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Virtual Drop-In Spaces

The Support You Need, When You Need It

The Counseling Center offers several virtual drop-in spaces for students looking to process thoughts and feelings, get advice and feedback from peers and Counseling Center staff, and connect with others around shared experiences on an ongoing or as-needed basis. No initial consultation is required, and all UIC students are eligible to attend.

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Our drop in spaces are designed to be as flexible as possible. That means you can have a snack, show up in your pajamas, or even multitask while you’re with us – there are so many ways to take care of your mental health, and we want to meet you where you’re at.  As long as it doesn’t violate the drop-in space agreements below, these spaces can be whatever you make them!

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All students agree to the following when registering for or using a drop-in space:

  • I understand that drop-in spaces are not therapy groups.
  • I understand that drop-in spaces are not crisis services, and will call the Counseling Center at (312) 996-3490 if I am experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • I understand that my participation in a drop-in space does not mean I am a client at the Counseling Center.
  • I will maintain confidentiality, including the names and identities of other students in the space as well as any material they may discuss.
  • I will let the facilitator(s) know if I need accommodations or technology assistance.
  • I will participate in a private space.
  • I will be respectful of others in attendance.
  • I understand that threatening, abusive, or harmful behavior will not be tolerated and may be grounds for ineligibility to participate in future drop-in spaces. This includes harmful behavior directed at others because of their ability, age, gender, nationality, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or other identity factors.

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Check out each tab for a description, schedule, and registration link for each drop-in space. To make them as accessible as possible, all drop-in spaces are held virtually over Zoom. Though you are not committed to attending every week and may “drop in” on whatever weeks work for you, we do require registration so that we can ensure that these safe spaces are attended by UIC students only.

General Drop-In Space

When: Wednesdays 12:00-12:50pm

Facilitators: Luis Salas

Eligibility: All currently-enrolled UIC students.

More Information: Whether it’s the daily challenges of being a college student, the impact of living through a pandemic and political unrest, or you’re just having an off day and want someone to talk to, we’re here for you. Drop in when you need it or come weekly to get the mood boost you need to get you through your day.

Neurodivergent Drop-In Space

When: Tuesdays 2:00-2:50pm

Facilitators: Dr. Margaret Fink (Director of the Disability Cultural Center)

The Neurodivirgent Drop-In Space is a collaboration between the Counseling Center and Disability Cultural Center.

Eligibility: All students who identify as neurodivergent. This includes students who are autistic or who have ADHD, sensory processing disorder, Tourette’s, or another learning disability (dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, etc.). You do not need to have a formal diagnosis to participate in this space, and students who are questioning whether they may be neurodivergent are invited to participate as well. You do not need to have a specific concern related to being a neurodivergent student to use this space.

More Information: This space adheres to a strengths-based, neurodiversity-affirming model and provides a welcoming environment for neurodivergent students. Students are encouraged to come as they are, and you can take off the mask, stim, infodump, use AAC, and engage in special interests (or learn what these terms mean!) to your heart’s content. We also discuss topics like self-advocacy in the classroom and healthcare settings, building relationships, testing and accommodations, and challenges of navigating a world designed for neurotypical people.

If there is anything we can do to make this space more accessible, or if you have specific questions about this space, please contact Dr. Margaret Fink.

What's Going On?

When: First Friday of each month

Facilitator: Dr. Belva Miles

What’s Going On? is a collaboration between the UIC Counseling Center and African American Cultural Center with presentations and discussions on rotating mental health topics. Students will have the opportunity to share their experiences on a range of topics focusing on Black mental health and wellness.

 

Past topics have included:

  • Test anxiety and preparing for finals
  • Seasonal depression
  • Microaggressions and daily stressors
  • …and more!

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