All undergraduate, graduate, full-time, or part-time students at the University of St. Thomas are eligible for services offered at CAPS. All students seeking services meet first with a counselor for an Initial Consultation Apointment to discuss the reasons for seeking counseling services and to determine the best course of treatment, which may include a referral to an off-campus provider.
CAPS staff counselors can provide brief in-person or phone consultation for St. Thomas employees on personal issues and appropriate community resources. However, employees are asked to use their university benefits for ongoing mental health consultation and services.
Students, faculty and staff can make an appointment by doing the following:
- For the St. Paul Campus, you can stop by the Counseling and Psychological Services, Murray Herrick Center, Room 356 or you can call us at (651) 962-6780.
- For the Minneapolis location, please call (651) 962-6780 to schedule an appointment.
- Appointments cannot be made via E-mail.
Appointments typically last 50 minutes.
For your first appointment, you will be asked to come 20 minutes early to complete an in-office questionnaire.
If faculty/staff would be interested in consulting regarding a student, please call 651-962-6780.
You can work with a counselor to explore your concerns and work towards a better understanding and resolution of your difficulties. The first session is an intake (an exploration/assessment session). The total number of sessions will vary depending on the issue(s) you bring to counseling. At times, your counselor may recommend psychological testing such as the MMPI. For more information on what to expect in counseling, refer to Client's Rights and Responsibilities.
One of the best ways to treat anxiety or depresion, or to learn about yourself and how you interact with others is by being in a group. Groups typically have 6-8 students and are facilitated by two counselors. For more information and a list of current groups, refer to the Group Counseling page.
Occasionally students come to Counseling and Psychological Services asking for intervention on their behalf as a result of academic or disciplinary difficulties. Although Counseling and Psychological Services staff will try to help students deal with such a situation and prevent future occurrences, as a general policy Counseling and Psychological Services does not intervene in administrative decisions regarding individual students.
If you have concerns about a friend, want to do team building with your organization or are wondering how to deal with a troubled student, Counseling and Psychological Services staff can help you find a solution.
Counseling and Psychological Services staff provide development and training, individual consultation, and organizational development services to students, faculty, staff and the greater UST community. Examples of consultation topics include stress management, crisis debriefing, substance abuse, communication skills, team building, dealing with challenging people, helping friends/faculty/staff confront others with inappropriate behavior, etc.
If you have a consultation request on either the St. Paul or Minneapolis campus, call (651) 962-6780. You may also contact us via E-mail. Typically, we need 2-3 weeks to respond to a request.
Counseling and Psychological Services can help you find options for mental health services in the metropolitan area if your concerns cannot be resolved in the short term model we use or if you are ineligible for services. We will help you find someone who will be covered by your insurance or who has a sliding fee scale based on your income.
Referral information is available to all students, faculty and staff. Typical referrals might include couple or family therapy, psychiatric consultations, or referrals for family or friends of the UST community. We will ask you for information about your medical insurance to help find a referral that will be covered by insurance.
UST staff are also encouraged to use the referral service of ComPsych Guidance Resources, a free, confidential service available 24 hours a day at 1-877-327-4753 or www.GuidanceResources.com and follow these steps to log in:
- Click: Register
- Enter Organization Web ID: EAPComplete
- Click: Register
- Company Name: Unive
- Click: Submit
- Select from the Drop Down Menu: University of St. Thomas
- Click: Submit
- Complete your Profile
Guidance Resources is a confidential service available 24 hours a day at 1-877-327-4753