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Workshops and Groups for Fall 2017

Drop-in Groups and Workshops:

Find a workshop that interests you, pick a section that works with your schedule, and just show up!

Emotional Well-Being Workshop Series

  • Description: The counseling center hosts engaging speakers on a variety of topics on wellness, emotional health, relationships, and more!
  • Time and date: TBA
  • Location: TBA
  • Facilitator: Varies
  • Notes:  Lunch is provided on a first-come basis. 

Grad Chats

  • Description: A safe space for underrepresented minority students to address issues of inclusion and equity.  Lunch is provided
  • Time and date: TBA
  • Location: TBA
  • Facilitator:  TBA
  • Notes:  Please see CCD Calendar to view meeting dates.

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 isp@caltech.edu.

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 on 10/26, 11/30, and 12/14
  • 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.

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: 12:00 - 1:00 on Friday, 10/13 and again on Friday, 11/3.  
  • Location: 326 Sherman Fairchild Library
  • Facilitator: Dr. Lee Coleman
  • Notes: Come to either workshop; there's no need to attend both.

Refresh, our workshop on getting better sleep, will meet once this term.  Date and location TBA.

Refresh

  • Description: We'll focus on how you can improve your sleep,reduce the risk of insomnia, and make sure that you're getting the most out of your sleep
  • Time and date: TBA
  • Location: TBA
  • Facilitator: TBA
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Our new Skills Training Group teaches 3 skill sets to improve your emotional well-being.  We'll meet on Mondays from 12:00 - 1:00.  Location TBA.  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, 10/9 and Monday, 10/16 from 12:00 - 1:00. 
  • 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, 10/23 and Monday, 10/30 from 12:00 - 1:00. 
  • 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, 11/6 and Monday, 11/13 from 12:00 - 1:00. 

 

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Tackle the Term meets on the first Friday of the term, September 29th, from 12:00 - 12:55.  Location TBA.

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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.

 

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

 

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 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.