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CAPS Scope of Services

CAPS Scope of Services

SCU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides brief individual counseling, single-session therapy, couples counseling; group counseling, psychiatric care, as well as consultation and outreach services to support students’ wellness and success.

CAPS invites students to schedule an initial intake appointment with a CAPS therapist. During this initial intake, our therapists will assist students in obtaining the appropriate services to address their concerns by recommending services within CAPS or referring students to professionals in the community (outside of the university).

Student concerns that can be addressed within a brief model of therapy are usually managed by CAPS, while concerns requiring longer-term or specialized therapy are best addressed by professionals outside of the university.

CAPS utilizes a short-term model of therapy for individual and couples sessions in order to use its resources most effectively and assist students in addressing issues common in a college setting. Some of the concerns that are commonly addressed in short-term psychotherapy at CAPS are:

  • Personal: Stress and anxiety, mild depression, anger, loneliness, guilt, self-esteem, grief and loss
  • Relationship: Romantic relationship difficulties, sexual concerns, roommate conflicts, difficulties with coworkers or classmates, concerns with family or friends
  • Developmental: Identity development, adjustment to college, life transitions, cultural concerns
  • Academic: Performance anxiety, stress, perfectionism, underachievement, motivation, concerns about future school and work
  • Other: Spiritual concerns, body image/food preoccupation, healthy lifestyle choices, minor alcohol and drug use concerns, sexual assault, discrimination and oppression

Service Limitations

Students whose mental health needs cannot be met with short-term psychotherapy or who
require a particular type of service not offered at CAPS, or require a once-a-week meeting with a clinician, will be referred to resources outside of the university. Students may be referred to resources and services outside of CAPS on or off campus after the initial intake or during the course of treatment at CAPS (e.g., if factors indicating a need for such services become apparent during or after the intake assessment).

There are many concerns that are best served in the professional community outside of the university. Some of those concerns require consistent and regular weekly visits with a therapist, require more than 10 psychotherapy sessions, and/or require comprehensive or specialized services, such as, but not limited to:

Indications that short-term therapy may be detrimental or non-beneficial, as
specified by the treating clinician

  • Evidence or risk of significant deterioration in mental or emotional functioning, requiring more intensive intervention
  • Manifestations of psychotic symptoms without willingness to remain on medication for stabilization of symptoms
  • Inability or unwillingness to provide the necessary information to thoroughly assess symptoms
  • Other issues requiring specialized services not available through CAPS, such as:
    • Significant drug and/or alcohol problems, such as substance dependence and/or past failed treatments
    • Long term suicidal intent that cannot be appropriately addressed within a brief counseling model
    • Chronic and severe self-injurious behaviors that require medication and/or long-term therapy
    • Significant or longstanding eating disorder with no period of remission, continual refusal of treatment, or posing as a medical danger
    • Request for formal psychological evaluation or testing
    • Services to fulfill students’ court-mandated assessment or treatment requirements
    • Noncompliance with treatment recommendations

Please note, CAPS clinical staff members are unable to provide documentation emotional
support animals, or study abroad clearance.

Getting the Most Out of Your Counseling Experience

  • Arrive 20 minutes early for your initial intake appointment to fill out a computer assessment (please have your SCU student ID number with you).
  • Be on time for your appointments.
  • Be honest with your counselor; counseling is a safe place to tell
    the truth without being judged.
  • Give your counselor feedback on how your counseling is going.