Workshops and Groups
All workshops are open to all enrolled graduate or undergraduate students. You'll need to be logged in to Zoom with your caltech.edu address to join. You can also access our archive of previously recorded on-demand workshops.
Weekly Workshops and Groups
Caltech Meditation Mob, with Lee H. Coleman, Ph.D., ABPP
Tuesdays year-round, 12:00 noon - 12:50pm Pacific
The Caltech Meditation Mob is 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.
+1 (669) 900-9128 US, Meeting ID: 941 9763 1287
OT Drop-In Hours
Thursdays, January 14 - March 4, 2021
3:00 - 4:00pm Pacific
Occupational therapy will be holding drop-in hours focused on providing you skills and strategies you can use right away. Come drop by and ask your questions about time management, productivity while working from home, sleep, building healthy habits, and more. No appointment necessary! Open to all students.
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.
The training schedule and signup information is here: https://caltechcares.caltech.edu/training/Caltech-Connect
Winter 2021 Workshops
Week 2 - Friday, 1/15, 12:00 - 12:55 Pacific
Tackle the Term Part 1, with Grace Ho, OTD, OTR/L, and Lee H. Coleman, Ph.D., ABPP
Tackle The Term Part 1 is 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 while you're working from home, decide how best to manage 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.
Week 3 - Wednesday, 1/20, 12:00 - 12:55 Pacific
Getting better sleep, with Grace Ho, 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 3 - Friday, 1/22, 12:00 - 12:55 Pacific
Tackle the Term Part 2 - Next Steps, with Grace Ho, OTD, OTR/L
Tackle the Term: Next Steps is a workshop oriented toward graduate students and covers strategies for scheduling and executing research and open-ended work that takes place over longer periods of time.
Week 4 - Wednesday, 1/27, 12:00 - 12:55 Pacific
Coping with perfectionism, with Adrienne Meier, Ph.D.
Do you have trouble beginning new projects unless you're sure that you'll be successful? Does your work never seem to feel quite good enough to turn in? Aiming for perfection may seem compelling, but it can set us up for repeated failures and never meeting our goals. Come join Dr. Adrienne Meier for this practical and informative workshop on recognizing the signs of perfectionism in your life, and learning what you can do about it.
Week 5 - Wednesday, 2/3, 12:00 - 12:55 Pacific
An introduction to the Getting Things Done system of productivity, with Grace Ho, 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 6 - Wednesday, 2/10, 12:00 - 12:55 Pacific
Breathing techniques for mental/physical health and peak mental/physical performance, with Jan Aura, Ph.D.
Breathing is the most natural thing in the world - and it's also one of the most important tools we have for regulating our nervous system. Come join Dr. Jan Aura for this practical and fun workshop focused on learning various breathing techniques to help achieve more calm and better mental and physical performance.
Week 7 - Wednesday, 2/17, 12:00 - 12:55 Pacific
Parenting during the pandemic, with Jane Tsang, LPCC, and Wendy Lopata, LCSW
The pandemic has been hard on all of us - and particularly on those of us with children. Closed schools, the switch to home learning, a lack of childcare, and trying to maintain your academic responsibilities while also parenting can be overwhelming. Come join Jane Tsang, LPCC and Wendy Lopata, LCSW, for a supportive and practical discussion on the realities of parenting during the pandemic.
Zoom link: https://hipaa-caltech.zoom.us/j/81800726086
Or Telephone: US: +1 669 900 9128, Webinar ID: 818 0072 6086
Week 8 - Wednesday, 2/22, 12:00 - 12:55 Pacific
LLG - How To Be Assertive Without Turning Into The Hulk: Conflict Resolution Skills for Everyone, with Lee H. Coleman, Ph.D., ABPP
Do you find it hard to stand up for yourself? Are you worried that if you say what you really want, you'll burden other people or scare them off? You're not alone; sometimes it's easy to confuse being assertive with being aggressive. In this fun and practical workshop, we'll talk about what being assertive can look like, and how you can practice saying what you want and need more confidently to other people. We'll also focus on conflict resolution skills when what you want doesn't match up cleanly with what someone else wants. Come join us!
Week 8 - Wednesday, 2/24, 12:00 - 12:55 Pacific
Depression hacks: Tips and tricks to manage depressive feelings and thoughts, with John Kim, MFT
Depression hurts. We sometimes think about depression as a mood disorder - but it affects so much more than how we feel. It colors our thoughts in a more negative direction; affects how we view ourselves and others and even makes it hard to get out of bed in the morning sometimes. Come join John Kim, MFT for this workshop focused on learning practical strategies for managing the challenges of depression.
Week 9 - Wednesday 3/3, 12:00 - 12:55 Pacific
Setting SMART goals for your eating and nutrition, with Hazel Ng, Registered Dietitian and lifestyle coach
We've all thought about eating in a healthier manner sometimes, but it can be hard to know how to get started. Come join Registered Dietitian and lifestyle coach Hazel Ng for an informative workshop on how you can use SMART goals and other strategies to make your nutrition goals even more attainable.
Week 10 - Wednesday, 3/10, 12:00 - 12:55 Pacific
Introduction to Mindful Awareness Practices, with Lee H. Coleman, Ph.D., ABPP
There's a lot of hype around mindfulness - so what's it all about? Come join us for this fun and engaging experiential workshop that covers the art and science of mindfulness meditation and mindful awareness practices. It's a great way to stay anchored in the present moment, even when things get stressful.