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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 2015

Graduate Students

A support-oriented group for students navigating the unique challenges of graduate school. Topics of discussion may include adjustment to grad school, the demands of coursework, anxieties about competition and career, coping with the stress of a thesis or dissertation, student/faculty relationships and boundaries, self-care, and healthy interpersonal functioning.

  • Facilitated by Emily Lazar, MA ( and Rita Drapkin, PhD (
  • Tuesdays 3:20–4:50 p.m.
  • This group is closed, new groups will form in the Spring 2016 semester.

Women: Finding Our Way

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. Experience giving and receiving support and feedback with your peers and the help of group leaders.

  • Facilitated by Abby Costello, MA ( and Camille Interligi, MA ( )
  • Thursdays 3:30–4:45 p.m.
  • This group is closed, new groups will form in the Spring 2016 semester.

Understanding Yourself and Others

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.

  • Facilitated by Gabi Huffman, MA ( and Rita Drapkin, PhD (
  • Wednesdays 3:30–5:00 p.m.
  • This group is closed, new groups will form in the Spring 2016 semester.

  • The Counseling Center
  • Suites on Maple East, G31
    901 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2621
  • Fax: 724-357-7728
  • Monday through Friday:
  • 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Walk-In Hours:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
  • 1:00–3:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:30–11:30 a.m.