Services provided by CAPS fall into three main categories: clinical, outreach/consultation, and training. Post-MSW activities within each area are outlined below.
Initial Consultation (IC): These are half-hour discussions with students within 1-5 days of a student seeking CAPS services. Collaboratively, the counselor and student make decisions about the most effective next steps for support or treatment.
First Counseling Appointments (FCA): A simultaneous process of evaluation and beginning the referral or brief counseling/therapy process. Post-MSW fellows provide FCA's each week. Students seen for an FCA generally continue as clients with that therapist.
Ongoing Appointments: The philosophy and policy of CAPS is to provide brief therapy, but there is no set number of or limitations to follow-up appointments. Post-MSW fellows (with supervisor consultation) and permanent staff learn to manage their client load to keep direct clinical service provision at approximately 60% of their work time.
Counselor on Duty (COD): Each post-MSW fellow provides three hours weekly of crisis service, which includes walk-in clients and consultations to faculty, staff and concerned others. CAPS staff do not generally provide after-hours crisis interventions.
Groups: Post-MSW fellows may facilitate one group each semester, depending on interest, agency need, and staff resources. Group facilitation may be with a social work or pre-doctoral psychology intern. Groups may be process oriented, semi-structured or psychoeducational in design.
Crisis Outreach: Post-MSW fellows may respond as needed to campus crises as part of a CAPS team (on occasion this occurs outside of standard work hours).
Outreach Presentations and Liaisons: Post-MSW fellows required to provide outreach workshops and/or psycho-educational presentations and programs to residence halls, classrooms, student organizations, and university offices and departments. Post-MSW fellows will do a minimum of 4 workshop type outreaches per semester.