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Workshops and Groups

October 04, 2021

All workshops are open to all enrolled graduate or undergraduate students. You'll need to be logged in to Zoom with your address to join. You can also access our archive of previously recorded on-demand workshops.

Trouble accessing a workshop? Click to read instructions on logging onto Zoom with your Caltech credentials.

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

Mindfully Resilient MBCT Group Fall 2021

Mindfully Resilient is an 8-week class (7 weeks for Fall 2021) 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. This class is based on a well-researched form of therapy called Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). The facilitator will be happy to talk with you about the research on MBCT during the screening.

Read more here.

DBT Skills Group Fall 2021

The Fall 2021 DBT skills group is a 6-week in-person group that will teach you 4 important skills: Emotion regulation (dealing with intense emotions); coping with emotional crises or feeling overwhelmed; managing your relationships effectively; and staying focused on the present with mindful awareness.

Read more here.

Caltech Connect

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:

Fall 2021 Workshops

Week 1 - Friday, 10/1, 12:00 - 1:00 Pacific
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.

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Week 2 - Friday, 10/8, 12:00 - 1:00 Pacific
Building Better Habits

This workshop will start with a short introduction to occupational therapy services on campus and then we'll cover one of our favorite topics: building meaningful behavior change through habits. Join us and learn about how to build habits that align with your values.

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Week 3 - Wednesday, 10/13, 12:00 - 1:00 Pacific
Caltech Back Together: Getting Used to Being Around Others Again, and Dealing With Grief from the Pandemic

We've all been touched in different ways by the pandemic, and coming back to in-person instruction can bring up difficult emotions. Whether it's the discomfort of being around others after months of social distancing, or whether it's the unpleasant reminders of what we lost during the pandemic, we're all carrying more of an emotional load than usual.  Come join Lee Coleman from Counseling Services for this engaging workshop on navigating these difficult emotions with compassion for ourselves and our colleagues.

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Week 4 - Wednesday, 10/20, 12:00 - 1:00 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.

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Week 5 - Wednesday, 10/27, 12:00 - 1:00 Pacific
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."; and
  • Sign up for an optional text-based reminder system to keep the lessons from the workshop fresh.

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Week 6 - Wednesday, 11/3, 12:00 - 1:00 Pacific
Financial Literacy #1: Budgeting

Budgeting shouldn't be miserable - it's not about spending as little as possible! In this workshop, we will learn how to budget in a way that allows you to spend freely while remaining flexible to changes in life. Walk away with concrete steps and resources to start on right after the workshop!

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Week 7 - Wednesday, 11/10, 12:00 - 1:00 Pacific
Financial Literacy #2: 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 get a grasp on the basics of investing for retirement. Walk away with concrete steps and resources to start on right after the workshop!

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Week 8 - Wednesday, 11/17, 12:00 - 1:00 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.

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Mon - Fri
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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