CAPS Response to Recent Events

We at CAPS are aware of the recent tragedies and injustices impacting Black and African-American communities, including the death of George Floyd and the resulting protests around the country.

We grieve in response to the tragic events in which Black and African-American communities and others have lost their lives in and/or been impacted by racially biased encounters. We stand against racism and hate in all its forms, and support the efforts of researchers, law enforcement, clinicians, teachers and policymakers to eliminate hate crimes and police brutality. As information on these tragic events continues to unfold, we encourage those that are struggling to seek safe supportive spaces to process their feelings and experiences. We want you to know that we are available as a resource for you, and we are dedicated to helping foster a climate that is safe and affirming for all students on campus and within the community.

We are here for Georgetown students being impacted directly or indirectly by these events. Telehealth appointments are available during business hours, and our on-call service is available after hours and on weekends. To schedule a telehealth appointment, please submit a request using our First Appointment Request Form. For emergencies after hours, call 833-960-3006.

We also want to make students aware of additional clinicians in the community who focus on serving traditionally marginalized or underserved communities. Georgetown had originally contracted with them to provide services free of charge particularly for women and femmes of color who have experienced sexual assault, harassment, or trauma and we have now extended these services to include racial trauma. You can access a list of providers here.

Additional resources:

Association of Black Psychologists Self-Care Tool Kit. This 26-page tool kit, written in English and Spanish, contains information about how stress and trauma affect the body and mind, and self-care strategies for dealing with the effects of racism.

The Safe Place App. It is free and designed to reach black users with information about mental health and self-care tips and resources. Available at the Apple Store and Google Play.

 

COVID-19 Update:

Georgetown University remains dedicated to excellence in providing key services to our community. But, in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the decision to shift to a virtual environment, some University resources may be most easily accessible through alternate means.

At this time, the Law Center will be conducting all CAPS services virtually, rather than in-person, during our regular business hours. We will continue to schedule initial appointments using our First Appointment Request Form.

For more information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit the Georgetown University Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center website.

For after-hours CAPS emergencies, please call (833) 960-3006. You will be connected to a trained behavioral specialist who will provide problem-solving support to help you manage your emergency.

If you are experiencing an immediate life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to your local emergency room.

Schedule An Appointment with a CAPS Clinician

Visit the First Appointment Request Form now to request an appointment with a Law Center CAPS clinician. CAPS is currently experiencing a high volume of appointment requests. Students will be contacted for scheduling in the order the request was received. During this peak period of service utilization and access it may take up to 5 business days to receive a call back. If you are experiencing a clinical emergency please call CAPS on the main campus at 202-687-6985.

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?

CAPS services at the Law Center include:

  • Evaluations
  • Psychiatric medication evaluation and consultations
  • Crisis assessment and intervention
  • Referral to community resources
  • Consultation
  • Outreaching programming
  • Brief, problem-focused psychotherapy
  • Group Therapy

What are the fees?

There is no charge for services at the CAPS Law Center office.

Why should I seek services at CAPS?

Students can come in for an evaluation for a range of concerns, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment issues
  • Bereavement
  • Concerns of identity and expression, including racial, cultural, sexual orientation, and gender
  • Depression
  • Difficulty in relationships
  • Family problems
  • Eating and body image concerns
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Stress, including academic stress
  • Self-esteem problems
  • Suicidality

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 Georgetown Law community are available and scheduled by the CAPS Law Center Assistant Director Laura Lokker. You can reach Dr. Lokker by email here. 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

What can I expect at my first appointment?

1. First Contact (Screening) – The easiest way to set up an appointment with the Law Center CAPS office is through the First Appointment Request Form. Alternatively, you may call the Main Campus CAPS office at 202-687-6985 during business hours (Mon-Fri from 9-5) to schedule an appointment. For all appointment requests, a CAPS clinician will follow-up within the next business day.

During the screening process, a CAPS clinician will speak with you briefly to:

  • gather your name, contact number, and class year
  • ask for a brief description of your reason for coming to CAPS
  • schedule an initial consultation session with a CAPS clinician at the Law Center
  • answer any questions you may have about CAPS services

2. Initial Consultation

Initial Consultations: free for all GU Law students; 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 paperwork.

During the initial consultation, 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.

If applicable, your need and interest in medication services will be discussed.

3. Next Steps – By the end of the initial consultation, 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, time-limited counseling sessions at CAPS
  • Due to CAPS limited resources, your counselor may explore further referrals for long-term
    therapy off-campus.
  • Psychiatric (medication) services
  • Group Therapy