Support Groups are offered as a drop-in friendly service where students with shared identities and/or shared experiences can come together to offer each other support and build connections. These are drop-in friendly spaces.

ADHD Support Group

With Molly Rathe, LMHC

Description: The ADHD Support Group is for students with ADHD to connect and talk about resources, tips/tricks/advice about managing ADHD, and share experiences of navigating college and relationships with ADHD. All ages, races, genders, and majors are welcome as a variety of identities help students connect across diverse experiences and perspectives. Students are welcome to participate as often as they would like - weekly or only during weeks that is convenient.

Location: zoom
Date/Time: Fridays 2:00-3:00pm
How to Join: Email Molly Rathe (molly-maxfield@uiowa.edu) for the zoom link

black student support group

Black Student Support Group (BSSG)

Co-facilitated by Dr. LaNeisha Waller-Boulet, UCS and Shalisa Gladney, Afro-American Cultural Center.

The Black Student Support Group will serve as a space for Black identifying students of all gender identities to respectfully listen to each other, share thoughts, feelings, provide validation, and offer encouragement to fellow Black students at the University of Iowa. The group is open for Black students to discuss the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 within the Black community and serve as a space for Black students to process the violence, police brutality, and racism experienced during this time of social and political unrest as it relates to the Black Lives Matter movement.

The primary goal of a support group is to help members cope with issues or problems in their lives. This is NOT a clinical therapy group. Member commitment to a support group is minimal, meaning, members can ‘drop in’ for a session whenever they choose.

Although attendance may be minimal, it is encouraged that members try to attend support groups regularly, for the benefit of themselves and the group.

Day/time: Day and time for the spring 2023 will be determined soon
Location: Afro House           

Students are welcome to reach out to either Dr. LaNeisha Waller-Boulet at laneisha-waller@uiowa.edu or Shalisa Gladney at shalisa-gladney@uiowa.edu with any questions.

chronic health support group

Chronic Health Support Group

With Dr. Marie Adams (UCS) and and a Student Disability Services Staff Member

Description: 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: Hybrid, in-person: SDS Office, Main Conference Room
virtual via zoom: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/98530753506 (Meeting ID: 985 3075 3506)
Time: 2:30-3:30pm
Dates and Topics:
February 3: Self-Advocacy
February 24: Building Campus Connections
March 10: Resource Sharing
March 24: Communication with Professors and Advisors
April 7: Coping with Symptom Flares
April 21: Family and Partner Dynamics
May 5: Self-Care

Graduate and Professional Student Support Group

With Tonna Schneider

Description: This support group is for graduate students. Graduate students may struggle to have space in their lives to express their feelings and concerns about life or conflicts within their programs. This group is designed to provide that safe, confidential atmosphere and the opportunity to receive support and feedback from peers. Topics discussed may range from personal to professional aspects of students' lives.
Location: zoom
Date/Time: Mondays 4:00-5:00pm
How to Join:

Mindful Recovery

With Heidi Schmitt (UCS) and Karen Grajczyk (Student Wellness)

This group provides a safe and supportive space for UI students committed to making changes in their substance use. The focus for this group, different than Success, Not Excess, is for students seeking abstinence or maintaining abstinence from substances. Activities and support is rooted in mindfulness-based stress reduction practices and Koru Mindfulness.

Day/Time: Wednesdays at 4 pm
Location: IMU room 208

Contact Heidi Schmitt (Heidi-r-reynolds@uiowa.edu) with any questions you have about this group or visit Collegiate Recovery Program.

Success Not Excess

With Heidi Schmitt (UCS) and Karen Grajczyk (Student Wellness)

This group provides a 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 abstaining or reducing alcohol and other drug use.

Not ready for a support group? Students may schedule a fifteen minute meeting prior to Success, Not Excess at the CRP Open Office Hour by going to this link.

Day/Time: Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm
Location: IMU room 208
Contact Heidi Schmitt (Heidi-r-reynolds@uiowa.edu) with any questions you have about this group or visit Collegiate Recovery Program.