Workshops and Groups
Drop-In Workshops (No RSVP Required)
- Emotional Well-Being Workshop Series
- Stress Management and Productivity
- Getting Better Sleep Workshop
- Intercultural Discussion Group
- Managing Procrastination Workshop
- Meditation Mob
- Tackle the Term
- Tackle the Term: Next Steps
Groups with Pre-Screening
These groups require a screening appointment with a counselor before attending. Call the Counseling Center at (626) 395-8331 and ask to set up a screening appointment for the group you wish to attend.
Emotional Well-Being Workshop Series
The Emotional Well-Being Workshop Series is a weekly series of workshops held on Wednesdays in the Winter and Spring terms.
All workshops will be held on the top floor of Hameetman Center from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, and free lunch will be served on a first-come basis.
Wednesday, January 22nd - Get Moving With Behavioral Activation!
Dr. Lee Coleman from Counseling Services will talk about how to get moving using Behavioral Activation - a set of evidence-based counseling techniques derived from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy that's 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. This fun and exciting workshop will take place from 12:00 - 1:00 on the top floor of the Hameetman Center. Come join us!
Wednesday, January 29th - Understanding and Coping with ADHD
Dr. Ken Herman will lead this workshop on understanding and coping with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). 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. Come join us!
Wednesday, February 12th - Healthy Sexual Relationships
Dr. Ellen Marie Kwon will be speaking about the relational and physical aspects of great sex - this has been a very popular workshop in the past, and we're delighted that she's joining us again this year. She'll cover such topics as how to tell when sexual behaviors are working for you vs. when they're problematic; how to understand typical sexual responses; negotiating consent; and more. Come join us and bring your questions!
Wednesday, February 19th - Coping with Impostor Syndrome
Feeling like you don't belong? Ever struggle with feeling like your success is just due to luck? You're not alone! This Emotional Well-Being workshop will deal with the phenomenon called impostor syndrome. Come join Dr. Linnea Larson on Wednesday, February 19th to learn more about what it is, what can cause it, and how you can begin dealing with those unhelpful thoughts and feelings. We'll meet on the 2nd floor of Hameetman Center, and free lunch will be provided on a first-come basis. All graduate and undergraduate students are welcome!
Wednesday, February 26th - Resilience in the Face of Stress and Setbacks
Wednesday, March 4th - Mindfulness Meditation for Stress Management
Stress Management and Productivity
Details: Monday, March 2nd, 12:00-1:00pm in the Hameetman Center Conference Room
Understand the underlying mechanisms of stress, how stress may be impacting you, and what you can do to manage your stress to stay motivated and productive. Free lunch will be provided on a first-come basis.
Getting Better Sleep Workshop
Details: Monday, January 27th, 12:00-1:00pm in the Hameetman Center Conference Room
Counseling Services and Occupational Therapy are pleased to offer this 1-hour workshop for people who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. It's open to all enrolled graduate or undergraduate students. For Winter term, we'll meet on Monday, January 27th from 12:00 - 12:50 in the Hameetman Center conference room (2nd floor). Free lunch will be provided on a first-come basis.
Intercultural Discussion Group
Details: Every other Monday starting Week 2, 12:00-1:00pm in the common area of the Center for Student Services on the second floor
Open to all students, Intercultural Discussion Group (IDG) is co-hosted by the International Offices and Counseling Services. Facilitators introduce a new topic each group and encourage students to discuss their perspectives. We meet every other Monday from 12:00 - 1:00 from Week 2 - Week 10 during each academic term. We meet in the common area of the Center for Student Services on the 2nd floor, and free lunch is provided.
Managing Procrastination Workshop
Friday, January 24th, 12:00pm-1:00pm in the Hameetman Conference Room
Friday, February 14th, 12:00pm-1:00pm in the Hameetman Conference Room
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! No signup is necessary - just show up. We'll meet in the Hameetman Center Conference Room on the top floor from 12:00 - 1:00 on Friday, January 24th. The same workshop will repeat Friday, February 14th in the same location. Free lunch will be served on a first-come basis.
- 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.
Details: Tuesdays 12:00pm-12:50pm in the Hameetman Center, Club Room #3
The Meditation Mob is a drop-in mindfulness meditation group open to all graduate and undergraduate students. There's no religious component, and it's appropriate for everyone from newbies to more advanced practitioners. Come join us every Tuesday from 12:00 - 12:50 at the Hameetman Center, Club Room #3 (in the basement).
Tackle the Term
Details: January 10th, 12:00pm-1:00pm in the Hameetman Center Conference Room
Occupational Therapy and Counseling Services are pleased to offer Tackle The Term, 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, decide how best to spend 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. Free lunch is provided on a first-come basis! We'll meet from 12:00 - 1:00 on Friday, January 10th in the Hameetman Center Conference Room on the second floor.
Tackle the Term: Next Steps
Details: January 17th, 12:00pm-1:00pm in the Hameetman Center Conference Room
Tackle the Term: Next Steps is a workshop oriented toward graduate students and covers strategies for tackling research and open-ended work. Free lunch is provided on a first-come basis! We'll meet from 12:00 - 1:00 on Friday, January 17th in the Hameetman Center Conference Room on the second floor.
Groups with Pre-Screening
Interpersonal Process Group
Details: Wednesdays 3:30-5:00pm in the Counseling Conference Room
30-minute orientation required before attending - Call (626) 395-8331
The interpersonal process group is open to currently enrolled graduate students. It's an outstanding opportunity to give and get direct, supportive feedback about your concerns and how you come across to others. Orientation is held twice a term; ask to set up a 30-minute orientation session to find out more information.
Facilitated by Karyn Maczka, LMFT and Lee H. Coleman, Ph.D., ABPP
Mindfully Resilient - Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Details: 8 weeks on Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm, January 16th - March 5th in the Counseling Conference Room
Space is limited to 12.
30-minute pre-screening required - Call (626) 395-8331 or
Contact the group facilitator, Lee H. Coleman, Ph.D., ABPP, at meditate[at]caltech.edu
Counseling Services is pleased to announce Mindfully Resilient, a structured Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy group. It's designed to help reduce the risk for relapse of depression or anxiety, and has an excellent research base. A 30-minute in-person pre-screening meeting is required anytime before the beginning of the group. Any graduate or undergraduate students are welcome to schedule a 30-minute screening appointment by calling (626) 395-8331. The group for Winter term will begin on Thursday, January 16th, and meets from 4:00 - 6:00 on Thursdays for 8 weeks. Space is limited to 12.
Participants should have a history of at least one previous depressive episode or significant episode of anxiety. Students who are currently depressed may possibly still participate if they are able to attend all 8 meetings and meaningfully participate in the curriculum. Contact the group facilitator, Lee H. Coleman, Ph.D., ABPP, at meditate[at]caltech.edu, or call (626) 395-8331.
Thesis Support and Accountability Group
Details: Mondays 3:00-5:00pm starting February 3 - June 15, 2020. We will meet in the Hixon Writing Center Workshop Space in CSS 360. We will meet every other week to check-in for one hour. The space will be available during off weeks as designated writing periods (optional for your use if you need a place to write).
Defending this Spring? Join the Thesis Support and Accountability group! Stay on track, learn strategies for supporting your work, and have a designated space to write!
Interested? Please fill out the form.