Fall 2020 Support Groups

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Meditation Practice for Challenging Times, Meditation Group for Students - Wednesdays at 12:10pm


We find ourselves living through challenging times with the present pandemic. Meditation, mindfulness, and yoga practices can be powerful ways to help us better manage current stresses and uncertainties. During this group, meditations will be taught and practiced together, such as mindfulness of breathing, eating, and movement, in hopes of providing us with a greater sense of peace and vitality. We don't approach meditation with a "one size fits all" mentality. As such, we will explore many differing styles so that participants can discover a way that suits them best

The Center for Student Wellbeing is providing a weekly Meditation for Challenging Times Course on Zoom. The group will be held on Wednesdays at 12:10 pm starting on September 16th, and is open to all enrolled Duquesne students (undergrad, professional, and graduate). It is an open group in that you can participate in meetings when you are able. If interested, send an email to Dr. T.J. Smith expressing your interest in the group to obtain a Zoom link for group meetings, and we are excited to have Amber Lasure also leading the group. To note, the meditation group is not a psychotherapy group. Our hope is that the group will provide a community of learning about meditation practices that may help you with experiences of stress during these challenging times.

Support Group for Duquesne Students during These Difficult Times: Fall 2020 Semester


Duquesne University's Counseling Services and Psychology Department Clinic is offering support group meetings for all enrolled Duquesne students (undergrad, professional, and graduate.) The purpose of these meetings is to provide a space where students can share support with each other, learn coping skills, and gain insight as we all cope with the current multiple collective crises and existential threats that we are living with, such as the current COVID-19 health crisis, economic crisis, current societal reckoning with racism in America, and ongoing destruction of our planet. These crises are likely affecting the mental and emotional wellbeing of everyone, albeit in very different and individual ways. Perhaps you've noticed that you are more anxious, irritable, or depressed than usual. This may likely be at least in part related to how these crises are affecting you. Furthermore, these crises are likely exacerbating people's underlying, chronic, and unresolved mental health issues. It is normal to be experiencing more stress at this cultural moment in time, and you don't have to suffer through this alone, even as we continue to adapt physical distancing practices that add to our collective isolation.

Cost: Free
Time: Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

If you are interested in participating, the next step is to schedule a brief pregroup orientation meeting with the facilitators, which will be conducted remotely over Zoom video and last approximately 30-minutes. The orientation meeting is designed to explore your interest in and answer your questions about the support group meetings, and assess if referrals to other mental health resources may also be beneficial to you. There is no obligation to attend support group meetings even if you participate in the pregroup orientation meeting and you may withdraw your participation from support group meetings at any time. It is also not mandatory to attend all support group meetings and you are welcome to attend as many meetings as you would like. To schedule a pre-group orientation meeting, please send an email to Jayme Jenkins, M.A. at jenkin16@duq.edu

At the Intersection of Gender and Sexuality:
A Support Group for LGBTQIA+ Students

Sponsored by The Solidarity Committee, an interdepartmental collaboration of students, faculty, and staff

The Center for Student Wellbeing would like to invite LGBTQIA+ undergraduate and graduate students to a new virtual therapeutic support and social group. Our core mission is to encourage deeper connections and solidarity among Duquesne's diverse body of students,so we can all grow and learn together. We hope to promote and maintain a safer space here on Duquesne's campus for those who experience their gender identity and/or sexual orientation as not fitting neatly inside the dominant, cisgendered, and/or heterosexual identity boxes. This support group is a space for acknowledging past suffering and to celebrate healing. As committed supporters of the LGBTQIA+ community and group facilitators, we will strive to compassionately walk with you while offering support, care and validation.

If you you would like to be a part of the support group, please email any of the facilitators: Jesse Jack, Ph.D. Candidate at jackj@duq.edu, Jayme Jenkins, Ph.D. at jenkin16@duq.edu, or Laurie Kessler, Ph.D. L.P. at kesslerl@duq.edu. The group will meet on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and is free to all Duquesne students seeking support around their lived experiences with gender expression and sexual orientation. To protect the safety of the group we ask that new members meet the facilitators over Zoom 30 minutes early before joining their first group. Zoom links will be emailed to all interested students.

Support Group for Duquesne Staff and Faculty during These Difficult Times: Fall 2020 Semester


Duquesne University's Counseling Services and Psychology Department Clinic is offering support group meetings for all Duquesne staff and faculty. The purpose of these meetings is to provide a space where Duquesne employees can share support with each other, learn coping skills, and gain insight as we all cope with the current multiple collective crises and existential threats that we are living with, such as the current COVID-19 health crisis, economic crisis, school and child care crisis, and current societal reckoning with racism in America. These crises are likely affecting the mental and emotional wellbeing of everyone, albeit in very different and individual ways. Perhaps you've noticed that you are more anxious, irritable, or depressed than usual. This may likely be at least in part related to how these crises are affecting you. Furthermore, these crises are likely exacerbating people's underlying, chronic, and unresolved mental health issues. It is normal to be experiencing more stress at this cultural moment in time, and you don't have to suffer through this alone, even as we continue to adapt physical distancing practices that add to our collective isolation.

Cost: Free
Time: Mondays at 12 p.m.
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

If you are interested in participating, the next step is to schedule a brief pregroup orientation meeting with the facilitators, which will be conducted remotely over Zoom video. The orientation meeting is designed to explore your interest in and answer your questions about the support group meetings, and assess if referrals to other mental health resources may also be beneficial to you. There is no obligation to attend support group meetings even if you participate in the pregroup orientation meeting and you may withdraw your participation from support group meetings at any time. It is also not mandatory to attend all support group meetings and you are welcome to attend as many meetings as you would like. To schedule a pregroup orientation meeting, please send an email to Amal Kouttab, Ph.D. at kouttaba@duq.edu.Meditation Practices for Challenging Times, Meditation Group for Faculty and Staff - Tuesdays at 12:10pm

Meditation Practices for Challenging Times, Meditation Group for Faculty and Staff - Tuesdays at 12:10pm

We find ourselves living through challenging times with the present pandemic. Meditation, mindfulness, and yoga practices can be powerful ways to help us better manage current stresses and uncertainties. During this group, meditations will be taught and practiced together, such as mindfulness of breathing, eating, and movement, in hopes of providing us with a greater sense of peace and vitality. We don't approach meditation with a "one size fits all" mentality. As such, we will explore many differing styles so that participants can discover a way that suits them best.

The Center for Student Wellbeing is providing a weekly Meditation for Challenging Times Course on Zoom. The group will be held on Tuesdays at 12:10 starting on September 15th, and is open to Duquesne faculty and staff. It is an open group in that you can participate in meetings when you are able. If interested, send an email to Dr. T.J. Smith expressing your interest in the group to obtain a Zoom link for group meetings, and we are excited to have Amber Lasure also leading the group. To note, the meditation group is not a psychotherapy group. Our hope is that the group will provide a community of learning about meditation practices that may help you with experiences of stress during these challenging times.