https://wku.zoom.us/)  with your WKU email and enter the meeting ID on the date of the training. If a session is held in-person (note those sessions below) …just show up! Please add the sessions you’re planning on attending, in your own Outlook or calendar system, including the Zoom meeting ID and/or location, for easy log-on the day of each training.

We encourage you to attend, learn new skills, and gain knowledge to be a better faculty and/or staff member, student, employee, advocate, and overall HUMAN BEING.

Thank you,

The Counseling Center Team


Spring 2024 Program Offerings


Safe Zone I:

This training is best suited for novice learners seeking to increase awareness of LGBTQ+ community, possibly for the first time. Training includes review of common LGBTQ+ terms, education about sexuality and the spectrum of gender, and an overview of resources on campus to help support LGBTQ+ students. Offered by Katie Knackmuhs (LPCC).

  • Friday, January 26th, 2:00- 4:00 PM (CST)
  • Zoom: Join Zoom Meeting https://wku.zoom.us/j/98479985520 | Meeting ID: 984 7998 5520
  • Remember, no need to register, just log on the day of the training


Emotion Regulation

We all have chosen to work in this field of higher education because we want to help students to learn, grow, and succeed. One of the most stressful situations we encounter is working with students who are emotionally distressed. For our work to be effective, we need to be able to help ourselves and take care of our own emotional reactions to whatever issues students bring to us. In this session, you will learn more about emotions, how they function, and how to regulate them with a dialectical approach, mindfulness-based skills, and cognitive-behavioral techniques. Offered by Dr. Masami Matsuyki (Licensed Counseling Psychologist).                                                   

  • Tuesday, January 30th, 2024 @ 3:00 – 4:00pm (CST)
  • Via Zoom: https://wku.zoom.us/j/91232436461 | Meeting ID: 912 3243 6461
  • Remember, no need to register, just log on the day of the training


QPR Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training(3 options: in-person & virtual)

You don’t need to be a mental health professional to help prevent suicide. Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training will help you learn to recognize the warning signs, clues, and suicidal communications, and gain skills to save lives by offering hope through positive action.


  • Friday, Feb 9th, 1:00 – 3:00pm (CST)
  • Masami Matsuyki (Licensed Counseling Psychologist) andKatie Knackmuhs (LPCC)
  • Downing Student Union, Room 3020- THIS IS NOT THE SGA ROOM



  • Wednesday, March 6th @ 12 Noon – 1:00pm (CST), Elizabeth Madariaga
  • Zoom: https://wku.zoom.us/j/91522789349 | Meeting ID: 915 2278 9349
  • Remember, no need to register, just log on the day of the training.


  • Monday, April 22nd @ 12 Noon – 1:00pm (CST), Karl Laves
  • Zoom: https://wku.zoom.us/j/99990310095 | Meeting ID: 999 9031 0095
  • Remember, no need to register, just log on the day of the training


Test Anxiety

Testing anxiety is an experience many college students have that can hurt their testing performance. This program aims to educate attendees (students and faculty? What sounds better?) by defining test anxiety, exploring the negative impacts of test anxiety on exam performance, and developing strategies to address testing anxiety, specifically on four domains: content knowledge, study skills, “meta-gaming,” and tips to manage physical sensations of anxiety. This program will be hosted by Dane Adkins (Licensed Psychological Associate).


K2TOG (Knit together)

Join Mariya Fye (LCSW) for an inaugural knitting session for socialization and stress relief. Please bring your own current project and supplies. No experience needed. The group may continue based on interest.

  • Friday, March 1st @ 12 Noon – 1:00pm (CST)
  • Counseling Center – Potter Hall, room 409


Understanding People from Tough Places – The impact of Trauma

Please join Mariya Fye (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) for this session whereyou will learn some common presentations of unresolved trauma in adults, and differences between single event trauma and complex trauma. By attending, you will gain more awareness of the impact of childhood trauma on development and barriers to healthy functioning for adults, as well as how it may present in the classroom and negatively impact student success.

  • Tuesday, April 9th 3:00 – 4:30 (CST). *
  • HYBRID session (in-person & Zoom)
  • Remember, no need to register, just log on the day of the training


Combatting Burnout

As the Spring semester speeds along, the to-dos pile up, the events increase, Faculty and Staff can feel weary and tired. However, feeling overwhelmed, bitter, wishing time along, are signs of burnout. This program reviews impact of “burnout” as well as offer participants experiential exercises to help you combat the end of semester burnout.  Offered by Katie Knackmuhs (LPCC).

  • Thursday, April 11th @ 1:00 – 2:00pm (CST)
  • Zoom: https://wku.zoom.us/j/92768803546 | Meeting ID: 927 6880 3546
  • Remember, no need to register, just log on the day of the training


Imposter Syndrome

Imposter Syndrome: a discussion of the myth and the reality of this thing called “the imposter syndrome” and how to avoid getting caught up in the idea that you are not worthy of being here in graduate school.  Offered by Dr. Karl Laves (Licensed Counseling Psychologist).


The Counseling Center Team

Questions regarding programs, please contact the Counseling Center at 270-745-3159.


Updated:  1/18/2024 @ 11:12 am

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