Scope of Services
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) provides brief individual, group and couples counseling services. Services are provided by licensed mental health professionals (psychologists and professional clinical counselors) and supervised graduate student trainees. Students currently receiving counseling at CAPS may also receive psychiatric services (medication evaluation and management) from a CAPS attending psychiatrist or supervised psychiatric resident if deemed appropriate. CAPS also provides consultation and outreach services to the larger UC community.
Eligible students include matriculated students enrolled in courses for the current semester at any UC Campus. Students enrolled in the following programs are not eligible for services:
- UC Distance Learning (unless student is an area resident and able to attend in-person appointments at the CAPS Uptown location.)
- UC Study Abroad
- Senior Audit
- Professional Development
- Dual Enrollment
- Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities
CAPS does not provide phone or online counseling services.
CAPS remains open throughout the summer to students who are taking summer classes. Students who are not registered for summer classes are not eligible to initiate counseling over the summer. In such cases, students will be referred out for services. Exceptions are made for students who are already actively engaged in counseling in the spring and are enrolled for the following fall. Students who are unsure of their enrollment status are encouraged to consult with the Registrar to determine eligibility for services.
Clinical services are provided at the Uptown campus and are designed to support students emotionally as they work toward academic success. In order to make services widely available to the entire UC student body, CAPS utilizes a short-term or brief counseling model. Clinicians will assess students’ need at the onset of treatment to determine the necessary format (group, individual or couples) and the number, frequency and length of sessions required to meet their therapeutic goals. Clinicians may choose to make necessary adjustments as treatment progresses. Such decisions are based on the nature of students’ concerns and the available resources at CAPS. If it is determined that students need more intensive or long-term psychotherapy than CAPS can provide, they will be assisted in finding an appropriate community provider.
Emergent services are provided to ALL students. In crisis situations, no UC student will be turned away. CAPS clinicians will work to provide triage in order to assure student safety and assist students in connecting with providers who can offer the most appropriate level of care.
Our most common clinical services include:
- Emergent care and consultation for any student in crisis or in need of safety assessment.
- Counseling for issues including: anxiety, depression, trauma/assault, adjustment to college life, interpersonal/relational difficulty, sexuality, family conflict, grief and loss, disordered eating and body image, alcohol and substance abuse, anger management, identity development and issues related to diversity, concerns associated with sexual orientation and spirituality concerns.
- Counseling focused on academic performance issues including: time management, achievement, motivation, concentration, confidence, perfectionism, confidence, social skills, relaxation and meditation skills, career concerns and successful interaction with professors.
- Short-term, goal-oriented support for students coping with a chronic mental health condition.
- Psychotropic medication evaluation and management for students actively engaged in counseling at CAPS.
- Outreach, workshops and consultation for students, parents, faculty and staff.
- Let’s Talk, an informal, free, consultation service for students.
- Substance Use Psychoeducation program for students mandated by courts or judicial affairs. (CAPS does not provide mandated treatment for students beyond the psychoeducation course.)
Limits of Our Services
CAPS supports the provision of the best standard of care and thus actively refers students out who are in need of more intensive, frequent or long-term counseling or specialized services. Students who would be better served by referral to an outside provider or agency will be supported in finding such outside care either during initial phone screening, assessment or during the course of treatment. Common reasons for an outside referral include but are not limited to:
- Students with a desire to be seen more frequently than CAPS resources can provide (e.g. more than once weekly) or on a long-term basis
- Students for whom a short-term model of treatment would be unbeneficial or detrimental
- Student in need of ongoing support to treat a chronic mental health condition
- Students with a recent history of numerous suicide attempts or hospitalizations
- Students in need of immediate hospitalization
- Students with significant, chronic disordered eating symptoms which require intensive outpatient or residential treatment or whose symptoms pose a medical danger
- Students with significant substance dependence which require intensive outpatient or residential treatment, detox or hospitalization
- Students in need of ongoing medication management after termination of counseling services at CAPS
- Students who have been suspended or who have withdrawn from UC classes
- Students whose needs fall outside of the clinical expertise of our staff
- Students with active psychotic symptoms at risk for progressive deterioration of functioning and in need of intensive treatment for stabilization
- Students seeking to meet requirements of court-mandated treatment, legal proceedings or employment clearance beyond the assessment and psycho-educational course offered to students mandated by the court system.
- Students who engage in harassing, violent or threatening behaviors toward CAPS staff
- Students seeking couples counseling when domestic violence is present.
- Students who demonstrate a lack of motivation, engagement for treatment or who fail to arrive for numerous sessions
- Students who are in need of more flexible, lower cost services than our center can provide
- Students who are already engaged in and receiving counseling services from an outside provider
- Students whose treatment at CAPS would present the risk of multiple relationship (e.g. counseling or psychology doctoral students seeking practicum or internship placement at CAPS in the future)
Students who are attempting to meet the requirements of a class and who are not otherwise motivated for or in need of treatment