Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CAPS)
The services offered by the CAPS Center are available to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students. Part-time matriculated students are welcome to schedule a onetime free consultation session to learn of local resources that provide personal counseling. Services include individual counseling, group counseling, consultation services, referral services, and crisis intervention. Counselors also offer programs on a variety of personal development topics and issues throughout the academic year. All services are free of charge and all counseling contacts are confidential. Records of counseling contacts are kept separate from a student’s medical or academic records.
The focus of University counseling services is on personal and life development. Common issues addressed through our services typically include problems such as stress management, test anxiety, general anxiety, depression, eating issues, substance abuse, relationship problems, and family problems. Students who present issues that need a more intensive, long-term treatment approach are offered off-campus referral sources where their needs can be more adequately addressed.
The counseling staff includes a Licensed Psychologist, a Masters-level Licensed Professional Counselor, a Registered Dietitian Consultant, Graduate Interns, Student Peer Advocates, and Student Peer Educators. We also have access to the services of an Addictions Counselor. The CAPS Center is located on the ground floor of McGowan Hall. Our hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments may be made by calling 570-674-6408 or by coming down to the Center. A counselor is available 24 hours a day for emergencies. Students may access the counselor on call after hours by contacting the Office of Safety and Security at 570-674-6300 or by making the request through a resident assistant (RA). Students do not have to identify the reason for requesting the counselor on call.
Faculty, staff, and students who wish to refer a student for counseling services, or to consult about a student, may contact the Director, Dr. Cindy March, at 570-674-6366, or in the case of immediate need, may walk the student to the Center to access a counselor in a more timely manner.