Workshops and Groups

Groups with Pre-Screening

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, Mindfully Resilient, and the Social Confidence Group require a screening appointment with a counselor before attending. Call the Counseling Center at (626) 395-8331 and ask to set up a screening appointment for the group you wish to attend.


Drop-in Workshops

Emotional Well-Being Workshop Series

The Emotional Well-Being Workshop Series is a weekly series of workshops held on Wednesdays in the Winter and Spring terms.

All workshops will be held in Avery Library from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, and free lunch will be served on a first-come basis.

  • April 3: Breathing techniques for emotional self-regulation, Jan Aura, Ph.D.
  • April 24: Cultivating emotional agility and resilience, Mina Grigoryan, Ph.D.
  • Canceled - May 1: Getting healthy sleep, Wendy Lopata, LCSW
  • May 8: How to make friends, Jon Pedersen, Ph.D.
  • May 15: Coping with ADHD, Ken Herman, Ph.D.
  • May 22: I hit my head!  Now what? Dealing with concussions, Adrienne Meier, Ph.D.
  • May 29: Understanding Highly Sensitive People, Mandy Cassil, Ph.D., & Grace Goodman, Ph.D.

Techers of Color: Connection and Discussion for Under-represented Minority Graduate Student and Postdocs

The Center for Diversity and Student Wellness Services are pleased to offer Techers of Color (formerly Grad Chats), a group to provide space for connection and discussion for under-represented minority graduate students and postdocs. Lunch is provided, and no RSVP is necessary - just show up! We meet in the Center for Diversity's conference room, room 257. Facilitated by Charisma Bartlett, Ph.D.

Intercultural Discussion Group

Open to all students, Intercultural Discussion Group (IDG) is co-hosted by the International Offices and Counseling Services. Facilitators introduce a new topic each group and encourage students to discuss their perspectives. We meet Mondays from 12:00 - 1:00 from Week 2 - Week 10 during each academic term.  We meet in the common area of the Center for Student Services on the 2nd floor, and free lunch is provided.

Married and Partnered Women's* Group

The Center for Diversity and Student Wellness Services are pleased to offer the Married and Partnered Women's* Group for Winter term 2019. Join us for a supportive discussion about navigating relationships at the intersection of personal and professional lives. It's open to graduate and postdoc women*. The group is facilitated by Charisma Bartlett, Ph.D., and lunch is provided. We meet at noon in the Center for Diversity Lounge.

*We use an inclusive definition of woman and female, and welcome transwomen, genderqueer women, and non-binary people.

Meditation Mob

The Meditation Mob is a drop-in mindfulness meditation group open to all graduate and undergraduate students. There's no religious component, and it's appropriate for everyone from newbies to more advanced practitioners. Come join us every Tuesday from 12:00 - 12:50 at the Hameetman Center, Club Room #3 (in the basement).

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Procrastination Workshop

Counseling Services is pleased to offer a workshop on coping with procrastination and work avoidance. It's open to all graduate and undergraduate students - come join us! No signup is necessary - just show up. We'll meet in Avery Library from 4:00 - 5:00 on Friday, April 19th. The same workshop will repeat Friday, May 10th in the same location.

  • Learn tools for coping with procrastination and work avoidance;
  • Learn practical, behavioral strategies for responding differently to old habits;
  • Respond differently to unhelpful thoughts like, "I can just get up early and do this tomorrow."; and
  • Sign up for an optional text-based reminder system to keep the lessons from the workshop fresh.

Tackle the Term

Occupational Therapy and Counseling Services are pleased to offer Tackle The Term, a 1-hour workshop for grads and undergrads to help you start the term off right. We'll focus on effective ways to keep a schedule, find an ideal place to work, decide how best to spend your time, and what to do when your plans fall off track. We'll also review some popular apps that can help you stay on top of your work and avoid procrastination. Free lunch is provided on a first-come basis! We'll meet from 12:00 - 1:00 on Friday, April 5th in Avery Library. 

Groups with Pre-Screening

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

Counseling Services is pleased to offer this 4-week therapy group for people who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. It's open to any enrolled graduate or undergraduate student, but a 30-minute in-person pre-screening meeting is required anytime before the start of the group. We'll meet in the Counseling Center's conference room from 4:00 - 5:00 on Wednesdays, April 24th, May 1st, May 8th, and May 15th. Please contact Counseling Services at (626) 395-8331 to set up a 30-minute screening. Facilitated by Dr. Lee Coleman.

Mindfully Resilient: An 8-week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy group to help prevent relapse of depression and anxiety

Counseling Services is pleased to announce Mindfully Resilient, an 8-week structured Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy group. It's designed to help reduce the risk for relapse of depression or anxiety, and has an excellent research base. A 30-minute in-person pre-screening meeting is required anytime before the beginning of the group. Any graduate or undergraduate students are welcome to schedule a 30-minute screening appointment by calling (626) 395-8331. The group for Spring term will begin on Thursday, April 18th, and meets from 4:00 - 6:00 on Thursdays for 8 weeks. Space is limited to 12.  

Participants should have a history of at least one previous depressive episode or significant episode of anxiety. Students who are currently depressed may possibly still participate if they are able to attend all 8 meetings and meaningfully participate in the curriculum. Contact the group facilitator, Lee H. Coleman, Ph.D., ABPP, at meditate[at]caltech.edu, or call (626) 395-8331.

Social Confidence Group

Are you shy and introverted, but want connection with others? Do you find it difficult to initiate or keep a conversation going? 

Counseling Services is pleased to announce the Social Confidence Group for Spring term 2019. This group covers practical skills for making conversation and managing social anxiety, and is open to all graduate and undergraduate students. We will meet for 6 weeks on Mondays, 3:30 - 5:00pm, starting April 15th. A brief screening appointment is required before attending; please call (626) 395-8331 or e-mail the facilitator, Dr. Charisma Bartlett, at Charisma@caltech.edu.