Scope of Services

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CAPS offers a variety of counseling services to help students adjust to an academic health science center 's life, cope with personal challenges, gain self-awareness, and address psychological concerns.

Students may meet with a counselor for an initial screening and evaluation to determine how the student's biopsychosocial needs can best be met.

Concerns frequently addressed in brief counseling at CAPS include academic, career, stress, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, body image, concerns related to cultural background or identity, concerns about family, romantic, or interpersonal relationships.

Students with presenting issues that are best addressed at CAPS can participate in brief individual or couples counseling.

If it is determined that the student's needs will best be met by adjunctive providers, the counselor will provide the student with appropriate referrals or resources.

First Session
If this is your first time coming to CAPS in the current academic year, you will need an Initial Assessment with a counselor. This session helps the counselor get to know you and your concerns. At the end of the session, the two of you will determine the best course of action, including the possibility of on-going counseling at CAPS or elsewhere.

You will asked to complete an Intake Form prior to scheduled session. This form is available on-line.

Making the most of counseling
To a large degree, the progress you make in counseling will depend on your active and genuine involvement. Here are some things you can do to enhance your experience in counseling:

  • Attend all of your scheduled counseling sessions, or let your counselor know if you have to miss an appointment.
  • Honestly and openly voice your thoughts and feelings in counseling.
  • Between sessions, think through the concerns you are addressing in counseling.
  • Complete your counseling homework assignments.
  • Experiment with new and positive ways of doing things and thinking about things.
  • Give your counselor feedback about how counseling is going

Drop-In Services are designed to help with emergent concerns,
for example:

You are in a dilemma or otherwise in need of immediate help.

You are unable to schedule a regular appointment in a timely enough fashion considering the immediacy of your issue.

Drop-In Availability
Drop-In sessions are provided on a first-come, first served basis; however, scheduled appointments have priority and you may have to wait. Drop-in sessions are typically no longer than 30 minutes in length

You will asked to complete an Intake Form following session if you have not previously completed the form.

Crisis Services
This service is available to students on a first come/first serve basis. Intake forms will need to be completed if this your first visit.

Generally, a crisis entails one or more of the following:

Feeling so overwhelmed that it is significantly interfering with your functioning (for example, persistent difficulties with attending class, eating or sleeping, etc.). This can sometimes be due to a recent traumatic experience such as a death in the family, significant break-up, an assault, car accident, etc.

Engaging in self-destructive behaviors that feel out-of-control and/or that put your health at significant risk (e.g., binge drinking, excessive drug use, eating disordered behaviors such as purging, etc.).

Having thoughts of hurting or killing yourself or someone else. (Or concern about someone else's suicidal thoughts or behaviors).

Losing touch with reality or having otherwise disturbing behaviors.

Students experiencing an emergency should contact the Campus Police at extension (409) 772-1111 immediately or call 911.

Your right to privacy is important to us. We are required to hold everything you say in confidence, except as authorized by you in a signed release or as provided by law.

Exceptions by Law Are:

  • If we believe you intend to seriously harm yourself.
  • If we believe you intend to seriously harm others.
  • If you discuss a situation where a child, dependent adult, or an elderly person appears to be at significant risk for abuse.
  • If we are court-ordered by a judge to release records