THE UCLA COUNSELING CENTER: CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services)
“The cornerstone of CAPS services is our confidential individualized therapy and psychiatric care, provided by a diverse and multiculturally competent professional staff. CAPS is a warmly welcoming environment located centrally on the UCLA campus.
In addition to individual services, CAPS provides a range of programs to promote mental health, emotional resilience and wellness throughout the campus community. Our counselors work with students, parents, staff and faculty during orientation programs, in classes, at health and wellness fairs, in residence halls, at fraternities and sororities, in student community groups, and of course in our counseling center at John Wooden Center West.
Our Wellness Skills Program provides wellness workshops, time-limited skills development groups, biofeedback training, and wellness program consultations at various locations across campus. Our Wellness Self-Help Lab at John Wooden Center West includes biofeedback bays, a self-help lending library and access to self-diagnostic computerized tools to increase emotional wellness. Wellness Skills Development Groups focus on self-management and stress management skills, including Reducing Procrastination and Perfectionism, Mindfulness Training, and Increasing Public Speaking Confidence.”
The Counseling Center is located in the John Wooden Center West, 221 Westwood Plaza, Box 951556, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1556. PHONE: (310) 825-0768 – Crisis Counseling available 24-hours a day by phone.
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Except for University holidays). For more information, go to the CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) website: http://www.counseling.ucla.edu/
“ARE YOU IN A CRISIS?” (How to help a distressed student)
(from the CAPS website: http://www.counseling.ucla.edu/Services/Are-you-in-a-Crisis
How to Make a Referral to CAPS:
1. Be sensitive to how you make the referral. It is common for students to be ambivalent about seeking professional psychological help. Some students may even be offended, thinking that only weak or abnormal people go to CAPS. Point out that it is natural for all of us to need help at one time or another and that a third party listener can sometimes help. It might also be helpful to point out that many students find CAPS helpful and that it is a strength, not a weakness, to face difficulties in one’s life. Suggest that the student call or come in to make an appointment.
2. If you wish to assist the student directly, call CAPS location while the student is in your office in order to assure that an appointment is made. It helps to write down the appointment time, date, name of therapist, and location for the student.
3. If the situation appears urgent, you or the student can request walk-in emergency services. It is useful if you call ahead and brief the on-call therapist about the situation.
4. If you want to provide added support, you can offer to accompany the student to CAPS. If you escort the student to CAPS it is very helpful if you, with the student’s permission and in the student’s presence, describe your concerns to the on-call therapist.
5. If you are concerned about a student but are uncertain about the appropriateness of a referral or have other concerns, please call CAPS for a consultation.
Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) Office
CARE is a confidential place for survivors of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. Our CARE Advocates offer free consultation and supportive services to UCLA students, staff, and faculty. You can get help without formally reporting an assault or requesting formal treatment. In addition to advocacy, CARE also provides alternative healing groups to survivors. CARE also offers awareness and prevention education to the campus community. For more information: http://www.careprogram.ucla.edu/