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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

Fall 2014 Semester

Women’s Groups, Fridays 1:00pm-2:15 OR Fridays 3:00-4:15

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, Fridays 1:00-2:15

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.

Sexual Assault Support Group, TBD

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, Tuesdays 1:00-2:15

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, TBD

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

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, Thursdays 5-7pm, starting September 25th

No sign-up required.

5:00-6:00 PM- Relaxing Yoga in the Woods Room on the second floor of the ASFC.  SOOTHE away your stress with easy, relaxing yoga stretches, breathing and meditation.

6:00-7:00 PM- Power Yoga in the Woods Room on the second floor of the ASFC. Blast away your stress with an all-levels power yoga workout followed by deep relaxation. 

Mindfulness Meditation Group,  Mondays 8:00- 8:30am

No sign-up required.

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 Philadelphia Alumni Writer's House on College Avenue.

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. 

Mindfulness Reading Group- Wednesdays 11:30am-1:00pm

No sign-up required.

Come and grab lunch at the Fair Trade Cafe and take part in a reading of the Mindfulness for Beginners, by Jon Kabat-ZInn(the book is free for students participating in the book group, at the F&M bookstore).  Group meets on the 2nd floor of the Wohlsen Center for Sustainability and the Environment.  If you have class at 12:30 we invite you to come at 11:30 for an opening time of silence then go get your lunch at the Fair Trade Cafe and join the group for conversation.  The second group will get lunch first and then join the conversation. Group will have time for silence at the end.