The following programs will be provided live via Zoom so that you can learn ways to cope through COVID-19 and connect with other students. 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

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  • Soothe Your Anxiety

    with Dawn Bates

    Wednesdays | 5:00 - 5:30 PM

    Join: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/95959208919
    Meeting ID: 959 5920 8919

    Weekly Topics & Descriptions: 

    Wednesday, June 9: What Am I Feeling—Stress or Anxiety?
    We will focus on the differences between stress and anxiety and how to use journaling to explore and process those feelings.

    Wednesday, June 16: Fight, Flight, Freeze—Breathe!
    We will focus on learning more about how the fight, flight, and freeze response connects to anxiety and using breathing to counteract that response. 

    Wednesday, June 23: Making Sense of Anxiety
    We will focus on how to better understand your anxiety symptoms during specific situations by identifying them as thoughts, behaviors, emotions, and physical sensations. 

    Wednesday, June 30: Being Mindful of Your Thoughts
    We will focus on identifying automatic thoughts and using mindfulness as a tool to manage them. 

    Wednesday, July 7: Challenging Anxious Thoughts
    We will focus on identifying unhelpful thinking patterns and how to challenge anxious thoughts. 

    Wednesday, July 14: What Am I Feeling—Stress or Anxiety?
    We will focus on the differences between stress and anxiety and how to use journaling to explore and process those feelings. 

    Wednesday, July 21: Fight, Flight, Freeze—Breathe!
    We will focus on learning more about how the fight, flight, and freeze response connects to anxiety and using breathing to counteract that response. 

    Wednesday, July 28: Making Sense of Anxiety
    We will focus on how to better understand your anxiety symptoms during specific situations by identifying them as thoughts, behaviors, emotions, and physical sensations. 

    Wednesday, August 4: Being Mindful of Your Thoughts
    We will focus on identifying automatic thoughts and using mindfulness as a tool to manage them. 

    Wednesday, August 11: Challenging Anxious Thoughts
    We will focus on identifying unhelpful thinking patterns and how to challenge anxious thoughts. 

  • The Energy Hub

    with Tianyi Xie

    Description: The Energy Hub is for UI students who are experiencing difficulties adjusting to summer in a pandemic, or would like help to improve their daily functioning. Each 30-minute workshop features one of the following topics: sleep, time management, procrastination, and motivation. Programs are not sequenced. Students can attend all sessions or drop in for as many as they would like.

    Wednesdays | 1:00 - 1:30 PM
    Joinhttps://uiowa.zoom.us/j/98418552325

    Week by Week:

    Wednesday, June 9: Sleep 1 – Sleep Hygiene

    Poor sleep can impact one’s mental and physical well-being. We’ll discuss the basic knowledge about sleep (e.g., sleep stages, sleep drive, circadian rhythm) and practice sleep hygiene to improve your sleep quality.

    Wednesday, June 16: Sleep 2 - Managing Sleep Anxiety

    Feel particularly anxious before bed about insomnia? Come and learn strategies to reframe your anxious thoughts and manage stress before bed.

    Wednesday, June 23: Time Management

    It’s hard to complete tasks or stay organized when you don’t have a structure for your life. Let’s talk about how to develop and implement daily or weekly schedules and set achievable goals.

    Wednesday, June 30: Procrastination

    Do you often mindlessly spend hours watching videos or scrolling through social media before an important deadline? Let’s dive into the psychology behind the procrastination cycle and learn strategies to reduce it.

    Wednesday, July 7: Motivation

    Feeling lost and unmotivated to do things that “should” be important for you? Come and explore the underlying values of your goals and find ways to rebuild your motivation.

    Wednesday, July 14: Sleep 1

    Poor sleep can impact one’s mental and physical well-being. We’ll discuss the basic knowledge about sleep (e.g., sleep stages, sleep drive, circadian rhythm) and practice sleep hygiene to improve your sleep quality.

    Wednesday, July 21: Sleep 2

    Feel particularly anxious before bed about insomnia? Come and learn strategies to reframe your anxious thoughts and manage stress before bed.

    Wednesday, July 28: Time Management

    It’s hard to complete tasks or stay organized when you don’t have a structure for your life. Let’s talk about how to develop and implement daily or weekly schedules and set achievable goals.

    Wednesday, August 4: Procrastination

    Do you often mindlessly spend hours watching videos or scrolling through social media before an important deadline? Let’s dive into the psychology behind the procrastination cycle and learn strategies to reduce it.

    Wednesday, August 11: NO MEETING

    Wednesday, August 18: Motivation

    Feeling lost and unmotivated to do things that “should” be important for you? Come and explore the underlying values of your goals and find ways to rebuild your motivation

  • Anxiety Toolbox

    with Dawn Bates

    “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. 

    Join: Contact Dawn Bates at dawn-bates@uiowa.edu to register.

    Mondays | 6:00 PM: June 7, 14, and 21

  • Getting Unstuck Workshop

    with Dawn Bates

    “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 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.

    Join: Contact Dawn Bates at dawn-bates@uiowa.edu to register.

    Mondays | 5:00 PM: June 7, 14, and 21