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Counseling & Psychological Services

(805) 893-4411 - M-F 8:30am to 4:30pm

About CAPS

Mission Statement
The mission of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is to assist Student Affairs and the University as a whole in helping the student body achieve academic, social and personal success. Through the provision of mental health services, CAPS strives to help ensure that students - as well as the larger campus community - remain healthy in this pursuit of success. CAPS promotes the emotional well-being of students through individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention and stress management services. CAPS also provides consultation to the campus community including students, faculty, staff and parents. Our objective is to help in the creation and maintenance of a healthy campus environment. We educate, support, advocate and help foster a culture of acceptance and appreciation of human differences. In the provision of services, CAPS staff strive to offer a safe, inclusive and affirming environment for all.

CAPS advocates for and strives to foster a culture of acceptance and appreciation of human differences. Special efforts have been made to extend Counseling and Psychological Services to diverse student populations. Liaisons have been established with the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Disabled Students Program (DSP), the Women’s Center, Housing and Residential Life, and the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (RCSGD). CAPS maintains satellite offices with staffing at EOP, San Clemente, Santa Catalina, Isla Vista, and Athletics.

Confidentiality
Confidentiality is the cornerstone of counseling and psychological services, so we take protecting your privacy very seriously. You have a right to privacy and your written permission must be obtained before we will release information to anyone outside of our clinic, with limited legal and ethical exceptions. We want you to be aware that counseling records are maintained separately from any other records of the University – including academic, educational and job placement records. 

There are some exceptions to confidentiality that you should be aware of.  These exceptions include: 
 - Where there is reasonable suspicion of abuse of children or elderly persons; 
 - Where the person presents a serious danger of violence to another; 
 - Where the person is likely to harm himself or herself unless protective measures are taken; and 
 - Where release of records is court mandated.

Please review our Notice of Privacy Practices for further explanation. If you have questions or concerns about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss them with our staff.

Notice Regarding Late Cancellations and Missed Appointments
CAPS provides services with no fee at the time of service. Your university registration fee covers the cost of counseling.  

No-Show & Late Cancellation Fees
 - If you are unable to keep your appointment, kindly give us 24 hours notice to avoid a cancellation fee. If you do need to cancel, please do so as far in advance as possible.
 - If you cancel within 24 hours of your appointment, a charge of $25.00 will be added to your BARC Account.
 - If you do not appear for your appointment, a charge of $55.00 will be added to your BARC Account. Once the appointment start time is reached without a cancellation it counts as a missed appointment.
 - If you must cancel your appointment within 24 hours due to illness or serious emergency, you can request a Fee Waiver Form, available below or at the CAPS Front Desk.
 - If you are going to be late for your appointment, please contact your psychologist with an estimated arrival time to avoid a missed appointment fee.

Fee Waiver
To request a fee waiver, please fill out the Fee Waiver Request Form completely, legibly, and concisely. Your request will be reviewed. Please submit the form within 10 business days of the late cancellation or missed appointment. Forms received after 10 business days from the missed appointment or late cancellation will not be accepted. You will be notified once a decision has been made on your request. Please allow up to 15 business days after CAPS receipt of the form for processing. 

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