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Workshops and Groups

Groups with Pre-Screening

These groups 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.


Caltech Connect

Caltech Connect training is a 2-hour interactive experience designed to give participants practical skills for having supportive conversations and making referrals to resources for those in crisis. Caltech Connect training is based on the Campus Connect program developed by Syracuse University. While a substantial portion of the training is dedicated to suicide prevention and statistics related to the mental health of college students, the skills presented are applicable to a wide range of concerns.

Facilitators work with participants to enable role-play within a safe and contained environment. Caltech Connect is highly interactive, as participants engage in multiple exercises throughout the training to increase both their skills and awareness concerning the emotional intensity of responding to suicidal college students. The training culminates with a role play, in which participants are given the opportunity to practice the skills they are taught during the course of the training.

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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course (typically taught in two 4-hour blocks, one week apart) that focuses on helping someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify the signs and symptoms of common mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, addiction, psychosis, and trauma. This class does not train you to be a therapist, but you will learn how to have supportive conversations and refer individuals of concern to appropriate resources.

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Drop-in Workshops

Tackle the Term

Details: October 4th, 12:00pm-1:00pm in the Hameetman Center Conference Room

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, October 4th in the Hameetman Center Conference Room on the second floor.

Managing Procrastination Workshop

Details:
October 25th, 12:00pm-1:00pm in the Hameetman Conference Room
November 15th,
12:00pm-1:00pm in the Hameetman Conference Room

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 the Hameetman Center Conference Room on the top floor from 12:00 - 1:00 on Friday, October 25th. The same workshop will repeat Friday, November 15th in the same location.  Free lunch will be served on a first-come basis.

  • 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.

Getting Better Sleep Workshop

Details: October 21st, 12:00-1:00pm in the Hameetman Conference Room

Counseling Services and Occupational Therapy are pleased to offer this 1-hour workshop for people who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. It's open to all enrolled graduate or undergraduate students.  For Fall term, we'll meet on Monday, October 21st from 12:00 - 12:50 in the Hameetman Center conference room (2nd floor).  Free lunch will be provided on a first-come basis.

Imposter Syndrome Workshop

Details: November 8th, 12:00-1:00pm in the Hameetman Conference Room. Free lunch will be provided on a first-come basis.

Feeling like you don't belong? You do - and you're not alone! Come learn more about imposter syndrome and how you can deal with it!

Social Confidence (Without Liquid Courage)

Details: November 11th, 12:00-1:00pm in the Hameetman Conference Room. Free lunch will be provided on a first-come basis.

Intercultural Discussion Group

Details: Every other Monday starting Week 2, 12:00-1:00pm in the common area of the Center for Student Services on the second floor

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 every other Monday 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.

Meditation Mob

Details: Tuesdays 12:00pm-12:50pm in the Hameetman Center, Club Room #3

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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Caregiver's Support Group

More information coming soon!

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 on the top floor of Hameetman Center from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, and free lunch will be served on a first-come basis.

  • January - 15th, 22nd, 29th

  • February - 12th, 19th, 26th

  • March - 4th, 11th

  • April - 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

  • May - 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

Groups with Pre-Screening

Interpersonal Process Group

Details: Wednesdays 3:30-5:00pm starting October 23rd in the Counseling Conference Room
30-minute pre-screening required - Call (626) 395-8331

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

Details: 6 weeks on Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm, starting October 24th in the Counseling Conference Room
Space is limited to 12.

30-minute pre-screening required - Call (626) 395-8331 or
Contact the group facilitator, Lee H. Coleman, Ph.D., ABPP, at meditate[at]caltech.edu,

Counseling Services is pleased to announce Mindfully Resilient, a 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 Fall term will begin on Thursday, October 24th, and meets from 4:00 - 6:00 on Thursdays for 6 weeks; please note that this term's group will be a slightly abbreviated version of the usual 8-week program. 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.

Thesis Support and Accountability Group

Defending this Spring? Join the thesis support and accountability group! Stay on track, learn strategies for supporting your work, and have a designated space to write!

Details: Mondays 3:00-5:00pm February 3 - June 15, 2020
The group will meet once every two weeks for discussion and check-in. Remaining time and alternate weeks will be available as a focused writing space.

Interested? Please fill out the form.