Whether you’re being bullied or there is a loss of a loved one, talking about it in a safe and open environment helps…that’s exactly what the club has done for me.

- Teen Center & Club member for 6 years

Teen Center/Main Branch

30215 Morning View Drive
Malibu, CA 90265

Admin: 310-457-1400
Front Office: 310-457-2582

Incoming TK – 12th grade

Hours of Operation

School Year Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-6:30pm

Club Holiday Schedule

Summer Hours

  • Incoming TK – 12th grade
  • Mon-Fri: 9:00am – 6:30pm

The goal of the Wellness Center is to provide program and support services that promote healthy social and emotional intelligence, development, well-being, and academic achievement of all youth in the Malibu community.

In 2016, the BGCM’s Wellness Center became the sole entity providing social and emotional support services to Malibu High students. As we continue to expand the program, we are excited to be able to provide support to those who need us the most. Through partnership with SMMUSD, and the Malibu public schools, services are now available to all students enrolled in any Malibu school k-12th. Students do not need to be a Club member to receive services.

The Wellness Center was established based upon a collective concern for a lack of accessible and affordable services available to youth in Malibu. Through creative partnerships and collaborative relationships with engaged community members, we aim to make wellness and counseling services accessible to all, making a positive impact for everyone.

Wellness Cooperative

A dedicated group of professionals in the Mental Health field who volunteer as program advisors working hand in hand with the BGCM’s Director of Social and Emotional Wellness

  • Charlene Underhill-Miller, LMFT, PhD
  • Kate Ross, LMFT
  • Gregg Brock, LMFT
  • Patricia Zarwanitzei, Life Coach
  • Barbara Jean-Carey, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
  • Shuli Lotan, SMMUSD Mental Health Counseling Coordinator, LCSW, PPSC
  • Mayra Herrera, BGCM Director of Social and Emotional Wellness, PCCI
  • Jennifer Johnston-Jones, Ph.D.

Who provides services?

Under the supervision of the BGCM’s Director of Social and Emotional Wellness…

  • Charlene Underhill-Miller, LMFT, PhD
  • Kate Ross, LMFT
  • Gregg Brock, LMFT
  • Patricia Zarwanitzei, Life Coach
  • Barbara Jean-Carey, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
  • Shuli Lotan, SMMUSD Mental Health Counseling Coordinator, LCSW, PPSC
  • Mayra Herrera, BGCM Director of Social and Emotional Wellness, PCCI
  • Jennifer Johnston-Jones, Ph.D.

Models of service:

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Targeted support groups (Divorce, social-skills, anxiety, grief, etc.)
  • Targeted prevention and education groups focusing on healthy lifestyles, decision making and the negative and long term effects of drugs and alcohol while developing a support system and positive coping mechanisms
  • Various workshops for Parents and Staff
  • Life-Coaching approaches
  • Taking a more holistic approach to core BGCA Programing: Interns take an integrative approach to already existing character development programs.
  • Models used by interns include solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness.

What is the referral process?

Through SMMUSD, MSW interns are assigned to Malibu schools to provide individual as well as group counseling. Malibu high school administrators, counselors, as well as Boy & Girls Club professionals send referrals to the Wellness center where they are triaged and assigned to the available interns. Parents and students can learn more about the available services from school administrators and Boys & Girls Clubs staff.

Services and Groups

Summer 2017

  • Individual counseling
  • Confidence Building group for incoming 6th grade students; focus is on preparing students for a smooth transition by promoting good study habits, organizational skills, and how to navigate social challenges in middle school.
  • What’s Next group for college-bound seniors; focus is on preparing students for the transition into higher education, coping with moving away from home, and alleviating anxiety.

Fall 2017/Spring 2018

  • Individual counseling
  • Structured counseling groups will provide support to students dealing with specific challenges at the middle and high school level.
    1. Individual counseling
    2. Structured counseling groups will provide support to students dealing with specific challenges at the middle and high school level.
    3. BGC core programs
  • BGC core programs
    1. Individual counseling
    2. Structured counseling groups will provide support to students dealing with specific challenges at the middle and high school level.
    3. BGC core programs

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Brent’s Club

Brent’s Club is a sober club that is offered to young adults who are in middle school and high school. The club provides incentives for participants to abstain from the use of drugs and alcohol.

Members of the club voluntarily participate in a saliva drug test once a week. Participants who test positive receive private, discreet counseling. Those who stay sober are rewarded with incentives which include educational technological devices (i.e. iPads, laptop computers, etc.), tutoring, and special events.

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Roots & Wings

In partnership with the BGCM’s Wellness Center offers parent education, teacher professional development, peer supervision coordination, and bully prevention programming for free to all Malibu schools.

Roots & Wings also offers one to one therapy sessions to children, one to one parenting to parents, and co-parenting sessions for divorced parents on a sliding-scale basis.