SERVICES PROVIDED AT CAPS
Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) is committed to promoting inclusion. We strive to provide respectful treatment to students of every background and recognize the impact of oppression and marginalization on mental health. We value and embrace the richness inherent to the intersections of one’s race, ethnicity, nationality, heritage, gender identity and expression, sexual/romantic orientation, ability, religion/spirituality, age, socioeconomic status, body shape/size, as well as other personal and social characteristics. These intersecting factors which comprise an individual’s identity are important in guiding and enhancing the services we provide to our students. We will continue to be a safe and affirming space on campus. You are welcome here.
Single Session Therapy is one-time, single, goal-oriented therapy session that provides students with strategies to help navigate a specific situation or goal. Research shows that attending one session can sometimes be enough to start the process of making meaningful life change.
Before scheduling a Single Session Therapy Appointment, you decide on a goal for the session such as, “Make a decision,” “Cope with a break-up,” or “Increase motivation.” The CAPS Clinician will help clarify the concern and help you develop a personalized action plan that involves skills and strategies.
- You understand what your concern is, but just can’t quite figure out what to do next.
- You are interested in a single conversation with a professional who will help create an action plan.
- You are facing a problem, dilemma, or conflict and don’t know how to resolve it.
- You are looking for solutions you can implement now.
- You are not interested in ongoing CAPS services.
- You do not have a current clinician.
- You have been to CAPS in the past and are now only interested in a one-time session to address a current concern.
- You believe you are in crisis, for example, you are having thoughts about harming yourself or someone else. If this is true, please call 706-542-2273 for 24/7 clinical support, or by walking into CAPS on the second floor of the University Health Center.
- You are interested in ongoing brief services through CAPS. If this is true please walk in to CAPS for a complimentary screening during business hours, or call 706-542-2273 if a phone screening is required.
- You believe you need ongoing, longer-term support for a more complex issue. If this is true, please log in to your University Health Center Patient Portal, or call the CAPS front desk at 706-542-2273 to schedule a complimentary CAPS Transition of Care Appointment for additional support.
Read more about costs. When you schedule a CAPS Single Session it is assumed that you will keep that appointment. If you do not attend the scheduled appointment, or do not cancel the CAPS Single Session 24 hours in advance you will be charged a $30 fee.
Research indicates that group counseling often is the preferred and most effective form of treatment for many concerns. CAPS groups provide participants with the opportunity to receive support, understanding, and insight from other students with similar concerns. Our groups usually meet weekly during the semester and are facilitated by CAPS clinicians in a confidential setting.
CAPS develops a schedule for group counseling at the beginning of each semester.
Please check the Groups Schedule for a list and description of currently available groups. Group counseling may be recommended for you during your initial Screening appointment, or there may be a group you have identified that you are interested in joining. Current clients may speak to their clinicians about joining a group. If you are interested in a group but never have been to CAPS or have not been to CAPS in at least six months, you will first need to have a Screening appointment, which is the point of entry for all CAPS services. For a screening, students can walk in to CAPS for a during business hours. If a phone screening is required, please call CAPS at 706-542-2273 to schedule.
CAPS psychiatric clinicians provide consultation to counseling staff and primary care clinicians. For those individuals who desire or require assessment and treatment with a Psychiatrist or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, limited services are available at UHC.
At the current time, CAPS will offer transition of care assistance to off-campus psychiatric providers to meet the needs of eligible patients. Examples where these services may be utilized include:
- Individuals who desire or require assessment and treatment by a Psychiatrist or Nurse Practitioner specializing in mental health.
- Individuals who desire to begin or transfer treatment for ADHD.
- Individuals requiring ongoing psychiatric stabilization, intensive treatment, complex medication management, or specialized services
Patients who already have an established relationship with a psychiatric provider outside of CAPS are encouraged to continue treatment with that provider.
CAPS provides crisis services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for urgent situations. If you or someone you know is thinking about harming yourself or another person, cannot keep themselves safe, or is in so much distress you are unable to function in daily activities, these services may be appropriate for you.
As always, CAPS remains committed to supporting students. 24/7 support is available by calling CAPS directly at 706-542-2273. Crisis services do not require a scheduled appointment and students do not need to be an established client to access this service.
There are also other crisis and after-hours resources available. If you or someone you know needs support, several resources include:
- National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)
- LGBT Youth Suicide Hotline: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386-7)
- Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741741
- Free, 24/7, Confidential
- How it works: Someone texts into the Crisis Text line anywhere, anytime, about any type of crisis and a live, trained specialist responds. That specialist helps the person through confidential counseling and providing referral information.
Other Local Emergency Mental Health Resources:
- Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL): 1-800-715-4225
GCAL provides 24/7 crisis intervention and referral information for Georgians in need.
- GCAL Text and chat:
My GCAL app: Individuals can text and chat with behavioral health professionals in Georgia through the app 24/7.
- St. Mary’s Hospital ER
1230 Baxter Street, Athens
- Piedmont Athens Regional ER
1199 Prince Avenue, Athens
CAPS provides brief counseling to UGA students and their eligible partners. For individuals who would benefit from longer term services or for those who may require specialized services, we provide assistance with transitions to a number of community resources – both on & off campus.
CAPS recognizes the costs and courage that it can take to ask for help. We also acknowledge the emotional labor involved in accessing quality mental health care. That is why we have built a team of Case Managers to aid in making this transition as smooth and stress-free as possible.
You might benefit from working with a Case Manager to find an alternative resource if you:
- Could benefit from ongoing psychiatric stabilization and complex medication management.
- Need more intensive treatment than CAPS can provide.
- Would benefit from specialized services that are not within the expertise of CAPS clinical staff members.
- Prefer longer-term mental health support.
- Already have an established relationship(s) with provider(s) outside of CAPS and do not plan or desire to transfer care to CAPS.
- Prefer referrals to other resources during high-demand times of the semester when there may be a wait for CAPS services.
Our Case Managers will walk alongside you throughout the course of the referral process. Together, we will explore a variety of referral options and will assist you in connecting to the care that you are so deserving of. To schedule an appointment with a Case Manager, please contact our front office at 706-542-2273 and request to schedule a “Transition of Care” appointment.
To learn more about providers & resources in the community, please visit our online referral database at uga.rints.com. Here, you can search for providers who may be a good fit for you and your needs.
Do not hesitate to contact The CAPS Case Management Team at 706-542-2273 with any questions or concerns. We look forward to supporting you in this process in whatever capacity feels most appropriate for you.
CAPS offers programs to the University of Georgia community that primarily emphasize education, early intervention, prevention, and post-vention. Programs that we offer are intended to provide a proactive focus while disseminating knowledge and reducing mental health stigma.
CAPS welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with faculty, staff, and student groups in the development of programs to meet particular needs. Please visit the CAPS: Outreach Services page for further information. If you are interested in scheduling a CAPS program, please contact the CAPS Outreach Coordinator by phone (706) 542-2273 or complete the Program Request Form. We suggest that you make your request at least one month prior to your intended program date. Please keep in mind that fulfillment of program requests is contingent upon staff availability and expertise. CAPS clinical staff members do not provide informational interviews or meet with students in order to satisfy the requirements for an academic or related assignment.
Consultation services are offered to the University of Georgia campus community and are an integral part of what we do at CAPS. Our professional staff offers this service in the form of established liaison relationships with other offices across campus and as requested by faculty, staff, students, and concerned others. CAPS consultation services provide an opportunity for our staff to extend our mental health expertise outside of CAPS and offer assistance regarding concerns that include, but are not limited to:
- Making referrals to CAPS.
- Suggestions for identifying and helping distressed individuals.
- Recommendations for responding to specific situations.
- Discussion of concerns prior to an individual coming to CAPS for services.
- Continuity of care and timely exchange of important information.
- Referral to appropriate resources both on campus and in the local community.
Mental health records are confidential under law in the state of Georgia. We can receive information from you once an individual becomes a client at CAPS, but information cannot be provided by our office unless a client gives us written permission to do so by signing a Release of Information form. Without such a release we can neither confirm nor deny that a specific individual is receiving services at CAPS. Exceptions to confidentiality may occur only under certain circumstances. These exceptions include serious immediate threat to the life or welfare of the individual, of another person, or to the campus community.
If you would like to consult with CAPS, you may contact our office at (706) 542-2273 during regular business hours to consult with a CAPS Clinician. CAPS also offers after-hours clinical crisis support; call (706) 542-2273 after regular business hours to connect or consult with a clinician.