College is a time for personal growth and discovery, and young adulthood brings many challenges such as autonomy, identity formation, relationship development, career identification, decision making and life plans. Common issues we address at CAPS include:
- Feeling lonely and depressed
- Improving relationships with family
- Dealing with stress and anxiety
- Feeling comfortable with the opposite sex
- Making meaningful friends
- Concern about eating patterns
- Habits and compulsive behaviors
- Traumatic experiences from the past
CAPS provides services in the following areas:
Students meet for 30 minutes with a counselor to review their concerns and explore options. Using this information we determine which service is best for you. Stop by TSC306 to request an appointment.
Workshops ranging from 1 to 2 hours are open to students and staff who might be interested in learning more about depression, anxiety, life planning, body image and mindfulness. These workshops meet once a week for 1-6 weeks, and focus on skills so each session stands alone and students can attend as many sessions as they desire. Click here to read common topics for workshops. If you are interested in attending contact CAPS at 797-1012 for dates and times.
Counseling may help students with self understanding and relationships with others, effective communication, and appreciation for how personal actions impact life and others. Many students report that discussing their concerns with an objective professional helps them resolve personal problems and develop strategies for better problem solving. In other words, counseling promotes self-reliance.
Students involved in a serious relationship often find it helpful to include partners in counseling. This approach often keeps little problems from becoming big ones, and teaches positive relationship skills - including effective communication, problem solving, and role definition. Difficulties in intimacy, sexuality and personality differences can also be addressed.
Group counseling allows you to explore feelings in a trusting and supportive environment. You can try out new behaviors, improve social/communication skills, and receive feedback from others. Groups can be especially helpful if you feel isolated or concerned about how you relate to others. As you hear others experiences and share yours, you gain support and are able to help other people as well. Click here to read common Topics for groups.
Psychological and Psyco-educational Assessment
CAPS provides evaluation of academic/learning problems with a referral from the Disability Resource Center (DRC). To arrange a psycho-educational assessment, contact the DRC at 797-2444. After an interview with a caseworker, they may refer you to CAPS for assessment. We also provide other types of psychological assessment as needed.
Outreach and Consultative Services
Our outreach programs provide valuable information for students, Faculty, staff and the community. Frequently requested topics include: stress management, depression, anxiety, eating issues/body image, and relationship issues. Our REACH Peers facilitate various screening days on mental health issues throughout the academic year, i.e. Anxiety, Depression, Body Image.
CAPS staff are also available to faculty, staff and students for consulting regarding topics in psychology, concerns about students, and issues affecting the work environment. Please call CAPS at 797-1012 to set up a time or receive more information.
Documentation for Accommodations
In general, CAPS staff only write letters for accommodations or letters documenting emotional/psychological concerns for ongoing clients. Writing a letter is at the discretion of CAPS staff. Any student seeking accomodations and/or a support animal at U.S.U. should visit the Disability Resource Center (DRC).