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Workshops and Groups for Spring 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.  Groups in italics have already begun and can no longer be joined.

Catalyst section A begins week 3.  It meets Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 on April 19, April 26, and May 3 in room 229, Sherman Fairchild Library.  Pre-screening is required.

Catalyst section B begins week 6.  It meets Mondays from 4:00 - 5:00 on May 8, May 15, and May 22 in room 229, Sherman Fairchild Library.  Pre-screening is required.

Emotion Lab section A meets during week 4.  It's one hour on Wednesday, May 3 from 12:00 - 1:00 in room 229, Sherman Fairchild Library.

Mindfully Resilient (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to reduce depressive relapse) begins week 3 on April 20.  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 began on week 1 and is already underway.  It's one hour on Mondays from 4:00 - 5:00 beginning on April 3, and lasts for 7 weeks.  It's held in the counseling center's conference room.  Pre-screening is required.

Spark (procrastination workshop) section A meets week 4. It's one hour on Friday, April 28 from 12:00 - 1:00 in room 229, Sherman Fairchild Library.

Spark (procrastination workshop) section B meets week 7.  It's one hour on Wednesday, May 17 from 4:00 - 5:00 in room 229, Sherman Fairchild Library.


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.  You'll need to see a counselor at the counseling center for a short appointment first to be referred to the group; just call the front desk at (626) 395-8331 and ask to set up a triage appointment.  Be sure to let the front desk know that you're interested in the Catalyst group.

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.  

Grad Chats

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.

Intercultural Discussion Group

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

Married and Partnered Group

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

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.

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.

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.

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 1-hour 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.

Registering for workshops, classes, and groups

Catalyst, 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.