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 TBA

Most groups start the 2nd 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, Mondays 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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 sexul 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 facilitatoror you can email armejia@csumb.edu.

Depression Support Group, Mondays 2:30-3:45 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. 

Umoja: Black & African Community Support, Mondays 3:30-5 p.m.

Umoja group is made up of not only students but also Black & African Heritage faculty, staff and local community members who serve as mentors.  The group is based on the model of an African Maasai Village with students ("Scholars") at the center, supported most directly by Black staff & faculty ("Elders") with occasional community guests from the local off-campus Black community ("Community Elders").  This first 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 group counseling models and have developed a group structure to fit the needs of Black students going forward.

This group will meet weekly by Zoom.  The only criteria for attending is that you are 18 or older, enrolled at CSUMB and identify as part of the Black & African community.

Conquering Moods, Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

A 6 week structured group providing skills to help manage relationships, emotions, and life challenges. Come learn skills to cope with problems, learn strategies, and develop support in the process. 

Understanding Self and Others, Tuesdays 3:30-5 p.m.

Understanding Self and Others group is a closed-group (meaning the same group members participate weekly in group therapy) for undergraduate and graduate students that would like support with developing more insight into their concerns, improving their relationships  and looking for growth. It is designed to help students understand and clarify their needs and find healthy ways to get needs met in an interpersonal context.Group members often have a variety of initial concerns, but share a desire to feel better about themselves and their relationships with others.

Women's Group, Tuesdays 4-5:15 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, Wednesdays 2-3 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. 

AAPI Support Group, Wednesdays 4-5 p.m.

This weekly group will give the AAPI population a safe space to discuss and process their personal experiences and challenges. Topics for discussion may include mental health/stigma, discrimination, labeling/false stereotypes, the intersection of culture/gender/context AAPIs have in American society, and experiences within the CSUMB community.

AAPI refers to a broad group of individuals who fall under the umbrella of Asian American and Pacific Islanders.

Undocu-Student Support, Thursdays 3-4 p.m.

Undocumented students demonstrate significant resilience and perseverance to overcome the array of challenges. Sometimes barriers are also overwhelming and lead to stress; which is why we’ve created an Undocu-Student support space.

In this weekly support space, topics may vary but will likely include discussing day to day challenges, xenophobia, difference in values (native culture vs U.S. culture), work related concerns, importance of developing social connections, discrimination, where to seek support, challenges with citizenship processes, and discussing emotions.

Self-Care Workshop, Biweekly Thursdays 1-1:45 p.m.

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, Thursdays 3-4 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 February 17th and ends March 24th. 

LGBTQ + Processing Group, Fridays 3-4:30 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. 

 

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.