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CAPS outreach presentations, interviews, and other programming will be conducted remotely via Zoom until further notice. Outdoor resource tabling events can be conducted in person.

Community Education and Outreach

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers psychoeducational services to the campus community focused on mental health awareness and prevention efforts.

 

Awareness and Prevention Outreach Events

CAPS provides and participates in regularly scheduled events throughout the year. Before requesting an event, review the list below to see if your group may benefit from engaging in any of these scheduled programs. Dates and registration instructions will be updated as they become available.

 

Summer Events

New Student Orientation

Throughout Summer Months

CAPS and other Student Affairs offices are eager to help you prepare for your first year with Penn State! Find us at the HUB throughout New Student Orientation.

Campus Leader Mental Health Orientation

August 2, 2022  |  1 - 2:00 p.m.  |  Zoom

Join a panel of CAPS staff explaining our services, demystifying CAPS resources, and helping you be a supportive presence for other students

Reviewing CAPS Wellness and Clinical Services is strongly recommended before attending.

 

View a recording of the 2021 program.

Fall Events

Campus Involvement/Resource Fair

Late August |  In Person

 

One of the best opportunities to get involved in campus life at Penn State. Come by our table to learn about CAPS services.

The Red Folder: Helping Students in Distress

September 8, 2022  |  1 - 2:00 p.m.  |  Zoom

 

An open invitation intended for all members of the community, including students, faculty, staff, and caregivers.

A presentation panel of CAPS staff addressing how to recognize and respond to students in distress, as well as referral resources across the campus communities. 

Reviewing the Red Folder before attending is strongly recommended.

View a recording of the most recent event.

 

 

Residence Life Carnival

August 25, 2022  |  2-5:00 p.m.  |  East Halls

 

Join us alongside other campus partners at the Residence Life East Halls Resource Carnival to educate first-year students about campus resources during the first week of classes.

Living in One Neighborhood (LION) Bash

September  |  In Person

 

A combination of a resource fair and block party: the ultimate town and gown experience. Come by our table to learn about CAPS services and our commitment to the community.

Q&A With CAPS

October 19, 2022  |  4 - 5:00 p.m.

 

Have an upcoming interview or assignment about mental health? Generally curious about what we offer? Bring your questions: CAPS staff will be available to answer them! 

Questions submitted in advance will be given priority.

Reviewing CAPS Wellness and Clinical Services is strongly recommended before attending.

Parents & Families Weekend

October 7-9, 2022  |  In Person

 

A weekend for students, families, and caregivers. Come by our table to learn about CAPS services, as well as local resources that may best support your student in their college transition.

Reviewing CAPS Wellness and Clinical Services is strongly recommended before attending.

Spring Events

Q&A With CAPS

Spring 2023 Date to be announced

 

Have an upcoming interview or assignment about mental health? Generally curious about what we offer? Bring your questions: CAPS staff will be available to answer them! 

Questions submitted in advance will be given priority.

Reviewing CAPS Wellness and Clinical Services is strongly recommended before attending.

HUB Takeover for Campus Pride Month

April 2023

 

April is Penn State's Campus Pride Month! Find us at the HUB during this exquisite celebration of community and identity.

Take Back the Night

April 2023

 

Take Back the Night is an annual event to support the voices of individuals who have experienced interpersonal violence and sexual assault, hosted by Lambda Theta Alpha. 

Out of the Darkness Walk

April 2023

 

CAPS is a proud sponsor of the Centre County Out of the Darkness Walk, hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, raising awareness and support for suicide prevention and research. You can annually find our provider resource table at this event of community, celebration, and remembrance.

Did you know...

...there are multiple wellness outreach options offered at Penn State?! Our partners at Health Promotion and Wellness also offer health education workshops! Program topics include:

  • Resilience, Mindfulness and General Well-being
  • Stress Less
  • Got Sleep?
  • Alcohol Workshop
  • Mission: Nutrition
  • Safer Sex Party
  • How to Help a Friend with an Eating Disorder
  • Health and Wellness Services and Resources at Penn State

 

Health Promotion and Wellness workshops are delivered by staff or trained peer educators (based on topic). Schedule through Health Promotion and Wellness to learn more or email promotinghealth@psu.edu!

Outreach Event Inquiries

Community collaboration and effective education is a priority. If another resource can best fit your needs, CAPS will help refer and connect you.

During peak clinical times, CAPS staff may be unable to fulfill requests. Events will not be scheduled during the last week of classes and finals week.

All outreach events have moved to a Zoom-based format until further notice. Recording is not permitted. 

Criteria for outreach events include:

  • Review optionsBefore requesting an event, review the options at the top of this page to see if a pre-existing program or video viewing would suit the needs of your group, including event recordings on the following topics:
  • Advance notice: Submit your request at least two weeks prior to the event. 
  • Dates: During peak clinical times CAPS may be unable to fulfill requests. CAPS generally pauses engagement in outreach events 2 weeks before the end of the semester.
  • Your attendance: If you (the requesting party) are unable to be present at the time of the event/presentation, plan to have a proxy in attendance. The representative may not be an intended audience member. For example, an instructor should not request that one of their students be enacted as their representative; however, a TA would be a feasible proxy. 
  • Audience confirmation: Please confirm the number of audience members that will be present prior to the event. If you are unable to guarantee attendance, we are happy to discuss a number of other options that may be feasible alternatives to better meet the needs of this group, including Life Hack Kits and the CAPS Virtual Library.
  • Outreach Request Form completion: If your event meets all of the above criteria, please complete our Outreach Request Form. Do not send direct requests to staff persons at CAPS. All requests must come via the Outreach Request Form in order to be processed. 

Not sure what you're looking for? Common topics include:

  • Transition and Coping
  • Distress & Emotion Management
  • Self-Compassion
  • Relationships, Boundaries, & Communication
  • Anxiety Management
  • Imposter Phenomenon 

If you are requesting urgent support for a group of students affected by a significant event on campus or in the community, please contact Dr. Stephanie Stama (slf245@psu.edu).

Media Interview Inquiries

CAPS accepts interview requests from established media outlets in an effort to inform the community about mental health. All requests must come via the Outreach Request Form in order to be processed. Do not send direct requests to CAPS staff.

Guidelines for Media Interview Inquiries:

  • Prior to requesting an interview, journalists and reporters are expected to review:
    • The CAPS website,
    • Events and recordings listed at the top of this page (including Q&A with CAPS), and
    • Outreach and Education Resources list below. 
  • Requests must be made with at least one week advance notice.
  • During peak clinical times, CAPS staff may be unable to fulfill requests. Interviews will not be scheduled during the last week of classes and finals week.
  • Interviews are conducted with a CAPS staff member knowledgeable in the subject requested.
  • Depending on the availability of the staff member within your deadline, interviews may only be available via email response.
  • If another resource can best fit your needs, CAPS will help refer and connect you.
  • When completing the Outreach Request Form, please include your deadline and interview questions in the "Description" section.

 

Looking to interview a mental health professional for a class assignment?

We invite you to attend an upcoming Q&A with CAPS event to have your questions answered (see the schedule at the top of this page for details). There are also a variety of sources on campus and in the local community who can help; please review the Outreach & Education Resources list below. If questions remain after corresponding with these sources, interview requests may be submitted for consideration on a case-by-case basis via the Outreach Request Form. Review the above interview guidelines before proceeding.

Outreach and Education Resources

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