Our staff work with thousands of Penn State students per year in group therapy, individual counseling, crisis intervention, and psychiatric services as well as providing prevention, outreach, and consultation services for the University community. Services at CAPS are designed to enhance students' ability to fully benefit from the University environment and academic experience.
As specialists in working with undergraduate and graduate students, staff at CAPS can help you address your concerns in a caring and supportive environment. CAPS can help students resolve personal concerns that may interfere with their academic progress, social development, and satisfaction at Penn State. Some of the more common concerns include anxiety, depression, difficulties in relationships (friends, roommates, or family); sexual identity; lack of motivation or difficulty relaxing, concentrating or studying; eating disorders; sexual assault and sexual abuse recovery; and uncertainties about personal values and beliefs.
Show You Care Campaign
The Center for Counseling and Psychological Services is pleased to continue the Show You Care campaign. The campaign is designed to encourage Penn State students to reach out to each other, offer support and refer their roommates or friends for psychological services when these are needed.
Online Resources for Relaxation
It's important to take care of yourself. There are a number of valuable online resources that you can use for relaxation and stress reduction.
Learn how stress impacts your health and life, as well as some self-help strategies for managing it through the PSU Student Affairs EDGE online workshop (requires a PSU log-in). Check out other stress management resources available, including a guided program called Stress Recess. There are also a number of relaxation, visualization, and mindfulness resources at the Mind Body Spa. You can also download mindfulness meditations here. If winter has got you down and you need an upbeat song to listen to, check this out.
Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Hotline
A hotline has been established for victims and observers of sexual assault and relationship violence. Trained counselors on the hotline will help students access appropriate resources. Penn State students from any campus can call 1-800-550-7575 (TTY 866-714-7177) to access the 24 hour a day, seven day a week hotline.