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Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

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Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the mental health department of Student Health Services, offers a wide array of services along a continuum of intensity for various psychological issues. You are encouraged to be an active participant in your medical and mental health care. Which service is the optimal treatment for you hinges your Individual Assessment. A diagnostic interview is conducted at the initial point of contact.


Referrals to other agencies are made on a case-by-case basis. Referrals flow to and from Redfern Health Center's Medical Services regularly. Student Health Services psychiatrist, physicians and CAPS staff members routinely consult with each other regarding such issues as medication management and continuity of care. There is always a fee associated with psychiatric consultations. 


CAPS maintains a 24-hour on-call service, and staff members serve weeklong rotations. 

Types of Therapy

When appropriate, CAPS offers online treatment for anxiety and depression. These are two distinct series of seven modules that the student can complete from the comfort of their room, one module per week. They then connect online for a weekly, brief videoconferencing sessions with their counselor to check on how they are doing and review their progress. For more information, review the TAO Student Quick Start Guide

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Some students prefer the face-to-face instruction and CAPS offers three types of workshops—for anxiety management, depression and sleep. These are structured workshops where students learn skills and leave the session with plans to practice the skills and attain mastery.

Review a Description of Workshops

The group modality allows us to capitalize on the fact that many of the issues with which college students contend, occur in a social setting; thus, group therapy is an ideal form of therapy. Groups vary in form and content from semester to semester, but include themes such as healthy relationships, grief, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender support, personal growth, eating disorders, survivors of sexual abuse, family of origin issues and depression. They also have a therapeutic yoga group. 

Review a Description of Groups

CAPS provides brief individual counseling services. You may meet with your CAPS therapist one on one, as a couple or within a family unit as determined by the presenting problem. Individual counseling is intended to assist you with a wide variety of concerns. CAPS provides a safe and nonjudgmental environment for you to discuss concerns and discover ways to resolve these concerns and improve academic and social functioning.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is the most intense form of therapy offered by CAPS. It is a broad-based cognitive-behavioral treatment program. This 12-week program requires two-and-a-half hours/week in DBT learning skills class and individual session. The program offers

  • groups skills training (1.5 hours/week);

  • individual psychotherapy (1 hour/week);

  • telephone coaching (brief contacts as needed);

  • therapist consultation team (meets 1 hour/week).


There are four modules that focus on building the following skills:

  • Mindfulness skills

  • Interpersonal effectiveness skills

  • Emotion regulation skills

  • Distress tolerance skills