CAPS is the University's only facility for personal counseling, psychological testing, outreach and consultation. It provides direct services to students and to spouses or partners of students in conjoint therapy. CAPS operates from a brief-therapy model that allows students 10 hours of individual counseling per semester after the initial interview. Group and conjoint counseling are not time-limited. For individual counseling sessions beyond the 10-session limit and for most testing services, CAPS charges modest fees.
Staff members provide a variety of services to a diverse student population that range from individual psychotherapy to assessing students for learning disorders. Presenting problems range from mild personal difficulties to acute psychiatric conditions and long-term dysfunctions. CAPS maintains a 24-hour on-call service, and staff members serve weeklong rotations.
Services available to students include individual counseling; group counseling; couples counseling; and personality, learning disorder and ADHD assessment. The staff holds regular case conferences to consult on cases that might need more extensive treatment and to make recommendations concerning referrals to community resources. Groups vary in form and content from semester to semester, but are usually centered on themes such as eating disorders, survivors of sexual abuse, relationship issues, family of origin issues and depression.
Referrals to other agencies are made on a case-by-case basis. Referrals flow to and from Redfern Health Center's Medical Services regularly. Redfern physicians and CAPS staff members routinely consult with each other regarding such issues as medication management and continuity of care. Staff members often assist in Health Education peer health educator training and in the programs Health Education sponsors.
As a part of the developmental and preventive emphasis of the center, the staff is committed to providing consultation services and outreach to the campus community. Recent and continuing consultation sites include the School of Engineering, Honors College, Student Athlete Enrichment Program, Police Department, School of Agriculture, Language Department and Campus Housing.