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.
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:
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:
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.