Upcoming Events

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Distress Tolerance Workshop (for Emotional Regulation)
Friday, February 3, 2023 12:00pm to 1:00pm
This is a 60-minute workshop focused on learning distress tolerance skills. Distress tolerance is the ability to manage distressing emotions and effectively move through stressful situations in an effective manner. This is a three-week series and students will need to attend all three weeks in order. This is a DBT informed curriculum-driven series with structure and specific learning objectives and topics for each week. All participants will receive handouts with exercises to be completed both...
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Chronic Health Support Group
Friday, February 3, 2023 2:30pm to 3:30pm
School, work, and simply managing everyday demands can feel overwhelming. It can be even more challenging when you have a chronic health condition. Join us in a space where you can meet other students who may validate, encourage, and understand your experiences. Feel free to just show-up or you can contact Dr. Marie Adams (marie-adams@uiowa.edu) with questions. Location: SDS Office, Main Conference Room Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Dates and Topics: Feb. 3: Self-Advocacy Feb. 24: Building Campus...
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Anxiety Toolbox Workshop
Monday, February 6, 2023 1:00pm
“Anxiety Toolbox” is a three-week skills-based workshop designed to help students learn to better manage their anxiety by utilizing a variety of CBT tools and strategies. This is a curriculum-driven series with structure and specific learning objectives and topics for each week that build students' knowledge over the course of the workshop. All participants will receive a workbook with exercises to be completed both within and outside the group to facilitate their learning.  Workshop #1 Dates...

Mental Health Topics

It Makes Me So Mad: Managing Upset in the Workplace
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Barry Schreier
Workplaces can be like families and neighbors in that we typically do not get to pick who is a part of these groups. Often these relationships work marvelously and sometimes they can be difficult, stressful, and even contentious.
Strategies for Coping and Thriving Through Adversity
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Kipton Pedersen
As I reflect on my experiences working in health care over the last few years, I can’t help but think of the exhaustion the staff at University of Iowa Health Care has felt as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through witnessing that exhaustion, I have gained an even greater sense of pride and appreciation for health care workers around the world.
Healthy and Productive Means Setting Boundaries
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Daniel Clay
I love working in higher education. It is a privilege to work for the greater good with people I respect and admire. My work gives me joy, energy, and a great deal of satisfaction. I’ve also seen higher education be a highly challenging place to work. Higher education inherently values “performance and delivery” as part of its culture, e.g. getting that big grant, working through the weekends, earning that award, and so on. This value can leave us with a feeling of stress that never ends because we may feel our work is never good enough and because we always have more to do.

Current Programs and Workshops

We are available to provide presentations, programs, or workshops on a wide variety of topics. Program offerings often include academic skills, stress management, diversity, equity, and inclusion, suicide prevention, students in distress, and more. Let us know how we can work for you.

Embedded Locations

In addition to our main locations, UCS offers embedded locations with therapists who work within a community and have specialized knowledge about the community being served.

Our mission and goals

Our mission is to provide compassionate psychological services, outreach, and training that fosters the mental health of students, nurtures student success, and contributes to a safe, welcoming, and multiculturally-aware campus community.

Meet our staff

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

UCS is invested in creating a safe, inclusive, and affirming climate for all individuals and communities.

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