There are 3 primary ways in which CAPS systemically partners with others on campus to provide leadership for student mental health.
The purpose of these partnerships is to personally connect with units across campus, serve as consultants and referral sources to individuals who are seeking advice regarding a student in need of CAPS services, and to regularly share general information about student mental health.
I. Embedded Model
CAPS counselors are dedicated to 18 Schools and Colleges. Each staff member can address the specific and unique needs of each culture through confidential clinical service delivery and tailored outreach, education, and prevention programs, engage with faculty and staff through consultation, and develop materials specifically tailored to each school and college. Learn more about the Embedded Model HERE.
II. Unit/Department Liaison Program
CAPS has multiple liaison relationships with units all across campus. A liaison relationship is a mutual, ongoing, information exchange between a CAPS staff representative and a departmental unit or student group within the campus community. These relationships facilitate open communication and resource sharing which ultimately increases the effectiveness of CAPS within the larger university.
III. Key Group Efforts
CAPS staff provides mental health expertise to the following key partnership standing groups throughout the year. These efforts all aid in providing support to the mental health needs of students.
Campus Wide Emergency Mental Health Group
Post-Roe Campus Community Working Group
Dean's Behavioral Intervention Team
Clinical Care Management Team
Emergency Health Advisory Team
Benefit of CAPS Campus Wide Partnerships
- CAPS becomes more personal (face to face contact)
- Sharing of mental health data
- Receiving CAPS information on a regular basis throughout the year with tailored messages and information
- CAPS staff understanding particular issues facing students in the school/college/unit or in certain communities
- Introducing student mental health perspectives to relevant unit issues
- CAPS staff being an ally and advocate for your School/College/Unit
- Academic staff knowing resources and how to make appropriate referrals
Benefits for students
- Students in your School/College/Unit will be more aware and up to date with services offered by CAPS and other mental health resources
- Total CAPS staff, via the liaison, will be better able to provide service with increased knowledge of student’s School/College/Unit, of relevant particular issues, etc.
Suggestions for CAPS Partners
- As much as you are willing and/or time allows, reach out to your assigned CAPS staff member. Share your needs; what would help students you work with, etc.
- Invite CAPS to a department or unit meeting to talk more about our services, growing trends in student mental health, or more.
- Ask your CAPS Staff member or check our website for:
- Information on diversity of our staff
- How a student makes an intial consultation meeting
- A "guide" to common mental helath scenarios for faculty and staff
- Requesting a presentation or workshop