Groups, Workshops, and Classes

Support Groups

Group counseling is a powerful venue for growth and change. Students receive tremendous understanding, support, and encouragement from others facing similar issues. Participants often gain different perspectives, ideas, and viewpoints.

Students are often faced with issues and concerns that lead them to feel alone and misunderstood. The Personal Growth and Counseling Center offers support groups and classes that allow students to openly discuss their issues, share feelings, engage in creative problem solving, and gain support.

While it is normal to feel apprehensive about joining a group, most students report that the experience was helpful and far beyond their expectations. The PGCC offers a variety of groups for students, and group participation is often the treatment of choice for many issues. Groups offer unique opportunities to experience a type of treatment that cannot be found in many other settings.

Groups are confidential, structured and supportive, and offered at no cost to students!

Fall 2014 Groups Schedules Are Pending!

Check out our calendar at the very bottom of the page to see which groups meet soon! Some groups work on "Series", which means that they do not meet every week. Click the group that interests you for more info!

If you want more information on groups, click the links below!

Mondays: Men's Group

Men's Group Flyer - Click for information

Men's Group is a space for men to talk about challenges, make healthy choices, and develop skills for healthy communication, relationships, and self-esteem. Men's Group provides a series of workshops and facilitated support groups.

Men's Group meets Mondays during the semester.

Click here to download a PDF flyer for Men's Group.

Tuesdays: Women's Group

Women's Group Flyer - Click for InformationThe Personal Growth and Counseling Center offers an ongoing weekly Women's Group that provides a safe and confidential enviornment to explore issues such as stress management, anxiety, depression, relationships, body image, bereavement, and other topics of the group's choice.

Women's Group meets Tuesdays during the semester.

Click here to download a PDF flyer for Women's Group.

Wednesdays: Yoga, Art & Meditation

YAMs Group Flyer - Click for InformationYoga Art and Meditation (or "YAMs") provides students with a safe space to promote self-awareness and stress reducing through Yoga, Meditation, and ART!

YAMs meets Wednesdays during the semester.

Click here to download a PDF flyer for Yoga, Art, and Meditation.

Thursdays: Out of the Blues - Anxiety and Depression Group

Out of the Blues Group Flyer - Click for InformationOut of the Blues is a Depression and Anxiety Management Group that is provided in two series of six sessions. This psychoeducational group helps students manage anxiety and depression, create healthy coping skills, and increase self-awareness.

Out of the Blues meets Thursdays during the semester.

Click here to download a PDF flyer for Out of the Blues.

Workshops for Health and Wellness

Workshops are offered to help promote personal development, help students develop coping skills, and talk about a shared challenges (or experiences): 

Meditation for Daily Living - A new workshop for Spring 2014!

Meditation for Daily Living Flyer - Click for InformationMeditation for Daily Living is a four-part meditation workshop series designed for busy college students. Students will explore a unique variety of meditation techniques, chosen specifically for busy college students. The goal is to provide simple, creative, and technologically-savvy ways for students to incorporate a mediation practice into their daily living.

Meditation for Daily LIving meets Wednesdays during the semester.

Click here to download a PDF flyer for Mediation for Daily Living.

First in My Family

First in My Family Flyer for Fall 2014First in My Family is a series of workshops for first generation college students to support a healthy adjustment to University life at CSUMB. 

First in my Family meets on several dates and addresses the following topics:

  • Health & Wellness 
  • Self-Determination
  • Managing Stress
  • Balancing Relationships and School

Click here to download a PDF flyer for First in my Family Workshop Series with workshop schedule.

Workshops for CSUMB Staff and Faculty

Stop Stressing, Start Living: A series of discussions based on the award-winning work of Robert Sapolsky for staff and faculty.

Stop Stressing Flyer - Click for InformationStop Stressing, Start Living is a workshop series for CSUMB Staff and Faculty. A healthy and vibrant workforce is essential for CSU Monterey Bay to maximize its effectiveness to serve our 
students, colleagues and surrounding communities. We support a campus climate that enables its faculty and staff to do their best work. Reducing stress in our personal and professional lives is a critical component towards this end.

Click here to download a PDF flyer and course materials for Stop Stressing, Start Living.

Other Workshops for Students

  • SHOUT Retreat: A free retreat providing resources for communication and self-care for LGBT students. - Offered in Fall semester
  • Making The Leap Workshop - Offered in Fall semester


Mental Health First Aid Training

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Mental Health First Aid is an interactive course designed to reduce stigma and increase early intervention. Upon completion of the 8-hour course, participants will establish skills to assess and intervene in crisis situations pertaining to anxiety, depression, suicide, substance abuse and psychosis.

Click here to sign up for the workshop or to download a PDF flyer with workshop schedule

Download Our Group Flyer for Spring 2014 Groups!

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