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Connection Support Group to be Offered

Written by: Mikaela ConleyJanuary 18, 2017

The IPFW/Parkview Student Assistant Program will be offering a connection support group for students. The group is aimed toward students who are shy, don’t feel comfortable in groups of people, or have trouble connecting with people and understanding social cues, according to Floie Stouder, a licensed clinical social worker and licensed marriage and family therapist.

“As part of the counseling, we try to offer different types of support groups each semester,” she said.

Stouder has led multiple groups for adult survivors of sexual abuse at Parkview Health and has been a counselor since 1987. She started working at IPFW in 2007 when the program began.

For the past 10 years, she has worked on campus at IPFW since the student assistance program began in 2007.

Support groups typically involve six to 10 students, she said.

Peer support groups are more empowering than one-on-one counseling, and you have the right to be quiet or speak, she said.

“It is nice to have peers that get you or understand you,” Stouder said.

Stouder expects to be covering topics such as starting conversations, healthy boundary setting, and self-esteem building, although she won’t officially know what the group will cover until she knows who will be involved.

The SAP will be holding a second support group later this semester, after spring break, for students with anxiety.

IPFW students have access to free, confidential, short-term counseling through the assistance program in Walb Union room 113. All enrolled students are eligible for these services, which include up to six full counseling sessions per year and unlimited group involvement.

Stouder says she sees students come in for many different reasons, including drug and alcohol addiction, school issues, and grief and loss, yet the three most common issues are depression, anxiety and relationship issues.

For more information contact the IPFW/Parkview Student Assistant Program at (260) 266-8060.