Groups for IUP Students

  • What is Group Counseling, and How Do I Get Involved?

    Group counseling graphicSometimes 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 All groups have openings at the start of the semester, but will close to new members after the first group meeting.

    Groups for IUP Students: Fall 2016

    Graduate Students

    A 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

    The 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 change. 

    Understanding Yourself and Others

    Do 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.

    Women's Group

    A 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.