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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, 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.

Women: Finding Our Way

This group is for 6 to 8 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. 

Understanding Yourself and Others

This is a structured psychoeducational group that focuses on ways to improve social connections and relationships with others. Skills that will be worked on in group include: communication, how to meet others and initiate meaningful conversation, how to manage conflicts and communicate assertively, how to set boundaries with others, and how to deepen relationships with acquaintances. The group will consist of instruction time and hands-on interactive activities to try out the new skills. By the end of group, you should be able to cultivate and maintain more flexibility and comfort with your interpersonal relationships.

  • 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.