U-M Counseling and Psychological Services

In 2014, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) embarked on a new way of effectively and efficiently distributing mental health services for students across the schools and colleges by creating a community-based model - placing CAPS clinicians inside some of the schools and colleges, known as the embedded model.  CAPS counselors are now placed in 12 different Schools and Colleges at UM.  By doing so, each therapist 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.

The goals of the model include:

  • Increase support of all U of M students’ mental health and wellness via direct, local service delivery, including clinical, consultation, and prevention services targeting low and high risk needs, developmental issues, diagnosable illnesses, crisis intervention, and psychiatric emergencies.
  • Meet the expressed needs of U of M Deans, Associate Deans, faculty, and administrators in the schools and colleges for local, accessible intervention and prevention services for students.

Read a recent article about the "Embedded Model" published in the Michigan Daily here.

Check out this article from the Huffington Post regarding Michigan's Embedded Model.

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CAPS Embedded Staff

In August 2014, CAPS started the model with three counselors located in the four Schools and Colleges on North Campus.  In August 2015, four more CAPS Embedded counselors were added.  Most recently in August 2017, CAPS welcomed five more CAPS counselors who will expand the Embedded Model. 

Embedded Counselors (click staff names for direct links to staff bio pages):

Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design and A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning

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A Special Note Regarding Confidentiality

A Special Note Regarding Confidentiality

As someone who cares about students and their well-being, it is completely understandable that you may want to know specifics regarding the therapeutic content and/or services that a student might be participating in at CAPS. However, as mental health-care providers, CAPS is legally and ethically required to uphold standards of confidentiality, and students expect us to uphold these standards.

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Embedded Consultation and Prevention Services

Consultation for faculty and staff:

  • Embedded counselors will be available for consultation with faculty and staff in their respective schools and colleges regarding students of concern through weekly drop-in hours and appointments

Preventative Services:

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Embedded Clinical Services

Clinical Services:
Short-term individual therapy services are available for currently enrolled U-M students in the respective schools and colleges.


Embedded Model

In 2014, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) embarked on a new way of effectively and efficiently distributing mental health services for students across the schools and colleges by creating a community-based model - placing CAPS clinicians inside some of the schools and colleges, known as the embedded model.  CAPS counselors are now placed in 8 different Schools and Colleges at UM.

Find more information (including CAPS Embedded Staff, Confidentiality, and more) about the Embedded Model HERE.