U-M Counseling and Psychological Services

Services provided by CAPS fall into three main categories: clinical, outreach/consultation, and training. Post-doc activities within each area are outlined below.

Clinical Services

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 Counseling Appointments (FCA): This session focuses on developing the therapeutic alliance, expanding the clinical assessment from the IC data, and beginning brief counseling.

Ongoing Appointments: The philosophy and policy of CAPS is to provide brief therapy, but there is no set number of follow-up appointments. Post-Doc's (with supervisor consultation) and permanent staff learn to manage their client load to keep direct clinical service provision at approximately 50-60% of their work time.

Counselor on Duty (COD): Each Post-Doc provides two hours weekly of crisis service, which includes walk-in clients and consultations to faculty, staff and concerned others. The Post-Doc crisis shift will be 5-7 pm; however, CAPS staff members do not provide after-hours crisis coverage.

Groups: Post-Doc’s may facilitate one or two groups each semester, depending on interest, agency need, and staff resources. Group facilitation may be as a co-leader, a solo facilitator, or with a social work or pre-doctoral psychology intern.  Groups may be process oriented, semi-structured or psychoeducational in design.

Specialized Assessments: Post-Doc’s will provide assessments for substance use/abuse, eating and body image concerns, or ADHD based on agency need and the Post-Docs’ interest and experience.

Outreach/Consultation

Crisis Outreach: Post-Doc's may respond as needed to campus crisis as part of a CAPS team (on occasion this occurs outside of standard work hours).

Outreach Presentations and Liaisons: Post-Doc’s respond to requests from the campus community, and/or develop and market programs to address clinical issues or meet community needs. Each fellow is to complete a minimum of four presentations and three tabling events per semester of the academic year.  Post-Docs may also affiliate with a campus student group, or choose a clinical focus area, to provide a variety of outreach services throughout the year.

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