Upcoming Events

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ACCESS Workshop

Monday, September 25, 2023 5:30pm to 6:30pm
University Capitol Centre
The ACCESS workshop is designed to help students experiencing chronic physical and mental health concerns have a space to experience advocacy for co-occurring conditions and to help them establish skills and support on campus. You’ll learn how to engage with Self-Advocacy by better understanding a diagnosis, learn how to embrace and communicate with others about it, how to develop and maintain any accommodations plans, and how to advocate for yourself while going through a life transition with...
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Koru Mindfulness for College Students

Monday, September 25, 2023 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
Koru Mindfulness® is an evidence-based curriculum specifically designed for teaching mindfulness, meditation, and stress management to college students and other young adults. The Koru Mindfulness program… is taught in four weekly 75-minute classes (a brief model to accommodate busy student schedules) is structured with daily homework of a mindfulness log and 10 minutes of mindfulness practice is taught in small groups Register here: https://studentwellness.uiowa.edu/programs/mindfulness...
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Success, Not Excess

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Supporting Students Desiring a Change Success, Not Excess provides a small, safe and supportive space for UI students wanting to make or considering changes in their alcohol or other drug use. The group emphasizes success in academics, relationships, mental and physical health, and other goals through reducing alcohol and other drug use. Meetings are provided by the UI Collegiate Recovery Program. For more information, please visit our website. This is not a treatment group and will not...

Mental Health Topics

Facing Disagreement Without Trying to Fix it: 5 Tips for Your Well-Being

Friday, September 15, 2023
David Supp-Montgomerie
Despite best intentions, our conversations often go awry when our ideas are questioned, we feel like we are under attack, and, out of habit, we protect ourselves by rushing to resolve the conflict. However, not all conflict needs a solution and sometimes its better if it doesn't.

Tipping Points in Job and Career Transitions

Tuesday, September 12, 2023
Crystal Lewis
Tipping points are catalyzing moments that drive change. The COVID-19 pandemic and heightened awareness of historical and current inequities prompted critical self-reflection and assessment of our work-life balance—why we work, where we work, how we work, the type of workplace culture and environment we work in, and the impact of our work.

Students in Distress: Helping Them Tell and Expand Their Stories

Tuesday, August 29, 2023
Barry Schreier
Despite this common belief, when talking to students in distress, we are more effective when we are active listeners. It is a path of less responsibility and greater effectiveness when we use active listening rather than the more commonly used approach of attempting to fix, make better, or solve.  

Active listening helps students tell and expand their stories about their distress without our expectation that we will fix or solve the issues. Often students do not readily tell others about their struggles, so their stories largely reside in the vast, bottomless place of their heads, where they often grow to unreasonable proportions.

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.

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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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