Counseling Groups Offered for Fall 2012

Posted on 9/7/2012 11:38:15 AM

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.

Participation in these groups requires an initial meeting with the group facilitator(s), usually 30–45 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, or contact Patti Shaffer at

The following groups have openings, but will close to new members after the first group meeting. See below for dates and times:

Graduate Student Group

  • Tuesdays 3:15–4:30 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, Ph.D. ( and Ashley Kasardo, M.A. (

Interpersonal Group

  • Wednesdays 4:00–5:00 p.m.
  • This co-ed student group will focus on relationships (family, friends, dating, and professional). Loneliness, lack of confidence in social settings, self-esteem concerns, and anxiety may also be discussed. Members often learn to be more comfortable with themselves and more confident interacting with others. This group is a safe place to explore how current interpersonal styles may be affecting relationships.
  • Facilitated by Dave Myers, Ph.D. ( and Kate Sowder, M.A (

Men’s Group

  • Fridays 10:00–11:00 a.m.
  • This group is for male students who would like to explore what it means to be a college-aged man. Developing and holding onto healthy friendships and relationships, family issues, societal expectations, and dealing with societal pressures are themes that are likely to be discussed in this group. This will be a small group (up to six members), with a focus on self-awareness and personal change.
  • Facilitated by Michael Lute, M.A. ( and Eric Rosenberger, Ph.D. (

Not Just Straight Group

  • Mondays 4:00–5:00 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 Tom Wahlund, M.A. ( and Becky Pearlson, M.A. (

Women’s Group

  • Time to be determined
  • Finding Our Way: This group is for six to eight female IUP students. It is a place for women to discuss common concerns about such things as academics, relationships, families, body image, self-esteem, and other common concerns with a focus on self-awareness and change.
  • Facilitated by Beth Kincade, Ph.D. (

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