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Current Groups

Every Fall and Spring semester the Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services offers a variety of groups. Counseling groups are often the best way to work on areas of concern, especially when those concerns deal with issues that directly affect your relationship with others. Groups give you contact with peers as well as a therapist in a safe and confidential environment.

Membership in a group is by appointment only. We do offer drop in groups each semester, but these will also require that you make an appointment with us. Please call us at 304-293-4431 or drop by the Carruth Center, located on the 2nd floor of the Health & Education Building if you are interested in joining a group.

For further information about group services at Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services or to share ideas about a group you would like to see offered, please contact the Group Coordinator, Christine Simpson, at 304-293-4431.

Spring 2018 Groups

Interpersonal Groups

Groups for men and women with a variety of concerns (e.g., depression, anxiety, stress, forming relationships). Offers a safe environment to give/receive support, learn about yourself, and to practice new ways of relating to others.

GRADUATE STUDENTS: Contact Christine at  christine.simpson@mail.wvu.edu.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: Contact Teresa at Teresa.Stire@mail.wvu.edu.

Empowering Women’s Group

Group for undergraduate women with a variety of concerns (e.g., depression, anxiety, relationships, self-esteem, family issues). Offers a safe space to give/receive support, learn about yourself, and improve self-care.

Contact Ashley at  ashley.kasardo@mail.wvu.edu.

Social Anxiety Group

8-week psychoeducational group for individuals with social anxiety.  It will include cognitive restructuring, graduated exposure, and focus on: social skills, assertiveness, performance/test anxiety, and self-esteem.

Contact Matt at Matthew.Kellar@mail.wvu.edu.

Graduate Student Group

Being a graduate student is associated with many challenges.  This interpersonal-oriented therapy group is for graduate students coping with a variety of concerns (e.g., stress, forming/maintaining relationships, anxiety, depression).  This group offers a safe environment to give/receive support, cope with the challenges of graduate school, learn about yourself, and to practice new ways of relating to others.

Contact Christine at  christine.simpson@mail.wvu.edu.

Sexual Assault Survivors

This group is designed for female students who have, at some point in their lives, experienced an unwanted sexual encounter. The goal of this group is to provide healing, empowerment, and emotional support for survivors of sexual assault. 

Contact Christine at  christine.simpson@mail.wvu.edu.

Student Assistance Program

Groups for students who want to learn more about drug and alcohol use. Multiple groups meet throughout the semester. 

Contact Missy at Melissa.Pforr@mail.wvu.edu.


Men's Interpersonal Process Group

This interpersonal process group offers men the opportunity to change ineffective patterns of thought and behavior, as well as explore and practice skills that have been shown to improve men's personal and social lives. 

Contact Narayan at ngold@mail.wvu.edu.

Medical Student Support Group

Support group for medical students with a variety of concerns. This group will specifically focus on the challenges associated with medical school and training.  Offers a safe space to give/receive support and improve self-care.  

Contact Brian at bquigley@hsc.wvu.edu.

International Student Support Group

A weekly confidential group aimed at create a safe and supportive space where you can explore your experiences as an international graduate student at WVU. 

Contact Shane at Shane.Chaplin@mail.wvu.edu.

Students of Color Wellness & Support Group


A weekly confidential group aimed at creating a safe and support space where you can explore your experiences as a self-identified student of color at WVU.

Contact Kelli at Kelli.Crawford@mail.wvu.edu.

Mood/Anxiety/Stress Groups

Groups available to students experiencing depression, anxiety, and/or stress. These groups aim at providing support, psycho-education, and tools for better managing these concerns.

Contact Kayla at kgrogg@mail.wvu.edu

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