Psychoeducational Programs

The following programs are offered to help students build their coping skills and learn ways to effectively improve their mental health. These are psychoeducational programs, not therapy. If you are in need of psychotherapy, please call 319-335-7294 to schedule an appointment with one of our therapists.

Anxiety Toolbox

“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.

Series #1

Dates: February 6, 13, 20 (Mondays) from 1:00-2:00
Location: zoom
To join: Email Tonna Schneider at tonna-schneider@uiowa.edu

Series #2

Dates: February 27, March 6, March 20 (Mondays) from 1:00-2:00 via zoom
To Join: Email Tonna Schneider at tonna-schneider@uiowa.edu for the zoom link

Series #3

Dates: March 27, April 3, April 10 (Mondays) from 1:00-2:00 via zoom
To Join: Email Tonna Schneider at tonna-schneider@uiowa.edu for the zoom link

Series #4

Dates: April 17, April 24, May 1 (Mondays) from 1:00-200 via zoom
To Join: Email Tonna Schneider at tonna-schneider@uiowa.edu for the zoom link


Distress Tolerance Workshop

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 3-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 within and outside the group to facilitate their learning. Students will work to develop their own coping skills plan throughout this workshop.

  • Week 1: Defining Mindfulness, Wise Mind, and Distress Tolerance, Self-soothing, coping skills plan
  • Week 2: Coping with challenging emotions: The Wave skill, TIPP Skill, Wise Mind ACCEPTS
  • Week 3: Coping Ahead: Pro/Cons, Improve the Moment skill, Opposite Action to Change Emotions, coping skills plan

Location: Zoom
Day/time: Fridays from noon - 1 p.m.
To Join: Email Holly Nicely, Psy.D. at holly-nicely@uiowa.edu to get the zoom link and workbook
Dates:

  • Series 1: January 27, February 3, February 10
  • Series 2: February 24, March 3, March 10
  • Series 3: March 24, April 7, April 14
  • Series 4: April 21, April 28, May 5

Getting Unstuck

With Tianyi Xie, Ph.D.

Description: "Getting Unstuck" is a three-week, skills-based clinical workshop designed to provide support and skills aimed at addressing students who would like to learn ways be better to manage their depression symptoms. 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.

Time/Day: Tuesdays 11:30am-12:30pm via zoom
Dates:

  • Series 1: Feb 7th, Feb 14th, Feb. 21st.
  • Series 2: Feb 28th, Mar 7th, Mar 21st
  • Series 3: Mar 28th, Apr 4th, Apr 11th
  • Series 4: Apr 18th, Apr 25th, May 2nd

How to join: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/97015190148 (Zoom Meeting ID: 9701 5190 148) and Email tianyi-xie@uiowa.edu for the workbook


Resiliency and Connection

With Heidi Schmitt, LISW and Heather Rickels

Description: This workshop assists students in examining the roles of shame, resilience and empathy and the impacts on how they view themselves and their relationships. This interactive workshop will include group discussions, opportunities to practice coping strategies and selected readings from Brené Brown. This workshop could be beneficial for students wanting to work on self-esteem, love and belonging, body image concerns, family of origin concerns/trauma, authenticity, the development of empathy, connection, and resiliency. This a place for students connect around shared ideas, themes and concerns.

Time/Days: Fridays Noon-1:30pm. A six-week workshop that will meet on the following dates: 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, and 3/24.
Location: Wellness Suite Conference Room, CRWC
How to Join: Register here - https://mentalhealth.uiowa.edu/collegiate-recovery-program

Programs

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Let's Talk, Hawks!

Let's Talk, Hawks! is a drop-in consultation service at various campus locations.  It provides you with an opportunity to have an informal, confidential, anonymous conversation with a UCS therapist.  You can share your mental health concerns, work on problem solving together, learn about useful campus and community resources, or ask questions about counseling and UCS.

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Collegiate Recovery Program

The University of Iowa Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) provides an environment that supports the therapeutic and educational needs of Iowa students who are considering recovery, in recovery, or wanting to support those in any stage of recovery from addiction.

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Fresh Check Day

Fresh Check Day is a campus-wide mental health fair. Fresh Check Day combines a fun, fair-like atmosphere with constructive conversation around mental health and wellness and suicide prevention. Featuring interactive booths combined with music, games, prizes, food, and other giveaways.

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