Group Therapy


Fall 2021 Workshops & Group Descriptions

Duquesne University is offering virtual support group meetings for all Duquesne students, faculty and staff to provide spaces where we can support each other, learn coping skills and gain insight as we all navigate stressful and uncertain cultural times.

Some meetings with be held via zoom and others will be in person.  Some groups require a pre-screening or orientation, however, there is no obligation to attend any meeting and you may withdraw your participation from any group at any time. Anyone is welcome to attend only as many meetings as they'd like.  
The meetings below are sponsored by the University's Counseling Services and Psychology Department Clinic, the Center for Student Wellbeing and the Solidarity Committee, an interdepartmental collaboration of students, faculty and staff.  

If interested, please email the group's leader(s) to express interest, emails can be found in the Group Descriptions below : 

Students:

  • At the Intersection of Gender and Sexuality: A Support Group for LGBTQIA+ Students - Thursdays at 6pm 
  • Student Study Skills Group- Tuesdays ay 4pm   
  • Meditation Practice for Challenging Times, Meditation Group for Students - Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m ** For Faculty and Staff as well 
  • The Well: Student Support Group- Mondays at 3pm 
  • The Village: Where Duquesne African American Students can Express their Emotional Needs and Receive Support - Thursday at 5pm
  • AD ASTRA PER ASPERA: Law School Support Group - Multiple sessions, please refer below 
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander ( AAPI)  Student Support Group- Monthly on Thursdays 3pm , exact dates below 
  • RISE ( Offered through DU CARES) : Support group for student who have family, friends or loved ones battling substance use disorders or have lost loved ones to the disease-  Thursdays at 8pm


At the Intersection of Gender and Sexuality: A Support Group for LGBTQIA+ Students - Thursdays at 6pm

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 safe 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 compassionately walk with you while offering support, care and validation.  

This group is sponsored by The Solidarity Committee, an interdepartmental collaboration of students, faculty and staff.  

  • Who: LGBTQIA+ undergraduate and graduate students
  • When: Thursday at 6pm via zoom 
  • Contact: Jesse Jack, Jayme Jenkins
  • Note: To protect the safety of the group, new members must log in 30 minutes prior to their first group to meet the facilitators.

Student Study Skills Group- Tuesdays at 3pm  

 The purpose of this group is to provide a space for students struggling with ADHD symptoms to learn skills to help with studying, time management, and organization.

  • Who: Open to all enrolled Duquesne students (undergrad, professional and graduate)
  • When: Tuesdays at 3pm via zoom  
  • Contact: Please email  Dr. Ashley DeVito  
  • Note: A HIPAA-compliant version of Zoom provided by Duquesne University will be used for all interactions with students. A 30-minute orientation with facilitators will explore your interest in the group, answer questions and assess if referrals to other resources may also be beneficial.

Meditation Practice for Challenging Times, Meditation Group for Students, Faculty and Staff - Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m.

We find ourselves living through challenging times amid the present pandemic. Meditation, mindfulness and yoga practices can be powerful ways to help us better manage current stresses and uncertainties. Meditations such as mindfulness of breathing, eating and movement will be taught and practiced together to help provide us with a greater sense of peace and vitality.

  • Who: Open to all enrolled Duquesne students (undergrad, professional and graduate) and Faculty and Staff 
  • When: Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m via zoom  
  • Contact: (Amber Lasure 
  • Note: This meditation group is not a psychotherapy group. The group will provide a community of learning about meditation practices that may help you with experiences of stress during these challenging times.

The Well: Student Support Group- Mondays at 3pm 

 This virtual support group offers a safe space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to participating in college life. Here, you will be invited to take a pause from your routines and share your experiences, strengths, struggles, and emotions connected with life in today's world. All are welcome to come and explore relationships with themselves, others, and the world around them. To experience respite from the daily grind in comradery with peers.

  • Who: Enrolled Duquesne students (undergrad, professional and graduate)
  • When: Mondays at 3pm via zoom 
  • Contact: Brandon Graham 
  • Note: A 30-minute orientation with facilitators will explore your interest in the group, answer questions and assess if referrals to other resources may also be beneficial.

The Village: Where Duquesne African American Students Can Express Their Emotional Needs and Receive Support - Thursdays at 5p.m.

Together we will provide a space for Duquesne African American students to freely express themselves and receive support regarding racial stress and the complexities around being Black in America. The Village is supported by the office of Diversity, Inclusion and Advancement in collaboration with Center for Student Wellbeing. "Healing can occur when the village comes together."

  • Who: Duquesne African American students
  • When: Thursdays at 5pm via zoom 
  • Contact: Quincy Stephenson

AD ASTRA PER ASPERA: Law School Support Group- Multiple Sessions available 

"Ad Astra Per Aspera," or "Through Adversity to the Stars," is a new support group for law students.

  • Who: Law Students 
  • When: Daytime Sesions: 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8 & 11/22- 208 Hanley Hall at 12pm - Evening Sessons: 10/8, 10/22, 11/5 & 11/19- 301 Hanley Hall at 5pm 
  • Contact: Ashley James 

AsianAmerican and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Student Support Group- Once a month Thursdays at 3pm 

•Support for Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Students: A space for AAPI students to receive support and connect.

  • Who: AAPI Students 
  • When: One a month on Thursdays at 3pm 636 Fisher Hall/- 10/7, 11/4 and 12/2 
  • Contact: Dr. Yihhsing 

RISE:Support Group to Dicuss the Impact Substance Use has had on our Friends, Family and Loved Ones- Offered through DU CARES- Thursdays at 8pm

Our goal of this group is to create a safe, comfortable and confidential environment to allow for open dicussion about personal experiences, provide emotional guidance and support, and decrease stigma surrounding addiction in the procress. Participants have the option to remain anonymous. *This event is sponsored by H.E.A.R.T. Helping to Educate And Rehabilitate Together

  • Who: All Duquesne students
  • When: Thursdays at 8pm
  • Meeting ID: 919 6479 3638
  • Link: http://duq.zoom.us/j/91964793638
  • Call in: 1-646-876-9923


Information in this site is not intended to replace a one-on-one consultation with a licensed mental health worker.  If you are a student having problems, we urge you to contact us at 412.396.6204 to schedule an appointment.