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Workshops and Groups

September 11, 2023
  • Workshops and groups are open to all enrolled graduate and undergraduate students, so come join us!
  • Want to request a custom workshop? We'd be happy to collaborate on a program for your group or department! Please call (626) 395-8331 to get in touch with our office.


All workshops are at the Hameetman Center 2nd Floor Conference Room.

Week 1 - First week of classes, no workshops!

Week 2 - Wednesday, 10/4, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Tackle the Term, with Grace Wong, OTD, OTR/L, and Lee H. Coleman, Ph.D., ABPP
Tackle The Term is a 1-hour workshop for grads and undergrads to help you start the term off right. We'll talk about how to get organized, set goals that help you feel successful, leverage stress to your advantage, find an ideal place to work, and what to do when your plans fall off track.

Week 3 - Wednesday, 10/11, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Getting Better Sleep, with Grace Wong, OTD, OTR/L, and Lee H. Coleman, Ph.D., ABPP
This 1-hour workshop is perfect for people who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. We'll cover strategies for managing insomnia, changing your sleep schedule, and dealing with worries that might keep you up at night.

Week 4 - Wednesday, 10/18, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dealing with Procrastination with Lee H. Coleman, Ph.D., ABPP
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!

  • 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."

Week 5 - Midterms, good luck! Workshops will resume next week!

Week 6 - Wednesday, 11/1, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
An introduction to the Getting Things Done system of productivity, with Grace Wong, OTD, OTR/L, and Lee H. Coleman, Ph.D., ABPP
Getting Things Done (GTD) is a popular system developed by David Allen for structuring your work at both the big-picture level and at the level of your daily responsibilities. It's an effective way to get your work out of your mind and into a trusted system that shows you only what you can handle right now. Come join us for this fun and engaging informal overview of the GTD system. Please come ready to take notes and jump right in! *This workshop and the presenters are not affiliated in any way with Getting Things Done, David Allen, or the David Allen Company.

Week 7 - Wednesday, 11/8, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Behavioral Activation with Lee H. Coleman, Ph.D., ABPP
Behavioral Activation is a set of evidence-based techniques derived from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. This approach is useful in getting ourselves to take effective action even when we don't feel like it. These techniques are useful when dealing with the paralysis that depression and anxiety can cause - or even if you're just feeling stuck and unsure how to start a task.

Week 8 - Wednesday, 11/15, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Fighting Imposter Syndrome, with Abigail Alido, PsyD.

This workshop is for grad students and undergrads to help overcome feelings of imposter syndrome and self-doubt. Join us to learn strategies to quiet your inner critic, embrace your accomplishments, and increase self-confidence.

Week 9 - Wednesday, 11/22, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Building Better Habits with Grace Wong, OTD, OTR/L
You've probably heard that it's important to build healthy habits - but what does that mean anyway? Join us and learn about the components of a habit, how to choose a habit that matters to you, and how to build ones that last!

Week 10 - Last week of classes, no workshops! Good luck on finals!

Occupational therapy will be offering workshops at the Catalinas on a rolling sign-up basis. When 3 or more people have signed up for a given topic, you will receive an email to coordinate the workshop date and time. Workshops will take place at the Central Cats Rec Room (350 S Catalina). Use the Google Form below to indicate your interest.

Sign up for a workshop

Financial Literacy: Budgeting (~45 minutes)

Budgeting isn't just about cutting back and skipping your favorite latte! In this workshop, we'll cover what it means to use your budget to build the life you want to have. Bring your laptops and get started on building your own budget in session.

Financial Literacy: Investing (~60 minutes)

When it comes to personal finance, the sheer amount of information available can be overwhelming and it can be easy to get stuck in decision paralysis. In this workshop, we will cover the basics of investing for retirement. Walk away with concrete steps and resources to start on right after the workshop!

Getting Organized: Deep Dive & how to retain what you're learning (~60 minutes)

Bring your laptops so you can get a jump start on these strategies! In this workshop, we'll explore more thorough ways of collecting and organizing your tasks and knowledge. We'll cover an introduction to David Allen's Getting Things Done and explore some useful programs for organizing information. We'll also talk about how to get the most out of learning and retaining what you read.

Getting Better Sleep (~60 minutes)

Learn about how sleep works and how to best craft your routines to feel well-rested and focused during the day. Bring your questions and get a handle on your sleep schedule!

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 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.

View the training schedule and sign-up information.


We're a drop-in mindfulness meditation group open to all Caltech students. No previous experience is required; we offer techniques that are appropriate for everyone from newbies to more experienced meditators. There's no religious component: We offer secular practices that are, whenever possible, based in research.

We meet every Tuesday from 12:00-12:50pm via Zoom; you'll need to be logged into Zoom with your Caltech credentials to join.

+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose), Meeting ID: 941 9763 1287

Learn more about the Meditation Mob and view the mp3 archive.

Mon - Fri
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
1239 Arden Rd.
Mail Code 1-8
Pasadena, California 91125
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