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Support Groups


“Get Connected” events at Parents Helping Parents are organized to provide a space for parents of children with special needs, age five and under, to come together and share our many joys and challenges. There is a topic for each event, but the goal is primarily to bring families together, and that can be with or without children present. Please call PHP at 543-3277, or e-mail for more information and to reserve a spot.
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The heartache of loss and the burden of serious illness is often eased by participation in a caring, supportive environment and the opportunity to join in sharing with others. All groups are facilitated by trained Hospice of SLO County leaders. Exchanging coping information and expressing the feelings that comes in anticipating or coping with a death or illness helps in promoting healing. Hospice of San Luis Obispo County offers support groups free of charge to interested community members. Note: please arrive 10 minutes early if it’s your first meeting.
For a listing of support groups:
CONTACT:  The Counseling Program Coordinator can be reached @ 544-2266 or 434-1164

San Luis Obispo Support Groups
General Grief Support Group (for those grieving the loss of a partner/spouse, child, friend, etc.): Tuesdays, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Spouse/Partner Loss Support Group: Thursdays, 11:30am-1:00pm
Under 60 Spouse/Partner Loss Support Group: Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00pm
Survivors of Suicide (for those left behind): last Wednesday of the month, 5:30pm-7:00pm (pre-register)
Caregiver Support Group (caregivers of a parent, friend, relative, or spouse): every other Friday, 2:30-4:00
SLO Support Groups meet at Hospice of SLO County, 1304 Pacific St., San Luis Obispo

South County Support Groups
General Bereavement Support Group: Tuesdays, 10:45 am–12:15 pm
Spouse/Partner Loss Support: Thursdays, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
South County Support Groups meet at New Life Church, 990 James Way, Pismo Beach

North County Support Groups:
Spouse/Partner Loss Group and General Bereavement Group-call if interested: (805) 226 5641
Bereaved Parents Support Group: Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00pm, 517 13th Street, Paso Robles
Bereaved Parent Support Group

K.E.Y.S. Program

K.E.Y.S. (Keeping Every Youth Sober) is a youth support class providing education in the area of substance abuse, causes, effects and consequences

Offered through Lifestyles Recovery Center this group welcomes teens ages 13 to 17.

When: Tuesdays at 4pm
Where: 715 24th Street, Suite P, Paso Robles

The tuition starts at $60.00 for up to twelve sessions. The Paso Robles Unified School District will assist with the the tuition cost for students at Flamson Middle School, Paso Robles High School, and Chalk Mountain. This is an excellent opportunity for our youth to receive professional teaching along with quality material.

If you have potential students please call:
Karolyn London (805) 238-2290 or (805) 286-6331.

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Parenting Sober Support Group

Open forum meeting for parents at any stage of recovery who want to get a grip on parenting & stay sober in the process! This group is designed to align solid parenting foundation principles and tools with 12-step principles so that parents can begin to enjoy both living sober and parenting successfully.

Dates: Saturdays, 9/9, 10/7, 11/4, 12/2  
10:30am – 12pm
Thursdays, 9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 12/14 
5:30pm – 7pm

Location: Build Your Nest Coaching, 6613-B Bay Laurel Place Avila Beach, CA 93424 (in Avila Village)

Facilitator: Cindy DuSair, CPC, ELI-MP, Positive Discipline Parent Educator

Contact: 805-550-5865. Groups are offered at no cost and are drop-in. Snacks and coffee/tea are provided.

Sponsored through SLCUSD Adult School and Parent Connection of San Luis Obispo County


The TMHA Wellness Centers in Arroyo Grande and Atascadero are happy to announce their collaboration with NAMI to offer a Family Support Group for friends and families in the South County and North County. Everyone is welcome, so even if you have not taken the Family-to-Family course with NAMI, please come and bring friends or other family members who interact with your loved one.


TMHA’s Wellness Centers with locations in San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, and Atascadero offer person-centered, recovery-based supports designed for life enrichment, personal development, peer support, community resources, recovery education, social skill development, and various wellness workshops.
Supports provided by the TMHA Wellness Centers are gauged for multiple age groups, and various cultures with focus upon, community connection, wellness, recovery, advocacy, independence and empowerment.
For a calendar of support groups and services, click on the link below and scroll down to “T-MHA Wellness Centers”

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For more information regarding the TMHA Wellness Centers or if you would like to be added to the email distribution list please contact the Program Manager, Meghan Madsen at

New Directions for Kids

An Occupational Therapy and Learning Resource Center in Arroyo Grande, California.

New Directions for Kids serves children individually and in groups from infancy through adolescence. We are dedicated to providing a comprehensive Occupational Therapy program for young people with developmental delays, sensory processing disorders, or other learning challenges.

We are located at 191 South Oak Park Blvd., Unit #9, Grover Beach, CA 93433. Please contact us for a consultation and to visit our facility.

We can be reached at:
Phone (805) 474-6811
Fax (805) 668-2290
​Please visit our website at​


This unique bereavement support group provides friendship and support to those who have experienced the loss of a child of any age (including a lost pregnancy). The group is organized & led by parents who they themselves have lost a child.
Monthly groups: Groups meet in Santa Maria and Atascadero. Call for day and time.
Information: Susan Moran, R.N. at (805) 466-0294


Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center Support Groups
For parents/caregivers of children on the autism spectrum, sponsored by Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center (CCASC).  No childcare provided.

North County: Meets on the 3rd Friday of the month in January/March/May/July/September/November, 7 to 9pm, at the Hampton Inn, 212 Alexa Court, Paso Robles.  For more information contact Becky at 805-471-1354 or

SLO: Meets on the 3rd Friday of the month in February/call for meeting date in April/June/August/October/December, 6:30 to 9pm, at the CCASC Office, 75 Higuera Street, Ste. 110, San Luis Obispo. For more information contact Trisha or Dave at  805-270-3443 or

Five Cities: Meets on last Friday of EVERY month (call for dates in October/November/December), 6:30 to 9pm, at the Arroyo Grande Hospital Annex, 345 S. Halcyon Rd., Arroyo Grande. For more information contact Trisha or Dave at  805-270-3443 or

South County Autism Parent Support Group:
Serving San Luis Obispo, Avila Beach, Shell Beach, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande, Oceano, Nipomo and Santa Maria.
Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of each month, from 12:00-1:30p.m., in Grover Beach
Contact Leslie @ (805) 541-7908 or, to R.S.V.P.