Sometimes a problem is better addressed through group counseling than with an individual counselor. Research has shown that group counseling is as effective as individual counseling. Talking with other students who have similar experiences provides support and perspective.
The counseling, support, and growth groups listed here are offered at the Counseling Center. These groups usually include four to nine students and are facilitated by two therapists. Group facilitators work to provide a safe, confidential environment where members are free to discuss their thoughts, feelings, and concerns as they are comfortable.
Participation in these groups requires an initial meeting with the group facilitators. To schedule this meeting or to ask questions, contact the Counseling Center at 724-357-2621, stop by G31 Suites on Maple East, e-mail the group leaders (see below), or contact Karen Lemasters at firstname.lastname@example.org
men’s group will be an opportunity for male students to explore, in a safe,
collaborative setting, a variety of issues related to being a college-aged
man. Themes and topics to be explored
will likely include masculinity, dealing with societal pressures, family
issues, and struggles in establishing and maintaining healthy friendships and
relationships. Small group size (five to eight members) will facilitate a supportive
environment in which students can develop more self-awareness and personal
you have difficulty developing and maintaining close relationships with others?
Would you like to learn about yourself and better understand your relationships? In this group, you will practice new ways to express your thoughts and feelings
in a safe and encouraging atmosphere, while learning to deal with a variety of
concerns such as feelings of depression and anxiety, resolving relationship
issues, and other personal concerns.
group for female IUP students to discuss topics such as academics,
relationships, families, body image, self-esteem, and other common concerns
with a focus on self-awareness and interpersonal interaction.
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