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Why Group?


Groups can help you gain support, share experiences and struggles, learn about yourself, and develop skills to relate to others. Students who participate in group therapy tend to 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.

*All groups will take place at the Student Health and Counseling office at 3624 Market Street, First Floor West. 
 

EVERYbody Project


 January 23, and January 30, 2023 from 3:00PM - 4:30PM
 

The EVERYbody project is a two-part workshop series focused on creating an inclusive space to have diverse body image conversations. Participants will explore societal pressures surrounding body image and gender and how they affect us. Participants will examine current ideals and challenge them through various exercises to foster positive attitudes about body image, dieting, and appearance. Attendance and participation are encouraged for both sessions.

Register here: https://upenn.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_elbM3RKuefAnDqC

For additional information, questions, or assistance with registration please e-mail Isra Abuyounis, MSW, LSW at israa@upenn.edu or Sennur Khoso, BA at wel-sennur.khoso@pobox.upenn.edu.

 

Substance Use and You


Wednesdays, January 25 – April 26, from 5 - 5:50 pm

This group is designed for Penn students who are reassessing their relationship with substance use. This is a confidential group, not an AA group or a 12-step group. Students with a willingness to examine what is happening around their use of substances are welcome. There is no requirement of abstinence (though some attendees may choose that), nor is there a requirement of regular weekly attendance, although that is a good way to get the most out of the group experience. Students may join at any point in the semester. A brief screening meeting is needed beforehand to ensure that students are matched appropriately to the group.

Learn about Wellness at Penn's SUPER Program (Substance Use, Prevention, Education, and Recovery).

Email the facilitator to learn more / register for this group: meilman@upenn.edu

 

Cultivating Calm 


Mondays, February 6, 13, 20, and 27, from 4 - 5 pm 

Connect with peers, gain self-awareness, learn tools for managing stress and anxiety, and realize you are not alone. All 4 workshop dates are encouraged, and participants should register in advance. Drop-ins are also welcome.

Week 1- Anxiety: How We Get Stuck & How We Get Out

Week 2 - Let’s Take A Deep Breath: Grounding Techniques

Week 3 - Revealing & Healing: How Social Support Can Help

Week 4 - Play All Day: Using Childhood Toys as Coping Skills

Register Here: https://upenn.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eJ2We22NrbzmHOe 

For additional information, questions, or assistance with registration please e-mail wel-lauren.champagne@pobox.upenn.edu; ericaca@upenn.edu; wel-sennur.khoso@pobox.upenn.edu

 

Grad Women's Support Group


Tuesdays, February 7 - April 24, from 3 - 4:15 pm

This group is intended for female identifying individuals from different UPENN programs to provide support around stress, anxiety, relationships, loneliness, and any other circumstances related to attending a graduate program. Examples of topics may include: dealing with difficult advisors or labs; sadness or depression; self-esteem and the challenges of academia; particularly for women; family and multiple roles. 

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

ericaca@upenn.edu 

wel-Lauren.Champagne@pobox.upenn.edu

 

Mindfulness Workshop


Tuesdays, March 14, 21, 28, and April 4, 2023, from 4 - 5 pm

Mindfulness is a practice to assist in reducing stress, bringing an open-hearted awareness to life.   Research studies show that mindfulness can greatly potentially foster resilience in the face of life challenges.  In this introductory workshop, students will have an opportunity to practice mindfulness and apply this practice in daily life. 

Register here: https://upenn.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1KOGUWhmyAhQK0e

For additional information, questions, or assistance with registration please e-mail moriconi@upenn.edu

 

International Student Empowerment Group


Thursdays, February 23 - April 20 (except Spring Break week), from 3:30 - 4:45 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:

miaotian@upenn.edu and yao@upenn.edu 
 

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


Wednesdays, February 22 - April 19 (except Spring Break week), from 3:30 - 4:45 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。

Email the facilitator to learn more / register for this group:

miaotian@upenn.edu
 

Grief Support Group


Check back for Spring semester dates.

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.

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

nnardone@upenn.edu and blackh@upenn.edu
 

Returning Students Group


Check back for Spring semester dates.

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.

Register here: https://upenn.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6nuYrmccrwq4MKi
 

Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Assault


Tuesdays, February 7-May 9, from 3 - 4:30 pm

This group is open to all woman-identifying (including cisgender women, trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are most comfortable in woman-identified spaces) Penn undergraduate and graduate students who have survived sexual assault that occurred during adolescence and/or adulthood. The group will aim to offer support, psychoeducation, and collective empowerment, and participants will choose weekly topics related to healing, reestablishment of safety, coping, and self-care (e.g., coping with emotional/physical triggers related to sexual assault, issues related to trust and emotional intimacy in relationships, ways of managing self-blame/guilt/shame following sexual assault, and issues related to sexual identity; particularly, the will offer the space to process the specific barriers to justice that LGBTQIA+ women face and stigma surrounding queer experiences of sexualized violence). 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. 

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

brittand@upenn.edu and bramble@upenn.edu

 


    All of the groups above will take place at 3624 Market Street, First Floor West.  Reach out to the Student Health and Counseling team for information about group sessions by calling 215-898-7021.