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Once you have come to CAPS and complete the online intake information you will be set up for a 30 minute face-to-face Initial Consultation (IC) appointment with a CAPS counselor within 1-3 days. During this IC, you can expect to:
- Discuss the concern(s) that brought you to seek services at CAPS
- During an IC, if you are in crisis or have a more urgent situation, you will be referred to our Counselor on Duty (COD) for immediate help.
Collaboratively make decisions for the most effective next steps for treatment that include the following possible options:
- First Counseling Appointment with a CAPS counselor for brief, solution focused individual counseling
- Participation in a CAPS therapeutic group
- Participation in a common concerns clinical workshop
- Participation in one of our three in-depth screening services (~3 sessions) for alcohol/other other drug issues, ADHD, or eating issues.
- Connect with a CAPS Case Manager for comprehensive treatment planning for treatment elsewhere on campus or in the Ann Arbor community
- Connection to other UM resources that support mental health care
- Referral to a community mental health provider for open-ended therapeutic treatment
Individual counseling provides an opportunity to talk with an objective, caring professional about your concerns or problems in a brief, solution focused manner. Concerns discussed range widely, but might include feelings of low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, academic concerns, substance use, issues with friends and family, or relationship concerns. Counseling sessions last 45 minutes (they start quarter after the hour and end on the hour).
Information about psychiatric and screening appointments
Couples Counseling is provided for any couple with at least one enrolled University of Michigan student and who might be dealing with concerns and difficulties within the relationship.
Group counseling offers an opportunity for students to meet others who may have similar experiences and want to pursue personal growth in a safe, supportive environment. Groups usually meet once a week and have 5-10 members, and often have a specific focus, i.e. self-esteem, graduate student issues, building relationships, and women's issues.
If you are in a crisis or have an urgent need to be seen, our Counselor on Duty can meet with you between 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Monday - Thursday or 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM on Friday during the Fall and WInter semsters.
You will need to come to CAPS, fill out the Welcome to CAPS form and check the box next to "Do you need to be seen today?" and complete the computer intake forms. If you are experiencing a great deal of stress we'll ask you to complete some brief basic information and then you'll be able to see a counselor right away.
Examples of reasons to see the "Counselor on Duty" include:
- If you are not feeling safe
- If someone close to you has died recently
- If you have a difficult decision to make in the next 2 - 3 days
- If you have been sexually assaulted within the past 72 hours
- If you have been experiencing a lot of stress for a long time and feel like you really must speak with someone today
International Student Lunch Discussion -This group is a space for students to have informal discussions covering a variety of topics such as: adjusting to U of M, cultural adjustment, making friends/relationships, and managing academic stress during Fall and Winter semesters. No appointment needed! Free lunch to be provided, but feel free to bring your lunch if you prefer. For further information or if you have questions, feel free to contact Junichi Shimaoka at firstname.lastname@example.org
My Brothers: Lunch Series for Men of Color - This is a lunch series for men of color by men of color and will address topics relevant for men of color at the University of Michigan during Fall and Winter semesters. These luncheons will provide a blend of food, fellowship, dialogue and mentoring. Invited speakers will facilitate rousing, animated discussions on topics that impact men of color. You will have a chance to express your experiences here at U of M and build connections with other men of color. My Brothers is a safe space open to all self-identified men of color. Free lunch provided. Group meets on Tuesdays, 12:10 PM - 1:30 PM in the CSG Chambers on the 3rd floor of the Michigan Union.
Nourish: Lunch Series for Women of Color -This is a lunch series for self-identified women of color by women of color! Invited speakers facilitate rousing animated discussions on topics that impact us as women of color during Fall and Winter semesters. Topics include but are not limited to: issues of identity, sexuality, relationships, career demands, etc. Free lunch provided. Group meets on Thursdays, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM in the CSG Chambers on the 3rd floor of the Michigan Union.
Sometimes what a student needs from CAPS is direction in securing services at another place on campus or in Ann Arbor. Examples of reasons to seek referral services from CAPS:
- When you know you want longer-term treatment
- When it's unclear which resource on campus or in Ann Arbor is best for you
- When you need help with insurance coverage questions. We can work with your insurance and ensure a good 'fit' with where you might want to seek services in the community
To receive assistance for these or other referral issues you will need to come in and tell our front desk staff that you would like to make an appointment with our Case Manager. You will need to fill out the intake form and then an appointment will be scheduled with you.
Or, you can navigate the Community Provider Database which provides detailed information of therapists in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area on your own.