Meditation Not A Fix, Maybe Because You’re Not Broken: A Letter From Bev and Kerri

As I was struggling to finish my work in my office, one of my residents stopped by and noticed. I felt harried and I’m pretty sure I looked it. She mentioned she’d heard that I practice mindfulness meditation. I remarked that it comes in handy on days like I was having.

Anyway, that’s just to introduce the latest offerings in Mindfulness at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in an inspiring letter from the Director and Program Coordinator, respectively and respectfully, of Mindfulness Based Programs at Iowa, Bev Klug, MA, LMFT and Kerri Eness-Potter, MA. Be sure to check out the link below to the article “From States to Traits: the Latest Science on What Meditation Can and Can’t Do.”

Thanks, guys. I needed that.



It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work.
It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
– Unknown –


Happy Autumn!

Hopefully, you are engaging all of the senses and taking it in. Below are links to our upcoming Mindfulness Program offerings. Still available this Fall are a Follow-Up group  on Mindfulness in Relationships,  monthly mid-week sitting meditation at noon on the fourth Wednesday in the Stead Family Children’s Hospital Meditation Room, and two Saturday retreats. The links will lead you to new Winter offerings as well.


Upcoming Groups and Retreats


Anyone who has completed an 8-week MBSR, MBCT, UI Undergraduate, Psychiatry Residency or teen group is welcome to attend a Saturday retreat. There is no fee but donations to the scholarship program are encouraged. Please email for location details as they are not all held in the same place. Upcoming retreats will be Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on the following dates:

October 21

November 4


Mindfulness Mid-Week Meditation

  • Fourth Wednesday of each month, July through November 2017
  • 12-12:50 p.m.
  • UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital Meditation Room (Level 12)
  • Open to the public


Follow-up Groups (formerly called “Graduate” groups)

Click here  to learn more about our Follow-up Groups, which are open to people who have completed one of our groups, including: MBSR and MBCT, classes through the Carver College of Medicine, or UI academic courses. UI employees with flex spending accounts may be reimbursed for the fees. Many people find that the follow-up  groups help them return to more consistent practice, deepen what they are already doing, and/or benefit from practicing and discussing mindfulness with others. Upcoming are “Mindfulness in Relationships” and “Strengthening the Courage to Connect”.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)   

This 8-week program assists people who want to learn to use their own internal resources to respond more skillfully to stress, medical and psychological conditions and to promote healthy living. Please share the information with people whom you think might benefit. Everyone is welcome whether or not they are a UI employee. UI employees may be eligible for full fee support through UI Wellness. They need to meet employment criteria, fill out the Personal Health Assessment and schedule an appointment with a health coach. Currently registered UI students receive a 50% discount on the fee. Non-UI employees who are highly motivated to participate, but have severely limited financial resources, may request a scholarship application. Options for the required informational sessions are listed on the attached flyer. See our website for more details.


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

MBCT is a program that integrates mindfulness meditation and cognitive therapy. Scientific research supports that it is effective, when practiced consistently, for prevention of depression relapse and, for some, reduced use or elimination of anti-depressant medication. It can also be helpful in relating skillfully to anxiety. People who have had episodes of depression must be currently in at least partial remission in order to participate. The group is similar in structure and format to the MBSR program, with more focus on being aware of cognitive, emotional and behavioral patterns that contribute to depression relapse and/or escalation of anxiety and using the practice of mindfulness to respond more skillfully. MBCT and the required intake session are paid for by most insurance plans with mental health and group therapy coverage. Participants must have a diagnosis of depression and/or anxiety. You can participate in this program even if you have completed MBSR and, in fact, many people find it useful to do so if they experience chronic depression and/or anxiety. Contact our support staff at or 319-384-5089 to schedule an intake session. See attached flyer for more details. Instructor is Bev Klug, M.A., LMFT.


And for the latest in research on mindfulness, check out From States to Traits: the Latest Science on What Meditation Can and Can’t Do


Wishing you well,

Bev and Kerri