Group Therapy


Fall 2020 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.  

Students:

Faculty & Staff:


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.
  • Contact: Jesse Jack, Jayme Jenkins, Dr. Laurie Kessler
  • Note: To protect the safety of the group, new members must log in 30 minutes prior to their first group to meet the facilitators.

Coniunctio: A Group for All Students to Discuss the Issue of Race and Find Solidarity within their Differences - Time TBD

Coniunctio is a Latin word that can mean solidarity, cohesion or unity. Importantly, it is the type of unity that is receptive to a diversity of perspectives, even those that conflict or seemingly contradict. Coniunctio is about what happens when diverse perspectives make contact in an environment that promotes creativity and growth. Coniunctio lives by the mantra, "Opposites don't have to mean opposition."

This virtual support group offers a safe space where you can explore your feelings about race and race relations. The goal is not necessarily to promote consensus or agreement as much as it is to promote mutual understanding. Here, you will be invited to share your lived experiences, engage in dialogue, expand your insight into yourself and others, and honor the fundamental dignity of the human person (including yourself). This group is sponsored by The Solidarity Committee, an interdepartmental collaboration of students, faculty and staff.  

  • 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 the group may be beneficial.

International Student Support Group - Day and Time TBD

Are you struggling with isolation and uncertainty during these particularly challenging times and current political climate? You may be wondering if others can relate to your experience or longing for a place to connect with others around shared experience. Join us for an ongoing virtual support group, specifically for international students to talk about, reflect upon and gather support from each other. The group provides a space for participants to feel validated in their experience, explore the challenges of being an international student at this particular cultural moment and feel supported in their shared experience. Please schedule a screening with the group's facilitators. The 30-minute screening is designed to explore your interest and determine if it would be beneficial to you. This group is sponsored by The Solidarity Committee, an interdepartmental collaboration of students, faculty and staff.  

  • Who: international students
  • When: TBD based on participants' availability
  • Contact: Please email both Drs. Amal Kouttab and Laurie Kessler
  • Note: A HIPAA-compliant version of Zoom provided by Duquesne University will be used for all interactions with students.

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., beginning September 16
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Contact: Quincy Stephenson

Faculty and Staff Groups

Staff and Faculty Support Group - Mondays at 12:00 p.m.

All Duquesne staff and faculty are invited to support each other, learn coping skills and gain insight as we all navigate the current 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: Duquesne faculty and staff
  • When: Mondays, 12 p.m.
  • Contact: Dr. Amal Kouttab Note: A 30-minute pre-group orientation meeting is required.

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., beginning September 15
  • 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.