U-M Counseling and Psychological Services

There are 4 primary ways in which CAPS systemically partners with others on campus to provide leadership for student mental health. 

The purpose of these partnerships is to personally connect with units across campus, serve as consultants and referral sources to individuals who are seeking advice regarding a student in need of CAPS services, and to regularly share general information about student mental health.

I. Embedded Model

CAPS counselors are dedicated to 12 Schools and Colleges. Each staff member 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. Learn more about the Embedded Model HERE.

II. Specialized Consultant Model

We provide specialized consultant services for 7 Schools/Colleges which overall takes the forms of having a dedicated CAPS staff member who know the culture of each S/C, key people dedicated to student services, and key student leaders/student groups. The CAPS staff member is the main person to connect the S/C with all CAPS resources and other CAPS staff. Ongoing meetings and communications are frequent, tailored to each S/C, and provide a way for faculty and staff to receive specialized consultations.

III. Liaison Program

CAPS has multiple liaison relationships with units all across campus. A liaison relationship is a mutual, ongoing, information exchange between a CAPS staff representative and a departmental unit or student group within the campus community. These relationships facilitate open communication and resource sharing which ultimately increases the effectiveness of CAPS within the larger university.

IV. Key Group Efforts

CAPS staff provides mental health expertise to the following key partnership standing groups throughout the year. These efforts all aid in providing support to the mental health needs of students.
Emergency Mental Health Group
Garrett Less Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant
Dean's Behavioral Intervention Team
Clinical Care Management Team
Emergency Health Advisory Team 

CAPS currently has several partnerships across campus.  These can be found on our "Meet Our Staff" page.

Benefit of CAPS Campus Wide Partnerships

  • CAPS becomes more personal (face to face contact)
  • Sharing of mental health data
  • Receiving CAPS information on a regular basis throughout the year with tailored messages and information
  • CAPS staff understanding particular issues facing students in the school/college/unit or in certain communities
  • Introducing student mental health perspectives to relevant unit issues
  • CAPS staff being an ally and advocate for your School/College/Unit
  • Academic staff knowing resources and how to make appropriate referrals

Benefits for students

  • Students in your School/College/Unit will be more aware and up to date with services offered by CAPS and other mental health resources
  • Total CAPS staff, via the liaison, will be better able to provide service with increased knowledge of student’s School/College/Unit, of relevant particular issues, etc.