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Welcome to In the Know! The Counseling Center sends this email newsletter periodically during the academic year to let our partners across campus know about the various psychoeducational and outreach activities we offer. We hope you are well as we settle in to fall semester. Things look different as we now offer telehealth counseling and virtual outreach, but serving students remains our top priority. Please feel free to share with others who may find this information useful.

Counseling Center Clinical Services for Fall 2020

For Fall 2020, we are offering telehealth (online) counseling and virtual outreach and educational programming. For specifics of how this works, please view this blog post.

For after-hours emergencies, students who remain in the Champaign-Urbana area can reach out the Champaign County Crisis Line staffed by Rosecrance at 217-359-4141. We also have an extensive list of resources available on our website, including a listing of crisis lines throughout the United States.

Embedded Counselors

The Counseling Center has implemented and had success with the embedded counselor model. Counseling Center clinicians are housed in a specific department or college of the university. Embedded counselors primarily offer counseling services to students within the department or college they serve. In so doing, they are able to better understand the unique needs of students in the areas where they are based. Students feel more comfortable with and find it more convenient to see someone in their own academic unit or residence hall.  

By meeting students where they are throughout campus, the Illinois embedded program has received positive feedback from students, faculty, and administrators and has grown each year. Students can directly reach out to the counselor who works with their college. Below are our current embedded counselors. You can also call the counseling center at 217-333-3704 for further information or assistance with connecting to an embedded counselor.

Drop-In Mindfulness Workshops

Many students have let us know they would find benefit in daily guided meditations, so we are now offering daily mindfulness drop-in workshops on Zoom. The 30-minute workshops will be held each weekday at 4:15 p.m. (excluding Election Day and Fall Break). Each day has a theme.

-Mindfulness Mondays

-Intuitive Eating Tuesdays

-Body Awareness Wednesdays

-Thoughtful Thursdays

-Forget-it Fridays

These workshops are not therapy. They are available to any student and are not confidential. To join, please use Zoom Meeting ID: 922 2891 7050 and Password: CCMind.

Daily Mindfulness Flyer

RIO Online

These times are not easy. Feeling isolated and lonely is very common, and life is very different than it was before the pandemic. Many people are having strong reactions to these changes. RIO, which is led by Counseling Center clinicians, provides an interactive experience that helps you

-Learn mindfulness skills to identify why you’re feeling the emotions you are and accept them.

-Manage stress, anxiety, and other emotions productively.

-Identify what’s most important to you and prioritize accordingly.

This series is open to all Illinois students—you do not need to be a current client of the Counseling Center. We do strongly encourage you to be available to attend both online sessions. RIO is not considered counseling and is not confidential. We offer courses throughout the semester at different times and days to meet scheduling needs. Please register on our website.

RIO Flyer

Expressive Arts Drop-In Workshop

Creating art can be be a stress release, help calm anxiety, and allow people to process their emotions. On Monday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m., the Counseling Center offers an Expressive Arts Drop-In Workshop via Zoom. The workshop is open to all students. It is not counseling and participants will not be asked to share their reflections. 

Zoom Meeting ID: 926 0040 5744   Password: 826447

Latinx Healing Collective Workshops

The Counseling Center is starting a new drop-in workshop this Wednesday, October 14 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The Latinx Healing Collective will examin the social injustices that Latinx students face. Drawing from the psychological framework of radical healing (see French, Lewis, Mosley, Adames, Chavez-Dueñas, Chen, & Neville, 2019), this workshop provides  information and tools that may facilitate Latinx students’ own individual and collective healing, and may aid their psychological well-being. While the content of this workshop is geared toward Latinx students, we believe other Students of Color may benefit from the workshops.

All students are welcome to attend and do not need to be clients of the Counseling Center. Please note that this is not designed to be a therapy group and it is not confidential.

Zoom ID: 815 4800 9407   Password: 835017

If you have any questions, please contact Silvia Salas or Marisela Lopez.

Tuesday @ 7

Led by Counseling Center Paraprofessionals, Tuesday @ 7 workshops focus on topics that are often growth areas for students. All students are welcome. To join, please use Zoom Meeting ID 930 29999 6855 (Password: TUES7).

The list of topics for this semester can be found here.

Virtual Platicas--Consultation Hours with Latinx Outreach Team

The Counseling Center Latinx Student Outreach Team offers virtual platicas several times a week. Email them to make an appointment!

Sit with Sankofa

Need a safe space to discuss how you feel about everything that’s going on? Join us and Sit with Sankofa Black Student Outreach Team on Thursdays at 4 p.m. on Zoom!

Meeting ID: 926 0208 7456

Password: 276763


Q & A with Q & A

Have questions about counseling or LGBTQIA+ mental health? We have answers! Join us on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. on Zoom!

Meeting ID: 834 6365 0237

Password: Q&A


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