Outreach & Consultation Services
CAPS provides preventative and developmental programming to the University of Houston community. This programming includes presentations and weekly Food for Thought workshops. CAPS also sponsors campus-wide events, and provides consultation services for our campus partners. Popular presentations and workshops include: information about CAPS services, suicide prevention (QPR) training, and information on specific mental health topics. Each CAPS therapist maintains a liaison relationship with several UH departments and student organizations. These liaison relationships help us effectively address the specific needs of each department and student organization. CAPS consultation services involve evaluating situations and supporting students and our campus partners in efficiently managing difficult situations. Consultation is available to staff and faculty by contacting CAPS and to students through the ‘Let’s Talk’ program.
PRESENTATIONS & WORKSHOPS
Outreach programming is a key element of CAPS services, which includes the development of effective training and workshops that promote learning. Food for Thought workshops are scheduled each semester at the UC to address various topics that will educate students and enhance skills. CAPS also offers QPR Suicide Prevention Training for the campus community. In addition, we would like to honor campus community requests for presentations on various mental health topics. In the event that we are unable to fulfill your request, we will consult with you to help you find another campus resource. In our efforts to develop workshops unique to our training and to work collaboratively with other student services offices, we will direct you to appropriate offices if a workshop is requested that is better served by another office. Workshops are held at CAPS; please consult the workshop schedule for the most current listings.
CAMPUS WIDE EVENTS
Annually, CAPS sponsors campus wide events including the following:
- Depression Screening Day
- Eating Disorders Awareness and Screening Day
- Alcohol Screening Day
- Anxiety Screening Day
World Suicide Prevention Day
Veteran’s Appreciation Day
- Diversity Institute (for the campus community)
- Professional Counselor Forum (for Houston area mental health professionals)
Each CAPS staff member has an on-going liaison relationship with a department, office and/or student group at UH. This liaison relationship helps to bridge the gap between CAPS services and the campus community by educating the campus community on how to deal with students facing mental health issues. Specifically, the specified office can call to address concerns about student mental health issues, how to cope with a student that may be experiencing difficulties and how to refer to CAPS. In addition, the staff liaison can act as a direct referral source for that office or act as the key outreach program leader.
CONSULTATION WITH CAPS STAFF
Consultation with the broader UH community involves evaluating situations and supporting the intervention of campus colleagues to manage these difficult situations effectively. The consultation process includes exploring the needs of the caller, gathering information, formulating a plan of implementation and planning post-consultation support.