Who We Are and What We Do

CAPS Staff, Fall 2019

In Service of Student Wellness and Success

Who We Are:

The CAPS clinical team includes licensed psychologists, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and social workers as well as board-certified psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners. CAPS clinicians come from a variety of backgrounds, areas of specialty, and approaches to treatment. The CAPS team also includes administrative and care coordination staff. Together, we provide brief therapy, psychiatric care, group treatment, care coordination, outreach programming, and specialty services to UA students.

All of us at CAPS are dedicated to providing a safe and confidential environment for UA students of all ages, degree programs, life circumstances, and cultures. We know how important school is to you and how important taking good care of yourself is to school.

Find out more about your provider and the members of the CAPS team.

Find out how to get started at CAPS.

Our Commitment to Equity and Inclusion:

CAPS services are for every University of Arizona student, including students of all races, genders, sexual orientations, ages, religions, abilities, and sizes. At CAPS and Campus Health, we strive to support the mental health and wellbeing of all students by creating an environment of trust, respect, and openness. This is our commitment to equity and inclusion.


Clinical Services

We are proud to be a part of the award-winning Campus Health Service, and challenge ourselves to explore cutting-edge and evidence-based treatments that meet the unique and ever-evolving needs of university students.

At CAPS, enrolled students can receive mental health care, including: 

Whenever you're struggling with a challenging situation, creating your own self-help plan can be empowering and enlightening. Self-help can help you regain a sense of control over the problems in your life and improve your quality of life. Even small changes can add up and make a big impact on your daily life and sense of self.

Browse our library of self-help guides, create your own Personal Wellness Plan through our free Pathways to Wellness program, or enroll for free in our online self-help programs for students.

We’ve found that short-term therapy is quite effective with college students, especially when problems are dealt with at an early stage. It’s not unusual for significant change to occur in just a few sessions, even for problems that seem insurmountable at first. 

Find out more about brief counseling at CAPS.

Psychotropic medications can sometimes be helpful in treating long-standing, or even acute mental health issues. Students needing psychotropic medications may be able to obtain them at Campus Health. 

Find out more about short-term psychiatry services at CAPS.

Powerful changes can happen when you meet with a group of peers who get what you're going through. That's why CAPS offers a variety of groups and workshops tailored to the common questions and concerns students have. 

Find out more about the groups and workshops offered at CAPS.

CAPS also offers clinical services in specialty areas, including:

At Campus Health Services (CHS), we know that ADHD can make college tough. Whether you’re continuing existing ADHD treatment through college or seeking answers about attention difficulties for the first time, we are here to help. 

Find out about our ADHD counseling and medication management services.

Campus Health Services offers a wide range of services tailored to meet the needs of a student who falls anywhere on the continuum of eating and body image concerns. The first contact with professional staff may occur with medical providers, psychiatric providers, nutrition, or counseling staff.

Find out about our eating disorder counseling services at CAPS.

At Campus Health, we know that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) community can be hesitant to seek medical and mental health-care experiences. Campus Health is dedicated to providing high quality, respectful, and gender-affirming healthcare for all of our students. 

Find out about Specialized care for the LGBTQIA and allied community in partnership with LGBTQ Affairs.

Oasis Sexual Assault and Trauma Services (Oasis) provides advocacy, support, and outreach to UA students, staff, and faculty of all genders who are impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Oasis also offers counseling services for Arizona students and can help direct faculty and other UA staff to off-campus resources if needed.

Additional resources for survivors: 

Survivor Advocates offer confidential services for student survivors of sexual or gender-based violence understand their rights and their options. Advocates can help student survivors connect with resources for safety planning, academic and housing accommodations, navigating Title IX, mental health and emotional support, obtaining an order of protection, filing police reports, and medical accompaniment/education about medical forensic exams.

Information for Survivors

FAQ's

Connect with a Survivor Advocate

If you want to get sober, we have solutions. 

First steps:

Find out how to get started at CAPS.

Find out more about Wildcats Anonymous and substance abuse recovery.

 

Care Coordination Services

CAPS Care Coordinators can assist with finding community resources, including referrals for counseling, psychiatry, and other services. Same-day visits in person or by phone are available.

Campus Resources

  • ASUA Basic Needs Initiative: Resources across the University of Arizona and Pima County for helping students, faculty, and staff to meet their basic needs.
  • Life Management Counseling Services Free short-term, confidential counseling with a licensed counselor through participating campus departments: The A CenterCollege of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Eller Student Wellness
  • LGBTQ+ Mental Health Support The LGBTQ+ Resource Center offers one-on-one emotional support services as well as groups for support, discussion, and fun. Browse LGBTQ+ clubs and organizations.
  • Ombuds Office The Ombuds office is a confidential, informal, impartial, and independent resource for effective communication, collaboration, and conflict management for all students in the UA community. We work independently and outside of the official campus reporting structure to provide students with an informal option for conflict management & resolution.
  • Survivor Advocacy Confidential services for student survivors of sexual or gender-based violence understand their rights and their options. Advocates can help student survivors connect with resources for safety planning, academic and housing accommodations, navigating Title IX, mental health and emotional support, obtaining an order of protection, filing police reports, and medical accompaniment/education about medical forensic exams.
  • Thrive Center Services for students who have been historically underrepresented on college campuses, are low-income, and/or are first-generation college students. Their mission is to enhance students' wellness in and outside of the classroom.
  • Wildcats RISE Free group and individual sessions offer UA students a chance to connect and talk with peers who are dealing with similar stressors. Because talking helps, especially when you’re talking to someone who gets it.

 

Off-Campus Mental Health Services

Community Mental Health Resources

The Shrink Space A referral website The University of Arizona has partnered with to help students connect with off-campus mental health care providers. Visit the website to search for providers who meet your particular needs.

Many counselors can also be found at goodtherapy.org or psychologytoday.com.

Consultation Services

CAPS offers consultative services for concerned family members, friends, faculty, and staff.

For concerned parents and families:

For concerned friends:

For concerned UA faculty and staff:

Quick links for family, friends, and faculty/staff:

 

Cultural Center Liaisons

CAPS Liaisons provide consultation to students at each of the campus Cultural Centers. They provide guidance and resources to students for the purpose of helping them overcome life’s challenges.

Cultural Center CAPS Liaison Center Information Drop-In Office Hours/Contact
African American Student Affairs Amy Cunningham
acunningham@email.arizona.edu

https://aasa.arizona.edu/

(520) 621-3419

TBD
Asian Pacific American Student Affairs Ishani Deo    
ideo@email.arizona.edu

https://apasa.arizona.edu/

(520) 621-3481

TBD
Guerrero Student Center Minnie Almader
minniealmader@email.arizona.edu

https://chsa.arizona.edu/welcome-adalberto-ana-guerrero-student-center

(520) 621-5627

TBD
Immigrant Student Resource Center (Fall 2020) Minnie Almader
minniealmader@email.arizona.edu

https://immigrant.arizona.edu/

520-626-6619

TBD
International Student Services

Cindy Klatte
cklatte@email.arizona.edu 

https://global.arizona.edu/international-students                          

(520) 621-4627

Hours TBD

To contact Cynthia, click below:

International Student Consultation Contact Form

LGBTQ+ Affairs Kelly Kurtz
kjkurtz@email.arizona.edu

https://lgbtq.arizona.edu/

(520) 621-4627

TBD
Native American Student Affairs Shawna Kroh
skroh75@arizona.edu

https://nasa.arizona.edu/

(520) 621-3835

Mondays 3pm-5pm, Fridays 8am-10am

Find out more about NASA Let's Talk.

Women & Gender Resource Center Lauri Mills
laurimills@email.arizona.edu

https://wgrc.arizona.edu/

(520) 621-4498

In WGRC Virtual Lounge:  

Tuesdays 2pm-4pm; Thursdays 11am-1pm 

Disability Resource Center Jennifer Jepson
jejepson@arizona.edu

https://drc.arizona.edu/

(520) 621-3268

TBD

Outreach and Education

CAPS offers training, education, and outreach to the UA community. We regularly participate in UA events  and partner with campus resources like the UA Think Tank and the Women and Gender Resource Center to provide psychoeducation and mental health screenings. CAPS professionals and students involved in the Mindful Ambassadors program also provide psychoeducational workshops and presentations across campus.

If you'd like to request a CAPS presentation or have a CAPS member present at your event, call us at (520) 621-3334 and speak with our outreach coordinator about your options. Please note that events generally need to be scheduled at least 4 weeks in advance.