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Groups Offered

Groups are offered during the Academic School year (September through early May)

Group counseling provides an opportunity for a small number of students to work together on common concerns or problems.  Counseling groups may focus on a particular issue (i.e. grief, socialization, relationship issues) or may be less structured and explore broader concerns. 

Groups meet at Counseling Services for 60-75 minutes each week and are led by the Counseling Services staff.   All counseling groups are confidential.  Group participation requires an intake session, unless otherwise noted. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Firestone, Assistant Director, at 717-291-4083 or

Spring 2014 Semester

Women’s Groups, Tuesdays 11:30am-12:45pm OR Fridays 3:00-4:15pm

These groups assist female students in addressing interpersonal and personal problems (e.g. communication issues, negotiating healthy boundaries, managing anxiety, self awareness, etc.)

Grief Group, TBD

Have you lost a loved one?  Is it hard to find others who understand?  Grief group provides a safe place to talk about your loss, feel less alone and get support from others.

Socialization Group, Fridays 2:00-2:50pm

This group is for students who are having a difficult time transitioning to the social environment in College.  The focus will be on problem solving social interactions and developing stronger social skills.

Sexual Assault Support Group, Fridays 11am-12:15pm

This group is for female students who have experienced a sexual assault or had an unwanted sexual experience.   The group will provide a safe, confidential place to discuss impact of sexual assault, including trust and intimacy issues, anxiety, self-blame, anger, anxiety, nightmares and/or other concerns and to develop positive coping strategies.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Group, Fridays 1:00-2:15pm

Focuses on learning emotional coping skills for anxiety, depression, avoidance, and problematic behaviors.  Topics include increasing self-awareness, managing distress, and improving self-care.

Advanced Dialectical Behavior Therapy Group, Tuesday, 11:30am-12:30pm

Includes a review of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills.  Group members discuss practical application of skills in daily life through problem solving techniques.  Some Dialectical Behavior Therapy education is a pre-requisite for this group.

Substance Abuse Recovery Group,  Wednesday evenings, 6-7:30pm, starting January 22nd

This group is facilitated by a treatment provider from the Caron Treatment Centers, a nationally recognized substance abuse treatment center.  The group is free to all students.  No sign-up is necessary.  The only requirement is that you have a desire to reduce your substance use and work toward making healthy lifestyle choices.  This group meets at Counseling Services in Room 13-A.

FREE Stress Reduction Yoga for Students, Wednesdays 4-5pm, starting January 29th

Enjoy a relaxing blend of yoga stretches, meditation, breathing exercises and guided relaxation. Drop in as your schedule permits; no prior experience is needed. Bring a yoga mat. Taught by Jane Marie Clipman in Roschel 113 Dance Studio.

Mindfulness Meditation Group,  Tuesdays 12:00-12:35pm

Feeling stressed, stuck in your head, ruminating about past stuff or worried about the future?  Let’s create space for ourselves in our own life by cultivating a practice together.  NO meditation experience necessary.  No intake required. This group meets in the Multi-Faith room in the basement of the College Center.

Mindfulness Skills Group- TBD

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. “  (Jon Kabat-Zinn)  This is a four week group that introduces students to mindfulness. Both formal and informal practices will be introduced that can help students begin to find more happiness and contentment in their lives.