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Groups for IUP Students: Fall 2014

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

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 Patti Shaffer 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 2014

Mood Matters

  • Thursdays 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Are you having difficulty expressing or experiencing your emotions? Are you interested in becoming more accepting of your internal experiences? Join us for mutual support and exploration in identifying, understanding, and expressing both pleasant and uncomfortable emotions. This group will help participants practice tolerating painful emotions and cultivate acceptance instead of emotional storms. 

Facilitated by Laura Syvertson, LSW ( and Angelica Terepka, MA (

Graduate Students

  • Wednesdays 4:15–5:45 p.m.

A support-oriented group, topics of discussion are likely to include the demands of graduate study, anxieties about competition and career, self-care and coping, support for writing a thesis or dissertation, student/faculty relationships and boundaries, and healthy interpersonal relating within the stressful context of graduate study.  

Facilitated by Rita Drapkin, PhD ( and Chiaothong Yong, MA (  

Mindfulness and Connection

  • Wednesdays 4:00–5:45 p.m.

Mindfulness is a practice that helps us to pay attention to our mind with an attitude of openness and curiosity rather than criticism and judgment. This group is for students who are interested both in self-exploration and ways to connect to others with more ease and comfort. Members will be taught mindfulness skills, including mindful speech and deep listening, to help them investigate, learn, and share their experiences with each other.

Facilitated by Kim Weiner, PhD ( and Peter Kozel, MA (

Not Just Straight

  • Tuesdays 3:15–4:45 p.m.

Whether you are out, questioning, or not even sure, this group is for LGBTQA students to confidentially discuss and explore aspects of gender identity and sexual orientation. The group is support-based and is designed to encourage open discussion about coming out, sexuality, gender, relationships, family, community, and other areas of your life that may be difficult to discuss elsewhere.

Facilitated by Lisa Mondell, MA ( and Angelica Terepka, MA (  

Women: Finding Our Way

  • Mondays 1:00–2:30 p.m.

This group is for six to eight female IUP students. It is a place for women 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 Laura Syvertson, LSW ( and Joelle Bazaz, MA (

  • The Counseling Center
  • Suites on Maple East, G31
    901 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2621
  • Fax: 724-357-7728
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  • 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
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  • Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fri., 1:00–3:00 p.m.
  • Wed., 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.