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Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a range of services to eligible students on a short-term basis. Currently enrolled students who have paid the Health Center fee may receive CAPS’ services without additional charge. The services are intended to facilitate intellectual and personal growth by helping students to resolve concerns that may interfere with academic progress, social development, and satisfaction at Edinboro University. There are a variety of concerns that students may encounter while attending college such as relationship difficulties with friends, roommates, family members or romantic partners; stress, anxiety, or nervousness; lack of self-confidence or low self-esteem; depression; eating disorders; sexual violence; impaired academic functioning; and uncertainties about personal values and beliefs. Individual counseling is most commonly provided to address such concerns.
The faculty consists of psychologists and licensed mental health professionals who provide counseling for personal, social, and emotional concerns, as well as brief psychotherapy, crisis intervention, group programs, personal development opportunities, prevention and outreach services, psychological assessment, and referrals. Psychological testing required by law for students seeking clearance for Municipal Police Training (Act 120) and Lethal Weapon Training (Act 235) is available. Consultation services are provided for the entire university community.
Appointments are requested and can be made in person or by phone. At times CAPS may employ a waiting list for services. Same-day requests for assistance will be honored based on scheduling availability. Most often, appointments will be weekly and last about fifty minutes. However, some students find their needs met during the initial consultation and require no further services. Our telephone number is 732-2252.
During each semester, CAPS' office hours are 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Additional appointment times may be requested. During the summer sessions, CAPS' hours vary and are available by contacting the office.
Counseling and Psychological Services is centrally located on campus in McNerney Hall at the Ghering Health and Wellness Center.
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Each semester different psycho-educational programs may be offered to enhance student development. Some topics previously presented include: Effective Communication Skills, Breaking Up: How to Cope, Date Rape Awareness and Risk Reduction, and Cultural Diversity. Multi-session workshops on topics such as assertiveness training and anger management are also offered periodically. Requests to present on a topic of interest to student groups and organizations are welcome.
Support and psychotherapy groups are designed for students with common concerns to help one another by sharing information and experiences. Previous groups have focused on building self-esteem, eating concerns, and issues related to interpersonal relationships and communication.
Referrals are provided for outpatient and inpatient psychological services with other providers, agencies, and hospitals (such as Saint Vincent Mental Health Center, Millcreek Community Hospital, and Meadville Medical Center) and also for outpatient evaluations and specialized treatment (drug and alcohol treatment, rape crisis center, etc.). Referrals will be offered upon request or when deemed necessary and appropriate. On- or off-campus referrals can be coordinated by CAPS. However, students may contact other agencies or campus services directly at any time.
While most CAPS services are scheduled by appointment, there are crisis situations that require immediate or same-day intervention. Such a crisis might involve considering suicide or experiencing a physical or sexual assault, for example. Crisis intervention services are offered during regular office hours.
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All services provided by CAPS are strictly confidential. Information you share in counseling or generate through testing is not disclosed outside CAPS without your written permission. Only in rare instances do exceptions to confidentiality occur such as when a student poses an immanent threat of serious harm to self or others.