Keynote Program

Barry A. Schreier, Ph.D., Licensed Counseling Psychologist 
Professor of Counseling Psychology in the University of Iowa College of Education
Director of the Higher Education Program with the Scanlan Center for School Mental Health


“Caring For Self, While Caring for Others: You’re Hardy & You Know It”

In our work, we are called upon to be thoughtful and caring of others especially when others struggle. Within our ever-changing work world, the struggles others are managing can often be the same struggles we are managing. In this ongoing time of significant world and workplace change, we can find ourselves caring for others while also having to care for ourselves.  This interactive program shares practical ideas and tools to have and use to help with managing the changing world we all now inhabit. While the changing world has provided opportunities for positive change, there are also losses and significant ongoing challenges. 
This program focuses on capitalizing on our positives, so we can best care for ourselves while also caring for others. This program takes an identities-based, mental health and wellbeing focus.  Being staff, faculty, or anyone who works in higher education and is called upon to help others can be challenging on a good day.  This program provides navigation for the stormier days as we navigate the current academic year and beyond.

Barry A. Schreier, Ph.D. is a licensed Counseling Psychologist.  He was a campus counseling center professional for the past 30 years, finishing most recently as Director of the University of Iowa Counseling Center. Barry is now a Professor of Counseling Psychology in the University of Iowa College of Education and Director of the Higher Education Program with the Scanlan Center for School Mental Health. Prior to this, he was Director of the Counseling Center at the University of Connecticut, and he spent many years with Princeton and Purdue University’s Counseling Centers. Dr. Schreier has numerous publications on a variety of topics including sexual orientations and Trans/GNB identities; training and education in psychology; managing student distress; campus suicide prevention; campus outreach and programming; group therapy and brief therapy models; and was an editor for the book: The Handbook of Multicultural Counseling Competency. Dr. Schreier is the founder and senior consultant for Bridge Partners Consultation which provides professional consultation on issues and concerns related to the GLBTQ+ communities. And in all of that, Barry also opened and ran a candy store for several years. Barry is married to his husband Tom with whom he has celebrated 32 years together! He is also the proud owner of two highly over indulged and spoiled cats. And when not at work, Barry is inevitably at the theatre! Barry’s pronouns are he/him/his.





"Thank you so much for being willing to speak to our faculty and staff.  I have received so many positive compliments so you definitely made a huge impact on campus! I had one staff member who rarely provides positive feedback tell me she could have listened to you speak all day and thought your presentation was AWESOME! So, believe when I say that is one of the highest compliments you could receive!"

"Thanks, so much Barry for the fantastic in-service workshop! Faculty raved about it all afternoon and really seem to have connected with you. Here's hoping they can transfer some of the great info you shared to their students."

"Great Presentation as always! I really appreciate Barry taking the time to "check in" with us throughout the presentation. It is a nice quick break and shows that he really cares about us. The college/world is a better place because of you. Thanks for all that you do!"