Counseling Center

Training and Workshops

Question Persuade Refer (QPR) - 1.5 hours

QPR is a nationally recognized suicide prevention gatekeeper training.  This training is for the UNI campus community and helps all participants become knowledgeable in helping prevent a potential suicide.

In this 90 minute training you will learn:

  • How to recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • How to ask if someone is feeling or thinking about suicide
  • How to encourage them to get help
  • How to refer that person to the right support and care


VAR Training - 1 hour

A training created by Active Minds that provides steps that everyone can take in helping other people deal with everyday struggles. Learn how to listen and respond to others in a helpful way. This training is similar to the QPR training, however it is more broadly applicable.


Mental Health Ally Training-- 2 Part Training 3.5 hours 

Mental Health Ally training will allow you to create a culture of care and help-seeking behaviors related to mental health.

          Part 1 of the training will teach you:

  • Mental health basics
  • Warning signs
  • Causes of mental health
  • Cultural differences
  • Myths and facts
  • Effects on students
  • 90 minutes               

          Part 2 of the training will focus on:

  • Addressing mental health stigma
  • Creating a culture of care
  • Increasing help-seeking behavior
  • How to start talking about mental health
  • How to be a mental health Ally 
  • 120 minutes                    

Men and Mental Health - 1.5 hours

This workshop explores cultural barriers for males regarding seeking help related to their mental health concerns. This discussion based workshop focuses on solutions to increase help seeking behavior in men and developing a more accepting culture.


The Art of Mindfulness - 1 hour

This introductory workshop explores the concept of mindfulness, including what mindfulness is, how it can be beneficial, and how to practice living more mindfully.


Test Anxiety - 1 hour (By Request Only - Prefer Groups of 5+)

 Test anxiety effects about 1 in 4 students on average.  Being able to recognize and address text anxiety is vital in achieving your academic goals.  This workshop aims at helping students learn:

  • To identify the signs of test anxiety
  • Understand the underlying causes
  • To develop specific tools for preparing for tests
  • Gain knowledge and skills to address the symptoms of test anxiety
  • To regain confidence in test taking


Time Management - 1 hour (By Request Only - Prefer Groups of 5+)

Time is a precious commodity while in college and it only makes sense to learn to use what you do have to the fullest.  This workshop explores common time mismanagement and presents key skills and specific tools to take charge of your time and make the most of it.


Resilience - 1 hour (By Request Only - Prefer Groups of 5+)

We face many adversities as we work towards earning an education and balancing life’s challenges on a daily basis.  Being resilient enables us to recover from these times and maintain our course without interruption.  This workshop focuses on learning:

  • The role resilience plays in dealing with and recovering from adversity
  • Basic steps towards building resilience
  • How to develop self-control
  • How to rebuild confidence in managing life's challenges
  • How to recover for a significant life event

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After Hours Crisis/Emergency

In case of immediate danger: Call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

For urgent situations outside of office hours: Call the Counseling Center at (319) 273-2676 and press 2 to speak to a crisis counselor.

Statewide Crisis Line:

National Suicide Hotline:
1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)