Groups for IUP Students

Groups for IUP Students

Fall 2021

Chairs in a circleResearch has shown that group counseling is as effective as individual counseling. Talking with other students who have similar experiences provides support and perspective.

Participation in these groups requires an initial 30-minute triage appointment. To schedule this appointment or to ask questions, contact the Counseling Center by phone at 724-357-2621 or email counseling-center@iup.edu.

Current Groups for IUP Students

Feeling Isolated?

The Counseling Center has organized a weekly open group meeting for students who would benefit from opportunities to socialize with other students while learning skills to build a social support system here at IUP. 

This support/process-focused group for undergraduate and graduate students is intended for students struggling to make interpersonal connections, particularly during the current pandemic. The group will be unstructured and conducted in-person at the IUP Counseling Center, Suites on Maple East, G-31.

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
  • 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.

Participation in group will allow students who are feeling isolated, disconnected from their peers, and/or unable to maintain meaningful relationships to learn about their interpersonal styles, develop improved confidence in social settings, and give and receive support from their peers.

Making Connections will be held on Wednesdays 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Participation in these groups requires a triage appointment. To schedule this appointment or to ask questions, contact the Counseling Center by phone at 724-357-2621 or email counseling-center@iup.edu.

Understanding Self and Others

Join the new group at the IUP Counseling Center. You can share about who you are, and learn about yourself and others, while gaining skills and insight to use outside the therapy room.

  • Learn to communicate more effectively in your relationships
  • Experiment with new ways of relating to yourself, others, and the world
  • Improve coping skills
  • Increase your ability to give and receive feedback

Understanding Self & Others: Mondays 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

The group will be conducted in-person at the IUP Counseling Center, Suites on Maple East, G-31.

Participation in group therapy requires an initial 30-minute triage appointment. To schedule this appointment or to ask questions, contact the Counseling Center by phone at 724-357-2621 or email counseling-center@iup.edu. Counseling services are open to all students who are currently paying the Wellness Fee.

The IUP Counseling Center is closed during regular university breaks. In case of an emergency, please contact the Indiana County Crisis Hotline at 1-877-333-2470, University Police at 724-357-2141, or go to the Indiana Regional Medical Center.

Participation in group therapy requires an initial 30-minute triage appointment.

To schedule this appointment or to ask questions, contact the Counseling Center by phone at 724-357-2621 or email counseling-center@iup.edu. Counseling services are open to all students who are currently paying the Wellness Fee.