Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides individual counseling to current University of Arkansas students.
The student health fee provides each currently enrolled student access to two (2) clinical consultations with a mental health clinician per semester. During this consultation, the clinician will gather information including:
- current symptoms and concerns
- triggering events
- any past and/or current mental health problems or diagnoses and treatments
- pertinent information about medical conditions
- student’s weekly availability for treatment
- student’s access to resources such as health insurance
- any other information deemed necessary by the clinician for diagnostic or planning purposes
After a thorough assessment, the clinician will provide helpful information and advice about the student’s concern(s). In the event that a complete assessment cannot be made during the clinical consultation, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled to complete the assessment and provide information and advice.
Not all students who visit CAPS for a clinical consultation will be seen on an ongoing basis at CAPS. After a clinical consultation, a number of possible outcomes may occur, including but not limited to the following:
- The student may apply the information and advice received on his or her own, and plan to contact CAPS again if additional services are needed or the student’s attempts are unsuccessful.
- The student may be referred to other student support services available at the University of Arkansas, such as the Counselor-In-Residence Program, Center for Educational Access, and/or Dean of Students office, where indicated, to better address a student’s specific needs.
- The student may be referred to community-based providers, depending upon resources, for additional consultation or ongoing mental health treatment services.
- The student may be referred to the Primary Medical Clinic or Women’s Clinic for additional diagnostic assessment or treatment of a medical condition contributing to a mental health concern, or in some cases for psychiatric services.
- The student may be seen at CAPS for a scheduled follow-up consultation, ongoing group or short-term individual counseling, and/or psychiatric services.
CAPS is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday
24 hour emergency services are available by calling (479) 575-5276.