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 five to eight students and are facilitated by one or two of our 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 facilitator(s), usually 30 to 45 minutes. 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. All groups have openings at the start of the semester, but will close to new members after the first group meeting.
group for students navigating the unique challenges of being in graduate
school. Topics of discussion may include: adjustment to grad school, balancing school and
personal life, career anxieties, coping with the stress of a thesis or dissertation,
student/faculty relationships and boundaries, self-care, and healthy
interpersonal functioning within the stressful context of graduate study.
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 (5-8 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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