What is the CAPS SAB?
The CAPS Student Advisory Board (CAPS SAB) is a community of undergraduate and graduate students interested in advising Counseling and Psychological Services on the variety of ways in which we engage with the greater UM community on matters of college student mental health. The CAPS SAB was established in 2008 and advises CAPS on matters of mental health outreach to all students, provides valuable input on various agency decisions and is involved in staff searches. CAPS SAB members have the opportunity to work closely with the Director and Associate Director of Counseling and Psychological Services. We truly value CAPS SAB input and work hard towards implementing suggestions.
Examples of topics/activities we have worked on:
- #CAPSonTimeOut mental health social media challenge
- Creating, writing and acting in a CAPS promotional video
- Providing significant student perspective and suggestions in creating a “Part 2” to the well-established CAPS QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention training
- Promoting and engaging with students through the Semester Survival 101 tabling event
- Providing recommendations on CAPS social media, suicide prevention and eating disorders and body image outreach efforts
- Providing valuable input in advocating for “CAPS After Hours” information to be printed on the back of every new MCard
- Providing guidance and feedback for the “University of Michigan Student’s Guide to Mental Health Hospitalization”
- Increasing accessibility and knowledge regarding the CAPS appointment process
A few activities to expect during the 2018-19 year:
- Discussing mental health issues that affect the entire UM student body
- Hosting the annual CAPS SAB Semester Survival tabling event
- Potentially collaborating with the CAPS in Action Student Group
- Meeting and asking questions of interested SAB applicants at the end of the academic year and providing recommendations to the Director and Associate Director of CAPS
The purpose of this application is to determine your interest in committing to the CAPS SAB and determining the best fit. As you fill out the application, please keep in mind what you can contribute as a member and how you would benefit by serving on the CAPS SAB. Note: The CAPS SAB does not provide peer counseling.
*We typically meet the 1st Friday of every month from October until April with a half-day retreat in September. We will also provide 1-2 outreach events focused on decreasing stigma and increasing college student mental health awareness each semester.
*Applications are due by 5 pm on Friday, March 30th.