Counseling and Psychological Services
 

CAPS building on University Blvd.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Message On Racial Violence 

Counseling and Psychological Services (“CAPS”) at Southern Utah University is dedicated to building a clinical staff that reflects the needs of underrepresented individuals in our community. We are making progress in this area but recognize that it is not enough and dedicate ourselves to creating an inclusive place for students to feel safe. We acknowledge the countless deaths that have occurred in the black community due to racial injustice, and we recognize that racism is a constant battle that we need to eradicate.

We see the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on African Americans, the racialized violence against our black community, and the increasingly militarized response to peaceful protest. These tragedies reflect a longstanding history of systemic injustice that we reject and dedicate ourselves to addressing. We recognize how injurious these tragedies are to members of the black community. Minority students are more likely to experience mental health issues and are more likely to contemplate suicide instigated by racism. These are the additional burdens carried by students of color and the barriers they must overcome that is a lived experience throughout their daily lives. Experiencing or witnessing trauma often results in a range of feelings and emotions, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, helplessness, or guilt. CAPS is committed to validating and providing care for all of our students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by trauma caused by racism, bigotry, prejudice, and indifference.
 
For those in the majority, we need to muster the courage to gain a greater perspective and understanding of what minorities endure in this country. We need to ask ourselves how we will react and feel when our brothers and sisters are continually under threat from the local community, state, and country that we call home. We know now that it is not enough to make statements of support, and could never live through the experiences of our black community. However, as mental health professionals, we can help our communities to come together through patience, communication, and understanding that fosters an inclusive environment without restraint.

We join our colleagues in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Dean of Students in expressing our grief, sorrow, and compassion to all those who have and continue to be impacted by the racially charged tragedies occurring across the nation. We are here to support underrepresented SUU students and campus community and aim to be better allies to make the country and the world more compassionate, thoughtful, and inclusive. We encourage you to contact our office if you (or someone you know) would like support with coping and healing.

We see you, and we hear you, we love you.
 

CAPS: Summer Services - Open and Available for Services!

Hours: Monday-Friday: 9am - 4 pm   
*Please note: we are closed on all University holidays.

CAPS will continue to offer group, individual counseling*, and crisis services. 
All services offered are being done remotely, face-to-face visits are unavailable at this time. 
*For both legal and ethical reasons, CAPS is only able to provide individual telecounseling for those in the state of Utah.

Please call us at 435-865-8621 for information on how to request services at this time.  


We will also be offering Zoom based groups for all SUU students. This is an opportunity to have some social connection as we wait to reconnect in person. See the schedule on our group page.

For additional resources and support click the following link to check out our COVID-19 Survival Guide

COVID-19 Updates

Hours: M, T, W, F: 8am - 4:30pm; R: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Contact Us:

For questions or to request services call 435-865-8621. If you have an emergency, call Campus Police, 911, or go to the emergency room.

How we can still help you:

  • CAPS is providing individual counseling and crisis services remotely.
  • We will be offering Zoom based groups for all SUU students. This is an opportunity to have some social connection as we wait to reconnect in person. See the schedule on our group page. 
  • COVID Survival Guide

CHECK OUT OUR NEW ONLINE GROUPS!

To help folks stay connected during the times of COVID 19 CAPS will be hosting hangout sessions.  These are 50 minute drop-in meetings to connect with other students. Please click on the link above for more information.

 

A reminder from SUU counseling and psychological services (CAPS)

As the COVID-19 spreads, CAPS is diligently working to assist you as best we can. CAPS offers our condolences to all who are suffering, and we invite you to call our office if you need support. We also encourage you to stand united against prejudice and selfishness during this ever-evolving public health situation.

While physical hardships are impacting so many of us, a much larger number of people are suffering due to new acts of racism, ageism, and xenophobia. COVID-19 is viral and therefore it is not attributable to anyone. Sickeningly, comments that blame others or disregard human life threaten basic human rights, and frustratingly, some of your SUU peers have spread messages that are completely disrespectful and even hateful! This may be a stressful time for you, and please remember that others may be experiencing stress and pain that is being multiplied by the inhuman messages about them. Please be kind!

Also, please ignore popular (or even “expert”) opinions, and instead, educate yourself with accurate information from directly experienced sources. Despite the current risks, also know that there are ways to manage them and to care for yourself and those around you. Be considerate of your fellow T-Birds, and all community members, as you use humor, social media, and other strategies to cope.

Purpose

Our purpose is to help SUU students achieve their educational, career and personal goals. We understand that students’ first priority is to successfully earn a degree and we are here to assist them in addressing the stress and conflicts that may distract them from achieving their full potential. CAPS is staffed with experienced licensed mental health professionals including psychologists, social workers, and mental health counselors who work with students to reduce the interference of everyday stress and also treat more serious conditions.

CAPS regular services include:

  • Individual counseling
  • Couples counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Biofeedback
  • Workshops
  • Psychiatric Services

All of our regular services are confidential* and free* to SUU students. We strive to create a safe and welcoming environment for students of all ages, cultures, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, mental and physical abilities, national origins, races, religions, sexual orientations, sizes and socioeconomic statuses.

Students who have questions about the services we provide or who would like to initiate counseling services are welcome to come by our office or to call at (435) 865-8621.  

Our office is located at:
136 W. University Blvd. (Center St.)
Cedar City, UT 84720.

*There are some limits to confidentiality and some uncommon fees which your counselor will review during the first appointment.

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911, contact SUU Police at 586-7793 or 586-1911, or go directly to the nearest emergency room.

While You're Waiting For Individual Counseling...

Get a head-start on healing, growing, and changing by trying one of the following. Just contact the front desk for more information or to get started.

Try a CAPS Group!

Please talk to our office staff about which groups are being offered this semester.

While many of our groups are temporarily unavailable, we are now offering new remote groups!

Click here for a listing of possible groups: caps/groups 

Try CAPS Biofeedback
Biofeedback can help you understand of YOUR body's response to stress, and teaches skills to better manage stress.

This service is temporarily unavailable. If you are interested in this service please check back with us at a later time. 

Try Self-Help Resources
Learn more about your psychological health and/or relationship concerns, along with tips & tricks to create healthier functioning. Learn about the mind-body connections through readings and online activities via various websites. See our Self-Help section for some ideas, Google it, or try the following website as a starting point: Looking After Yourself.

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