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Workshops and Groups

February 15, 2024
  • 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.

Workshops and Events

When: Thursday, February 8th, 12:00-1:00pm
Where: Hameetman Clubroom 3 (Downstairs)

Counseling Services is excited to offer a workshop on managing anxiety and overwhelm. Come join us to learn tips and strategies to cope with anxiety, manage feeling overwhelmed, and interrupt negative thought cycles. These techniques are useful in addressing challenges in the moment and reducing the long-term impact of stress and anxiety.

Pizza served while supplies last!

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

Week 1 - First week of classes, no workshops!

Week 2 - Wednesday, 1/10, 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, 1/17, 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, 1/24, 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 - Wednesday, 1/31, 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 6 - Thursday, 2/8, 12:00pm - 1:00pm in Hameetman Clubroom 3
Survival Kit for Managing Anxiety and Stress
Note: This workshop is in a different room and day than our usual offerings. Pizza still served!
Counseling Services is excited to offer a workshop on managing anxiety and overwhelm. Come join us to learn tips and strategies to cope with anxiety, manage feeling overwhelmed, and interrupt negative thought cycles. These techniques are useful in addressing challenges in the moment and reducing the long-term impact of stress and anxiety.

Week 7 - Wednesday, 2/14, 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, 2/21, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Understanding and Coping with ADHD with Ken Herman, Ph.D.
Working in a demanding academic environment requires us to pay attention, sometimes for long periods of time. This is often challenging enough, but dealing with attention deficit disorder can make it even harder. Come join Dr. Ken Herman for a discussion of what ADHD is and what it isn't, and how you can take steps towards learning to cope with these difficulties. Sponsored by Student Wellness Services.

Week 9 - Wednesday, 2/28, 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 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.

Winter 2024 Groups

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 - 12:50 pm at Hameetman Club Room 2 (bottom floor).

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

Spring 2024 Groups

Counseling center clinicians will be facilitating a weekly interpersonal process group exclusively for graduate students starting Spring 2024 Term. Unlike a class or a skills-based group, process groups allow the members to lead the discussion and receive feedback from each other while being guided by two therapists.  

  • This group can be valuable in helping you:  
    • Enhance communication effectiveness with others 
    • Strengthen your confidence in creating meaningful relationships 
    • Become more comfortable identifying your emotions  
    • Receive feedback about how you present and engage socially 
    • Practice interpersonal conflict resolution skills 
    • Have a safe & confidential space to process challenges 

When: Thursdays 3:00pm-4:30pm starting Spring Term 2024

Where: Student Wellness Services South Conference Room (1239 Arden Rd.)

Who: Currently enrolled Caltech Graduate Students, brief screening meeting required.  

  • Those who can commit to attending group weekly for at least one academic term.  
  • Those who have previous or current experience in individual or group therapy.  

Please use the Student Health Portal to send a message to the Counseling Center Front Desk and ask to set up a screening appointment. You can also call the Counseling Center at (626) 395-8331 to schedule the meeting. 

  • Are you currently in individual therapy? 
    • If you are currently seeing a therapist at Caltech's Counseling Services, this group should take the place of your individual therapy this term. If you are in therapy with an outside provider, you may choose to continue that concurrently.  

Facilitators for IPG: 

  • Abigail Alido, PsyD (Caltech SWS Staff Clinician) 
  • Karyn Maczka, LMFT (Caltech SWS Staff Clinician) 

Read more about us.

Mon - Fri
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
1239 Arden Rd.
Mail Code 1-8
Pasadena, California 91125
Fax(626) 585-1522