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. 

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 with information on how to join.

Spring 2023 Groups

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.

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. 

Depression Support Group

Mondays 2:15-3:30 p.m.

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.  This group will be in person. 

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. 

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-monogamy/alternative relationship styles, jealousy & possessiveness, conflict styles, boundaries/deal-breakers/limits, co-dependency, cultural & societal messages about relationships.

Surviving to Thriving

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

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. 

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.

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