Initial Consultation (IC): These are half-hour discussions with students within 1-3 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 Appointments (FA): A simultaneous process of evaluation and beginning brief work or a referral. Trainees alternate between one and two FA's every other week. Students seen for an FA 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 appointments. Trainees, with supervisor consultation, learn to manage their client load to keep direct clinical service at approximately 50% of their work time.
Other service delivery options (to be decided in conjunction with supervisor and Program Coordinator):
Counselor on Duty (COD): Since the trainee is still building up a caseload, the early Fall semester is an excellent time to shadow permanent staff on COD, which includes walk-in clients and consultations to faculty, staff and concerned others. Given that trainees are on site only 16 hours per week and are NOT supervised by Licensed Psychologists, Practicum trainees are generally not assigned to the regular 3-hour shifts. A trainee interested in this experience must arrange this with the Practicum Coordinator and/or the Training Director.
Group Counseling: Every semester, CAPS offers many different kinds of groups such as rotating drop-in workshops and ongoing interpersonal process groups. Generally, due to the limited time that Practicum students are on-site and because full-time trainees are required to co-facilitate a group, opportunities are limited.
Outreach: CAPS’s vibrant outreach program offers many opportunities for even part-time students to pair up with permanent staff especially during the first few weeks of the academic year and then again at the beginning of the Winter semester.