Counseling & Student Development Services

About Our Services

Counseling & Student Development Services provides comprehensive counseling and supportive services to Ocean County College and Kean/Ocean students, faculty, and staff.  Our mission focuses on the psychological well-being and academic success of our students.” 

STEP by STEP to Academic Success: A program designed to help students who are academically at risk to learn the skills needed for academic success.  In the Step by Step seminar you will:

  • Explore what it takes to be successful in college
  • Master the skills of prioritizing, time-management and goal setting
  • Connect with Counseling & Student Development Services' support network
  • Reconnect with the motivational reason for coming to OCC - develop a life purpose

To view the flyer with the information about the Step-by-Step sessions, including available dates and times, click on the Step-by-Step to Academic Success link.

To register for a Step-by-Step session, sign into your Ocean Connect account.  On the right side of the welcome page, under Events and Orientations, click on the Register for an Event link.  In the Available Events box, select the Step_by_Step event link.  Register by clicking on one of the available dates and times.

Confidential and personal counseling services are provided by trained and licensed counselors.  We assist students in dealing with personal, social, and/or emotional concerns that interfere with academic success and learning.  We also work with students who are academically at-risk through the Step-by-Step to Academic Success program.  Counseling services are available Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

For personal, free and confidential counseling services, call: 732-255-0400, ext. 2945 or email,

Other programs of Counseling & Student Development Services include, Student Support Services (SSS) and Displaced Homemakers Program of Ocean County (DHP).

SSS is a federal grant funded program that offers support services to enrolled students who are first-generation, or low-income, or disabled and who need additional services to achieve academic success.  For more information, contact Diana Gatti.

DHP of Ocean County is a state grant funded program which provides services to individuals who lost their primary source of income due to separation, divorce, disability or death of the primary family wage earner.  The emphasis of the DHP is to move to economic self-sufficiency.  For more information contact Eileen Burdge.

Contact Information

Counseling & Student Development Services' main office is located in the ICCT Bldg #22, Room 108. 732-255-0400 ext. 2945.

  • The following services are located in Bldg #22 within the main office:
Counseling Services: email: 732-255-0400 ext. 2945  
Displaced Homemakers Program of Ocean County: email: 732-255-0400 ext. 2297  
  • The following services are located in the College Center, CCTR Bldg # 9.
Student Support Services:   Room 103: email:     
732-255-0400 ext. 2352  

Upcoming Events

October is Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

  • Life After You - October 26 - 11:00am, Gateway Bldg (#101) Rm #104
  • Discussion and Support Group for those Affected by Suicide - Fridays - October 27, November 17, & December 22 - 11:00am-12pm, ICCT Bldg. (#22) Room #104A

New Series: #I Got That

Mondays - 12:30pm-1:30pm Tech Bldg #25, Room #107 Drop-in Sessions provide an opportunity to talk, listen and learn. Bring your lunch and a friend!

  • October 30 - Aggression and/or Anger
  • November 6 - Perfectionism
  • November 13 - A Mental Health Diagnosis
  • November 20 - Loneliness
  • November 27 - Depression
  • December 4 - Financial Struggles
  • December 11 - Stress
  • December 18 - Addiction

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Mondays - 5:00pm-6:30pm Tech Bldg #25, Room #107  (Group continues weekly October 9 through November 27)

Serenity Sessions

Tuesdays - 1:00pm-2:00pm Larson Student Ctr Bldg #8, Room #202. Each session focuses on ways to soothe and calm ourselves. Learn new ways to manage and reduce stress and improve our sense of well-being!

  • October 24 - Guided Imagery
  • October 31 - Focusing Attention on Relaxation
  • November 7 - Tapping into you Inner Child: Relaxing through Play
  • November 14 - Labyrinth Mediaiton
  • November 21 - Gentle Yoga
  • November 28 - Relaxing at Your Desk for 5 Minutes
  • December 5 - Guided Imagery
  • December 12 - Gentle Yoga
  • December 19 - Relaxing during the Holidays

Feeling overwhelmed?  Did you know that physical activity is a great stress buster?  Counseling & Student Development Services invites you to gather some stressed out friends and head to the gym for a quick game of basketball, volleyball, or pickleball. 

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