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CAPS Virtual Services

  • CAPS services are available in a variety of modalities at this time. 
  • Call (814) 863-0395 to get started (M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
  • We will schedule you for an initial phone appointment to understand your needs and come up with a plan. 

In crisis or need immediate support?

  • Call CAPS (M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.): 814-863-0395
  • Call the 24/7 Penn State Crisis Line: 1-877-229-6400
  • Use the 24/7 Crisis Text Line: Text "LIONS" to 741741
  • Faculty and Staff: review and bookmark the Red Folder, a guide to help you recognize, respond, and refer students to the right resources

Virtual CAPS Chat

Now with the convenience of online scheduling!

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.

Simply follow online scheduling instructions on the CAPS Chat webpage to schedule your meeting during designated CAPS Chat hours.

Skills Clinics

Skills Clinics are a brief, structured form of group counseling focused on a specific topic or theme. In a Skills Clinic five to eight members meet once per week for four to six weeks via Zoom. The primary goal is to offer specific strategies for managing distress and improving day-to-day functioning. Call CAPS to learn if a Skills Clinic is right for you (open for enrolled students in eligible states). The list of current clinics offered is updated each semester.

Therapy Groups

Therapy groups are a form of psychotherapy, focusing on developing insight and behavior change. CAPS offers therapy groups for all students, including groups for particular populations, and groups for particular concerns. Call CAPS to learn if group counseling is right for you (open for enrolled students in eligible states). 

Some examples of current therapy groups offered include:

  • Grief & Loss
  • Women's Empowerment
  • Eating Disorder Recovery
  • Interpersonal Process Groups for...
    • Graduate Students
    • Undergraduate Students 
    • Men
    • Mindfulness

Drop-In Discussion & Support Groups

These groups focus on supporting students through peer discussion. These are not therapy groups. No call to CAPS is required, simply drop on by through each group's individual Zoom link.

Current Drop-In Discussion & Support Groups offered for Fall 2020 include:

  • Black and Latino Male Empowerment
  • Women of Color Empowerment
  • Sexual and Gender Diverse Student Support
  • Interfaith Dialogues
  • SMART Recovery
  • Weekly Wellness: Strategies to Manage Stress and Enhance Your Well-Being


Learn about Penn State's virtual wellness hub to help you navigate your time and experiences at Penn State. Create a confidential profile to discover hundreds of personalized tips and resources to tackle your academics, career path, stress and social life. Explore. Connect. Repeat. Student leaders are excited to share this resource with you!

CAPS Virtual Library

For more CAPS videos, visit our CAPS Virtual Library or visit our playlist on YouTube.


WellTrack is an app and website available to students at any time of day and from any location. WellTrack features a wellness assessment that students can take one time, or on an as-needed basis, to help them understand the activities associated with when they feel better and worse, and to identify patterns in their daily activities and how they are feeling.

Life Hack Kits

Life Hack Kits are step-by-step wellness packages designed to help you navigate and demystify some of the more perplexing parts of being human. Instructors and student organization leaders are encouraged to use these for extra credit/points.

Outreach Events

CAPS offers psychoeducational programs designed to reduce distress and increase wellbeing. Zoom-based outreach events can be requested for your group with CAPS or Health Promotion & Wellness.

Thriving Campus

Thriving Campus is a tool for finding mental health providers in your community. 

Red Folder

The Red Folder initiative is a guide to help faculty, staff, and others who interact with students to recognize, respond effectively to, and refer distressed students at Penn State. All faculty, staff, and administration are encouraged to review their physical folder or visit the Red Folder website.

Penn State Student Affairs
Counseling & Psychological Services
Main Location

501 Student Health Center
University Park, PA 16802

Additional Locations

3rd Floor Bank of America Career Services Building
University Park, PA 16802

Allenway Building (Downtown)
315 S Allen Street
State College, PA 16801