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September 16, 2016

Welcome to Fall 2016 at UCSB! This quarter promises to be exciting and may be challenging as we approach the election season. As we look forward to the intellectual stimulation of achieving goals, please remember that our campus values respectful, civil, healthy dialogues as we navigate differences of opinion.

Whether you are a new or returning student you can benefit from many wonderful programs at CAPS. In addition to our individual therapy and consultation services, we have many group counseling, workshop, and seminar offerings. Our Mental Health Peer Program has expanded to 21 trained peers - including Graduate Student Peers (click here for more info about the MHP Program). Stop by and de-stress in our Massage Chairs; or perhaps you may want to come in to find out how to deal with academic anxiety. We also highly recommend walking around the lagoon or checking out the labyrinth to cope with a stressful day. It's important to eat, sleep, and exercise regularly - even if you have a really busy schedule or it's the middle of taking midterms or grading finals. You will do better in general if you take some time to take care of yourself - physically, as well as mentally. 

CAPS will be offering a Place for Peace this quarter. This safe space will offer an opportunity and location to take a break from what might be heated conversations, and use creative expression like art, poetry, or music, to mindfully create a place of peace and community where we can bring/share our hearts, as well as our compassion. We are Gaucho strong! We are an amazing community!

Jeanne Stanford, Ph.D.
Director, Counseling & Psychological Services

Welcome to CAPS!

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is committed to providing timely, culturally appropriate, and effective mental health services to our diverse UCSB student body, as well as professional consultation to faculty, staff, and families. 

All registered students are eligible for services at CAPS. When help is needed in sorting out a personal concern, CAPS is a resource for learning new skills in building self-confidence, relating to others, reducing stress, solving problems, and identifying options. 

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