Outreach, prevention, and social justice are integral parts of the mission of Counseling and Psychological Services. Our outreach efforts serve to connect CAPS to the community it serves—the students, staff and faculty of the University of Colorado. We see ourselves as part of the campus community at large and outreach allows us to connect and meet the needs of our various constituents and campus partners through community presence and engagement; innovative and responsive programs; delivery of prevention education; and timely, responsive services. CAPS outreach can take many forms.
CAPS staff and student peer educators and volunteers offer a variety of programs all across campus to students, faculty, and staff. These can often be adapted to meet the needs of the department or student group and cover a wide array of mental health, wellness, academic, and multicultural and social justice issues. For examples of what we offer and to make requests, please go to our Outreach Programming page by clicking here and fill out the request form. To see what our student peer educators and volunteers can offer, please check out our volunteer programming menu here and the Stress Break page here.
Some of our outreach involves coordinating various mental health screenings for issues such as depression, eating disorders, and alcohol abuse. To request a screening event, click here.
We have liaisons in many academic, residence life and student affairs departments. This helps us personalize our services to meet the needs of the unique departments with which we interact and it allows our campus partners to build a personal relationship with someone to whom they could turn in times of crisis, need of consultation or training, or questions about students of concern. Click here for a list of liaisons.
We have counselors available in high traffic and high need areas in various venues across the CU campus for a few hours each week to provide support and consultation services. Having counselors available in these venues makes it convenient for staff and students to consult about concerns and makes referring easier when students have more of a sense of familiarity with a trusted “go to" person. Offices we currently staff include Office of International Education, Student Academic Success Center (SASC), Student Outreach Retention Center for Equity (SORCE), College of Engineering, Veteran Services, and the College of Music. Click here for Satellite office hours and locations.
Each residence hall and residential academic program is paired with a CAPS staff member who provides consultation, programming, and general support to staff and students. We also have a counselor-in-residence program through which counselors are available to see students for mental health services in some of CU’s residence halls. This year we are in Williams Village and Kittredge Complexes. These Counselors-in-Residence (CIR) provide invaluable on-the-spot mental health, consultative and academic support services to staff and students and really exemplify what we consider to be good community counseling. Click here for more information.
We collaborate with other first responders on campus such as colleagues in the Office of Victim Assistance, Department of Housing and CU Police to respond in a timely fashion to critical incidents which occur on campus. It is not uncommon to see our counselors providing on-site services wherever we may be needed in times of crisis.
A very significant and important aspect of our outreach work is our emphasis and commitment to social justice. We infuse social justice principles and multiculturalism into all our of community outreach. Through our liaison program, we strive to build bridges and deepen connections with the many different communities on campus. We also provide specific trainings, consultation, and community support around issues of diversity. We have provided many presentations and consultations around campus on the Implicit Attitudes model and its usefulness in helping create more inclusive communities and academic environments.
Click here to request a training on diversity, check out our groups and workshops for the Implicit Attitudes Study Group and other helpful resources, and see our liaison list for information on our support and involvement with many campus constituencies and campus-wide committees.