Effective Date: 
Fri, 08/01/2008
Thu, 04/19/2018
Thu, 04/19/2018

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) operates under the auspices of UCSC Student Health Services (SHS).  In most general manners, CAPS follows the policies and procedures stipulated in the Main Manual of the Student Health Center.  The policies and procedures delineated in this section represent those areas in which CAPS operates somewhat differently in its provision of mental health services to the students of UCSC.  CAPS clinical providers also are bound by their various professional codes of conduct (i.e.-American Psychological Association Code of Ethics) and applicable state laws. Throughout this manual, the use of the term students, clients, and patients should be viewed synonymously and are used interchangeably. Similarly, our Electronic Health Record may at times be referred to as an Electronic Medical Record or as our Electronic Health Record vendor, Point and Clink (PnC).  All CAPS clinical services provided are approved by the governing body of SHS as stipulated in the individual provider's privileging form.  The CAPS Director is responsible for oversight of the resources and activities of CAPS counseling services, as well as the administration of procedures related to the provision of supervision, crisis/emergency management, quality, and evaluation of services provided.  The Director of Psychiatry has similar oversight of psychiatric services.

The mission of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is to support UCSC students, both graduate and undergraduate, in maintaining or improving their general well-being by providing a broad range of counseling, psychiatric services, consultation and outreach services and programs to the campus community.  It is also the mission of CAPS to maintain accreditation by the International Association for Counseling Services, Inc. (IACS), an accrediting association, for all its programs and services and to maintain APA accreditation for its internship program. CAPS' vision is to be part of the University’s endeavor to advance the education and development of all UCSC students by:

  • Addressing important mental health, psychosocial, academic, and personal issues that influence learning, achievement, and success in the university community and beyond.
  • Recruiting and retaining a highly trained multidisciplinary and multicultural staff.
  • Developing an inclusive, multicultural range of services to ensure student differences are respected and valued
  • Providing multiple points of entry so as many different students as possible can receive CAPS services
  • Providing high quality training and supervision to doctoral psychology interns and post-doctoral fellows