Who is eligible for services at CAPS?
- Law Center students are eligible for services at CAPS, including evaluations, consultations, short-term individual and group psychotherapy, and referral services.
- Faculty and staff can consult with CAPS about student situations.
What are the services offered at CAPS, and what are the fees?
- Fees: There is no charge for services at the CAPS Law Center office.
- Range of Services: CAPS offers a range of psychological and psychiatric services that attempt to balance the unique needs of individual students with the broader demands of a diverse campus community. CAPS services at the Law Center include:
- Psychiatric medication evaluation and consultations
- Crisis assessment and intervention
- Referral to community resources
- Outreaching programming
- Brief, problem-focused psychotherapy
- Group Therapy
Why should I seek services at CAPS?
- Students can come in for an evaluation for a range of concerns, including:
- Adjustment issues
- Concerns of identity and expression, including racial, cultural, sexual orientation, and gender
- Difficulty in relationships
- Family problems
- Eating and body image concerns
- Isolation and loneliness
- Stress, including academic stress
- Self-esteem problems
- Student who are considering a Medical Leave of Absence must seek an assessment and endorsement from a CAPS clinician. At the Law Center, the administrator responsible for reviewing MLOA requests is the Dean of Students.
- Any faculty, staff or student should seek a consultation if they are concerned about another student or if they are looking for referrals to community resources
- Outreach programming services for the University community are available and scheduled by the CAPS Outreach Coordinator, Afshin Nili (firstname.lastname@example.org). These services include:
- Workshops on various topics, including anxiety, depression, and stress management
- Introduction to CAPS and Q&A sessions for staff, faculty, and students
- Workshops/training for staff, faculty, and students
- Referrals to community resources for law center students as needed.
What can I expect at my first appointment?
1. FIRST CONTACT (Intake) - All appointments are made by Phone (no walk-ins at the Law Center) through the Main Campus CAPS phone number (202) 687-6985 during business hours (Mon-Fri from 9 am - 5 pm).
- The Intake Coordinator will speak with you, or call you back to conduct an Intake, a process which typically lasts from 5-15 minutes, in order to:
- obtain some basic information, including your class, school, and contact number
- obtain a brief description of your reason for coming to CAPS
- schedule an initial evaluation session with a CAPS clinician at the Law Center based on a mutually available time
- answer any questions you may have about CAPS services
- The above Intake process can also occur in person by coming to the Main Campus CAPS office.
2. EVALUATION - You will then meet with a CAPS clinician for an evaluation during the scheduled time.
- Evaluations are free for all GU Law students and all sessions are confidential (with a few exceptions as noted on the Informed Consent form provided during the evaluation process).
- Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to complete basic paperwork.
- During the evaluation period, your clinician will gather information about your presenting difficulties, your goals, your background, etc., in order to suggest the best way to address your issues.
- Also during the evaluation period, your need and interest in medication service will be discussed, if applicable.
3. DISPOSITION (THE NEXT STEP) - By the end of the evaluation, you and the clinician will both decide on the next step, which may be based on the counselor's recommendations and/or your interest. Some next steps include:
- Nothing for the moment: You may decide that you are not interested or not in need of further services.
- Brief therapy at CAPS; If appropriate, time-limited psychotherapy and counseling sessions could be offered at the CAPS Law Center location free of charge.
- Long-term therapy: Because of CAPS limited resources, your counselor may explore further referrals for your treatment off-campus.
- Psychiatric (medication) services: If applicable.
- Group therapy: If applicable.