Groups for IUP Students

  • Groups for IUP Students: Spring 2020

    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.

    The following groups are offered at the Counseling Center in Room G31, Suites on Maple East. These groups usually include four to nine students and are facilitated by two 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 facilitators. To schedule this initial meeting or to ask questions, contact the Counseling Center at 724-357-2621, stop by G31 Suites on Maple East, or email

    Groups for IUP Students: Spring 2020

    Men’s Group

    This group is open to male undergraduate and graduate students. The men’s group is a safe space for men to discuss and explore any issues impacting their lives. Topics vary week to week and may include school and personal stressors, relationship issues, emotional expression, and dealing with pressures associated with masculine ideals and stereotypes.

    • Mondays, 3:00–4:15 p.m.

    Women’s Group

    Open to female undergraduate and graduate students, this group focuses on helping women gain a better understanding of themselves and ways of relating more comfortably with others. Topics vary week to week and may include assertiveness, intimacy, self-acceptance, family of origin issues, academics, body image, and interpersonal relationships.

    • Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m.–Noon

    Graduate Student Interpersonal Process Group

    This group is intended to help graduate students achieve personal growth and raise self-awareness. Issues addressed vary week to week and may include relationships, life transitions, family of origin issues, managing stressors both in and outside of academic life, and how these issues affect feelings about ourselves and others.

    • Wednesdays: Noon–1:30 p.m.

    Anxiety Clinic

    The Anxiety Clinic is designed to help students who struggle with various forms of anxiety. Students will learn more about symptoms of anxiety, how anxiety impacts daily functioning and the body, and skills to manage stress and reduce overall anxiety. Students will also talk with and receive support from other students who struggle with anxiety. 

    • Wednesdays: 2:30–4:00 p.m.

    Understanding Self and Others

    Do you struggle to develop and maintain close relationships? 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, while learning to deal with a variety of concerns such as feelings of depression and anxiety, resolving relationship issues, and other personal concerns.

    • Thursdays: 3:00–4:15 p.m.