Counseling and Psychological Services
 

CAPS building on University Blvd.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

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 counseling and crisis services remotely.
  • We will be offering Zoom based support groups for all SUU students. We want students to be educated about adjusting to difficult things and to connect with each other. Watch for announcements.

Check out our new online discussion groups!

Please click on the link above for more information on our new online drop-in discussion groups to help manage adjustment to difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These sessions are designed to provide skills to assist with coping with this difficult time. Topics may include: managing COVID-19 anxiety, transition to online learning, self-care during times of isolation, ideas for staying healthy, etc..

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.

Office Hours:

Temporary Adjustments:

In an effort to protect the health of our students, faculty, staff, and Cedar City neighbors, we are temporarily suspending face-to-face visits through the CAPS department. At this time our staff will be working remotely and will not be in the office. Please call us at 435-865-8621 for any questions about available services. 

We are currently unable to take new requests, please follow up with us after April 6 for more information if you would like to request services. 

If you are having a crisis please call our front desk at 435-865-8621 and we will do our best to coordinate contact with our crisis counselor between the hours of 9am-3pm. If you are unable to wait please go to the nearest emergency room. 

Regular Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Thursday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

 

Summer Hours

Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

*Please note: we are closed on all University holidays.

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 working on adding new groups that will be offered remotely, please check back with us soon for more information!

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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Notification of Policy Change (Scope of Practice)

Beginning Fall Semester 2019, due to increases in Southern Utah University (SUU) enrollment and to
honor our commitment to supporting as many SUU students as possible, SUU Counseling and
Psychological Services (CAPS) is implementing a Scope of Practice. This will impact the services that
our current clients are accustomed to receiving. SUU CAPS serves a unique role on campus in providing
brief mental health counseling and related services. Our services are available to eligible students with
concerns and needs that fall within our Scope of Practice. Not all students with very real needs can be
accommodated within our treatment model, and we will work with these students to identify other
resources. An outside referral may be made following the initial appointment with a counselor, or it might
occur after some treatment if student needs do not fall within our Scope of Practice. Please review the
following to determine how you will be impacted:

● CAPS will no longer see students who are benefits-eligible employees of SUU, as they can access
counseling services through their SUU benefits.
● In addition to a 12-session yearly limit on individual counseling, CAPS will have a 30-session
lifetime limit on individual counseling.
● Couples sessions will be limited to 12 lifetime per couple.

If you fit into one of the above-listed categories, we suggest you begin preparing for a change. This might entail speaking to your individual counselor about what to expect, looking into counseling options in the community, and/or preparing for a transition from individual counseling to group counseling. In an ongoing effort to support students at the new session limit, CAPS will not immediately withdraw services; instead, the CAPS team will consider each student on a case-by-case basis and determine the best way to meet their needs while also working to meet the needs of students who are waiting for services. Crisis services will continue to be available for all students. Medication management, group, and biofeedback visits do not count toward session limits.