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News: September 2013

Counseling Center Fall 2013 Workshops

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The Counseling Center at the Center for Health and Well-Being (CHWB) is offering a series of workshops to talk about issues that commonly affect college students. The workshops will cover a variety of topics, including body image, stress, relationships, and sleep. Attendance vouchers will be provided in case you would like to offer extra credit to students who attend.

The IUP Counseling Center Workshops

Finding Forgiveness

  • Wednesday, October 2
  • 5:00–6:00 p.m.
  • CHWB/Suites on Maple East G-60
  • Donovan Daniel

A session on the popular thoughts about the sometimes allusive construct of forgiveness. We will attempt to define forgiveness, determine its purpose, and discover who benefits from acting on the construct of forgiveness. We will also discuss how to find forgiveness for ourselves and others we interact with, and how we can apply a better understanding of forgiveness to our college experience.

Sleep: It Does a Body Good

  • Wednesday, October 9
  • 5:00–6:00 p.m.
  • CHWB/Suites on Maple East G-60
  • Elizabeth Kincade, Ph.D. and Lisa Mondell, M.A.


We all need sleep, but sometimes it gets neglected. Restful sleep is as important as diet and exercise, and is essential for maintaining good health, energy, learning, and memory. Come to this workshop to discuss common sleeping problems and learn new ways to get your zzzs.

Got Stress?

  • Wednesday, October 16
  • 5:00–6:00 p.m.
  • CHWB/Suites on Maple East G-60
  • Dave Myers, Ph.D. and Peter Kozel, M.A.


It seems as if everyone is dealing with some form of stress. Learn the most common sources of stress for college students and tools for effectively dealing with stress. Workshop includes mindful meditation skills and resources available on campus.

Health at Every Size: Accepting and Loving Our Bodies

  • Wednesday, October 23
  • 5:00–6:00 p.m.
  • CHWB/Suites on Maple East G-60
  • Becky Pearlson, M.A. and Julia Chasler, M.A.

Have you ever felt frustrated about being on a diet? Do you ever feel like you are negatively evaluated due to your weight? Are you interested in improving your body image? This workshop will be both psycho-educational and interactive and will discuss dieting myths, the thinness ideal, and the tenets of the Health at Every Size (HAES) perspective. Come and learn more about HAES, which celebrates size diversity and advocates that being healthy does not necessary mean being thin.

“That’s so gay”: The Negative Impact of Micro-Aggressions

  • Wednesday, October 30
  • 5:00–6:00 p.m.
  • CHWB/Suites on Maple East G-60
  • Andrea Poet, M.A.

Have you ever felt uncomfortable after a statement that focused on your gender, race, economic status, or sexual orientation? Although people think sexism, racism, and classism no longer exist in the United States, instead “isms” take the form of more subtle, unintentional messages that we receive based on our membership to a specific group. For example, “that is so gay” which is used to express dislike for a certain idea, sends the message that people who are gay are bad or undesirable. This workshop will explore common micro-aggressions that people experience and the negative impact that it can have on an individual’s well-being.

Maintaining Self in Relationships

  • Wednesday, November 6
  • 5:00–6:00 p.m.
  • CHWB/Suites on Maple East G-60
  • Rachel Posner, M.A. and Jessica Miller, Psy.D.

Communication and positive, healthy relationships go hand in hand. Do you wonder why relationships go wrong or how to strengthen personal relationships? Learn about the qualities of healthy relationships and how to communicate your needs effectively in your relationships.

Embrace Your Sexy: A Workshop for College Women

  • Wednesday, November 13
  • 4:30–6:00 p.m.
  • CHWB/Suites on Maple East G-60
  • Samantha Sciarillo, M.A. and Andrea Poet, M.A.

Sometimes what we learn in sexual education isn’t the whole truth. Information can be misleading or just plain wrong. The problem is, we start hearing these messages at such a young age and we don’t even realize that it impacts the way we approach sex or the way we feel about being sexual. Sex can be pleasurable, fun, and even fulfilling. The workshop seeks to help college women explore the negative messages received about sexuality and consider how to “embrace your sexy.”

Going Home for the Winter Break

  • Wednesday, November 20
  • 5:00–6:00 p.m.
  • CHWB/Suites on Maple East G-60
  • Rita Drapkin, Ph.D. and Laura Gilman, M.A.

As the academic year comes to a close, many students have mixed feelings about spending the summer at home. The transition from college life to living at home can be stressful. If you think this might be true for you and/or your family members, come and learn about some of the ways that you might prepare for this change and manage the stress of straddling your life at college and your life at home.


Got Stress?

  • Wednesday, December 4
  • 5:00–6:00 p.m.
  • CHWB/Suites on Maple East G-60
  • Samantha Sciarrillo, M.A. and Lisa Mondell, M.A.

It seems as if everyone is dealing with some form of stress. Learn the most common sources of stress for college students and tools for effectively dealing with stress. Workshop includes mindful meditation skills and resources available on campus.


For more information, contact the Counseling Center at 724-357-2621 or visit the Counseling Center website.

Attendance slips will be provided!

Mindfulness Days with Katie Hammond Holtz

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The Mindfulness Living Learning Community and the Center for Health and Well Being invite you to attend workshops for meditation training. The dates are October 18, 2013, November 15, 2013, January 31, 2014, and March 7, 2014.

Holtz has been practicing meditation since 1991 and has been a meditation instructor since 2002. She is a graduate from the Doctor of Psychology program at IUP. Mindfulness has been demonstrated to promote greater awareness, help focus attention, and deepen a sense of presence and compassion towards others.

We are pleased to offer this training at a reduced rate for the IUP community. Here is more information about the One- or Four-Day Workshops.

Mindfulness Days with Katie Hammond Holtz, Psy.D.

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The Mindfulness Living Learning Community and the Center for Health and Well-Being are cosponsoring four days of mindfulness training at the College Lodge. Here is full information about the one- and four-day workshops.

Dates:

  • October 18, 2013
  • November 15, 2013
  • January 31, 2014
  • March 7, 2014

Mindfulness is a practice of deepening awareness of the present moment. These practices have been demonstrated to promote greater awareness, help focus attention, and deepen a sense of presence and compassion towards others. It also increases joy and happiness in our lives.

Katie Hammond Holtz has been a meditation teacher since 2002 and has been a practitioner of mindfulness meditation since 1991. She has led mindfulness retreats around the country. She is a graduate of the Doctor of Psychology program at IUP.

IUP Counseling Center

Join a Group at the Counseling Center!

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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 are offered at the Counseling Center in G31 Suites on Maple East. 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.

Groups offered this semester include:

  • Can You Relate?
  • Graduate Students
  • Mindfulness
  • Not Just Straight
  • Understanding Self and Others
  • Women: Finding Our Way

Participation in these groups requires an initial meeting with the group facilitators, usually 30–45 minutes. To schedule this meeting or to ask questions, contact the Counseling Center at 724-357-2621, stop by G31 Suites on Maple East, or e-mail Patti Shaffer at pshaffer@iup.edu.

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

  • The Counseling Center
  • Suites on Maple East, G31
    901 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2621
  • Fax: 724-357-7728
  • Client Services Summer 2015
  • Student counseling services are not provided during the summer. For assistance during business hours, contact the Center for Health and Well-Being at 724-357-1358 or visit the Center's main desk in Suites on Maple East. In case of an emergency, contact University Police at 724-357-2141 or call 911 or go to Indiana Regional Medical Center's Emergency Department.
  • For 24-hour assistance, call the local mobile crisis hotline at 1-877-333-2470.