Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is the direct-service counseling unit available to all enrolled students at the University of Kansas. CAPS is fully accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS), and the predoctoral internship program in professional psychology is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The counseling center supports and advances the mission of the University of Kansas and the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs by providing educational, remedial, and developmental services directly to students as well as consultation and support to university staff and faculty.
CAPS, under the direction of Michael Maestas, Ph.D., consists of two services-Clinical and Testing. Permanent, full-time staff includes counseling and clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, a psychiatrist, and three support staff. Student staff includes doctoral practicum students from KU’s counseling psychology program, master-of-social work practicum students from KU’s School of Social Welfare, and pre-doctoral psychology interns. The Testing Service also uses graduate assistants and hourly employees. CAPS is housed in the campus health center which employs physicians, nurses and nurse-practitioners, lab technicians, x-ray technicians, physical therapists, a registered dietitian, health education specialists and pharmacists. Although CAPS is administratively separate from the health center, consultation with and referrals to and from health center personnel are facilitated by the two centers’ close physical proximity.