Overview

The Faculty & Staff Assistance Program is dedicated to serving the emotional and psychological needs of the campus community. All FSAP staff are trained as generalist counselors and are equipped to deal with a wide range of personal and work related issues. You must be a CU Boulder employee to use FSAP services, and services are free to all CU Boulder faculty and staff members.

Meet the FSAP Counselors

Intake & Assessment

During your initial meeting or 'intake appointment', an FSAP counselor will gather a thorough history from you. Many of our intake sessions are facilitated by a trained graduate-level intern supervised by a licensed mental health provider. Based on information gathered during the intake meeting, FSAP clinicians will determine appropriateness of continued work with your intake counselor or will provide assignment to another FSAP counselor.

Counseling FAQ

FSAP offers brief counseling to CU Boulder-campus faculty and staff members. Due to the limited number of sessions available, FSAP counselors apply brief modalities that focus on "present concerns or stressors rather than on historical [events]." The first session or 'intake' gives us an opportunity to get to know you, your situation, and information about your history. Following the intake, we offer 6 additional sessions focusing on current work-related, personal, or family concerns. Treatment Improvement Protocols, SAMHSA/CSAT, 1999.

FSAP counselors are trained in various counseling modalities and on a wide range of mental health concerns. All counselors are trained to assess for stress, depression, anxiety, substance use and other behavioral health symptoms. In addition, our counselors have specialized training and/or experience in trauma, crisis intervention, threat assessment, case management, relationship skills, wellness and work-life balance, intimate violence, child/teen safety and development, eldercare, and career/work-related concerns. Our counselors apply various modalities including solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral methods, client-centered and interpersonal approaches, and other case-appropriate, evidence-based strategies.

Your FSAP sessions may be used for individual counseling, couples counseling, or counseling involving a combination of family members. For family counseling, the CU employee must be present in these sessions. In limited situations, FSAP counselors can work with children of employees if the employee/parent is present.

Once a faculty or staff member has completed the initial assessment with an FSAP counselor, this employee becomes a client of the FSAP department. Information provided by you is confidential and will not become part of your employment record. However, there are limits to confidentiality as discussed below.

In some limited situations, information may be released as follows:

  • The client signs a Release of Information form authorizing specific information to be released to a specific person(s), provider group, or organization contact for a determined purpose and for a determined timeframe;
  • A disclosure is directed by court order;
  • The client is determined to be in immediate danger of harming self or another person, persons, and/or place;
  • Information shared with the counselor reveals concerns related to suspected/possible abuse of a child, dependent, or elder. Per Colorado state law, counselors are 'mandatory reporters' of child and elder abuse and are also required by law to report any suspected abuse.

    Referrals

    At times, longer-term counseling could be more beneficial than starting short-term counseling with an FSAP counselor. In these situations, referrals will be made during the initial appointment or at a scheduled follow-up session. In emergency or urgent situations, referral information can also be provided solely via phone, without an appointment. These urgent referrals may be to providers addressing needs related to hospice, eldercare, childcare, basic needs (food, clothing, shelter, energy), and many other issues. While FSAP cannot endorse community providers, we can suggest strategies and resources for finding providers including psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and addictions counselors.

    Intake Forms

    Completing the necessary forms prior to your appointment with an FSAP counselor will reduce your wait time for your first appointment. 

    DocuSign Information

    In support of our University-wide effort to reduce use of paper while also improving efficiency, FSAP now offers DocuSign form completion. DocuSign is our preferred means of receiving client documents. Important: After clicking on a DocuSign form below, you will be prompted to sign into the DocuSign document with your name and preferred email address. Please use the name that you generally print when signing an official document. Use the email address that you prefer FSAP use to communicate with you should you provide email permission. 

    Please Note: We request information from all new and previous clients. The documents listed below are requested each year. If (1) year has passed since you last completed FSAP forms, please follow the links below to provide updated information.

    DocuSign Forms

    Click on the link that includes the name of your counselor. Complete and sign on-line – your documents will auto-send to a secure FSAP email address via DocuSign.

    Non-DocuSign Forms

    If you prefer completing forms manually, please print, complete and bring to your first session.

    Non-DocuSign Disclosure Statements

    Click on your counselor below; Read, sign and bring to your session.