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Group Therapy 

Groups/ Workshops/ Events 

International Student Empowerment Group:

Wednesdays, starting October 12th at 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

English-speaking support group for International Students. Share your stories, challenges, and successes at Penn in a safe and supportive space.

Email the facilitators to learn more / register for this group: and 

Mandarin Community Support Group 中文社群互助小组 中文社群互助小組: 

Thursdays 10/13, 10/20, 11/3, 11/03, 11/17, and 12/01/2022 from 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

This Mandarin-speaking group aims to provide members of the Mandarin community with a safe space to build meaningful connections and share useful information and resources. It is open to all graduate, undergraduate, and professional students who speak Mandarin. 由心理师带领,中文社群互助小组旨在为国际学生提供一个保密,安全并能互相支持的场域,以建立同侪间的连结,彼此分享有用的信息与资源。由心理師帶領,中文社群互助小組旨在為國際學生提供一個保密,安全並能互相支持的場域,以建立同儕間的連結,彼此分享有用的信息與資源。

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Mindfulness Skills Series:

Wednesdays 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, and 11/02/2022 from 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM

Open to: All Undergraduate Students. Live more in the present, connect more in your relationships, and improve overall well-being. This 4-week workshop will include information about mindfulness, guided meditation practices, and resources/exercises to try at home.

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Grief Support Group

Tuesdays 10/11, 10/18, 10/25/22, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, and 12/6/2022 from 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

This group aims to create a safe space for students to share feelings and experiences associated with grief and bereavement as well as to receive support. The group is open to all graduate, professional, and undergraduate students who are grieving the death of a significant person or significant people in their lives. The group will provide support, grounding, and activities to help guide participants through their grief process. Please note that this is a closed group, so no new members will be added after the group starts, and students must complete a pre-group screening with the facilitators before joining. It is preferred that participants are in active therapy while in the group.

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Returning Students Group

Tuesdays 10/4, 10/18, 11/01, 11/15, and 11/29/2022 from 4 PM - 4:45 PM 

The Returning Students Group is open to all full-time undergraduate students returning to Penn after a leave of absence. This group will provide a space to connect with other returners, discuss the unique challenges of returning, and nurture self-care. Join us as we discuss the transition back to full-time studies and life at Penn. This group is confidential and commitment to all five sessions is highly recommended.

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Why Group?

Groups can help you gain support, share experiences and struggles, receive feedback about how others experience you, learn about yourself, try out new behaviors and develop more satisfying ways of relating to others. Group therapy is a great place to share your concerns, get support, and learn from others. Students who participate in group therapy feel less isolated, more self-aware, and more connected to others as a result of being in group.

Group Guidelines

  • Group sessions are confidential. Group members are bound ethically not to disclose information about the group.
  • Regular and timely attendance is necessary for relationships to develop and for you to have sufficient continuity to get as much as you can out of group. If you truly must miss group, please let the leader(s) know as soon as possible. Most groups have an initial commitment of several sessions. It usually takes a few sessions to open up and get enough of a sense of the group to decide if it is a good fit for your needs.
  • If after the initial commitment the group does not feel like a good fit or at some point you feel as though you have gotten all you need from the group, it is important that you inform the group and give the other members the opportunity to say goodbye.
  • You are encouraged to take your own pace in group. However, you get more out of group if you work on the concerns that brought you to the group through active participation. It is expected that it will take time to work up to taking risks and stretching yourself in ways that will help you make the most of your group experience.
  • You may be referred to group during the Initial Assessment call or at Intake if the intake counselor believes that your needs would be best met in a group setting. This may be based upon matching your concerns with a group that focuses specifically on those concerns. Also, groups are perfect for students who are dissatisfied with their friend or romantic relationships. To ensure the best decision, most group leaders prefer to conduct a group intake in which one or both leaders meet with you to learn about what you’re looking for, to give you specific information about how the group works, and to help you decide if the group seems like a good fit.

Reach out the Student Health and Counseling team for information about group sessions by calling 215-898-7021.