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Why should I visit CAPS?

Students who visit CAPS have a variety of interests and concerns. Many students seek help for psychological, interpersonal, family problems and other issues related to succeeding at the university. Individual, couples, and group sessions are available.

CAPS staff are also available for consultation to students who may have concerns about another student or friend, or about a particular situation. CAPS staff members are also available to consult with faculty and staff regarding such issues.

How do I make an appointment?

Simply call 785/864-CAPS (2277) or come by the office. CAPS offices are fully accessible to people with disabilities.

Counseling and Psychological Services is open
  • Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm

After hours messages may be left on the CAPS answering machine. Messages will be answered the next business day. If you or someone you know needs service outside of CAPS hours, resources in the community include:

  • Lawrence Memorial Hospital - 785/505-6162
  • Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center - 785/843-9192
  • Headquarters Counseling Center - 785/841-2345

What should I expect during my visit?

The first visit usually lasts about 50 minutes. It is focused on understanding the nature of the concern and clarifying goals and expectations. Students are encouraged to participate actively in determining the services that may be most useful to accomplish their goals. The therapist will be glad to respond to any questions. Usually by the end of the first session an agreement is reached regarding the next steps to take. In some instances the student will continue with the initial therapist; however students may be referred to another therapist or service that better addresses their needs.

CAPS professional staff consists of licensed psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, a board certified psychiatrist, graduate psychology interns, and other graduate students in training. Graduate students receive individual and group supervision by licensed senior staff. (More information about CAPS graduate training program.)

Is my visit confidential?

All contacts with CAPS Clinical Service are confidential. No client information is released to anyone outside the agency, other university offices, faculty, or parents without the clients written consent. There are limits to confidentiality. Mental health professionals are required by law to report cases of suspected child abuse. They may disclose information when it is necessary to protect a client or others from imminent danger. Information may be disclosed when required by court order. CAPS staff members also reserve the right to share information with each other for treatment and training purposes.

Statement on Diversity

Counseling and Psychological Services is committed to maintaining an atmosphere of openness and trust. We encourage the free exploration and discussion of attitudes, beliefs, values, and behaviors which are similar to and different from those of other people. CAPS staff is dedicated to the promotion of respect for all.

How much does this service cost?

Fees apply to currently enrolled KU students who have paid the CAPS required campus fee.

First session at CAPS $15.00
Individual & Couples (50 minutes) $15.00
Group Sessions (1.5 hours) $15.00
Psychiatric Evaluation (1 hour) $70.00
Extended Psychiatric Visit (1 hour) $70.00
Brief Psychiatric Visit (15 minutes) $30.00

Clients will be billed for appointments missed or not canceled 24 hours in advance. Billing is done through Watkins Health Center Business Office. Insurance will be billed upon request.

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