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Counseling Center Events

OCC’s Counseling Center offers a variety of Workshops and Community Events throughout the year. These events are designed to bring mental health awareness and support to the campus community.

For more information, contact the Counseling Center at 732-255-0400 ext. 2911 or

Sunset Meditation

Need some stress relief? Join the Novins Planetarium and the Counseling Center for a FREE live-streamed Sunset Meditation event on May 10 at noon. This program was produced by the Charles W. Brown Planetarium, and can be broadcast to wherever you are!


*Open to all OCC students, faculty and staff. Must pre-register to participate. Each registration is for one viewing device and cannot be shared between devices.

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Recovery Views

Join OCC’s Counseling Center and Recovery Support Program, the Addictions Studies Program, Hope Sheds Light, and the DART Prevention Coalition for a month-long exploration of recovery and individuals living through it. Each session explores various topics promoting education, awareness, prevention, and recovery from addiction.

Monday, April 19
2-3 p.m.

Join us for the panel discussion, “I am Your Neighbor, Coworker, Friend: A Panel Discussion with Individuals in Recovery,” to learn about the impacts of addiction and recovery on the family. Our panelists will share both the challenges and joys of their journeys. If addiction or recovery has touched your life, your family’s life, or perhaps you worry it will – you need to hear their stories.

Wednesday, April 21
1-2 p.m.

Attend the 30 minute summit session, “What is Recovery Anyway?” geared towards high-school-aged youth and college students. The discussion breaks down the principles of recovery, different pathways to recovery, and how to support friends, peers, and family.

This presentation is designed for high school and college students.

Monday, April 26
1-2 p.m.

The Society for Prevention of Teen Suicide will host a discussion, “Taking Care of Ourselves and Friends,” teaching young adults to identify struggles within themselves or friends, warning signs when someone may need help, identifying a trusted adult, finding the words to have tough conversations, and the steps we can take to ask for help and cope with the 2021 world!

This presentation is designed for high school and college students.

Thursday, April 29
7-8:15 p.m.

We will host a screening of the documentary Gateway, a story of how surgery and opioids transformed the lives of three families. After watching the documentary, we will hear from community organizations including the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the RWJBarnabas Health System.

For more information about the film and to watch a trailer, visit

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Join the Counseling Center, in collaboration with St. Francis Counseling Service Sexual Abuse and Assault Prevention Program and Providence House Domestic Violence Services of Catholic Charities, for an empowering discussion on sexual violence prevention and online safety. We’ll talk about ways to use online dating platforms safely, recognizing red flags, and what to do when something doesn’t feel right.

Date: April 22, 2021

This event is free and open to the public. The web link will be provided to registered attendees only.

Contact the Counseling Center at or (732)255-0386 for more information or to register.

The Campus Recovery Network

The Recovery Support Program at OCC is now online via Canvas! Students can self-enroll in “The Campus Recovery Network” for information, resources, virtual support meetings, personal recovery coaching, online discussions, and more.  Self-enroll online!

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Relax and Recharge

Learn new ways to relax, reduce stress, and increase focus! Come, check it out, and give it a try! Join us on Thursdays (1/28 through 5/13) from 11 to 11:30 am on WebEx. *No session during Spring Break.

To sign up and receive WebEx information, please contact the Counseling Center at 732-255-0386 or email at You can also access Relax and Recharge WebEx information on the OCC app under ‘Events’.

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Wellness Workshops

*Join us the first Tuesday of every month from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Library (Bldg. #3), room 017 for a workshop focused on mental health and wellness!

Each month will be centered on a different theme, and will provide education, support and resources in a welcoming group setting.

  • April – Addictions
  • May – Stress Relief
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