Workshops, Classes, and Groups
Workshops and Groups for Winter 2017:
Find a workshop that interests you, pick a section that works with your schedule, and just show up to those meetings! No pre-registration is necessary unless indicated otherwise. Sessions with a strikethrough are already underway.
Catalyst section A begins week 2. It meets Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 on January 11, January 18, and January 25 in room 229, Sherman Fairchild Library.
Catalyst section B begins week 5. It meets Mondays from 4:00 - 5:00 on January 30, February 6, and February 13 in room 229, Sherman Fairchild Library.
Catalyst section C begins week 8. It meets Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 on February 22, March 1, and March 8 in room 229, Sherman Fairchild Library.
Emotion Lab section A meets during week 4. It's one hour on Monday, January 23 from 12:00 - 1:00 in room 229, Sherman Fairchild Library.
Emotion Lab section B meets during week 7. It's one hour on Friday, February 17 from 12:00 - 1:00 in room 229, Sherman Fairchild Library.
Mindfully Resilient (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to reduce depressive relapse) begins week 2 on January 12. It's two hours on Thursdays from 4:00 - 6:00, and lasts for 8 weeks. It's held in the counseling center's conference room. Pre-screening is required.
Refresh (sleep workshop) meets during week 7. It's one hour on Friday, February 17, from 12:00 - 1:00 in Winnett Lounge (2nd floor). Free lunch will be provided on a first-come basis.
Spark (procrastination workshop) section A meets week 4. It's one hour on Wednesday, January 25 from 12:00 - 1:00 in Winnett Lounge (2nd floor). Free lunch will be provided on a first-come basis.
Spark (procrastination workshop) section B meets week 7. It's one hour on Thursday, February 16 from 12:00 - 1:00 in room 328 (Multimedia room), Sherman Fairchild Library. Please note that this time has been changed from Wed. the 15th to Thurs. the 16th.
Catalyst - learn the skills to cope with stress
Catalyst will help you learn how stress affects your emotions and your thoughts, and how you can cope with stressful experiences without trying to spend time and energy to control or avoid them. There is a special focus on increasing openness to your experiences, and seeing how that can help you focus on what's most important to you.
Emotion Lab - learn how to identify, regulate, and communicate your emotions
If you're interested in learning more about your emotional life, Emotion Lab is a great place to start. This fun and engaging class will help you learn more about the importance of understanding your emotions, how to identify various emotions in yourself and others, how to regulate your emotional state, and how to communicate your emotions effectively to others. We'll use video examples of facial expressions to teach you how to decode nonverbal emotion cues, and we'll even show you how to induce various emotional states in yourself so you can investigate your unique responses.
Meets every other Thursday, 12:00 - 1:00. Please see CCD Calendar to view meeting dates.
This closed and confidential session provides a safe space to address issues of inclusion and equity. Meetings take place in the conference room at the Center for Diversity. Lunch is provided. Facilitated by Dr. Maggie Ateia.
Meets every Monday, 12:00 - 1:00, 2nd floor lounge, Center for Student Services. Open to any international graduate and undergraduate students. No registration necessary.
The Intercultural Discussion Group provides a forum for Caltech students to explore the process of cultural adjustment and relating across cultures, and to discuss how this process can impact relationships here at Caltech. This group is facilitated by the Counseling Center and International Student Programs, and meets every Monday during the academic year from noon to 1:00 at the ISP area in the Center for Student Services. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meets at Center for Diversity room 265A – enter through Erin-Kate’s office) from 12-1pm. Please see CCD Calendar to view meeting dates. No registration necessary.
Open to female-identified graduate students and postdocs who are in committed relationships. Various topics are discussed in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Facilitated by Dr. Charisma Bartlett.
Meditation Mob - a drop-in mindfulness meditation group
Meets every Tuesday, 12:00 - 12:50, first floor of Winnett Student Center, in the small room just off the main lounge. No registration necessary.
The Meditation Mob is a weekly drop-in mindfulness meditation group open to all graduate and undergraduate students.Click here for more information and a complete MP3 archive. Facilitated by Dr. Lee Coleman, a Cerfified Mindfulness Facilitator through the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California Los Angeles.
Mindfully Resilient - protect yourself against depressive relapse
We're delighted to offer this 8-week class focused specifically on protecting against depressive relapse. Drawing from the principles of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), the class focuses on identifying your specific triggers for relapse and making a plan to deal with them. MBCT has an excellent evidence base as an effective treatment to reduce the likelihood of future depressive episodes. We'll focus specifically on how to deal with the problem of rumination - that is, getting caught up in unhelpful patterns of thinking that can drag you back into feeling depressed. The main technique we teach is mindfulness meditation – that is, focusing on your present experience as it is right now, instead of getting caught up in ruminating about the past or the future. The class does not focus on changing one's experiences as much as changing our relationship to our experiences - for instance, learning to see depressive thoughts as thoughts instead of facts that demand a response. Facilitated by Dr. Lee Coleman, a Cerfified Mindfulness Facilitator through the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California Los Angeles.
Refresh - get better sleep
If you're interested in learning how to improve your sleep, how to reduce the risk of insomnia, and how to make sure that you're getting the most out of your sleep, come join us for this 1-hour workshop. We'll go over the current sleep research and will review techniques that you can begin using immediately. Facilitated by Dr. Maggie Ateia.
The Counseling Center will be offering a group designed to help increase your confidence in social situations. Group members will work on building skills through relevant and practical activities, gain peer support, and opportunities to practice new skills to increase confidence. Pre-screening required.
Spark - a class to cope with procrastination and work avoidance
Can't bring yourself to finish that problem set...again? Spending more time watching Netflix than on your work? Come get your motivational spark back with this 3-week workshop. We'll see how procrastination is a way to regulate your emotions, and you'll get practical tools to help keep you focused on what's most important to you.
Mindfully Resilient and the Social Confidence Group 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.