Direct Service and Prevention Education – On Campus
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): The CAPS office provides brief problem-focused individual counseling, process, skill-based and theme-focused groups, crisis intervention, prevention, postvention and outreach services, consultation and training to faculty and staff, and graduate student clinical training. There is a clinical case manager within this office who is responsible for facilitating referrals to support services both on and off campus.
Sport Psychology Services (CAPS): The mission of Counseling and Sport Psychology Services at the College of New Jersey is to foster the academic, intellectual, social, emotional, athletic, and personal development of student-athletes via the delivery of mental health and performance based services. Counseling and Sport Psychology services is focused on providing effective, confidential, culturally informed, easy to access, and welcoming services to student-athletes and many others affiliated within the athletic department.
Alcohol and other Drug Education Program (ADEP): The ADEP office is responsible for all students mandated for arrests or violations of alcohol and drug policy. Low level or single infractions that involve underage drinking violations will complete the group CHOICES program with the ADEP office. Alcohol/drug transports to the hospital emergency room or second violations must complete BASICS or Marijuana 101.
Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP): The College of New Jersey’s Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) provides comprehensive supports to students in recovery from alcohol and/or other drugs. Lion’s House and the Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC), it is a community of students working towards growth, sobriety, and academic excellence. Lion’s House and the CRC is a place where students can actively work on recovery and positive change. The Lion’s House program and the CRC creates an environment that emphasizes community living, participation in fun and exciting substance-free activities, personal growth, and wellness. It is a place where students can embrace life without alcohol and other drugs. Professional and peer support and mentoring provide care that wraps around the student. Individual counseling and on campus SMART Recovery meetings support relapse prevention and growth. RECreate Your Night is a program that provides students with healthy options for having fun. This program is open to all students. Having healthy options for recreation serves to reduce substance abuse and provide additional support to students in recovery.
Anti-Violence Initiatives (AVI): Anti-Violence Initiatives leads the campus effort to address issues of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking. They work with our community partners to create a campus environment that is intolerant of abuse and responsive to the needs of victims/survivors. Their objective is to establish a campus culture of safety, free from power-based personal violence, resulting in a safer living and learning environment.
Community Counseling Collaborative (CCC): The CCC is a new initiative at the college to bring licensed, local mental health providers to campus to offer accessible and low cost longer term mental health services to students lacking transportation and financial resources.
Center for Integrative Wellness(CIW): CIW is a newly restructured training clinic and holistic health center on campus that provides low-cost (and longer-term mental health) services to TCNJ students, faculty, staff and community members. The training program draws upon graduate students from the TCNJ Schools of Education, Nursing, Health and Exercise Science and Public Health.
Dean of Students Office (DOS): The DOS office is responsible for Student Conduct and Dispute Resolution Services, the CARE and BART Teams on campus, Title XI, and Emergency Student Assistance Programs. There is a case manager within this office responsible for connecting students to support services both on and off campus. Additionally, the DOS works closely with the Center for Student Success to provide academic assistance and support.
Peer Education Programs: There are three peer education programs on campus offering prevention and outreach services to students on a variety of health and wellness topics including mental health, recovery and substance abuse and misuse concerns, and health and wellness topics. Currently there are a total of approximately 40 students participating in these programs:
- CAPS PE’s – offer primary prevention with a focus on mental health and suicide prevention educational health outreach programs.
- SAVE PE’s – offer primary prevention with a focus on sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, stalking, and healthy masculinity through educational health outreach programs.
- Health & Wellness PE’s – offer primary prevention with a focus on health and wellness (resiliency, drug and alcohol education, physical health and fitness, reproductive and sexual health) related educational health outreach programs.
Other Student Groups with a Mental Health Focus:
- Active Minds @ TCNJ – promote mental health awareness by holding campus-wide events that provide students with information & resources about different mental illnesses and mental health problems. We aim to reduce stigma that surrounds mental illness by starting a conversation.
- To Write Love on Her Arms TCNJ – dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.
Indirect Services and MH Training – On Campus
Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Task Force: The MHPSP Task Force is a multidisciplinary and interdepartmental college-wide Task Force whose charge is to review, develop and implement policies, procedures and initiatives related to mental health services and suicide prevention on campus. Mental health staffing, Gatekeeper Training, C-SSRS Training, Environmental Strategies (the barriers on parking decks), various policies and procedures related to mental health, and postvention efforts are examples of the scope of the Task Force’s work.
Gatekeeper Training: Mental health and wellness and suicide prevention training is offered every semester to targeted groups on campus that interact frequently with students including first responders, campus police, faculty, staff and students. The training seeks to develop campus members’ knowledge, attitudes and skills to identify students at risk, determine levels of risk, and make referrals when necessary.
C-SSRS Training: The C-SSRS is a brief, evidence-based 6-item suicide assessment scale used to identify students at risk of self-harm or suicide. The training is offered every semester to select groups of first responders, residence education staff, faculty and staff members who interact on a regular basis with students.
Postvention Advisory Group: A campus-wide, interdepartmental advisory group that convenes following a campus death or large scale mental health emergency to plan a coordinated campus and community response.
THRIVE: An annual health and wellness (including mental health) expo, open to the entire campus community, focusing on providing information, activities and tips to empower individuals to make healthier choices.
Direct Service – Off Campus
Referral Database: CAPS maintains a referral database with local and regional community providers who have been vetted by CAPS. Included on this referral database are individual mental health providers, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), Partial Hospitalization Programs (PH), and drug and alcohol rehab facilities.
Capital Health Emergency Services: The College maintains a close working relationship with the emergency mental health screening program at Capital Health – Helene Fuld. Capital Health is the designated regional Emergency Mental Health Services Center in Mercer County, NJ. They provide rapid, thorough assessments and interventions to stabilize a mental health emergency and direct clients and loved ones toward appropriate mental health solutions. All TCNJ students who may need hospitalization are screened through this program. There is a mobile outreach team that will come directly to the college to assess students in crisis who might need hospitalization.