We offer support through our stepped care framework, aiming to ensure all students, across various identities, backgrounds, and experiences, feel welcome to utilize our confidential services.
We’re here to listen
In this one-on-one counseling service, the focus is on you. We’ll help clarify your goals and will work hard to see the world as you do. We want to share your experiences, because feeling understood is a powerful part of counseling. We may suggest new behaviors for you to practice, or more helpful ways of thinking.
There’s no set number of counseling sessions, but the focus is on short-term treatment. If it turns out that you need weekly sessions or longer-term care, we can help you find what you need.
We offer many group counseling options each semester, including some especially for graduate students. Working on problems with a group of six to eight of your peers (and group facilitators) can be valuable. Knowing firsthand that the people around you have similar problems is powerful. You’ll be able to give and receive meaningful feedback as you work through your issues together. All group members commit to complete confidentiality about attendee names and discussions during group sessions.
Most groups require an initial consultation appointment to get start. For more information, call us at 812-855-5711.See a list of our group sessions
Did you know that we offer free in-person and online workshops throughout the semester? By attending these workshops, you can learn some of the same strategies to improve your life as you would in a counseling visit. Even if you’ve never been to CAPS or SACS, you’re welcome to join us!See what workshops we offer
We offer psychiatric assessment and follow-up treatment. Psychiatrists are medical doctors with specialized training in treating emotional and behavioral problems through medical intervention. They prescribe medication when needed to treat conditions such as depression and anxiety.
To see a psychiatrist, you will need a referral from a CAPS or SACS counselor. Our psychiatrists work exclusively with students who are seeing a CAPS or SACS counselor.
Adapting and thriving in graduate school is a complex process, but you are not alone! CAPS is here to offer support when you need it. Anxiety and depression are the most frequent concerns during visits.
To help better meet the needs of graduate students CAPS has a number of programs to help you easily access support services.
CAPS offers a variety of support groups each semester, with free options and pay-per-session options. Some of these are specifically for graduate students, include: Dissertation Support and Health Connections.
To join a group, you must be referred by a CAPS counselor. To make an appointment with a counselor call 812-855-5711.
If you’ve experienced sexual violence, come to us for help. We’re here to support you.Learn about the Sexual Assault Crisis Service
We know that sometimes you just need to talk with someone. We’re here to listen.Learn about the Let’s Talk program
Concerned about an IU student? During CAPS business hours, anyone may call and speak with the CAPS director or on-call staff member. After-hours phone consultations are available by calling 812-855-5711 and selecting option 1.
You can also submit a care referral if you’re concerned about the safety or well-being of an IU student (including yourself).Learn more about submitting a care referral
CAPS no longer offers ADHD screening testing. For academic assistance please refer to these academic resources:
If you would rather connect with someone off-campus for your mental health needs, IU has partnered with Thriving Campus. Thriving Campus is a directory of off-campus mental health providers serving college students, with searchable filters for location and specialization.Visit Thriving Campus
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Scope of clinical services
While many students find success with brief, solution-focused counseling, it may not be the best fit for everyone, as some students may benefit from more services than we can provide. Sometimes a student presents with needs that are beyond CAPS’s scope of service or would be best addressed in longer-term psychotherapy or by a therapist with a particular specialty. In those cases, the therapist/Clinical Care Manager will provide community referral options and support the student in connecting with appropriate off-campus providers as appropriate. Some situations that may need additional supports outside of CAPS include but are not limited to:
- An interest or need for ADHD, Learning Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or other psychological testing/treatment
- An interest or need for Emotional Support Animal (ESA) documentation
- An interest or need to be seen weekly. Typically, students getting services at CAPS are seen every 2-3 weeks
- An interest or need for uninterrupted, continuous treatment across semesters
- An interest or need for a specialty or treatment modality we do not provide (i.e., severe substance use, moderate to severe disorder eating behaviors, couples counseling)
- An interest or need for court-mandated counseling
- Students who are currently receiving or intend to receive ongoing individual therapy from a mental health provider outside of CAPS/SACS. This does not apply to students interested in transferring care to CAPS or students interested in accessing groups, workshops, online 24/7 tools, or emergency services/after-hours crisis line
- Students experiencing significant levels of distress who need immediate inpatient or intensive outpatient care
- History of [multiple] psychiatric hospitalizations