Community Outreach

We understand that there are many ways to provide mental health services in addition to the traditional counseling model, and outreach programming is our way of connecting students to those different services. 

Our goal is to enhance student engagement and success by meeting their unique individual, social, and cultural needs. Our outreach program is committed to creating a more inclusive, positive, and healthy campus climate.

  • Please make requests at least two weeks in advance. It increases our ability to accommodate your needs and preferences.
  • If possible, send us at least 2-3 options for time and date of the program requested.
  • In making your request, please be specific about the details of the program, including what you hope you and your group will get out of the experience.
  • We are often able to adapt programs to meet the needs of your group (e.g. size, level of training, role at the university, academic affiliations). Please be specific about who we will be working with so that we can tailor and staff programs appropriately.
  • While we try to meet all requests, we are not always available to do so during high volume times of the semester. In this case, we will do our best to meet your needs or refer you to other campus and community resources that may be able to help.

CAPS staff, student peer educators and volunteers offer a variety of programs across campus to students, faculty, and staff. These programs cover a wide array of mental health, wellness, academic, and multicultural issues and can be adapted to specific audiences. We look forward to working with you to develop outreach programming that fits your group’s needs.  

Our Programs Include:

  • Information about CAPS services
  • Academic skills
  • Adjustment to college
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Basic helping skills
  • Body image and eating disorders
  • Multicultural issues and diversity dynamics
  • Performance management skills and overcoming performance anxiety
  • Relationships
  • Suicide prevention
  • Working with students in distress or students of concern
  • Stress management and wellness

CAPS staff members serve as liaisons to residence life, academic departments, and student affairs departments. These relationships help us personalize our services to be most effective in each specific context. We also find that building personal connections through liaison relationships helps to foster trust in times of crisis, enabling us to work together and support students’ needs.

Click here for the liaison list.

We offer weekly office hours in satellite locations to provide support, consultation, and clinical services. These placements make it convenient to have contact with CAPS staff while fostering ease in the referral process through having familiarity with a trusted “go to" person.

Offices we currently staff include: College of Engineering, College of Music, CU Collegiate Recovery Center, Office of International Education, Student Academic Success Center (SASC), Student Outreach Retention Center for Equity (SORCE), and Veteran Services.

Each residence hall and residential academic program (RAP) is paired with a CAPS staff member who serves as liaison, providing consultation, programming, and general support. We also have a counselor-in-residence program in Williams Village and Kittredge Complex, in which counselors are available to see students in these residence halls for on-the-spot mental health services, consultations, and academic support services for staff and students. Click here for more information on these programs and the Residence Life Liaison list. 

Our outreach program is committed and dedicated to multiculturalism and diversity. We infuse related principles into our community outreach, and 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 diversity.

Campus screenings are interactive activities where students connect with CAPS staff members, take a brief mental health screening that focuses on a specific theme (depression, eating disorders, substance abuse), and receive feedback and resources.

We collaborate with other first responders on campus in the Office of Victim Assistance, Housing and Dining Services, and the CU Police Department to respond in a timely fashion to critical on-campus incidents. Our counselors are available to provide on-site service in times of crisis.

CAPS also has a dedicated team of students serving as peer educators and volunteers who assist the department through outreach presentations. These peer-to-peer programs provide an opportunity for students to connect and work collaboratively, and to  explore ways to reduce stress and live well. Student presenters are available to come to residence halls, student groups, Greek chapters, classes, meetings, academic departments – anywhere students can be found. For more information on these student programs, click here

Our Programs Include:

  • 20-Minute Stress Break: This is a brief, volunteer-led program. The volunteers provide some quick tips and information on managing stress, then guide students through a relaxation exercise.
  • College Knowledge: This is a 30-minute to 1-hour presentation on how to navigate various aspects of being a college student. Topics include: academic skills, self-care, creating a structure, getting connected in the CU community, and social aspects of college life.
  • Stress Your Best: This presentation is designed to help students address stress-related issues such as differentiating “good” stress from “bad” stress, identifying the role of stress in one’s life, and managing/reducing stress.
  • CAPS Promotion: This can include a 5-20 minute presentation, information tables, and events to provide information on services and how students can access care on campus. We can also set up tables during information events or within residence halls and other buildings on campus with information about all of our services.
  • Interactive Tabling/Games (Topic-Specific): We can set up tabling events and programs around a specific topic such as: stress, academic skills, and adjustment, as well as other mental health and wellness issues. Our tabling events usually include something interactive such as trivia games, art stations, board games, and other activities.
  • Bulletin Board Preparation Support: We have created a series of topic-focused downloadable and printable bulletin boards that are ready to be displayed in any residence hall or community area. Topics range fromstress to academics and adjustment to CU. We can also personalize boards for different departments and topics upon request.
  • How to Help a Friend Series: In this series, CAPS volunteers provide information to students about helping their peers with a variety of concerns from anxiety and body image to healthy communication, suicide prevention, alcohol and other drugs,  relationships, adjustment to college, self-esteem, depression, and grief/loss.
  • Make-Your-Own Stress Ball: Using flour, a funnel, and a balloon, this program gives students a chance to make their own stress ball!  The volunteers teach students how to make a stress ball while providing resources about stress and anxiety. This interactive activity is a fun stress reliever itself!
  • The Roommate Challenge: Think you know your roommate, friend, or peer? Test your knowledge and learn more during this fun and energetic challenge! This activity, which involves an upbeat partner game, is especially recommended for residence halls and student organizations.

To schedule an event with the CAPS Volunteers, contact Kenli Urruty (303-492-9717). Please make requests at least two weeks in advance so that we may best accommodate you.