Workshops and Groups

Groups with Pre-Screening

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, Connect, 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 Intelligence Toolkit

Emotional Intelligence Toolkit #1:  Identifying Your Emotions

Counseling Services is pleased to announce the first module in the Emotional Intelligence Toolkit workshop series.  You can take it on its own, or take all 3 workshops in the series!  This fun and practical workshop will focus on increasing your awareness of how common emotional experiences often manifest themselves in our lives, and how you can infer your current emotional state based on bodily and facial cues.  It's open to all graduate and undergraduate students - come join us!

Date: Monday, October 22nd
Time:  4:00 - 5:00
Location:  Avery Library

Emotional Intelligence Toolkit #2: Open-Mindedness and Flexible Thinking

Counseling Services is pleased to announce the second module in the Emotional Intelligence Toolkit workshop series.  You can take it on its own, or take all 3 workshops in the series!  This fun and practical workshop will focus on increasing your awareness of your automatic thoughts and responses to difficult situations.  You'll also learn how to respond more flexibly to unhelpful thoughts instead of falling into unhelpful patterns of thinking.  It's open to all graduate and undergraduate students - come join us!

Date: Monday, October 29th
Time:  4:00 - 5:00
Location:  Avery Library

Emotional Intelligence Toolkit #3: Coping Without Avoidance workshop

Counseling Services is pleased to announce the third module in the Emotional Intelligence Toolkit workshop series.  You can take it on its own, or take all 3 workshops in the series!  This fun and practical workshop will focus on how you can tolerate difficult emotional experiences without falling into avoidance such as denial, procrastination, or unhelpful distraction.  It's open to all graduate and undergraduate students - come join us!

Date: Monday, November 5th
Time:  4:00 - 5:00
Location:  Avery Library

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.  The schedule will be posted mid-Fall term.

Grad Chats

Grad Chats: Connection and Discussion for Under-represented Minority Graduate Student and Postdocs

The Center for Diversity and Student Wellness Services are pleased to offer 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.  We meet at noon on October 11th & 25th, November 8th, and December 6th  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.  The group meets weekly during each academic term, beginning week two through week ten.  Facilitators introduce a new topic each group and encourage students to discuss their perspectives.  We meet Mondays from 12:00 - 1:00 PM 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 Fall term 2018.  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 on October 18, November 15th, and December 13th 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 in the study room on the 9th floor of Millikan library!

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 326 Sherman Fairchild Library from 4:00 - 5:00 on Friday, October 19th.  The same workshop will repeat Friday, November 9th 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 - 12:55  on Friday, October 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 Tuesdays, October 23rd, October 30th, November 6th, and November 13th.  Please contact Counseling Services at (626) 395-8331 to set up a 30-minute screening.  Facilitated by Dr. Lee Coleman.

Connect

More information soon!

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 395-8331.  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

Counseling Services is pleased to announce the Social Confidence Group for Fall term 2018.  It's a 6-week group meeting on Mondays, 3:30 - 5:00 from October 15th - November 19th, and it's open to all graduate and undergraduate students.  The group covers practical skills for making conversation and managing social anxiety.  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.