CAPS provides group counseling, workshops, brief individual counseling and referral services to TCNJ students. Services are confidential; no record of counseling appears on the student’s permanent academic record. CAPS is staffed by a team of licensed mental health professionals as well as interns from both master’s and doctoral degree granting programs, under direct supervision from licensed professionals. During the initial consultation with the student, the student and the therapist will create a plan best suited to meet the students’ needs. Resources that may be included are those within CAPS, other campus offices, and/or through an outside provider.
Please familiarize yourself with CAPS services:
Group Counseling – All requests for services are first considered for potential group membership in one of our many groups that range from traditional support groups to more educational group experiences. Unlike with individual counseling, group attendance is not time-limited.
Workshops – Typically of brief duration and focuses on specific issues that face college students. Similar to group counseling, workshop attendance is not time-limited.
Individual Counseling – Utilizes a brief counseling model in order to accommodate the many students who request our services. Brief counseling focuses on the issues or concerns at hand, for resolution of a particular problem. If on-going, continuous therapy would be helpful (or has been helpful in the past), CAPS will assist the student with the referral process to an outside provider.
Referrals – For those concerns not well matched to a brief model, we offer referrals to local agencies and private practitioners. Check out our new, user-friendly REFERRAL DATABASE.
Crisis Intervention and evaluation available as needed
Peer Education – CAPS Peer Educators are trained student advocates who are available for information, support, and referrals. Learn more about this program
To begin this process, please fill out a Request for Services Form (RFS). (Note: Are you an incoming freshman or looking to apply for services for a future semester? Please refrain from filling out the RFS UNTIL you have arrived on campus for that semester.)
Referrals to Off-Campus Service Providers
Examples of when students would be referred to off-campus service providers include the following:
- Long-term, ongoing individual counseling services would be most helpful and/or have been utilized in the past
- Psychiatric medications and/or refills (also not provided by Student Health Services)
- Psychiatric evaluation (also not provided by Student Health Services)
- Psychological/Educational testing (evaluations for ADHD, etc.) Please contact Disability Support Services for more information.
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For urgent situations during business hours, visit our office in 107 Eickhoff or call 609-771-2247
For Immediate Concerns: Call 911 or Campus Police 609-771-2345
New Jersey Hopeline: 1-855-654-6735
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
Youth Resource 2nd Floor Youth Helpline: 1-888-222-2228
LGBT Resources Trevor Helpline: 1-866-488-7386
GLBT National Helpline: 1-888-843-4564
Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741