Welcome to CAPS! We’ve made getting started with us as quick and easy as possible.
We have a variety of workshops happening weekly that are a great way to get started with CAPS. Learn fundamental skills to work with your mind, manage stress, and/or discover new ways of approaching life.
If you would like to speak with someone to discuss options for counseling or psychiatric treatment or take a mental health screening, you are welcome to access our walk-in services.
To ensure you are seen, please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the end of walk-in hours. Students can call ahead to schedule a mental health screening and avoid the wait during walk-in hours.
Upon arrival for walk-in, you will be asked to complete some initial forms on the computer that will help us understand how to support you. All records are kept confidential and separate from your student record.
Once these forms are complete, you will have the opportunity to meet briefly with a walk-in counselor to discuss your concerns and what you hope to gain from CAPS services. The walk-in counselor will help you understand what your options are, the scope of our services, and work with you to determine what will best meet your needs. You will leave knowing the next step and have a plan of action.
All fee-paying students are eligible to receive a limited number of free visits in any CAPS location during the academic year: August 18, 2017 – August 17, 2018.
Your CAPS provider will work with you to determine the frequency and duration of your treatment. When determining your coverage, the provider will consider the number of sessions you may need to address your concerns and your ability to access ongoing care.
If you have the CU Gold Plan, you may be eligible to receive additional visits as determined by your provider.
If it is decided that CAPS is not the best place to meet your needs, we will provide referrals to more appropriate resources on campus or in the community.
If you want to meet with a psychiatric medical provider and use your free visits in this way, you may need to see your provider at least three times if medication is prescribed.
Psychiatric providers may choose not to start medication if you are unable to access follow-up care through CAPS, a community physician, or another medical resource.
We are pleased to offer an online self-assessment tool for a variety of mental health issues. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional.
Feel free to visit our office during walk in hours (10 AM - 4 PM, Monday through Friday) or give us a call if you'd like to follow up on your evaluation.
Counseling records are kept separate from academic and student health records and cannot be accessed by faculty, staff, parents or non-CAPS staff without written consent.
In order to provide effective and up-to-date services, we may consult other colleagues within CAPS about our work with students. Otherwise, information revealed in counseling, even the information that you have made an appointment, is not disclosed to others unless you provide written authorization for that information to be released.
The exceptions to this practice are:
Students are encouraged to address any questions or concerns about this important issue with their walk-in counselor or assigned therapist.