Group Therapy


Spring 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.

All meetings will be held via Zoom and are free. 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 - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.- Start Date January 27th 2021
  • Navigating Graduate School During These Difficult Times  - Mondays at 12pm    
  • Meditation Practice for Challenging Times, Meditation Group for Students - Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m- Start Date February 3rd 2021
  • Support Group for Duquesne Students During These Difficult Times - Thursdays at 7 p.m. - Start Date January 28th 2021
  • The Village: Where Duquesne African American Students can Express their Emotional Needs and Receive Support - Thursday at 6 p.m. - Start Date January 28th 2021 
  • The Encounter: A Group for all Students to Dicuss the Issue of Race, and Discover Solidarity - Time and Date TBD
  • Living With Loss: Uncertainty and Shifting Norms in the Wake of Covid-19- Mondays at 6pm 
  • 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

Faculty & Staff:

  • Meditation for Challenging Times - Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m.- Start Date February 2nd 2021

At the Intersection of Gender and Sexuality: A Support Group for LGBTQIA+ Students - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

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: Wednesdays, 7 p.m.- Start Date January 27th 2021
  • 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.

Navigating Graduate School During These Difficult Times - Mondays at 12pm 

 Duquesne University's Counseling Services and Psychology Department Clinic is offering support group meetings for all Duquesne graduate students. The purpose of these meetings is to provide a space where graduate students can share support with each other, gain insight, and learn strategies and coping skills to manage the difficult times we are all living through, as well as the increased isolation and lack of structure that has become the new normal for so many graduate students during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to increased isolation and lack of structure, we are all affected in different ways by current crises, which are likely affecting the mental and emotional wellbeing of everyone, including graduate students, albeit in different 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. It is normal to be experiencing more stress at this cultural moment and you don't have to suffer through this alone, even in our new collective isolation.

  • Who: Graudate Students 
  • When: Mondays at 12pm 
  • Contact: Please email  Dr. Amal Kouttab 
  • 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 - Wednesdays at 12:10 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)
  • When: Wednesdays, 12:10 p.m. Start Date February 3rd 2021 
  • Contact: Dr. T.J. Smith (Amber Lasure will also lead the group.)
  • 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.

Support Group for Duquesne Students During These Difficult Times - Thursdays at 7 p.m.

All enrolled Duquesne students (undergrad, professional and graduate) are invited to support each other, learn coping skills and gain insight as we all navigate the multiple, collective crises and existential threats that we are living with, such as the COVID-19 health crisis, economic crisis, societal reckoning with racism in America and ongoing destruction of our planet.  

These crises can affect anyone's mental and emotional wellbeing, in different and individual ways. They can also exacerbate underlying, chronic and unresolved mental health issues. Perhaps you are more anxious, irritable or depressed than usual. This can be related to how these crises are affecting you. It is normal to be experiencing more distress 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.  

This group is sponsored by Duquesne University's Counseling Services and Psychology Department Clinic.  

  • Who: Enrolled Duquesne students (undergrad, professional and graduate)
  • When: Thursdays, 7 p.m.- Start Date January 28th 2021
  • Contact: Jayme Jenkins, M.A.
  • 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 6 p.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, 6 p.m. Start Date January 28th 2021 
  • Contact: Quincy Stephenson

The Encounter: A Group for all Students to Discuss the Issue of Race and Discover Solidarity-       Date and Time TBD

This virtual support group offers a safe space where you can explore your feelings about race and race relations. Here, you will be invited to share your lived experiences, engage in dialogue, expand your insight into self and others, promote mutual understanding, and honor the fundamental dignity of the human person (including yourself).

  • Who: All Students 
  • When: TBD
  • Contact: Dr. Ian Edwards 
  • 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.

Living With Loss: Uncertainty and Shifting Norms in the Wake of Covid-19- Mondays at 6pm

In a time of shifting norms and increasing uncertainty, we have all been affected by loss in some way or another. While the concept of loss is often associated with death, the loss of normalcy, friendships, and security are extremely valid and painful experiences of loss as well. In many ways, we are mourning the world we used to know, while attempting to gain footing in the new world that has been thrust upon us. The Duquesne University Counseling Center would like to provide a space that allows students to discuss the shifting landscapes you may find yourself a part of and provide support amidst such struggles. What does loss look like for you? How has loss affected you? How can we find connection? Where do we go from here? These questions and more will help to guide our discussions and explorations into finding ways of unearthing excitement and joy in the world we now know as our "new normal" and the constants that still exist within our lives.

  • Who: All Duquesne students
  • When: Mondays at 6pm
  • Contact: Anastasia Wilhelm
  • 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.

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

Faculty and Staff Groups

Meditation for Challenging Times - Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m.

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

  • Who: All Duquesne faculty and staff
  • When: Tuesdays, 12:10 p.m. Start Date February 2nd 2021 
  • Contact: Dr. T.J. Smith (Amber Lasure will also lead the group.)
  • 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.

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.