University Counseling Service

A few facts about our department for 2017


Number of hours of individual counseling in 2017.


Number of hours of group counseling in 2017.


Number of hours of case management in 2017.


Number of students seen at UCS in 2017.

Letter from the Director

Barry 2 1The UCS has worked tirelessly this past year bringing campus mental health services “Up to Scale.” As a result, it has been a year of exponential growth! This was also the year of planning to get the many moving pieces in place for 2017-2018 when these plans will be implemented.

Over the past year, the UCS has made significant progress on several goals to increase the scale of campus mental health services including:

  • Expanded Staff: Hired seven full-time mental health professionals in psychology and social work who will contribute through the varied areas of expertise and personal cultural identities they will bring.
  • New Locations: Opened an “Eastside Location” in the University Capital Center to provide even greater accessibility and availability. Along with the UCS Embedded Offices, this changes the UCS from being in one location on campus to being in five locations across campus.
  • Embedded Offices: Doubled the size of the Embedded Offices in Athletics and Residence Halls and made the College of Dentistry position permanent.
  • Social Work Training: Started a training program in social work engaging directly with our colleagues in the College of Social Work to further expand the UCS’ direct contribution to the University’s academic mission.
  • Recovery Program: Created a Campus Recovery Program to address those students in need of a supportive network of services and educational opportunities at any level of recovery from substance use and addiction (e.g. in recovery, thinking about recovery, or supportive of recovery) so they can achieve academic and personal success, free from alcohol and other drugs.
  • Level of Care: Created a “Levels of Care Model” to accommodate campus mental health needs according to type of concern, severity of concern, immediacy of concern, and time remaining in the semester for service. Levels include:
    • Same Day, Quick Access Appointments
    • Expansion of Group Treatment Program
    • Curriculum Driven, Brief Model Anxiety/Affect Management/Resiliency Groups
    • End of Semester Single Session, Drop In Urgent Need Groups
    • Case Management Services

We are proud to be doing this “bringing up to code” work collaboratively with trusted stakeholders such as University of Iowa Student Government, Graduate and Professional Student Government, Office of the Dean of Students, Office of Academic Support and Retention, Student Health & Wellness, Residence Education, Office of the Vice-President for Student Life, and many others. UCS continues to advance so we can provide the University of Iowa community, the most services, to the most people, in the most efficient and relevant manner.

As we continue to pursue a vision of comprehensive, integrated, and holistic mental health and wellness, we always welcome your feedback, your partnership, and your assistance!

-Barry A. Schreier

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Director, University Counseling Services and Professor of Counseling Psychology

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