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Upcoming CAPS Chat Events
CAPS Chat Halloween Event | At the HUB | Thursday October 31, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Luke the Lab will be in attendance and will be dressed up in his Halloween costume

CAPS Chat Finals Week Event | At the HUB | Wednesday, December 18 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Luke the Lab will be in attendance
Lion with Luke

CAPS Chat provides informal, drop-in consultation for students with counselors from Penn State Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Sessions are free and no appointment is necessary. Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis and meetings are no longer than 30 minutes.

Concerns may include:

  • Stress or Anxiety
  • Adjusting to college life
  • Family problems
  • Relationship issues
  • Roommate difficulties
  • Academic pressures

CAPS Chat IS for...

  • Discussing specific concerns in a one-on-one environment
  • Learning more about what counseling might be like
  • Understanding how to help a friend
  • Getting mental health questions answered

CAPS Chat IS NOT for...

  • Formal therapy or counseling
  • Crisis services
  • Severe or longstanding concerns

Locations & Times (2019-2020)

Locations Dates Times
West - Waring Commons - Cultural Lounge Room 125 Mondays 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD) - Boucke Room 101 Mondays 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
North - Warnock Commons - Knowledge Lounge Room 134 Tuesdays 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Calder Way - 204 East Calder Way, Suite 200 Tuesdays 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) - Grange Room 220 Tuesdays 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
East - Johnston Commons - Room 134 Wednesdays 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Paul Robeson Cultural Center (PRCC) - HUB-Robeson Room 21 Wednesdays 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Paterno Library - Room 208K Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Pollock - Pollock Commons - Room 123 Thursdays 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Lewis Katz Building - Room 310 Thursdays 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD) - Boucke Room 101 Thursdays 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
South - Redifer Commons - Room 202 Fridays 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are CAPS Chat meetings private?

While CAPS Chat is not formal counseling, information discussed is confidential. If you have questions about this, ask a CAPS Chat counselor.

I am on the CAPS waiting list. Can I come to CAPS Chat while I wait?

If you feel you need to be seen sooner for your concern because problems have intensified, it is best to contact CAPS at 814-863-0395. If you feel your concern has improved and feel an informal consultation meeting would meet your needs, CAPS Chat might be a good option for you. After meeting, if you would like to be removed from the wait list, let the CAPS counselor know.

I am currently seeing a therapist. Can I come to CAPS Chat?

Discussing concerns with your current therapist is strongly recommended. If your next appointment is not soon enough, it is best to contact your counselor directly to see if he or she can see you sooner.

What if I cannot attend CAPS Chat hours?

Call CAPS at 814-863-0395. They can help answer your questions or find resources that may help meet your needs.

What should I do in an emergency?

If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, immediately contact the Penn State Crisis Line at 1-877-229-6400 or call 911.