2. Consultation with Counseling and Psychological Services.
When we receive your call a CaPS Clinical Therapist will take your call immediately if someone is free or will call you back as soon as possible. If you believe it may be an emergency situation, let the secretary know this and either the Director or Clinical Supervisor will take your call. The number is 665-2574. You are also invited to e-mail* the Director or other staff member.
There may be occasions when it is appropriate to obtain additional information about the student in question, or have him/her come to CaPS for assessment. In such cases, the necessary steps will be taken to arrange this. In accordance with the requirements of confidentiality, it will not be possible for CaPS to reveal any clinical data that may exist regarding the student - or even if the student is a CaPS client. We will, however, consult with you and provide some suggestions for follow-up.
The central question will be to determine if the student's expressions are evidence of severe mental illness, if the student is a danger to self or others, or if some type of treatment or intervention is warranted. Whenever appropriate, CaPS will work closely and consult with the Dean of Students and University Police.
In the past, consultation and/or assessment in such cases has revealed the existence of an emotional problem. At other times, however, we have found that some students were unaware that they had created a problem for others, or were unintentionally violating cultural or social norms. Regardless of the student's understanding of the impact of their work on others, it is important and appropriate to evaluate aberrant or potentially dangerous student expression and, if necessary, intervene.
*Please note that e-mail cannot be guaranteed to be a confidential means of communication.