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Emotional Intelligence Toolkit Procrastination WorkshopIntercultural Discussion GroupMarried and Partnered GroupMeditation MobGrad ChatsEmotional Well-Being Workshop SeriesTackle the Term Mindfully ResilientSocial Confidence Group

Drop-in Groups and Workshops:

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Emotional Intelligence Toolkit

Our new skills training group teaches 3 awesome skill sets to improve your emotional well-being.  We'll meet on Mondays from 4:00 - 5:00 in 326 Sherman Fairchild Library.  Come to as many as you like, depending on what you need!

  • Module 1 focuses on improving your emotional awareness.  It's 2 weeks and you should come to both sections.
    • This module meets on Monday, 4/16 and Monday, 4/23 from 4:00 - 5:00. 
  • Module 2 focuses on learning how to think more flexibly about difficult situations.  It's 2 weeks and you should come to both sections.
    • This module meets on Monday, 4/30 and Monday, 5/7 from 4:00 - 5:00. 
  • Module 3 focuses on letting go of unhelpful emotion-driven behaviors, and on coping without avoidance.  It's 2 weeks and you should come to both sections.
    • This module meets on Monday, 5/14 and Monday, 5/21 from 4:00 - 5:00. 

Procrastination Workshop

  • Description: A practical workshop focused on coping with the difficult and unpleasant emotions that can lead to procrastination and work avoidance.
  • Time and date: 4:00 - 5:00 on Friday, 4/20 and again on Friday, 5/11.  
  • Location: Avery library
  • Facilitator: Dr. Lee Coleman
  • Notes: Come to either workshop; there's no need to attend both.  You'll have the chance to sign up for an optional SMS-based service to get one week of text reminders about the strategies we cover in the workshop. 

Intercultural Discussion Group

  • Description: A forum for Caltech students to explore the process of cultural adjustment and relating across cultures, and how this process can impact relationships here at Caltech.
  • Time and date: Every Monday during the academic year from 12:00 - 1:00
  • Location: 2nd floor lounge, Center for Student Services
  • Facilitators: ISP and counseling center staff
  • Notes:  Open to any international graduate and undergraduate students. Lunch is provided. For more information, email

Married and Partnered Group

  • Description: open to female-identified graduate students and postdocs who are in committed relationships.
  • Time and date: Thursdays 12:00 - 1:00
  • Location: Center for Diversity, room 265A
  • Facilitator: Dr. Charisma Bartlett

Meditation Mob

  • Description: A weekly drop-in mindfulness meditation group open to all graduate and undergraduate students. 
  • Time and date: Every Tuesday from 12:00 - 12:50, year-round
  • Location: Study room on the 9th floor of Millikan Library.
  • Facilitator: Dr. Lee Coleman, a Cerfified Mindfulness Facilitator through the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California Los Angeles.
  • NotesClick here for more information and a complete MP3 archive.

Grad Chats

  • Description: A safe space for underrepresented minority students to address issues of inclusion and equity.  Lunch is provided.
  • Time and date: Alternate Thursdays
  • Location: Caltech Center for Diversity
  • Facilitator:  Dr. Charisma Bartlett
  • Notes:  Please see CCD Calendar to view meeting dates.

 Emotional Well-Being Workshop Series

  • Description: The counseling center hosts engaging speakers on a variety of topics on wellness, emotional health, relationships, and more!
  • Location: Avery Library, 12:00 - 12:55 unless otherwise indicated
  • Notes:  Lunch is provided on a first-come basis.
  • Wednesday, April 11th, 2018: Coping with ADHD with Dr. Ken Herman
  • Monday, April 16th, 2018:  Building a Healthy Relationship with Your Advisor with Jen Lum, LMFT
  • Wednesday, April 25th, 2018: Getting healthy sleep with Wendy Lopata, LCSW
  • Wednesday, May 9th, 2018: Stress management with Dr. Lauren Stevenson
  • Wednesday, May 16th, 2018: Introduction to mindfulness with Dr. Lee Coleman

Tackle the Term

  • Description: This fun and practical one-hour workshop gives you the information you need to start each term off strong!  We cover the essentials of keeping a calendar; finding an optimal place to work; making a damage-control plan for when things go wrong; and reviewing apps to help you stay focused and on track.  Lunch is provided on a first-come basis.
  • Time and date:  The first Friday of each term
  • Location: Annenberg 105
  • Facilitators:  Grace Ho, OT and Dr. Lee Coleman 

Groups with a pre-screening requirement:

Connect is a discussion group for students dealing with problematic substance use.  Dates and times TBA; it's held in the counseling center's conference room.  Pre-screening is required.

Mindfully Resilient (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to reduce relapse of depression / anxiety) begins week 2 on October 5th.  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.

Social Confidence Group begins on week 3. It's 90 minutes on Mondays from 3:30 - 5:00 beginning on October 9th, and lasts for 6 weeks.  It's held in the counseling center's conference room.  Pre-screening is required

Mindfully Resilient - protect yourself against relapse of depression and/or anxiety

Pre-screening required.

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 Certified Mindfulness Facilitator through the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California Los Angeles.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

A four-hour group meeting Tuesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 on May 1, 8, 15, and 22 in the Counseling Services group room.  Pre-screening is required; call 395-8331 to set one up.

Social Confidence Group

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.


Registering for workshops, classes, and groups

Mindfully Resilient, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, 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.