CAPS offer a variety of services to meet the needs of the individual student. These services are offered through a Brief Therapy model, meaning that a student who receives CAPS services will do so on a short-term basis. This short-term focus means that an individual can receive counseling or psychotherapy for approximately one semester at CAPS. Within this focus of short-term treatment, each professional will use their clinical knowledge and clinical judgment to determine the best course of action in meeting the student's individual needs.
Individual therapy is provided for students who express an interest in learning how to best manage the challenges and concerns they are facing. Common concerns addressed by students with their therapist include stress management, relationship problems and adjusting to campus life. Individual therapy is provided by the counselors, social workers and psychologists on staff at CAPS.
Tulane University employs psychiatrists at CAPS who will meet with a student and evaluate the appropriateness for medication management of common distressing symptoms. A student can request an appointment with a psychiatrist or be referred to a psychiatrist by their therapist. A student agreeing to meet with a psychiatrist it is NOT required to take medication, although medication may be recommended. Provision of ADHD medication management by CAPS psychiatry services requires that the requesting student submit copies of psychological testing reports confirming his/her clinical diagnosis of ADD or ADHD.
CAPS offers group meetings to help students with similar goals and experiences help each other address how to best meet their individual goals. Group Therapy helps create a safe environment where the group members can support, discuss and encourage each member's individual goals. The counselors, social workers and psychologists on staff co-facilitate the group meetings.
CAPS has an extensive referral list of community therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists in the greater New Orleans community. We will gladly help someone decide if a community referral would be more helpful in meeting their goals and give them the necessary contact information.
If you are interested in learning more about CAPS and the services that we offer, we would be happy to speak with you. Please give us a call at 504-314-2277 or stop by. When you contact us, one of our patient representatives will set you up with a brief in-person consultation session with one of our clinicians.
During this introductory appointment, the clinician will learn more about you, what you are looking for, and your potential concerns. Additionally, the clinician will talk with you about the services offered at CAPS and will answer any questions that you may have. Based on the information that you provide during this appointment, the services that you are interested in, and your level of need, the CAPS clinician will talk with you about potential service options.
If it is determined that the services offered by CAPS are a good fit with your concerns and level of need, the clinician will schedule you for an in-person intake interview, which typically lasts one hour. During the intake interview, a CAPS clinician will talk with in detail about your concerns and goals, obtain background information, and collaborate with you on developing a plan for working together and/or to connecting you with other resources that may be of benefit to you.
After business hours (on weekends or after 5:00 pm on weekdays), if you are experiencing an urgent psychological crisis you may call campus police at 865-5911 who will put you in touch with a Tulane Professional who can assist with your crisis.
CAPS is located in the Science and Engineering Lab Complex, building #14 on the Academic Quad.
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