Counseling and Psychological Services
Harrison Brown "Tersh" Smith Jr. Memorial
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
The staff at CAPS recognizes that the integration of healthy emotional and psychological functioning within the broader context of the developing self is a vital element of the university experience. We therefore strive to support the mission of the Department of Student Health by facilitating the ongoing psychological adjustment of students who will eventually progress into their adult lives as stable and effective individuals.
CAPS endeavors to achieve this mission by:
- Providing a welcoming environment for all students through awareness of the diverse needs and backgrounds of the university community.
- Providing assessment and brief to moderate length individual and group psychotherapy to students experiencing psychological difficulties that are interfering with their ability to successfully function within the university environment.
- Providing psychiatric evaluation and the prescription of psychotropic medication where indicated.
- Providing referral to community and private practice mental health services when such is determined to be a more appropriate option than CAPS treatment.
- Providing round-the-clock crisis intervention and consultation with particular emphasis upon prevention of suicide and other self-injurious behaviors.
- Providing consultation to university administrators, faculty and staff pertaining to student mental-health issues.
- Promoting healthy psychological adjustment through an integrated continuum of prevention-oriented activities including web-based information, publications and psychoeducational presentations and workshops for the university community.
In support of CAPS’ mission, significant focus is also given to professional training and education. CAPS provides a pre-doctoral internship program accredited by the American Psychological Association. Additionally, training and supervision are regularly provided to psychiatric residents, social work interns and psychology practicum students. CAPS also strives to support professional staff and/or trainees’ research interests when such are congruent with the CAPS’ stated mission.