USU students with access to a campus are eligible for CAPS mental health services. Most services are free to qualified students, confidential, and not part of your academic or university records. Our staff is committed to meeting the needs of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including differences of culture, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, ability, and sexual orientation. We adhere to policies of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination.
How It Works
CAPS typically provides short-term, goal-oriented therapy (6-8 sessions). In general, individual therapy at CAPS is not recommended for students seeking and/or needing intensive or long-term treatment.
For students looking for intensive or long-term treatment — and students who aren't eligible for CAPS — USU has partnered with Thriving Campus, which is an easy-to-use database of mental health providers in Cache Valley and across the state to make it easier for you to connect with off-campus mental health care.
- Browse and filter providers based on your needs and preferences
- Get answers to common question
- Reach out to community porviders and connect with mental health care
Mental Wellness Services
Meet with a counselor for 30 minutes to go over concerns and explore treatment options to determine which service is best for you.
Students may work with the CAPS clinical case manager to connect with a therapist off campus for ongoing counseling, navigating health insurance coverage and/or identifying sliding fee scale options based on the student’s specific clinical need. The case manager may facilitate scheduling between the student and an identified ongoing service provider as well as follow up with the student after the referral appointment to help with continuity of care.
Single Session Therapy
Students may schedule a single session appointment to address their mental health concerns. Single session appointments are solution-focused meetings in which the therapist and the client to work together to quickly identify core problems and find actionable ways to address them within the confines of one meeting. This format allows students to quickly receive assistance, support, and perspective from a mental health professional without having to commit to ongoing therapy.
Group therapy allows you to explore feelings in a trusting, confidential, and supportive environment. You can try new behaviors, improve social skills, and receive feedback from peers. Groups are helpful if you feel isolated or are concerned about how you relate to others. As you hear others’ experiences and share your own, you find support and be able to support others as well.
Support groups are spaces for you to connect with others who are going through or have gone through similar experiences. Having a supportive environment with individuals who understand and validate your experiences can make a big difference in stressful times. Individuals often use support groups to discuss their challenges, seek support, learn about resources, and improve their ability to cope. You are welcome to drop-in and check the group out.
Individual Counseling & Psychotherapy
Counseling may help you with self-understanding and other relationship skills, such as effective communication, and appreciation for how personal actions impact both your life and others. Many students say discussing their concerns with an objective professional helps them resolve personal problems and develop strategies for better problem solving.
Outreach & Consultative Services
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.
Psychological & Psychoeducational Testing
This testing provides evaluation of academic and learning problems with a referral from the Disability Resource Center (DRC). It is a fee-based service. We provide a fee discount based on financial needs.
Logan, Eastern, and Statewide – To arrange an assessment, contact the DRC at 435-797-2444.
An important component to self-care is utilizing resources that can assist you in understanding yourself better and improving your quality of life. Many people find that self-help literature and web-based resources are highly informative and convenient to access. Common topics include anxiety, depression, stress and time management, addiction, and more.
Workshops ranging from one to two hours are open to students, staff, and faculty who might be interested in learning more about various topics related to mental health. Each workshop is typically a single session. USU members can attend as many workshops as they desire. If you are interested in attending, view the semesters workshop schedule for access.
REACH Peer Sessions
REACH Peers are undergraduate students who are trained to help students to learn and practice mental health skills, either independently (for low-risk students) or in conjunction with counseling. Generally, peers meet with clients once per week for 30–50 minutes, teaching and practicing the skills with the client. These can include progressive muscle relaxation and other forms of stress management and mindfulness skills.
Psychiatry services, medical treatment and prevention for mental and emotional health, are available to USU students at the Student Health and Wellness Center.
Mental Health Screening
This free online service is available to screen for the possible presence of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and alcohol/substance misuse. Please note that it is a screener and not a diagnostic or treatment tool. It is not intended to be used as a substitute for a mental health professional. Students who wish to discuss their screening results with a professional may bring their screening scores to their CAPS appointment.
For immediate physical health emergencies, call 911
988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress.
CAPS Crisis Services
Contact CAPS for same or next day crisis appointments for students who have high safety risk or recent trauma.Other Crisis Resources and Support
Mental Health Support for All
If you are concerned about running into students you teach when using CAPS, you can access CAPS services through Zoom. We also have a special therapy group, Understanding Self and Other, reserved for graduate students.
Graduate student insurance enrollees are eligible for telemental health services with Better Help at zero out of pocket cost. No copays or coinsurance required.
USU Faculty and Staff
CAPS is not able to provide clinical services to USU employees; however, benefited employees are eligible for mental health services through Employee Assistance Program.
Parents and Caregivers
While your student is navigating the college experience, it is important to maintain open lines of communicationm while also giving them the space to explore themselves and make independent decisions. Distress is normal to experience in college, as there are always new things popping up for your loved one to navigate. At the same time as your student figuring out college life, you are also figuring out how to balance giving them space and providing guidance and advice, which can be difficult for a lot of caregivers.Parents & Caregivers Guide