CAPS recognizes that in your critical roles as faculty and staff at the university, you are often the frontline contact with students. CAPS is here to support you, and together, we can promote student success at UH. CAPS staff consists of licensed psychologists, postdoctoral fellows and advanced graduate trainees in counseling and clinical psychology who have a wide variety of clinical interests and expertise. Psychology ethics and state law require that these services be confidential except under unusual, well-defined circumstances. CAPS offers clinical and consultative support to all UH staff and faculty.
UH faculty and staff are eligible for crisis triage and referrals. If you require psychotherapy, a referral will be provided. CAPS also offers self-help resources. Please take time to look at our Self Help Resources page where you will find helpful videos on mental health topics, audio relaxation exercises, Houston area yoga and meditation resources and mental health related websites. CAPS offers many additional services to support your interactions with students throughout the year. 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, your 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 CAPS liaison can act as a direct referral source for your office or act as the key outreach program leader. View the CAPS liaison list.
The following are additional services that CAPS offers to faculty and staff to support your interactions with students:
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. CAPS is available to consult with you about any questions you may have about our services. Learn more about our consultation model.
Often, students perceive faculty and staff members as the first (and often primary) source of advice and support. If you become concerned about a student’s behavior, it is important to be informed and know where to get help. The following information is a list of warning signs, tips on how to respond and refer, and important contact numbers on and off campus. These lists are not exhaustive, but may help you recognize warning signs, talk to the student and ultimately refer the student to the appropriate services.
CAPS provides support through defusing and debriefing with the UH campus community after a traumatic event that may include recent deaths by suicide or homicide, natural disaster, events with a high degree of threat to the UH community, or any significantly distressing event . Defusing is done the day of the incident and is designed to assure understanding of their reactions and to discuss resources for further services when needed. Debriefings are usually the second level of intervention for those directly affected by the incident and often the first for those not directly involved. A debriefing is normally done within 72 hours of the incident and gives the individual or group the opportunity to talk about their experience, how it has affected them, identify individuals at risk, and inform the individual or group about services available to them in their community. Learn more about our Defusing and Debriefing process.
CART is comprised of the CAPS Director and other UH administrators to assess and respond to incidents involving students of concern. Learn more about CART.