AFTER THE FIRST SESSION?
If the student and intake counselor agree that further counseling
is appropriate, the student and counselor review the available
options at CAPS, at other clinics on campus and with service providers
in the community to arrive at a tentative plan for additional
services. Following the initial appointment, depending on the
time of the semester, there may be a wait for the specific service
In many cases, students opting for treatment at CAPS, would be
referred to one of up to 30 therapy, support or discussion groups
offered each semester. The groups include general interpersonal
therapy, groups for students from alcoholic and dysfunctional
families, groups addressing depression or stress management, groups
for students recovering from eating disorders or substance abuse.
There are also support and discussion groups for students from
underrepresented groups including gay, lesbian and bisexual students
and students from racial and ethnic minorities.
At CAPS, short-term individual counseling is used for crisis
situations or when groups are neither available nor appropriate
for a student.
Some students are referred to other campus offices such as Career
Services, University Health Services and the Multicultural resource
Center. Students are also referred to community resources for
specialized or continued counseling.
Finally, some students may leave the initial interview feeling
able to handle their problems on their own. Students can always
return to CAPS if they want to explore whether additional services
would be helpful.
The Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
501 Student Health Center
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-0395 for consultations and appointments.
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