I.A POLICY AND PROCEDURE OVERVIEW AND MISSION STATEMENT

Effective Date: 
Fri, 08/01/2008
Reviewed: 
Tue, 05/19/2015
Revised: 
Fri, 08/30/2013
Policy: 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) operates under the auspices of UCSC Student Health Services.  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).

 

The mission of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is to support UCSC students, both graduate and undergraduate, in achieving their personal and educational goals 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 advance the education and development of all UCSC students by:

  • Addressing important mental health, psychosocial, academic, personal, family, and community 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 campus community in which differences are respected and valued
  • Providing high quality training and supervision to doctoral psychology interns and post-doctoral fellows.