Services Provided

CAPS provides psychological services to the undergraduate and graduate student population of Saint  Mary’s College.  Only full time undergraduate and all graduate students enrolled at the college are considered eligible for services at CAPS.  Other members of the Saint Mary’s College community (faculty, staff, and staff currently enrolled in a graduate program at the college) are not eligible for services.  CAPS works within a time-limited, short term model.  The number of sessions is determined by clinical need, as determined by the clinician.  For individuals who need more than brief therapy or for whom group therapy is not recommended, our staff can help coordinate referrals to outside resources when longer term, specialized, or more intensive individual therapy is required.  CAPS services are included in student fees and provided at no additional charge. 

Scope of Services:

  • Initial consultation to determine if the student's needs fall within our scope of services. There is no charge for the initial consultation or individual psychotherapy sessions.  Sessions cannot be rolled over to the following academic year.
  • Group Psychotherapy - no session limit.
  • Students who miss two or more appointments without notifying their clinician in advance will not be retained in the clinician’s schedule, and might be reviewed to determine whether continued care is feasible.
  • Graduating students are encouraged to work with their clinician to arrange for transfer to off campus mental health services as part of their termination process.
  • Over the summer, psychotherapy will be limited due to staff availability. Brief services are provided to students enrolled in summer school through the month of June only. No psychiatric services are offered during the summer.
  • CAPS staff reserves the right to refer a student to off campus mental health providers should we determine their clinical needs would be best served with a referral.
  • Students who withdraw from the college are ineligible to continue services with CAPS for the remainder of the semester.
  • Students on disciplinary suspension are generally not allowed on campus and not allowed access CAPS.
  • Students who have been academically dismissed and/or involuntarily withdrawn for academic reasons are not eligible for services.
  • Students who have completed a medical withdrawal will not be eligible for services until their return to classes.

The following are examples of student clinical concerns that are typically viewed as being beyond the scope of CAPS services:

  • A clinical presentation with severe physical symptoms (e.g. severe eating disorder, severe depression, severe substance) that requires medical/psychiatric treatment and is best addressed by a comprehensive/team treatment approach.
  • A clinical presentation with an extensive history of severe symptoms and/or suicidality. Evidence that the client is prone to experience frequent crises (e.g. client requires 24 hour monitoring; high number of clinical professionals involved in maintaining client’s stability or managing client’s case).
  • An extensive history of past clinical treatment with little indication of symptom resolution.
  • Clinical indicators suggest intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization or hospitalization would be the most appropriate level of care.
  • Situations in which it is determined that treatment available at CAPS would be detrimental to the student or to the proper functioning of the center.
  • Students who are non-compliant with treatment, as defined by two no-shows for any services, repeated stops and starts to therapy, and/or repeated requests for a different clinician.
  • Students who want or require an open-ended, potentially long-term treatment relationship.
  • Students presenting with concerns that fall outside staff expertise and/or CAPS' mission, including but not limited to court ordered, forensically oriented assessment (including alcohol and drug assessments).
  • Students who exhibit inappropriate, harassing, menacing, threatening or violent behaviors toward CAPS staff.
  • Providing treatment would place a clinician into a dual or conflicting role.
  • Situations in which it is determined that treatment available at CAPS would be detrimental to the student or to the proper functioning of the agency.
  • Topics include transition and change, relationship issues, identity, grief/loss, substance abuse, body image/issues with food, depression and anxiety. We also offer a broad array of workshops.