Scope of Services

CAPS strives to meet as many of our students’ mental health needs as we can.  Our clinical staff is committed to offering every student an assessment to determine the best treatment options for them.  As part of the assessment, given the high demand for services experienced here and at university counseling centers across the nation, we determine which students will best benefit from services within our office and which students would be better served by other resources on campus or in the community.  Assistance is provided, as requested or needed, to help students secure referral options outside of CAPS when that is indicated.

In order to best meet the demand for services which at times may exceed capacity, CAPS operates according to a short-term treatment model in which the student and the clinician collaboratively address the student’s primary concerns in a time-efficient manner. Some of these services are individual in nature and some are in a group format.  

Our direct clinical services include:

  • Evaluations for treatment needs
  • Group Therapy
  • Workshops
  • Short-term individual therapy 
  • Short-term psychiatric medication evaluations and follow-up treatment
  • After-hours emergency consultations
  • Referrals to outside providers and to higher levels of care (e.g., partial hospitalization programs and inpatient services)
  • Medical Leave of Absence recommendations
  • Emergency consultations for students studying abroad/remotely

Community referrals are appropriate when long-term care is needed or when the nature of the needed services goes beyond the scope of what CAPS can offer.  Some examples of clinical issues that will likely be addressed through a community referral include, but are not limited to:

  • Long-term therapy
  • Ongoing therapy twice a week or more
  • Need for a specialist or specialized care
  • Need for intensive outpatient treatment programs, inpatient care, or residential treatment
  • Students who are exclusively interested in psychiatric services (i.e. the provision of psychotropic medication) and are not seeking concurrent counseling assistance
  • Evaluations for employment, the courts, for attorneys, or for police-related alcohol arrests
  • Neuropsychological testing and ADHD testing
  • Treatment of students while they are on leave
  • Recommendations for service and emotional support animals
  • Presence of an ongoing treatment relationship with another mental health provider
  • Teletherapy (ongoing counseling by telephone or video chat)


Full-time students are eligible for all services at CAPS, such as evaluations, consultations, individual, couples, group psychotherapy and referral services.  Part-time students are eligible for evaluations, consultations, and referral services, but not on-going services.  Faculty and staff are eligible for consultations and referral services.  The general public, including individuals unaffiliated with the university, can contact CAPS for general information about treatment, psychological issues and community resources.

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