Information for Specific Student Groups
Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
CAPS is available to speak about the response to loss with individuals and groups impacted by the tragic loss of our UGA students. Please call 706-542-2273. CAPS will be on-site at this evening's (Thursday, April 28) gathering at the Tate Center Plaza at 5:00pm and at the Annual Memorial Service at the UGA Chapel on Tuesday, May 3, 7:00pm.
Coping with Traumatic Events
Everyone has their own reaction, and that's OK. For many people, the initial response is shock. Emotional numbness, anxiety, nervousness, sadness, irritability and other emotions can be normal. They are sometimes intense and unpredictable.
• Give yourself time.
• Ask for support from people who care about you and will listen. Family and friends are important resources.
• Communicate your experience however it feels best to you.
• Stick to routines. Eating meals, sleep, exercise, and attending work and classes as you usually do can help.
Counseling Services for UGA Students
• Drop-in small group discussions
• Walk-in services for students in crisis who wish to speak with a counselor
• Telephone screening for those not in crisis who wish to begin counseling
Consultation and Outreach Services for UGA Students, Faculty, and Staff
• Phone consultation with a CAPS clinician if you have concerns about a UGA student or questions about services available to UGA students and resources available to faculty and staff
• Outreach programs for UGA students focusing on reactions to traumatic events, ways of coping, and information about our services or community resources
• Faculty and staff may call CAPS for information on how to access outreach programs focusing on reactions to traumatic events
Individuals with immediate and prolonged reactions that disrupt their ability to function academically or otherwise should consult with a trained and experienced mental health professional.
Welcome to CAPS!
We are dedicated to helping you with your concerns by listening to you deeply and with an objective ear, helping you make better decisions in your life, and helping you examine your thoughts and behaviors to see what needs to be changed to help you maximize your potential.
CAPS offers short-term individual, group, and couples therapy, psychiatric evaluation and medication monitoring, psychological assessment, and makes referrals to campus and community resources when appropriate. We are also committed to providing the University community with expertise in the areas of consultation and outreach. In addition, we provide high quality training and supervision for advanced trainees. CAPS is dedicated to offering services while having respect for others, a deep appreciation for diversity, and compassion for the people we serve.
Appointments are required. If necessary, cancel or reschedule your appointment by 5:00pm on the business day before the scheduled appointment to prevent a $30 charge or $50 for testing cancellations.
Location, Hours, and Contact Information
CAPS is located on the second floor of the University Health Center, on the corner of College Station and East Campus Roads.
Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm
After Hour Mental Health Crisis: 706-542-2200 (UGA Police -- ask for clinician on-call)
Concerned About a Student?
Statement of Confidentiality
Under Georgia law, mental health records are privileged and confidential. NO ONE outside the University Health Center (UHC) professional staff may have access to your records, and NO ONE outside the UHC may be given information without your consent. Exceptions to confidentiality may occur only under certain circumstances. These exceptions include serious immediate threat to your life or welfare or to the life or welfare of another person or the university community. For additional information, please see our Statement of Confidentiality.
Commitment to Diversity
CAPS strives to provide quality care that is sensitive and responsive to the needs of our diverse students. We recognize that all people are cultural beings who are influenced by race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual identity or orientation, age, disability, religion, and other aspects of culture. CAPS is committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and affirming environment. We are dedicated to culturally relevant and appropriate training of our staff. We recognize the importance of increasing access and quality service delivery to traditionally underserved and underrepresented students. We welcome suggestions and input for improvement of our services to our diverse students at the University of Georgia.
Check Your Mental Health
You will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire before listening to the exercises.