Personal Growth and Counseling Center

Groups and workshops

Groups and workshops offer structured and confidential spaces for students to discuss issues, share feelings, problem solve, and gain support. Many students use group to maintain a healthy well-being. 

Get started

Groups will resume in the fall 2022 semester. Please complete the group interest form if you are an enrolled student and would like to join any of the PGCC Groups. A group facilitator will contact you during the fall term with information on how to join.

Fall 2022 groups and workshops coming soon! 

Most groups start the last week of September, unless otherwise noted. Zoom links for groups and workshops that don't require RSVP are provided in the Google Calendar below. 

Surviving to Thriving, TBA

A group for those seeking support from others during their healing journey in recovery from sexual abuse/sexual trauma. This is a confidential group for those who identify as women. Some common experiences related to sexual abuse include low self-esteem, trusting difficulties, relationship challenges, in addition to feelings of anxiety, anger and depression. This group hopes to support a sense of empowerment by connecting with others that have shared similar experiences. 

If you are interested in this group, your therapist can help you set up a brief screening appointment with the group facilitator you can email stjuarez@csumb.edu

Depression Support Group, TBA

Symptoms of depression may affect how one feels and thinks, disrupts relationships, and negatively impacts learning. Join this weekly student support group to share experiences, gain feedback, problem solve and learn coping skills. 

Ubuntu - Black Student Support Group , Mondays 3:30-5 p.m.

Ubuntu is a weekly semester-long support and community building group for the benefit of Black and African Heritage undergraduate and graduate students. This counseling group is based on the model of an African Maasai Village with students (the "scholars") at the center supported by staff and faculty through the Mandla Mentoring Program (the "mentors") with occasional guest speakers from the off-campus Black communities of Seaside and Monterey Bay (the "elders").  During the Fall 2022 semester, students will help design exactly what they want out of a culturally competent support group for Black students.  By the end of the semester we will have explored a range of community support and counseling models and have developed a group structure to fit the needs of Black students going forward.  This group will meet weekly by Zoom, starting September 19, 2022. We may meet in-person occasionally (masks required) soon. The only criteria for attending is that you are 18 or older, enrolled at CSUMB and identify as part of the Black & African Heritage Community.

Women's Group, Tuesdays 4-5 p.m.

A weekly group offering a safe and confidential space where women can explore issues such as stress management, anxiety, depression, relationships, body image and other topics of your choice. 

CALM - Calming Anxiety, Living Mindfully, Tuesdays 4-5 p.m.

Symptoms of anxiety may affect how one feels and thinks, disrupts relationships, and negatively impacts learning. Join this weekly group to share experiences, gain feedback, problem solve and learn coping skills. This group will be in person. 

AAPI Support Space, Thursdays 3:30-4:30 p.m.

A weekly group for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population to have a space to discuss experiences, process challenges, and foster a sense of empowerment for members of the community. APPI students are invited to bring in topics of discussion, such as identity, representation, mental health/stigma, discrimination, labeling/false stereotypes, intersectionality, acculturation, and experiences within the CSUMB community.

Self-Care Workshop, TBA

A 45 minute workshop offering self-care activities and promotes physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. No RSVP, Zoom link available in the Google Calendar below. 

Grief and Loss Support Group, Tuesdays 4-5 p.m. 

A 6 week support group offering space to process loss and gain support. This group will explore ways to heal while celebrating the lives of those we've lost. This group starts October 11th and ends November 15th. 

LGBTQ + Processing Group, Wednesdays 3:30-5 p.m.

This mixed graduate and undergraduate interpersonal process group is for students who identify as sexual or gender minorities. This includes those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Questioning, Queer and other sexual minority identities. As well as those who identify Trans and gender nonconforming individuals. Members build relationships with others and themselves as they learn how to incorporate and build awareness to their sexual and/or gender identities. This is a closed group and limited to LGBTQ+ community members only. 

Re-imagining Relationships, Tuesdays 1-2:30 p.m. (Oct. 4th start date)

Re-imagining Relationships is a group that will discuss all types of relationships, including platonic, dating, familial, romantic, sexual, peer, etc. We will explore how we draw lines between and within these relationships, where our notions about certain relationships come from, and why we act the way we do in them. Join us in supportive conversation across a broad range of topics that will help you deepen and expand your view of relationships.

Topics may include: Communication, relationship types & definitions, consent, relationship agreements, sex, attachment styles, non-mongamy/alternative relationship styles, jealousy & possessiveness, conflict styles, boundaries/deal-breakers/limits, co-dependency, cultural & societal messages about relationships

Anxiety Toolbox, TBA

 

Group counseling benefits

It is normal to feel unsure about joining a group, yet most students report the experience was helpful and far beyond their expectations. Students receive understanding, support, and encouragement from others facing similar issues. Groups are often the most effective way to:

  • Gain support and encouragement from others;
  • Gain new perspectives and ideas;
  • Gain specific skills to improve your life;
  • Develop relational skills.

Accessibility

The PGCC wishes to make group offerings accessible to people with disabilities. If you have disability-related needs, please contact our office at 831-582-3969 or email counseling_center@csumb.edu one to two weeks prior to the group.