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Getting Started - Initial Brief Assessment

How to get started  
The best way to get connected to CAPS is to come in for an Initial Brief Assessment. When you are ready to explore options for mental health services, please stop by the main CAPS office across from Storke Tower (in the same building with Career Services) - walk in hours for these assessments are: Monday thru Friday, 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. Wait times can vary so it is good to plan for at least 30-90 minutes for your visit. There are typically shorter wait times in the morning.  

While you wait, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire that asks you about your concerns and emotional health that will be reviewed by the clinician before your Brief Consultation. The questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to fill out.


What happens in a Brief Assessment?
During your Brief Assessment, you will talk privately with a mental health clinician in their office, have a chance to share your concerns, and develop a plan that will best meet your needs.  You and the clinician will discuss the many mental health resource options both on and off campus to determine a plan that best suits your needs. Some options include brief therapy at CAPS, long term therapy off-campus, group therapy, workshops, peer counseling, and/or other campus and community resources. The clinician will guide you through potential next steps depending on your unique needs and situation. The goal of the brief consultation is to have you leave with a supportive plan in place. 

Please take a look below at the different options that you and the mental health clinician may explore during your Brief Assessment. If you have a sense of what would be best for you, please feel free to share your preferences with your clinician at the start of the Brief Assessment. 

Short-Term Individual Counseling 
Single Session Therapy
Long-Term Individual Therapy
LiveHealth - Teletherapy
Group Therapy
Mental Health Peers

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As always, if you have any questions about the process, you can stop by the CAPS front desk or call (805) 893-4411.
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