Mindfulness Programs Update: A Letter from Bev

This is a guest post from Bev about the new upcoming mindfulness programs. These always remind me of my own daily mindfulness practice, which I’ve been doing since my last class on July 29, 2014. The C-L Psychiatry service is still hectic and, like the quote indicates below, I still have to deal with noise, trouble, and hard work. I don’t float in serenity and nobody who knows me would disagree with that. I’m still an edgy fireman–but less so. Thanks, Bev–J. Amos.

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 –

Good Afternoon,

We hope that you are well and “calm in your heart” even amidst all the challenges a day can hold for us as individuals and collectively.

Below are the new mindfulness offerings for Spring and Summer.   You can always check our website www.uihc.org/mindfulness-programs for details and to see if there are changes or corrections.

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 nearly 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.


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.  Spring groups will include “Cultivating Compassion” and “Living Mindfully with Chronic Medical Conditions”.   “Mindful Parenting” will be the summer offering.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) –  Summer 2018

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 mindfulness@uiowa.edu or 319-384-5089 to schedule an intake session. See attached flyer for more details. Instructor is Bev Klug, M.A., LMFT.

Mindfulness Mid-Week Meditation

“Mid-Week Meditations” are offered over the noon hour (12:10-12:50 PM) at the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital Meditation Room (Level 12), organized by the UIHC Chaplains. Mindfulness meditation is offered on the fourth Wednesday by our staff. These are open to the public, and it’s been nice to see some of your familiar faces there, as well as others who are new to mindfulness.  Many of these sessions are live-streamed into patients’ rooms if they choose to watch.

Upcoming Retreats

Alumni, that is anyone who has completed an 8-week MBSR, MBCT, UI Undergraduate, Psychiatry Residency or teen group, are welcome to attend our Saturday retreats, however, starting with the upcoming  April retreat, we are requiring a $20 fee from alumni to help offset our costs.  Please email mindfulness@uiowa.edu for location details as they are not all held in the same place. Upcoming retreats will be from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on the following dates:

February 24

April 28

July 21

August 18

The $20 fee can be paid with cash or a check made to “Department of Psychiatry” with “Mindfulness” in the memo and can be given to one of the facilitators at the retreat that day.

Take care,

Bev and Kerri

Bev Klug, M.A., LMFT

Director of Mindfulness-Based Programs

Department of Psychiatry, UIHC

Iowa City, IA  52242


Kerri Eness-Potter, M.A.

Program Coordinator, Mindfulness-Based Programs

Adjunct Instructor, College of Education

Department of Psychiatry, UIHC