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Workshops and Groups

September 19, 2022
  • Workshops and groups are open to all enrolled graduate and undergraduate students, so come join us!
  • Missed a workshop? Learn at your own pace by checking out our On Demand Workshops.
  • Trouble accessing a Zoom workshop? Read about logging onto Zoom with your Caltech credentials.
  • 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.

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.

Mindfully Resilient is an 8-week in-person class focused on helping prevent relapse of depression and anxiety. You'll learn to identify your specific triggers for relapse, and will learn the skill of mindful awareness to cope with those triggers when they arise. 

When: Thursdays, 4:00-6:00pm
1) October 6, 2022
2) October 13, 2022
3) October 20, 2022
4) October 27, 2022
5) November 3, 2022
6) November 10, 2022
7) November 17, 2022
8) December 1, 2022

Where: In-person at Student Wellness Services North. This is the house on the corner of California Blvd. and Arden Rd. at 1245 Arden Rd.

Who: Open to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students.

A 30-minute screening appointment is required before being approved to attend. Please call the counseling center at (626) 395-8331 to set one up.

Read more about the Mindfully Resilient Group.

During the workshop, you will learn specific techniques and skills which can be used to improve the quality of your social interactions. This will include:

  • Exploring different social concerns that may impede feeling socially comfortable/confident
  • Discussing and learning ways to manage social anxiety
  • Reviewing different types of social situations
  • The ins and outs of starting, joining, maintaining, and exiting conversations
  • How to handle awkward social moments and more

When: Wednesdays, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
1) October 19, 2022
2) November 2, 2022
3) November 16, 2022
4) November 30, 2022

Where: In-person at Student Wellness Services North. This is the house on the corner of California Blvd. and Arden Rd. at 1245 Arden Rd.

Who: Open to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students.

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

Week 1 - First week of classes, no workshops!

Week 2 - Wednesday, 10/5, 12:00pm - 1:00pm on Zoom
Tackle the Term, with Grace Ho, 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 different ways to view stress and procrastination, how to manage your time and keep a schedule, set goals that help you feel successful, find an ideal place to work, and what to do when your plans fall off track.


Week 2 - Friday, 10/7, 12:00pm - 1:00pm on Zoom
Dealing with Procrastination

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 3 - Wednesday, 10/12, 12:00pm - 1:00pm on Zoom
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 4 - Wednesday, 10/19, 12:00pm - 1:00pm on Zoom
Building Better Habits

Learn how to build meaningful habits that stick! We'll learn about the habit loop, pick out habits that align with your values and identity, and break down habits into their components so you can confidently build your own!


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

Week 6 - Wednesday, 11/2, 12:00pm - 1:00pm on Zoom
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 7 - Monday, 11/7, 12:00pm - 1:00pm on Zoom
ADHD, executive function, and effective self-management strategies with Dr. Sam Valasek


Week 7 - Wednesday, 11/9, 12:00pm - 1:00pm on Zoom
Financial Literacy: Intro to Investing

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!


Week 8 - Wednesday, 11/16, 12:00pm - 1:00pm on Zoom
Attachment theory - How Early Relationships Impact Adult Relationships

Based on David Wallin's book Attachment in Psychotherapy, this 1-hour online workshop will broadly review the book's description of attachment theory, infant attachment styles versus adult attachment styles, the impact adult attachment styles have on relationships, particularly romantic relations, and ways to become more securely attached.

Prior reading of the book is not necessary to join the workshop, but welcome. The facilitator, Dan Szuhay, PsyD at SWS Counseling invites you to submit any questions you may have prior to the workshop that you would like him to address during the workshop; email at dszuhay@caltech.edu.


Week 9 - Monday, 11/21, 12:00pm - 1:00pm on Zoom
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 10 - Last week of classes, no workshops! Good luck on finals!

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.

Mon - Fri
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
1239 Arden Rd.
Mail Code 1-8
Pasadena, California 91125
Health (626) 395-6393 | Counseling (626) 395-8331
(626) 585-1522