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.
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Did you know that our YouTube channel features trainings on topics such as time management, self-control, and handling test anxiety? We also have several videos from students that discuss how they are staying hopeful during COVID-19 and assisting friends who are experiencing mental health concerns. New content is added regularly, so please subscribe for updates.
Counseling Center Clinical Services for Spring 2021
For Spring 2021, 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.
Tuesday @ 7
Led by Counseling Center Paraprofessionals, Tuesday @ 7 workshops focus on topics that are often growth areas for students. All students are welcome. Upcoming workshops include:
Tuesday, March 9: #IWD2021: Promoting Women's Mental Well-Being
Tuesday, March 16: Focus and Compassion: Enhancing Mindfulness
Tuesday, March23: Creating Personal “Spring Break” Practices
To attend a Tuesday @ 7 workshop, please use Zoom ID 844 1537 2453 (Password: tue7)
The complete list of topics for this semester can be found here.
Many students are told that perfectionism is a good thing and necessary for success. However, studies actually show that perfectionistic attitudes can actually interfere with success. The desire to be perfect can both rob you of a sense of personal satisfaction and cause you to fail to achieve as much as people with more realistic expectations. This 3-part series helps students realize when pefectionism is more harmful than good and develop more realistic expectations. For Spring 2021, we’re offering this online workshop once more.
The next series will be offered Tuesday, March 16, March 23, and March 30 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. To register for the second series, please submit this form.
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.
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. starting on March 1. Each day has a theme.
-Intuitive Eating Tuesdays
-Body Awareness Wednesdays
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.
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 Art Space Workshop via Zoom. The workshop is open to all students. It is not counseling and participants will not be asked to share their reflections.
Meeting ID: 828 4384 2873
Cafecito with the Counseling Center’s Latinx Outreach Team
Join the Counseling Center's Latinx Outreach Team every Tuesday at 4 p.m. to discuss communal experiences, mental health, and resources. Drop in whenever you are free. All are welcome!
Meeting ID: 831 0750 3371
Sit with Sankofa Consultation Hours
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
Latinx Healing Collective Workshops
The Latinx Healing Collective will examine 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. The workshop series starts February 23, and will meet Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m. throughout the semester.
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.
WellTrack, an app that offers a suite of online tools and courses to help students identify, understand and address mental health issues is now available. WellTrack employs aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It features a mood tracker, modules that teach students about managing anxiety and depression, and useful tools such as meditations and reminders for users to include enjoyable activities in their days.
Students can access the WellTrack app by downloading from Google Play or the App Store and then logging in with your Illinois email address and password. WellTrack can also be accessed via the web at Illinois.WellTrack.com with your Illinois email and password.
Mindwise Mental Health Screenings Provide Quick, Confidential Check-Ups
The Counseling Center offers Mindwise mental health screenings through its website. These quick, confidential assessments allow you to understand if feelings like prolonged sadness, anxiety, irritability, loss of pleasure, and/or hopelessness might actually be related to depression.
Other screenings for generalized anxiety disorder, alcohol misuse, eating disorders, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder are also available. Participants will receive immediate results at the end of each screening to print and bring to a counselor for further discussion and evaluation if indicated. Please note that these screenings are to help you have an informed conversation with your counselor. They are not intended to be a clinical diagnosis.
To access the screenings, please visit our website.