Outreach and Campus Engagement

The mission of Outreach and Campus Engagement Services is to bring CAPS services and clinicians out of the counseling center and into the UC community to improve campus life. 

Through outreach and Community Engagement, we hope to engage students in CAPS services, change attitudes and stigma about mental health, and reach out to individuals and communities that may otherwise not seek mental health services.

Outreach includes community consultation with students, faculty, and staff; presence at events to improve the mental wellness of our campus; and education about relevant topics.

A Community of Care

Outreach and Campus Engagement includes developing relationships with academic departments and student affairs and services offices. Our liaison staff provides assistance to departments/offices across campus designed to meet the psychological and developmental needs of students. We value building collaborative relationships with our campus partners. 

CAPS provides presentations to the UC community for a variety of topics related to mental health and wellness. These workshops and programs can be tailored to meet the specific needs of groups/units across campus, i.e. workshops on issues of diversity within units or factors that impact the mental health needs and functioning of at risk or targeted groups. If you would like to request a workshop or presentation, please visit our Campus Link page for Community Outreach Requests.

Let's Talk is a program which provides easy access to clinicians from UC's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). This service is available for all UC students who may not need traditional counseling, but could still benefit from one-on-one support. Visit the Let's Talk Page for more information

CAPS engages in numerious suicide prevention initiatives including the provison of the free suicide prevention app REACHout, a 24/7 crisis and consultation line accessed through our main phone number (513) 556-0648, and the suicide prevention training Bearcats Care. Bearcats Care was patterned after Campus Connect, a nationally recognized suicide prevention program created specifically for use on college campuses. Click here for more information.

CAPS offers a variety of essential mental health trainings. We believe in creating and supporting a trauma informed community within the university. These training are designed to provide helpful information and resources to faculty, staff, and students. Trainings include supporting students in distress, evidence-informed ways to support students after trauma, and suicide prevention. 

Managing Students in Distress

This training provides an overview of current trends within college mental health and our community of care approch to addressing the mental health needs of the UC community. We discuss CAPS services and ways to access services. We also provide guidance on roles of faculty/staff and mental health on campus, signs of distress in the classroom, and tips on how to engage students effectively. This training also provides information on how to connect students to CAPS and/or additional resources within the community. 

Evidence Informed Ways to Support Students After Trauma

This training provides an overview of Psychological First Aid and how we can apply these evidence informed foundations in creating a trauma informed community. Attendees learn about the concepts and apply the information to a campus based scenario. 

Bearcats Care Suicide Prevention Training

Bearcats Care is a suicide prevention training that was patterned after Campus Connect, a nationally recognized suicide prevention program created specifically for use on college campuses. Click here for more information.