CAPS offers a series of workshops aimed at helping students build skills for dealing with common problems like distractibility, stress, intense emotions, and relationship concerns. Grounded in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, students are introduced to mindfulness, emotion regulation, managing distress, and creating healthier relationships through engaging learning activities and hands-on participation. While held in a group (class) setting, the Well-Being Clinics are not group therapy. Students are not expected to share deep, personal information about themselves. Rather, they are encouraged to discuss how they can utilize the skills they are learning or challenges they may face in implementing healthier coping strategies.
The Well-Being Clinics are offered throughout the semester on a rotating basis outside of CAPS, allowing for an expedited and convenient method for learning skills that help build resilience and well-being. Research demonstrates that these skills are beneficial for college students. Most students will be asked to attend Well-Being Clinics prior to engaging in individual counseling. Some students find that attending the Well-Being Clinics are enough; however, for those who may need more support, group or individual counseling can be an additional resource.
Individual counseling is a unique, confidential, and collaborative relationship between a professional and a person seeking help, in which both the skills of the helper and the helping environment assist the student with learning to relate to themselves and others in healthier ways. Our services are not only for students with "problems." Many people, including highly successful students, experience significant benefits from participating in counseling. Counseling offers an opportunity to share thoughts and feelings, explore issues of concern, gain awareness and insight, make decisions, learn to problem-solve, learn skills, and to take charge of your life. CAPS also provides Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Coaching.
Students come to counseling for a number of reasons, including:
Group counseling is frequently the most effective way to explore and make changes in your life. CAPS provides groups in which students can gain specific skills and strategies to meet personal goals, explore interpersonal challenges, and obtain support from other students.
When imagining therapy many people think of lying on a couch and talking about their deepest darkest issues several times each week for years on end. While that kind of therapy still exists, most people prefer therapy to be brief and focused. They see therapy as a springboard for making changes or coming up with solutions so they can move forward and be ready to face challenges right now.
Research shows that engaging in one session can often be enough to kick-start the process of making effective changes to your life. If you are a student who has a specific issue or situation that is causing stress, but cannot quite figure out how to navigate it or move forward, our Single Session Therapy (SST) option might be best for you.
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How to Schedule a Single Session Therapy (SST) Appointment:
Single Session Therapy (SST) is available by appointment. Initial Consultation and Single Session Therapy appointments can be scheduled through the Online Portal.
Crisis intervention is offered to any student who faces a psychological emergency in which there is a need for immediate assistance. Emergency coverage and crisis intervention are provided in collaboration with other resources. During office hours, call CAPS at 434-395-2409, let us know it is an emergency and the nature of the emergency. If CAPS cannot be reached or it is after hours, please call the Longwood Police Department (434-395-2091), your Resident Advisor (RA), or the Resident Education Coordinator for your hall/building. When needed, the counselor on-call will be notified. For more information on determining if your situation would constitute as an emergency, please visit our emergency page.
Consultation is available to address specific problems or mental health/wellness issues. Please note that no information about a student can be divulged without a Release of Information Form (pdf) signed by the student. Faculty, staff, parents and students concerned about a student are encouraged to call the CARE Team (434)395-2492.
CAPS offers formal psychological testing for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Specific Learning Disorders. Testing is completed over the course of two sessions and typically takes 6-8 hours. Assessing for ADHD/SLD is comprehensive and involves a diagnostic interview, psychosocial assessment, and evaluation of academic achievement and intellectual abilities. The evaluation is thorough in order to obtain specific evidence that ADHD/SLD does or does not exist or uncover other issues that may be affecting learning and academic performance. As a result of the intensive and time-consuming nature of this type of evaluation, testing has an associated fee of $750. While testing involves a sizeable financial commitment, the Licensed Clinical Psychologists in CAPS are able to offer testing at a fraction of the cost compared to providers in the community. Further, as a result, you will receive a detailed report that outlines your intellectual and academic abilities, which may be used to obtain accommodations.
Outreach services are provided to enhance the well-being of the Longwood community. Programs and workshops vary from semester to semester. Programs can be arranged by request and will be tailored to meet the specific needs of the campus.
CAPS offers Light Therapy for students who may be experiencing the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the Fall and Winter months. To access this service, call or stop by to schedule a screening to find out if this service might be helpful for you.