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For Faculty and Staff



If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of harm to self or others, contact emergency services and get help – call 911 or the Clemson University Police Department at 864-656-2222.

An after-hours Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) counselor can be reached by calling the Clemson University Police Department at 864-656-2222 and asking for the CAPS on-call counselor.

In addition to serving students, the professional staff of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides support and consultation to faculty and staff groups in the performance of their duties. This service will be tailored to the identified needs for the group.

  • Support/Debriefing Group Sessions: Counselor-facilitated discussion of personal reactions to pandemic with emphasis on self-care and solution-focused interventions. Emphasis on giving and accepting support. Participants may choose the extent of self-disclosures.
  • Instructional/Experiential Group Presentations: Primarily psychoeducational presentations to address common responses to the pandemic with an emphasis on effective coping skills. These can be brief, 10-15 minutes or longer, as desired by the group. Frequently, these presentations are on stress management and mindfulness practices. A presentation can easily be integrated into regular staff meetings.

CAPS clinicians will write a letter of support when it is determined that the situation has relevancy for the student’s role and academic performance. When writing these letters, the clinician will have obtained corroborating evidence of the student’s situation. Often, a student will have specific request to the faculty. The final decision will remain with the faculty member. Reasons for letters of support/consideration may include at least one of the following conditions:

  1. To verify that the student has accessed CAPS services.
  2. To confirm that a student is indeed experiencing a psychological issue.
  3. To request a time-limited consideration. (Typically for a single time or for a period of no more than two weeks.)
  4. The student is experiencing an exacerbation of symptoms and wants to notify the professor even when accommodations are in place.
  5. A student is experiencing a crisis and wants CAPS to verify this acute experience.

Letters of support are send to faculty in one of two ways ONLY:

  1. Hand-delivered by the student to the faculty in a sealed envelope with the clinician’s signature over the seal. Letter will be in original CAPS stationery with original signature.
  2. Sent via encrypted email to the professor by the CAPS clinician.

CAPS does not write letters of accommodations. CAPS' role in requests for accommodations is limited to submitting the qualifying information to Student Accessibility Services (SAS). SAS in turn, makes the final determination and provides the Letter of Accommodation to the faculty.

Faculty and staff have access to the self-help option of Therapy Assistance Online (TAO). Set up a TAO account with your Clemson email account and benefit from this platform of tools and educational modules.There are 9 TAO treatments (or pathways) to assist you in addressing commonly experienced issues such as depression and anxiety. You may self-select which pathway is of interest to you, or you may take the screening tool to assist in determining your need. You will be the judge of your progress as you increase your effectiveness in living and you may see this objectively in the self-assessment tools. The Mindfulness Library useful, brief videos to guide your mindfulness practice. You may also access TAO through the companion phone app.


CAPS clinical services are primarily for students, and faculty and staff are referred to the Employee Assistance Program offered through the Office of Human Resources. CAPS can assist with referrals to off campus mental health providers.

Developed at Duke University, Koru Mindfulness is an evidence-based program specifically designed for teaching mindfulness and meditation as a way to manage stress and reduce anxiety. You will learn specific skills that help calm and focus your mind, including breathing exercises, guided imagery, body scan and more.

If you have to miss class, don’t cancel; consider requesting our 50-minute health and well-being module. In this presentation, we approach health holistically, with a key emphasis on the integration amongst nutrition, mental health and resilience.