UC CAPS provides all actively enrolled, matriculating students with four free counseling appointments per semester. This includes an initial 50 minute assessment and three follow-up individual counseling appointments. Appointments thereafter are billed according to our fee structure (fee structure). In order to make services widely available to the entire UC student body, CAPS has implemented a 10-session, brief-counseling model per academic year. Students who are in need of more intensive, frequent or long-term counseling or specialized services are supported in finding outside care.
Medication is an effective treatment for depression, mood swings, anxiety, sleep problems, attention deficit disorders and other conditions. It may be used alone or in combination with counseling. For many conditions, people benefit most when they receive both counseling and medication.
We have psychiatric residents available at CAPS to prescribe and monitor medication for our clients who are in active treatment with one of our counselors. It is your choice whether to use medication. If we believe medication may be helpful, we will refer you to one of our psychiatric residents for evaluation and medication management. You will have follow-up sessions with the psychiatric resident in order to monitor your progress. Since every person is different, it may take some time to know what the best regimen is for you.
The first appointment, psychiatric evaluation, is one hour in length. Subsequent medication management appointments are a half hour. Our psychiatric residents have limited time at CAPS. It is very important that you keep your scheduled appointments.
If you do not give us at least 48 hours notice of a cancellation, we must charge a $25 missed appointment fee.
To be eligible for our psychiatric services, you must also be seen in regular therapy sessions here.
When you have reached your goals, a termination session is scheduled in order to discuss progress made and further areas you may wish to explore through other methods. Your therapist will begin to talk with you about this termination at the appropriate time. Please make every effort to attend this final stage of therapy, as it can be just as important to you as other sessions. Once you have ended your treatment it is possible that you may want to return to therapy in the future when you are experiencing similar symptoms or additional stresses. This is a normal and positive response to having a satisfying therapeutic experience.
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Interested in a friendly, informal conversation with a member of the staff at Counseling & Psychological Services? Just walk in for a confidential consultation! Speaking with a counselor consultant can help provide support, insight, solutions, and information about other resources.
Let’s Talk is a mental health program that provides drop-in consultations for University of Cincinnati students. It’s free, no appointment is necessary, and students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
Let's Talk is not a substitute for formal counseling and doesn’t constitute mental health treatment but the counseling consultants can listen to your specific problems and introduce you to what it’s like to speak to a member of our staff.
No topic is off limits. Common concerns include:
- academic performance
- family problems
- financial struggles
For more information, go to Let's Talk
Substance Use Assessment Counseling and Intervention Program Expand
The Substance Use Assessment Counseling and Intervention Program is a clinical program that is provided at The University of Cincinnati Health & Wellness Center (HWC) – Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) and Student Wellness Center (SWC). This program is designed to help students explore their alcohol and drug behaviors, assess for risk factors that can lead to problems, and improve decision-making skills to reduce harmful behaviors.
Students referred through the University of Cincinnati Student Conduct Office as well as self-referred students seeking assistance on their behalf. This program does not fulfill a court diversion program or meet conditions of probation.
Getting Started with BASICS:
The program begins with the student participating in BASICS, which is the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students. BASICS is a two-session program that starts with an initial one-hour interview followed by another hour of self-report questionnaires. The first interview is then followed by a 1-2 week period of self-monitoring, and a second interview that is a one-hour feedback session that incorporates patterns of alcohol use and risks associated with alcohol use. BASICS typically takes 4 or 5 weeks to complete.
The BASICS program provides:
- A confidential service for students to openly explore their alcohol use.
- An assessment of risk for continued alcohol related problems.
- Personalized feedback to promote reduced risk for alcohol related problems.
- If referred by Judicial Affairs, a letter of completion/incompletion regarding a student’s participation in BASICS.
- Confidential recommendations to students.
The BASICS program does not:
- Do a full assessment of other drug use.
- Transmit personal information or details about a student’s participation in the program to outside referral sources. This creates a level of safety that most students need in order to honestly assess their alcohol use.
- Result in the diagnosis of a mental health or substance use disorder or a formal alcohol and drug assessment. If this is required by the courts or your probation officer, you will need to seek this service elsewhere (such as a community-based agency or with an external qualified professional).
- Fulfill a court diversion program or meet conditions of probation.
Outcome of BASICS:
Upon completion of BASICS, a student will be placed in the most appropriate track listed below:
Track one is called the Alcohol Skills Building and Education Program (ASEP) offered through the Student Wellness Center. This is a 1.5 hour educational program intended to learn information and gain skills aimed to change drinking and drug behavior and associated lifestyle habits. This one-time workshop does not involve a formal alcohol and other drug assessment or individual or group counseling sessions. The cost for ASEP is $50.00 per session.
Students who are referred to the Alcohol Skills Building and Education Program typically meet the following conditions:
- No more than one alcohol or drug violation.
- Minor alcohol or drug violations.
- Could benefit from education to prevent further alcohol or drug problems or violations.
The Alcohol Skills and Training Program does not include or provide:
- A comprehensive alcohol and other drug assessment.
- A court diversion program or meet conditions of probation.
Track two is called the Extended Alcohol and other Drug Services (EADS) offered through Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS). Track two is designed for students mandated through U.C. and who have been determined to need a more comprehensive approach as a result of more serious alcohol and other drug problems. Track two includes a minimum of 5 individual counseling sessions and 5 group counseling sessions and can include more specialized assessments. Track two does not fulfill a court diversion program or meet conditions of probation. The cost for this track is $200.00.
Student who are referred to track two typically meet the following conditions:
- Have two or more alcohol or drug violations.
- The student has a pattern of academic problems related to alcohol or drug use including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall.
- There are major consequences related to alcohol and/or drug use, such as violent outbursts and physical assaults, disorderly conduct, OVI (Operating a Vehicle Impaired), or other major legal consequences.
- Require more than education to help prevent further problems.
Track three is a comprehensive alcohol and drug assessment and referral track and is designed for students who have severe alcohol or other drug problems and need a more intensive approach that is beyond the scope of service at CAPS. Referrals are made to an alcohol and drug program in the community for more intensive treatment. The track three program will provide case management services to ensure students are connected with a treatment program and other needed resources.
Student who are referred to track three typically meet the following conditions:
- Three or more alcohol or other drug violations.
- Have not been able to change drinking or drug behaviors through CAPS.
- Have withdrawal symptoms or other life threatening health problems associated with alcohol or other drug problems.
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We provide onsite emergent services on Monday through Friday from 1 – 4 pm. You may walk in or call our office between those hours at 513-556-0648, to let us know that you need to see someone immediately.
After Hours Crises Call
Evenings, weekends, and other times when we are closed, you may call our direct number at 513-556-0648 and press 1, to speak with a counselor 24/7. For additional information on services for student who are in crisis.
Case Management Expand
For clients who have other needs, we provide case management services, helping them identify on-campus or community resources. This may include financial, legal, academic, or housing issues.
UC has many offices that assist students with academic and personal needs. These include Educational Services, Women's Center, Ethnic Programs and Services, Center for Access and Transition, Career Development Center, Campus Ministry, Financial Aid, University Health Services, Impact Solutions, Disability Services, Judicial Affairs, and others.
Group Therapy Expand
Group therapy is a type of counseling that can be very effective in helping people solve problems and feel better about themselves and their lives. Group therapy typically consists of four to ten students and two counselors who meet for about ninety minutes once a week. All participants agree to keeping confidentiality about who is in the group and what is disclosed. Groups may be the sole treatment or complement individual therapy. Groups can also be a good way to continue to benefit from services after finishing individual therapy. All potential members of a group meet with a group leader in advance for a screening interview. The process helps to find a good fit between a student and a particular group. Learn more about group therapy "What Happens in a Therapy Group". To see our listing of current groups CAPS offers, Group Therapy.
Sexaul & Gender-based Violence (ARISE Program) Expand
The sexual assault services program of the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers confidential crisis intervention, support group, and ongoing individual counseling services to UC students who are survivors of sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking, and/or intimate partner violence (IPV). CAPS staff will assist students to connect with appropriate resources on campus and community for education, safety planning, academic and housing accommodation, etc. Please visit Sexual Assault Program for more information on Reporting Allegations of Discrimination or Harassment, Sexual Assault FAQ and Resources for Survivors.
To access any of the services of the sexual assault services program or to request a consultation, contact CAPS at 513-556-0648 (8:00 am-5:00 pm, Monday-Friday) during office hours. After office hours, please contact our 24 hour Sexual Assault Support Helpline at 513-556-0648 and press 1 for a consultant.
After office hours, please contact community partner, Women Helping Women at (513) 381-5610 (24 hour hotlines).
The Mind Body Wellness Room Expand
CAPS Wellness Rooms FAQs
What are the CAPS Wellness Rooms?
CAPS welcomes student to utilize two new Wellness Rooms free of charge: The Meditation Room and the Biofeedback Room.
The Meditation Room provides a quiet, tranquil space where students can meditate using chairs or traditional meditation cushions (zafus and zabutans). Students can utilize guided meditation audio and/or attend an introduction to meditation workshop to support them as they develop their meditation practice.
Biofeedback is an alternative medicine approach which uses digital feedback to assist users in practicing body and thought control as they develop relaxation and concentration skills. The Biofeedback room provides three different computerized games controlled by players through the use of finger sensors. Bio (meaning body) and feedback (meaning information) uses information from the body (such as heart rate and skin conductivity) to help players learn to control their breathing, reduce muscle tension and think positively. The Mind Body Wellness Room